NMA: Nonprescription Medicines Academy

Recent Self Care News

  • Patient Safety Alerts

    Patient Safety Alerts

    • FDA reminds parents to avoid benzocaine products for teething pain
    • FDA issues alert on Reumofan Plus

    August 1st, 2012

  • Upcoming Health Observances

    • National Immunization Awareness Month
    • National Cholesterol Education Month
    • National Pediculosis Prevention Month/Head Lice Prevention Month
    • American Pharmacists Month
    • Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week
    • National Depression Screening Day®

    August 1st, 2012

  • Probiotics Associated With a Reduction in Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea

    A systematic review and meta-analysis of data from 82 randomized, controlled trials finds sufficient evidence to conclude that adjunct probiotic administration is associated with a reduced risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea.

    June 29th, 2012

  • Sunburn Prevalence Remains High Despite Increase in Sun Protective Behaviors

    A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute suggests an increase in certain sun protective behaviors (e.g., sunscreen use, wearing long clothing to the ankles) among American adults 18 to 29 years of age, but no corresponding decrease in the proportion of men and women in that age group reporting at least one sunburn in the past 12 months.

    June 29th, 2012

  • Aspirin Therapy After Anticoagulant Treatment Effective for Preventing Venous Thromboembolism Recurrence

    In the Aspirin for the Prevention of Recurrent Venous Thromboembolism (Warfarin and Aspirin [WARFASA]) study, aspirin given after anticoagulant treatment in patients with unprovoked venous thromboembolism was effective in preventing recurrence, with no apparent increase in the risk of major bleeding.

    June 29th, 2012

  • Optimal Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Concentration May Center Near 20 ng/mL

    In an analysis of data from the Cardiovascular Health Study, serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations below 20 ng/mL were associated with increased risk for a composite outcome of incident hip fracture, myocardial infarction, incident cancer, or death among older white adults.

    June 29th, 2012

  • Meta-Analysis Shows Vitamin D3 More Effective Than Vitamin D2

    Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is more efficacious than vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) at raising serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations, based on the results of the first-ever systematic review and meta-analysis of the comparative effectiveness of those two prohormones.

    June 29th, 2012

  • Lactobacillus Prophylaxis for Urinary Tract Infection Less Effective Than Trimethoprim–Sulfamethoxazole

    In a double-blind, double-dummy, randomized noninferiority trial in postmenopausal women with recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs), prophylaxis with Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14 did not meet the noninferiority criteria for prevention of UTIs when compared with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.

    June 29th, 2012

  • Quick Takes

    • Supplements for body building, weight loss most likely to be associated with liver damage
    • “Medicine Cabinet Quiz” featured on The Wall Street Journal website
    • National Council on Patient Information and Education offers online educational modules promoting safe use of acetaminophen
    • Environmental Working Group releases 2012 Sunscreen Guide
    • Menopause Map” guides women through hormonal and nonhormonal treatment options
    • H1N1 vaccination during pregnancy associated with improved fetal and neonatal outcomes
    • PhRMA report lists more than 300 vaccines in development
    • Outbreak of norovirus gastroenteritis traced to reusable grocery bag

    June 29th, 2012

  • New Product Alerts

    • Pepto-Bismol To-Go Chewable Tablets
    • Dymista Nasal Spray
    • iBGStar Blood Glucose Monitoring System

    June 29th, 2012