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October 8, 2015
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October 7, 2015
AHRQ Brief: Opioid Prescriptions Climbed Nearly 68 Percent From 2002 to 2012
Outpatient prescriptions for opioids -- pain medications such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and
morphine -- increased nearly 68 percent from 2002 to 2012, according to a recent AHRQ Medical
Expenditure Panel Survey statistical brief. Opioid prescription purchases rose from 85.9 million in
2002 to 143.9 million in 2012. During this period, total expenses for these prescriptions climbed
from $4.1 billion to $9 billion, an increase of about 120 percent; the number of people purchasing
one or more opioid prescriptions increased from about 27 million to nearly 37 million.

October 5, 2015
Medscape CDC Expert Commentary Video: Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes
Medscape has released a CDC Expert Commentary video discussing a new antibiotic stewardship resource for 
nursing homes, CDC’s Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship 
in Nursing Homes.  In nursing homes, antibiotics are among the most frequently prescribed medications. Up to 
70 percent of residents receive one or more courses of antibiotics during a year. Antibiotic misuse can harm 
residents by putting them at unnecessary risk for allergic reactions, drug-drug interactions, highly resistant 
infections and Clostridium difficile. In this CDC Expert 
Commentary video, Dr. Stone discusses the importance of incorporating the core elements into nursing home 
antibiotic stewardship activities so residents can be protected from the consequences of antibiotic-resistant 
infections.  Learn more about the core elements and find supplemental resources to assist nursing homes in 
antibiotic stewardship.

October 1, 2015
Proposed Bill on Gluten in Medications Reintroduced in Congress
Along with other celiac disease organizations, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) has long called 
for gluten to be called out on medication labels or, preferably, completely removed from medications.  In 2013, 
Ohio Democratic State Representative Tim Ryan introduced the 2013 Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act, which would 
mandate that gluten be disclosed as an ingredient on all medication labels. Congressman Ryan has reintroduced the 
bill in the 114th Congress as the Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act of 2015. The legislation contains the same 
language as the bill introduced to the 113th Congress.  

Related: Gluten in Medications Guide:This guide, created 
and developed collaboratively by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the National 
Foundation for Celiac Awareness, can help when asking pharmacists about gluten-free prescriptions and other 
medication needs.

October 1, 2015
Talk to your patients about Safe use, Safe storage and Safe disposal of their medicines.
NCPIE serves as co-editor for a monthly column in Pharmacy Today (American
Pharmacists Association) The column is entitled “One-to-One” and is intended to help develop
pharmacists’ medication communication and counseling skills to promote safe and appropriate
medicine use.

September 30, 2015
Safe medicine disposal options
A Conversation with Douglas Throckmorton, M.D., Deputy Director for Regulatory Programs, Center for Drug 
Evaluation and Research, FDA - Last year Americans filled 4.3 billion prescriptions. It is clear that prescription drugs 
play an important role in managing a range of medical conditions and are widely used in homes across the United 
States.. But the drug life-cycle is not complete until the medicine has been consumed in its entirety or eventually 
discarded properly. However, little attention is given to the potential risks, such as accidental exposure or 
intentional misuse, related to improper medicine disposal. Where should unused and expired medicines go? Let’s 
look at drug disposal and get a better understanding of why it’s important to safeguard medicines in the home and 
how to properly dispose them when no longer needed.