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May 22, 2015
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May 22, 2015
JUNE is Men’s Health Month
The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and
encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care
providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and
boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has
been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe. Click here for the 2015 Men's Health Month toolkit.

Some highlights:  
1. The Men's Health Month Thunderclap - To
kick off the month we will have a Thunderclap blast go out in support of making a healthy lifestyle
change this June. Be sure to sign up before the release date, June 1st! Company social media pages
AND individual/personal social media pages are all encouraged to participate.
2. Men’s Health Month Twitter Chat #1 - Tuesday, June 2nd from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
Hashtag:  #ShowUsYourBlue Social Media Storm -
During Men’s Health Month we are encouraging individuals, families, businesses, and organizations
to wear blue as a sign of solidarity in support of men’s health.  Use the #ShowUsYourBlue hashtag to send in pictures all
month during June and specifically on Friday, June 19th during the Social Media Storm.
4. Men’s Health Month Twitter Chat #2 - Tuesday, June 23rd from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM pm EDT  Hashtag:
#ShowUsYourBlue - TOPIC: Men’s Mental Health

May 20, 2015
Outpatient Medication Expenses
Prescription drug expenses for adults totaled $267 billion nationwide in 2012. Of the leading
classes of outpatient prescription drugs based on total expenses that year, metabolic drugs (used
for conditions such as high cholesterol, diabetes and weight control) were purchased by nearly one
in four adults age 18 and older at an average of $104 per prescription. Meanwhile, cardiovascular
drugs (used for conditions such as heart disease, blood clots and other circulatory disorders) were
purchased by seven in 10 Medicare patients age 65 and older at an average of $28 per prescription. 

Additional data –  Statistical Brief #469,
Expenditures for the Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs, Medicare
Beneficiaries, Age 65 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2012)

May 13, 2015
Five Tips for New Parents about Medicine
It can be a stressful time for new parents - facing the responsibility of caring for a newborn or
infant. Your health care provider can be a great resource. A good time to check in is during
preventive “well-child” health visits with your child’s pediatrician, says Donna L. Snyder, M.D.,
F.A.A.P., a pediatrician with FDA’s Division of Pediatric and Maternal Health. These visits can
continue at intervals throughout childhood and adolescence.  But if you’re between appointments and
think your child is sick, or just have questions, contact your health care provider to confirm what
to do next, Snyder says.  And consider these five tips:
•	Get Expert Advice Before Giving Medicine to Your Baby 
•	Store Medications Safely 
•	Give Medications Properly 
•	If You Take Medication, Seek Breastfeeding Advice 
•	Take Care of Yourself

May 8, 2015
The Best Medicine: A Good Relationship with your Doc
The Baltimore Sun

Op-Ed By Dr. G. Caleb Alexander co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Drug Safety and
Effectiveness and Elizabeth Keyes, RPh  chief operating officer of the American Pharmacists Association and NCPIE Board Chair 

Both authors are advisors to  Talk Before
You Take, a national educational campaign from NCPIE and the FDA designed to encourage
increased communications between healthcare providers and patients about their prescription medicines.

April 29, 2015
Two-Thirds of People Believe They Could be Making More Decisions about Personal Health and Wellness on Their Own
According to a new national survey released today, people are taking greater ownership of their
health, demonstrating knowledge and resourcefulness when it comes to healthcare-related matters. In
fact, 64 percent of respondents believe they could be making more decisions about their health and
wellness. The survey shows that the majority of surveyed individuals (88%) feel confident in their
abilities to take responsibility for their health and 89 percent agree that they know where to look
and whom to ask if they have health questions or concerns. 
The survey was conducted by Ipsos in collaboration with the National Council on Patient Information
and Education (NCPIE) and Pfizer. It examined the current perceptions, behaviors and trends among a
nationally representative sample of 2,024 U.S. individuals, aged 18 and older, 516 primary care
physicians (PCPs) as they relate to managing an individual’s health and wellness, and navigating a
changing healthcare landscape. Visit www.BeMedWise.org
new Self Care Resources page to learn more.
Take control of your health today! Tweet #ownyourhealth @tweetNCPIE.