December 18, 2019 at 3:57 pm

Impaired Driving Caused by Prescription

It’s a busy holiday season and many families are preparing for long-distance road trips. Make sure to ask your doctor if any prescription medications you are taking can impair driving. Over-the-counter drugs can do so, too.
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December 16, 2019 at 4:48 pm

A Hidden Drug Epidemic Among the Elderly

Another important article about drug safety from the New York Times today. It’s good to see this topic in the news. Get the full story here.
December 16, 2019 at 11:54 am

Drug Safety: Possible Benefits vs. Risks

MISSD is glad to see drug safety covered in today’s New York Times. Read the article here.
December 10, 2019 at 1:14 pm

FDA’s Fast-Tracked Drugs May Pose Increased Risks

A new study finds pharmaceutical products rushed through an expedited FDA approved process are “48% more likely to get either a black-box warning or to receive contraindications that restrict the drug’s use.”
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December 6, 2019 at 1:56 pm

Inappropriate Medication Use and Polypharmacy Increases Hospitalization

“Older adults prescribed more medications are likely to be hospitalized for an adverse drug reaction. Moreover, adverse drug events account for more morbidity and mortality than most chronic diseases, with death rates higher than many common cancers,” state authors Dee Mangin of McMaster University and Doron Garfinkel of Israel Cancer Association.
Their research addresses the widespread effects of inappropriate medication use and polypharmacy (IMUP).
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December 5, 2019 at 1:36 pm

99% of Serious Adverse Drug Effects Are Never Reported

“After examining side effects that were conveyed to the regulator for five widely used medicines — two different types of arthritis treatments, an antipsychotic, and a blood thinner — just 1% of an estimated 276,000 serious adverse events had been reported in 2017.”
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December 4, 2019 at 9:56 am

Suicide Loss & Grief Support Group Open to All

MISSD, JCFS Chicago and No Shame on U are partnering to provide suicide loss and community grief support made possible by JUF’s Breakthrough Fund. If you’re in the Chicago area, please know all are welcome to join our drop-in support group.
Meeting dates are: January 23, February 27 and March 26 from 7 to 8:30 pm and held at 5150 Golf Rd., SkokieIL. Click here for more info.
November 27, 2019 at 11:44 am

Over-the-Counter Meds Can Impact Airline Safety

FAA releases new medication list designed to help passengers and pilots be safer given that “some drugs may compromise a pilot’s ability to control the aircraft and/or adversely affect judgment and decision making.”
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November 25, 2019 at 2:13 pm

New VA Tool May Reduce Polypharmacy

Veterans may benefit from a new tool designed by the VA to reduce polypharmacy and related adverse drug effects. Polypharmacy can lead to dangerous drug interactions and currently “no standardized approach exists to holistically examine a patient’s complete medication profile, identify potentially inappropriate medications and determine which medications are compatible, safe, necessary and indicated.”
Read the full article here.
November 21, 2019 at 12:34 pm

MISSD Interview on K-9s for Veterans

“When I was in the army I wanted to try to quit smoking,” says veteran who was given a smoking-cessation drug. “I started feeling very angry & aggressive. I immediately called up my doctor & said look I don’t want to take this anymore…”
Another eye-opening interview with MISSD founder, Wendy Dolin, on the K-9’s for Veterans’ talk show. MISSD is honored to work with veterans to increase awareness of adverse drug effects and save lives.
Listen to last week’s interview here.