• Do not use ANY liquid stool softener products

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been alerting healthcare professionals about a multi-state outbreak of infections related to the use of an over-the-counter liquid stool softener known as docusate sodium (Colace).

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  • Breathing easier: Safe use of inhaled medicines

    Inhalation is the best way to take a medicine used to treat asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). (See the Sidebar for information about asthma and COPD.) The medicine acts faster to control breathing if inhaled directly into the lungs. Also, inhaled medicines can often be taken in a lower dose than an oral tablet of the medicine. This can help to reduce the risk of bad side effects.

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  • Talk before you take

    “Talk Before You Take” is a national awareness campaign launched by the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) to encourage and improve communications between healthcare providers (HCPs) and patients about the benefits and potential risks of prescription medicines.

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  • A useful medication-management app

    Almost two-thirds of adults in the US own a smart phone and/or tablet. These high-tech devices have led to an abundance of apps that hold promise to engage people in managing their health care.

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  • Become more familiar with the medicine you take... Learn the generic name

    Medicines all have one generic name and perhaps one or more brand names. The brand name is chosen by the drug company. The generic name is assigned by an official body, the United States Adopted Names (USAN) Council. You probably know, for example, that Advil and Motrin are brand names for the generic medicine ibuprofen. Knowing that Advil, Motrin, and ibuprofen are all the same medicine alerts you to an important risk—that taking these medicines together could add up to an overdose.

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  • 7 Simple Ways to Protect Your Child From an Accidental Poisoning

    Have you ever thought about where medicines are kept in your home through the eyes of your child? Medicines left on counters, nightstands, in purses and bags, or on the ground are easily within reach of a young child. What's more, many medicines are brightly colored and look like candy, making them appetizing to children.

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