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Patients want access to medications with PSE
Direct and immediate access to medications containing pseudoephedrine (PSE) -- used to relieve common symptoms of cold, cough and allergy -- continue to be important to patients. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) announced, July 14, the results of a survey which highlights that cold, cough and allergy sufferers rely on and demand access to these medicines.
The survey found that among those using non-prescription medications to treat one or more condition:
>98% who experienced cold, cough and flu symptoms, and 88% of those living with nasal allergies, purchase non-prescription medications to treat their aliments.
>68% of those experiencing cold, cough flu symptoms or nasal allergies would choose a decongestant based on a trusted brand that has previously worked for them rather than the one wit the lower price.
>92% feel it is important that their full-service pharmacy offer all of the safe and effective medications available on the market, including 84% who say a full spectrum of medications available is important.
>72% of those experiencing cold, cough, flu symptoms or nasal allergies say they somewhat or very unfavorably view pharmacies that remove medications containing PSE.
>80% with these symptoms said they would feel unfavorable if they had to travel to more than one retail location to purchase all of their medication needs.
"The survey results are evidence that patients who need access to these medicines feel very strongly about access," said Meryl Bloomrosen, AAFA's Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Policy and Research.
FDA strengthens warnings for painkillers
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strengthened the warning labels for widely used painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen last Thursday, saying they can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.
The FDA is asking people to think carefully about their use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), particularly if they've already had a heart attack. The agency said it is taking this action based on recent data that shows the risk of heart attack or stroke can increase even after using NSAIDS for a short time.
"They used to say they might cause risk of heart attack or stroke. Now we are saying they do cause increased risk of heart attack and stroke," FDA spokesman Eric Pahon said.
In particular, people should avoid taking multiple products that contain NSAIDS, the revised FDA warning states.
Common over-the-counter NSAIDS include ibuprofen (Motirn, Advil) and naproxen (Aleve), but NSAIDS can also show up in combination medicines like multi-symptom cold products.
Although aspirin is also an NSAID, the revised warning doesn't apply to aspirin, the FDA said.
The agency will require drug manufacturers to include the updated warning on both prescription and OTC brands of NSAIDS. Over-the-counter NSAIDS are generally used to treat pain, inflammation and fever, while the stronger prescription brands are reserved for chronic and debilitating conditions like arthritis.
ANNUAL CONVENTION ANNOUNCED
WVPA's 2015 Annual Convention is scheduled for October 17 & 18 at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV located three miles off Exit 91 of Interstate 79. The exit is 91 miles North of Charleston and 65 miles South of Morgantown.
Close to nature...far from ordinary describers this 1,900 acres of picturesque, countryside resort that combines the rustic charm and accommodations of Adirondack style of lodges of the 1920s with all the amenities and recreational choices of today. The resort is meticulously designed to blend in with the breathtaking natural surroundings.
Each guestroom, suite and cottage has a view of Stonewall Jackson Lake or the Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course and adjacent woodlands, resulting in a memorable experience for pharmacists and their guests and exhibitors attending the meeting. A great chance for the family to get-away for the weekend!
Dining at Stonewall...
STILLWATERS overlooks the Adler patio and Stonewall Jackson Lake where you'll experience excellent service and authentic cuisine.
TJ MUSKIES LOUNGE is a favorite gathering place for those who appreciate great food, fine drink and a good time with colleagues and companions.
LIGHTBURN'S is located in the clubhouse atop the Arnold Palmer Signature Gold Course. Enjoy an amazing view of the Resort and countryside while experiencing the delights of local, fresh ingredients, and traditional recipes
GREEN MOUNTAIN COFFEE SHOP offers freshly-brewed Green Mountain Coffee in the lobby along with scones, granola and breakfast sandwiches.
Shopping at Stonewall and nearby...
RESORT GIFT SHOP has a variety of jewelry, keepsakes, resort apparel and home decor items, and Stonewall's featured line of Vera Bradley products.
MTN. LAUREL SPA SHOP Experienced spa professionals treat you to a naturally relaxing spa and salon experience with the best of organic products and services.
GOLF PRO SHOP offers the latest golf equipment, apparel and club rentals.
LAMBERT'S VINTAGE WINES - APPALACHIAN GLASS PRODUCTS & McFLY OUTDOOR SPORTING GOODS - just 20 minutes from Stonewall.
THE PALMER COURSE - 18-hole Signature Arnold Palmer design
MOUNTAIN LAUREL SPA - ultimate relaxation and revitalization
MARINA - boat launch and pontoon rentals
RECREATION CENTER - fitness area, family fun room, steam room, sauna, indoor/outdoor pool and hot tubs
LAWN GAMES - complimentary cornhole boards, frisbees, fishing poles, footballs and kickballs
RESORT RASCALS - for ages 5 to 12, this structured educational program offers a variety of indoor and outdoor activities with personal attention
FIRE PIT & S'MORES - enjoy outdoor fire pit during the evening
MILES OF TRAILS - over 16 miles of trails to explore
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION EXHIBIT - self-guided tour designed to educate about the diverse wildlife populations
CRUISES ON LITTLE SORREL - cruise the lake with family and friends
RENTAL EQUIPMENT - bikes, kayaks, canoes and paddle boats
Save the date and plan to attend...
Pharmacists can benefit from an outstanding education program while the family enjoys the amenities and facilities of Stonewall. The Convention is a great opportunity for a mini-vacation for the family. Call 888-278-8150 to reserve a room, suite or cabin on the lake.
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