AAC releases new report to help prevent acetaminophen overdose
WASHINGTON — The Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition on Thursday released “Acetaminophen: How It’s Used, Preventing Overdose and What We Can Do to Promote Safe Use,” a report and educational resource to drive safe and appropriate use of one of the United States’ most common drug ingredients. The coalition’s report reviews the dosing behaviors that can lead to acetaminophen overdose and explores the successful impact of ongoing education campaigns to drive appropriate use and prevent overdose-related liver damage.
“Promoting the safe and responsible use of acetaminophen to healthcare professionals and consumers will help to reinforce its appropriate use and avoid overdoses,” stated John Whyte, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Professional Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement in its Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “We all play an important role in ensuring that the medicines consumers use each day are used as directed and provide the benefits intended.”
Each week, more than 50 million Americans use a medicine that contains acetaminophen — found in more than 600 different over-the-counter and prescription medicines including pain relievers, fever reducers, sleep aids and numerous cough, cold and flu medicines. Acetaminophen is safe and effective when used as directed, but there is a limit to how much can be taken in one day – 4,000 milligrams. Taking more acetaminophen than directed and exceeding the maximum daily dose of 4,000 mg is considered an overdose and can lead to severe liver damage. While the vast majority of consumers take acetaminophen appropriately, research highlighted in the report shows that those who exceed the 4,000 mg/day labeled maximum daily dose are making one or more of three common dosing mistakes:
- Taking the next dose too soon (72% of those who exceeded 4,000 mg/day);
- Using multiple acetaminophen-containing products at the same time (59% of those who exceeded 4,000 mg/day); and/or
- Taking more than the recommended dose at a single time (34% of those who exceeded 4,000 mg/day).
“Educating patients is a key step to promoting safe acetaminophen use and preventing overdose,” stated Anne Norman, associate VP of education, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, a founding organization of the AAC. “We encourage more pharmacists, healthcare professionals and health-involved stakeholder groups to work together to disseminate safe medicine use education and resources.”
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CVS Caremark receives ‘Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles’ award
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark was honored on Wednesday by the National Business Group on Health, a nonprofit association of large U.S. employers, for its commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy work environment and encouraging colleagues and their families to maintain healthy lifestyles, the retailer stated.
CVS Caremark was among 63 U.S. employers that received the 2014 "Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles" award at the Leadership Summit sponsored by the National Business Group on Health’s Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being. CVS Caremark received a gold award for its WellRewards employee wellness program. This marks the sixth year CVS Caremark has received an award for its employee health and wellness initiatives.
"As a pharmacy innovation company that is helping people on their path to better health, CVS Caremark believes that wellness is as important for our colleagues as it is for our patients and customers," stated Lisa Bisaccia, SVP and chief human resources officer for CVS Caremark. "That’s why we have invested in resources that encourage our colleagues to embrace their health and armed them with tools that help them get and stay healthy."
CVS Caremark’s WellRewards program aims to help colleagues improve their well-being with a host of programs including preventive screenings, flu shots, smoking cessation, weight management, health coaching, health management for chronic and rare conditions, EAP life services, and maternity management. CVS Caremark offers team-based walking programs and healthy dining options in campus cafeterias. In addition, in 2013, the company took its commitment to colleagues’ health a step further and made all corporate campuses tobacco-free.
"We are very pleased to honor CVS Caremark for its dedication to providing programs that encourage wellness and healthy lifestyles for their employees and families," stated Brian Marcotte, president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health. "CVS Caremark is among an elite group of organizations that are leading the way to promote healthy workplaces and lifestyles. We congratulate them on receiving this award."
Winners of the "Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles" awards were honored in one of two categories: platinum, for exemplary workplace well-being programs, cultures and results; or gold, for creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees in their lifestyle and behavior changes.
As a retired CVS employee, I can assure you that the mental or physical health of it's employees is NOT a primary concern of CVS.
Jelly Belly mixes nostalgic with modern in latest addition
FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Jelly Belly Candy Co. on Wednesday announced a package of seasonal flavors. Consumers will now be able to revisit holiday favorites like Pumpkin Pie, Cranberry Sauce, Hot Chocolate, Egg Nog and Candy Cane.
The new Holiday Favorites collection marks the first time these flavors will be packaged and available together. The menu is a mix of both nostalgia and modern day. The Jelly Belly Holiday Favorites laydown bags will be available in 7.5-oz. bags and are scheduled to ship in August in 12-count cases.
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