USP adds pharmacy professor to expert health literacy panel
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Monday announced that Radhika Devraj, SIUE School of Pharmacy associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, would be joining the U.S. Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention’s Expert Panel on Health Literacy.
The panel works to develop recommendations for standards while also revising standards to promote health literacy. Development will continue on prescription container labeling to support such methodologies as the Universal Medication Schedule, as well as metric dosing of oral liquid medications and indication-based dosing.
“I hope to contribute my expertise related to the health literacy considerations involved in the use of pictograms, labeling and oral dosing to create health friendly standards that will eventually benefit patients of all literacy levels,” Devraj said.
The recommendations from the expert committee are aimed at helping patients navigate the healthcare system and understand such materials as prescription labels and medication guides, aiding in self-care and chronic disease management through patient portals and understanding ideas of risk and probablility.
“Dr. Devraj’s appointment to the USP expert panel is a significant recognition for her and for the School of Pharmacy,” SIUE School of Pharmacy dean Gireesh Gupchup said. “It indicates that USP has recognized her important work in the area of health literacy.”
USP sets the standards for the identity, strength, quality and purity of medicines, as well as food ingredient and dietary supplements. The standards are enforceable by the Food and Drug Administration.
Most Americans go to work sick or not, according to latest GoJo survey
AKRON, Ohio – More than two-thirds of Americans don't utilize their sick days because they don't want to miss a day of work, even if they're actually sick, according to a survey conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of GoJo Industries that was released Tuesday. As many as 62% of working Americans have gone to work sick and nearly three in four parents have sent their children to school sick.
To make matters worse, those who are working or going to school sick aren't practicing the best hand hygiene, either. Three in five of those surveyed saw their co-worker sneeze without using a tissue. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch.
"This survey highlights that hand hygiene must be practiced far more thoroughly and regularly – whether it's at home, in the office or on the go," stated Jim Arbogast, VP hygiene sciences and public health advancements, GoJo Industries. "Keeping hands clean by either washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, like Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer, should be second nature for all of us. It's a simple and effective way to prevent you and your family from getting sick and spreading illness-causing germs to others."
The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water and when soap and water are not available to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol to reduce germs on hands and decrease the spread of illness-causing germs.5
Mylan submits ANDA for generic Advair Diskus
BY DSN STAFF
PITTSBURGH — Mylan on Tuesday announced that it had submitted to the Food and Drug Administration an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) for Advair Diskus (fluticasone propionate and salmeterol inhalation powder).
The drug is intended to treat asthma and the maintenance of airflow obstruction and reducing exacerbations among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Mylan said it would provide updates as the approval process continues.
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