Category: Board of Pharmacy

Diabetics Gain More Protection From Bad Actors Thanks to AB 602

People affected by diabetes received some good news this week when Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Assembly Bill (AB) 602 into law. The law, which takes effect immediately, helps protect the health and safety of patients with diabetes by prohibiting pharmacies from selling or distributing counterfeit or improperly stored test strips and glucose meters.…

Don’t Let Dangerous Diseases Ruin Your Trip Abroad

Planning a trip out of the country? Be sure to check in advance for any needed vaccinations or medications because far-off and exotic travel destinations may harbor dangerous diseases. Malaria, measles, chicken pox, yellow fever, hepatitis A and B, rabies, dengue fever, flu and typhoid are just some of the serious illnesses found throughout the…

Crushing Bad Medicine: 2017 Nationwide Health Care Fraud Takedown

A nationwide sweep that began with tips from consumers resulted in what federal officials are calling “the largest-ever health care fraud enforcement action” by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. The 2017 National Health Care Fraud Takedown, which occurred this month, was a nationwide sweep involving more than 1,000 law enforcement agents in at least 30 states.…

Fake Online Pharmacies: The Dangers Are Real

Like many “deals” that sound too good to be true, the same goes for most online prescriptions. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), fake online pharmacies not only steal your money, but can cost you your personal and financial information, health, or even your life. Your financial identity may be at risk…

FDA Warns Against Prescribing Codeine, Tramadol, to Children and Breastfeeding Mothers

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued its strictest warnings to date against the use of codeine and tramadol in children and breastfeeding mothers. The drugs carry serious risks involving slowed or difficulty breathing and death, especially for children younger than 12. Codeine and tramadol are a type of narcotic medicine called an opioid.  Codeine is…

California’s Drug Take Back Nets Largest Haul in U.S.

Californians dropped off 37 tons of unwanted medications during the thirteenth National Prescription Take Back Day on April 29 – netting the largest haul out of any state in the country. California also boasted the most drop-off locations and the third highest number of law enforcement partners when compared to all 50 states. During the collection,…

Don’t Let Good Medicines Go Bad

There are a lot of things to check around the house as California starts heating up for summer; one of them is that your medications are being stored properly. Medications that are good for you can become ineffective or damaged when exposed to heat. While outdoor heat can damage medications, year-round heat inside the house can…

Got Drugs? Clear Them Out Safely!

Do prescription bottles fall out of your medicine cabinet every time you open the door? Do you even remember what some of them are for? Here’s a safe way to clear that clutter: drop them off on April 29 from 10 am to 2 pm during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The event provides a free, safe,…

Weighing Out Diet Scams

The first month of 2017 is almost history, but a few of the resolutions you may have put on the list for this year may still not be crossed off—or started, for that matter. Getting more organized and saving money are goals that are easy to plan, while losing weight—a resolution that is at the top of many people’s lists—is…

Cervical Health Awareness Month: Get Checked and Vaccinated

Start the new year by taking care of your cervical health. January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, which highlights the importance of proactive healthcare in the prevention of a possibly deadly cancer. Thanks to the Pap test, the human papillomavirus (HPV) screenings, and the HPV vaccination, cervical cancer has largely become a preventable and treatable disease.…

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