Daily Archives: December 8, 2018

Glossary Builder #4

In the 1990’s, Washington began allowing individuals to run Adult Family Homes. Rather than live in a nursing home facility or something similar, the elderly are given an option to live in a cozy home and be cared for at the same time. This sounded like a wonderful idea 20 years ago, but it has come down to the fact that many of the elderly adults are being exploited and abused by their caretakers within the home (Berens, 2011).

According to the FDA, Federal Law requires that prescription drugs be safe and effective. However, physicians and consumers cannot assume that every drug on the market has been approved by the FDA. If it has not been approved by the FDA, it is very possible that it will not meet the standards of an effective and quality drug.   Many older drugs are marketed in the US illegally without being approved by the FDA (Unapproved Prescription Drugs, 2017).

–          Adult Family Home: licensed to provide housing and care services for 2-6 adults in a regular home located in a residential neighborhood. The AFH may be run by a family, single person, or business partners.

–          FDA: a federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, one of the United States federal executive departments. The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the control and supervision of food safety, tobacco products, dietary supplements, prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs, vaccines, biopharmaceuticals, blood transfusions, medical devices, electromagnetic radiation emitting devices, cosmetics, animal foods & feed and veterinary products.

–          Prescription drugs: a pharmaceutical drug that legally requires a medical prescription to be dispensed.

Berens, M. (2011). How the aged and frail are exploited in Washington’s adult family homes. The Seattle Times. http://old.seattletimes.com/html/seniorsforsale/2010939195_seniors31.html

Unapproved Prescription Drugs: Drugs Marketed in the United States That Do Not Have Required FDA Approval. (2017). U.S. Food and Drug Administration. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/guidancecomplianceregulatoryinformation/enforcementactivitiesbyfda/selectedenforcementactionsonunapproveddrugs/default.htm

Pharmaceutical Industry Prompt 2

While browsing the FDA website about DTC prescription drug advertising, I came across a tab labeled, “Prescription Drug Advertising: Questions to Ask Yourself.”  In my opinion that was the most relevant section of the website.  I feel this way because it really makes you think more about the drugs that you put into your body.  I think that a lot of times people will go off of the advice and suggestions of their doctors because they trust them; after all, they are professionals.  But, doctors make mistakes too.  It is very beneficial to ask all of the right questions before starting a medication.  It could be likely that one of the questions asked sparks a thought or memory in the doctor’s head.  The doctor could then suggest an alternative medication due to the fact that the one he/she suggested before really would not work for that person.  I really like that the FDA website lays out a handful of helpful questions to ask the doctor.  Any of those questions can really stop a person’s health from declining or not improving due to human error.

Consumers may still be at risk of the rising costs of medications.  As pointed out in the slide, drugs are frequently patented.  A patented drug is more expensive.  The risk is that a high-risk pregnancy may cost $1,000’s.

Illness & Mortality Prompt 1

I took a look at Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services Aging and Long Term Support website.  As I was browsing, I came across a tab labeled “long term care & services information.”  This website was very easy to browse and very reader friendly.  It lays out which types of housing that an elderly person may need, such as nursing home, adult family home, and assisted living.  It also helps you navigate through the site so that you can find a living facility for your loved one. There is a home locator on the site so that you can enter in the approximate area that your loved one would like to live, and it brings up all of the possible facilities for them to live in.  Not only does this website provide information for the patient needing the care, it also provides information for the caregiver.  There is a tab for the caregiver to visit to gain support and more information and programs for caregivers.

On this site, I do not see anything that isn’t helpful.  As I said previously, the website is laid out very user friendly.  It should be fairly easy for anyone to access and navigate.  For more information on long-term elderly care, I would suggest that a person start at any of Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services website.  If you are not in Washington State, you can visit your states equivalent website. From there, you will be led to numerous resources and be given an abundance of information.