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

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