FDA: Don't use medical food product Limbrel

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The Food and Drug Administration is investigating serious adverse events involving Limbrel, a capsule being marketed as a medical food to manage the metabolic processes associated with osteoarthritis. Health care providers who know their patients are taking the product should advise them to stop taking it... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, physicians, nurses

FDA: Gout drug may increase risk of heart-related death

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The Food and Drug Administration yesterday alerted health care providers and the public to an increased risk of heart-related death from a drug used to treat gout, a type of arthritis in adults. Preliminary results from a safety clinical trial of the drug febuxostat (Uloric) show an increased risk of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, physicians, nurses

ISMP releases medication safety self-assessment tool

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The Institute for Safe Medication Practices yesterday released a tool to help hospitals and outpatient facilities evaluate their safety practices for “high-alert” medications, identify opportunities for improvement and track their experiences over time. Providers who submit their assessment findings to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, patient safety, physicians, nurses, opioids

Medtronic recalls diabetes infusion sets

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Medtronic has recalled certain diabetes infusion sets used with its insulin pumps to replace a component that may lead to over-delivery of insulin after an infusion set change. Medtronic recommends that customers use only infusion sets made with the new membrane, available since April, and carefully... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: patient safety

Abbott updating pacemaker firmware to correct cybersecurity vulnerabilities

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Abbott is updating the firmware for all St. Jude Medical radio frequency-enabled implantable pacemaker devices to address cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could allow an unauthorized user to access a patient's device using commercially available equipment, the Food and Drug Administration reports. The... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, physicians, Cybersecurity, nurses

CDC issues warning, updated recommendations for blood disorder drug

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued updated recommendations to prevent meningococcal disease in patients who are prescribed eculizumab, a drug used to treat two rare blood disorders. CDC recommends health care providers consider antimicrobial prophylaxis for the duration of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, prevention

Hospital groups urge Supreme Court to review Patient Safety Act case

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The AHA and Federation of American Hospitals today urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Florida Supreme Court decision that would thwart Congress’ intent that the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 protect health care providers’ reports to patient safety organizations from public... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: patient safety

Hospitals Against Violence webinar May 10 on behavioral health and safety teams

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The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative will host a May 10 webinar on how hospitals are using behavioral health rapid response and safety teams to address violence. Representatives from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Southern New Hampshire Medical Center will share their experiences. To... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, workforce, Behavioral health

AHA urges FDA not to finalize draft guidance on blood platelets for transfusion

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The AHA today urged the Food and Drug Administration not to finalize its draft guidance on bacterial testing of blood platelets for transfusion, citing serious concerns about possible unintended consequences and the potential impact on platelet supply. “Additional time, information and resources are... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, patient safety, access, regulation

FDA restricts use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children

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The Food and Drug Administration today announced that it is restricting the use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children, as well as recommending against using them in breastfeeding mothers due to possible harm to their infants. The FDA is requiring several changes to the labels of all prescription... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, patient safety, child health, maternal health, regulation

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