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 heart-related death compared to the gout medicine allopurinol, FDA said. “Health care professionals should consider this safety information when deciding whether to prescribe or continue patients on febuxostat,” the agency said. Febuxostat drug labels already carry a warning about cardiovascular events because the drug showed a higher rate of heart-related problems in clinical trials conducted before approval. “We are continuing to evaluate this safety issue and will update the public when we have more information,” FDA said. “We urge health care professionals and patients to report side effects involving febuxostat or other medicines to the FDA MedWatch program.”
Mary Beth Kingston spoke today at the first of three regional forums on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030.
The AHA today voiced support for legislation to revise and extend federal programs to develop the nursing workforce.
There’s no question that hospitals and health systems face a number of challenges.
Reps. Bradley Schneider, D-Ill., Don Bacon, R-Neb., and Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, yesterday introduced a House companion to AHA-supported legislation that would…
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During National Nurses Week, Robyn Begley, AHA Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer and CEO of AHA’s American Organization of Nurse Executives,…