Medication management

May 23, 2018
The Food and Drug Administration has approved special handling instructions to allow health care providers to use certain opioid and other intravenous drug products made by Hospira that were on hold due to low potential for a manufacturing defect but are in short supply. Health care providers…
May 16, 2018
The Food and Drug Administration today issued a final order exempting manufacturers from FDA premarket notification requirements for certain N95 respirators, disposable devices used to protect patients and health care providers from infection. Under a new memorandum of understanding between the FDA…
May 15, 2018
The Food and Drug Administration Friday issued final guidance clarifying that an organization may operate both a compounding pharmacy and outsourcing facility at the same address or general location if they are completely segregated by clearly identified boundaries, for example permanent physical…
Apr 25, 2018
April 28 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an opportunity for the public to safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription pills at sites throughout the country. Since 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration event has collected more than 9 million pounds of prescription drugs,…
Apr 18, 2018
Health care providers should not use endoscope connectors labeled for use without reprocessing between patients because they carry a risk of cross-contamination, the Food and Drug Administration announced today. “To date, the FDA has not received acceptable testing to demonstrate the safe use of…
Apr 18, 2018
Sixteen U.S. senators today urged the Department of Health and Human Services to take immediate action to reduce the price of naloxone – a drug that can be delivered via nasal mist or injection to temporarily suspend the effects of an overdose until emergency responders arrive. “No police officer,…
Apr 18, 2018
The Food and Drug Administration yesterday announced a firmware update to reduce the risk of rapid battery depletion and address cybersecurity vulnerabilities in certain Abbott devices that provide pacing for slow heart rhythms and electrical shock or pacing to stop dangerously fast heart rhythms.…
Apr 12, 2018
Premier Pharmacy Labs has voluntarily recalled several lots of injectable drug products, primarily opioid pain relievers, due to possible microbial contamination, the Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday. Hospitals and other health care facilities should stop using and return any…
Apr 6, 2018
At the request of AHA and others, the Drug Enforcement Administration has taken steps that will address the IV opioid shortages. DEA recently granted some additional quota for raw materials to West-Ward Pharmaceuticals and Fresenius Kabi USA so that they can produce certain injectable opioid…
Apr 5, 2018
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D., today issued a public health advisory urging Americans who misuse opioids, have an opioid use disorder or recent overdose, or know someone who does, to carry and know how to use naloxone – a drug that can be delivered via nasal mist or injection to…