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Pharmacists that are part of a trauma team have been found to be an increasingly important component to the team, according to a recent study. Not only do they offer a clinical benefit, they also offer support during regular activities of a trauma program.   According to the study, published…
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By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients hospitalized with pneumonia who receive antibiotic treatment longer than recommended durations have increased odds of reporting antibiotic-associated adverse events after discharge, according to a retrospective study. Antibiotics prescribed at…
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Luke Probst, PharmD, executive director of pharmacy services at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY, had long envisioned launching a hospital-run outpatient pharmacy. After years of hard work and plenty of red tape, the hospital’s pharmacy finally opened in late June to give pharmacists a…
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Atrial fibrillation patients on novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) don’t need to be managed as closely as patients on warfarin, so it’s widely assumed that bleeding events associated with the newer anticoagulants are more dangerous. However, that might not be the case, according to Blake Charlton,…
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By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it expects a shortage of intravenous saline fluids for hospitals due to damage to key manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico to improve over the coming weeks and months. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that…
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Case study: Intravenous bags of saline solutions have been in short supply since Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico in September and knocked out power to several IV bag manufacturing plants, including those owned by Baxter International, a leading producer of IV saline solution. What should…
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By better engaging patients in dialogue and recognizing emotional cues, pharmacists could improve patient-centered communication, according to a recent study published online in Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy (doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2017.07.002). The study focused on how…
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Ephedrine sulfate 5 mg/mL in normal saline, 5-mL fill in 12-mL syringe (25 mg, NDC 70004-0600-11), is being recalled by SCA Pharmaceuticals. The August 2, 2017, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Enforcement Report included the voluntary recall, which was prompted by sterility concerns. The…
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A labeling mix-up has prompted Bristol-Myers Squibb to recall 48,180 bottles of Eliquis (apixaban) 5-mg tablets. The July 19, 2017, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Enforcement Report states an Eliquis bottle labeled for 5-mg tablets actually contained lower-strength 2.5-mg tablets. The…
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An ongoing, Class II recall of 7200 cartons of MakeSense Pharma First Aid Cream Lidocaine HCL 0.5%, Phenol 0.5%, 1 oz (28 g) tube, has been announced in the most recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Enforcement Report. The recalled first aid cream, which was made in China, was distributed…
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