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Clinical Alerts
September 7, 2018

FDA updates warnings for fluoroquinolone antibiotics on risks of mental health and low blood sugar adverse reactions at https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm612995.htm

 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Recently Strengthened its Black Box Warning About Fluoroquinolone Use

 Appropriate fluoroquinolone prescribing is important for patient safety. A recent...

Clinical Alerts
August 30, 2018

Navigating PALTC - Flu Resources for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Settings:

 

AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine encourages post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) facilities to strengthen their employee immunization programs to protect employees and...

Clinical Alerts
November 1, 2017

Antibiotic resistance is a global health crisis. National efforts to improve the use of antibiotics include changes made by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services (CMS) to the Requirements of Participation for Long-Term Care Facilities, which require an antibiotic stewardship program “that includes antibiotic use protocols and a system to monitor antibiotic use.” In order to support successful...

Clinical Alerts
October 4, 2016

Nurse Assist, Inc. announced today that it is voluntarily recalling all unexpired lots of I.V. Flush Syringes due to a potential link to Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) bloodstream infections with the product. Please click here for more information.

Clinical Alerts
August 23, 2016

On August 23, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on sepsis that will focus on preventing infections that lead to sepsis and the importance of sepsis early recognition. The report will be release as part of CDC’s Vital Signs series, which focuses on critical public health issues. This monthly report CDC will include a scientific publication (MMWR), a 4-page plain language graphic fact sheet, website, media release, and social media tools. For more information, click here.

Clinical Alerts
August 10, 2016

FDA released an updated statement including a voluntary recallExternal Web Site Icon of all of liquid products manufactured by PharmaTech and distributed by: Rugby, Major, Bayshore, Metron, Centurion, and Virtus. Read more.

Clinical Alerts
July 20, 2016

Background:

Pneumococcal disease is known to have a potentially serious impact in frail individuals, particularly those residing in post-acute and long-term care settings where outbreaks have been demonstrated and which could have been prevented by adequate vaccination.

Two pneumococcal vaccines are currently licensed and readily available in the United States.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has conducted an extensive evaluation use of these vaccines in adults, demonstrating...

Clinical Alerts
July 18, 2016

Case count corrected as of July 18, 2016. CDC has confirmed 49 cases from 5 states. Read more.

Clinical Alerts
July 16, 2016

FDA has released a statement regarding a voluntary recallExternal Web Site Icon of certain liquid docusate products. The extent of this issue remains under investigation; therefore, both FDA and CDC continue to recommend that clinicians and patients not use any liquid docusate sodium product as a stool softener or for any other medical purpose. Read more.

Clinical Alerts
July 8, 2016

The CDC is collaborating with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), multiple state and local health departments, and healthcare facilities to investigate a multi-state outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia infections. These infections have occurred primarily in ventilated patients without cystic fibrosis and who are being treated in intensive care units. A CDC July 8, 2016 update continues to recommend that clinicians not use any liquid docusate product as a stool softener or for any other medical purpose.

The recommendation has expanded from not using liquid docusate products for...