Tuesday, 04 October 2011 15:24

Expiration Dates Matter

If your medicine has expired, it may not provide the treatment you need. In this Consumer Update video, FDA Pharmacist Ilisa Bernstein explains how expiration dates help determine if medicine is safe to use and will work as intended.

Tuesday, 04 October 2011 15:22

Use Medicines Wisely

Each year thousands of injuries and deaths are caused by improper medication use. Many of these injuries could have been prevented. In order to help raise awareness about safe medication use, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Women’s Health has created a new public service announcement (PSA) titled “Use Medicines Wisely”. The PSA provides several tips to encourage the public to safely use their prescription and over-the-counter medicines. The PSA will be launched during October – “Talk about Prescriptions Month”.

A brief video about how to safely choose and use an over-the-counter medicine, the kind you buy without a doctor’s prescription. The video introduces and outlines the sections of the Drug Facts label: the Active ingredients, Purpose, Uses, Warnings, Directions, Other information, and Inactive ingredients. Also, the video explains why it’s important to follow the label’s information.

Tuesday, 04 October 2011 15:17

Dosing Errors with Certain Oral Syringes

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recently pointed out that measuring doses with certain oral syringes can be confusing for healthcare practitioners and patients, and that this can lead to overdoses.

Tuesday, 04 October 2011 15:16

Drug Name Confusion Between Kuric and Carac

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recently reported on the potential for mix-ups between two topical creams: Kuric (ketoconazole) and Carac (fluorouracil). Kuric is used to treat fungal infections and seborrheic dermatitis. Carac is used to treat multiple actinic or solar keratoses of the face and anterior scalp.

An article by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) reminds healthcare practitioners how dangerous it can be to misread the letters and numbers on prescriptions, drug orders and medical records. Unfortunately, these mistakes are easy to make because some of the alphanumeric symbols we use look so similar.

A recent report by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices says that despite past warnings, serious medical errors continue to occur when parenteral syringes are used to administer oral medications. The underlying problem is that once a parenteral syringe is filled with a liquid intended for oral use, it can be accidentally connected to an intravenous line. That’s why oral syringes should always be used for oral medications because they can’t readily be connected to an IV line and can’t accommodate a needle.

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recently reported on a study of the errors parents make when measuring children's doses of oral medications. In the study, 300 parents were observed as they attempted to measure liquid doses using dosing cups, droppers, dosing spoons and oral syringes.

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recently highlighted medication errors that can occur when a drug is marketed under more than one brand name, especially when one of those names is well established.

Tuesday, 04 October 2011 14:38

Mixups between Insulin U-100 and U-500

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recently described an increase in reports about mixups between insulin U-100 and insulin U-500. These errors could result in dangerous hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia. Mistakes have occurred when prescribers accidentally selected U-500 regular insulin from computer screens instead of U-100.

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