Jennifer Gold

Jennifer Gold

topten spot-smTraveling can be hectic enough without the added problem of worrying about your medicines. So when you’re on-the-go, it’s important to make sure your medicine travels safely with you. Here are some things to keep in mind to reduce the risk that something will go wrong: 

Tuesday, 07 August 2012 14:27

Beware of the training EpiPen

Patients who keep an EpiPen on hand in case of a severe allergic attack need to know about a potentially dangerous mix-up between the actual pen and a similar looking training pen.

Several mix-ups between the medications INVEGA (paliperidone), which is used to treat schizophrenia, and INTUNIV (guanFACINE), used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been reported to us.

Many people are aware that prescription pills, tablets and capsules have unique letters and numbers on them used for pill identification. With each new prescription, it’s important to check the pill identification to ensure you have the correct medicine. Most people only complete this safety check when they first get a new prescription. However, every time you take a pill, you should make sure it is correct.

Our colleagues at SafeMedicationUse.ca received a report from a consumer who was given two medicines that are known to interact with each other. This type of problem is known as a drug interaction. A drug interaction occurs when the actions of one medicine affect the actions of another medicine.

Swallowing unintended objects and substances is a pretty common problem among sick patients. For example, patients recovering from anesthesia in a hospital or receiving other sedating medications may not be thinking clearly. These patients may rely more on instinct and grab what they believe has been left for them by their caregivers. However, even patients with a clear mind may simply trust that anything a nurse or physician leaves at the bedside is “safe” or “ready to use.”

Wednesday, 27 June 2012 19:46

Reusing insulin pens can spread infections

For the millions of diabetics who inject insulin, drug manufacturers heavily promote the use of insulin “pens.” These small devices look just like a pen but contain a cartridge of insulin. They make it easy for insulin-dependent patients to inject the drug accurately.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009 00:00

Don't Share Insulin Pens Between Patients

FDA is reminding health care professionals not to use a single insulin pen and cartridge on more than one patient. Even if needles are changed between patients, reusing these products on multiple patients may transmit blood-borne pathogens such as hepatitis or HIV between patients.

 


Wednesday, 27 June 2012 16:20

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A man contacted his doctor’s office with concerns about a new medicine a specialist prescribed for him. The man stated that the medicine tasted bad and that he didn’t think he could take it.