Jennifer Gold

Jennifer Gold

Friday, 16 May 2014 19:48

Insulin pens should not be shared!

Many types of insulin come in a pen device to make it easier to prepare and administer each dose. Although the pens hold numerous insulin doses, each pen is intended to be used by one person only. Even if the needle on the pen is changed, the pen can become contaminated with blood. After an injection, blood or other cells from the person can get inside the cartridge that holds the insulin. If the person has a serious disease such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B, or hepatitis C, it can be passed on to the next person who uses the pen.

It's important for women to be aware of an issue with the prescription product Angeliq, a hormone-based medicine used to relieve the symptoms of menopause. Unfortunately, we're aware of errors where it's been dispensed or prescribed improperly as an oral contraceptive.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 19:04

More than TWO could be a clue!

A consumer recently contacted us about a medication error that occurred with her father's prescription. The prescription was for a highly concentrated form of liquid morphine known as Roxanol.

Monday, 21 April 2014 19:19

Preventing Diagnostic Error Resources

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The National Patient Safety Foundation, in collaboration with the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine recently developed a package of educational materials for patients and consumers specifically related to better understanding and prevention of diagnostic errors. Click here for links and resources to download.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to immediately stop using Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen, marketed as a product for weight loss and body reshaping. The product contains at least one potentially harmful active pharmaceutical ingredient that is not listed on the product's label.
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Monday, 04 November 2013 00:00

Teens and Steroids: A Dangerous Combo

The abuse of anabolic steroids can cause both temporary and permanent injury to anyone using them. Teenagers, whose bodies are still developing, are at heightened risk. An alarming number of them are trying steroids in hopes of improving their athletic prowess or their appearance. Ali Mohamadi, M.D., a medical officer in the Food and Drug Administration’s Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products, warns teens and parents about the dangers of steroid use.

Thursday, 23 January 2014 00:00

Treating Head Lice

Head lice. Every parent’s nightmare.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013 00:00

Post-Surgery Codeine Puts Kids at Risk

Children are often prescribed codeine for pain relief after surgery to remove their tonsils or adenoids to treat chronic tonsillitis or sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing problems make it hard for them to sleep soundly.

Monday, 31 March 2014 14:54

Use Certain Laxatives with Caution

Constipation may not be a subject for polite conversation, but it's a condition that bothers many of us on occasion.

Exploiting the public's rising concern about concussions, some companies are offering untested, unproven and possibly dangerous products that claim to prevent, treat or cure concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).