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  • FDA MedWatch: Chlorhexidine Gluconate - Rare But Serious Allergic Reactions

    Thursday, February 2, 2017

    FDA is warning that rare but serious allergic reactions have been reported with the widely used skin antiseptic products containing chlorhexidine gluconate. Although rare, the number of reports of serious allergic reactions to these products has increased over the last several years.

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  • FDA MedWatch: Vancomycin Hydrochlorida for Injection, USP by Hospira–Recall

    Wednesday, January 25, 2017

    Hospira, Inc. is voluntarily recalling one lot of Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Injection, USP (NDC: 0409-6510-01, Lot 591053A, Expiry Date 1NOV2017), to the hospital/retail level due to a confirmed customer report for the presence of particulate matter within a single vial. The product is packaged in a carton containing 1x100 mL vial. The lot was distributed from August 2016 through September 2016 in the United States.

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  • CDC Health Advisory: Investigation of Seoul Virus Outbreak Associated with Home-based, Rat breeding Facilities in WI and IL

    Tuesday, January 24, 2017

    CDC and health officials from Wisconsin and Illinois are conducting an investigation of Seoul virus infections among pet rats and persons exposed to rats at rat-breeding facilities in Wisconsin and Illinois. Seoul virus is a member of the hantavirus group of rodent-borne viruses. Trace-back and trace-out investigations of possibly infected rodents have identified distribution chains in other states that may require additional investigations.

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  • FDA Class 2 Recall: Fresenius 2008 Dialysis Machines due to UF Rate Errors

    Friday, January 20, 2017

    Reason for recall: When the UF Rate, Goal or Time is adjusted using the up and down arrow keys, and the change is cancelled by using the esc key, the cancelled UF Rate is actually being executed rather than rate displayed on the machine.

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  • RECALL: Tego Connector No. D1000, NM1000

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    The FDA has announced the recall of the Tego Connector No. D1000, NM1000, a Needle Free Access Device intended for use as an accessory to an HD or infusion catheter.

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  • Lifepak 1000 Defibrillators by Physio-Control: Remove and Reinstall Battery

    Monday, January 16, 2017

    Physio-Control announced that the company is launching a voluntary field action for the LIFEPAK 1000 defibrillator due to reported instances where the device has shut down unexpectedly during patient treatment.   

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  • FDA Medical Device Recall: Nurse Assist Normal Saline Flush IV Syringes

    Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.

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  • FDA MedWatch: Pioglitazone-containing Medicines: Drug Safety Communication - Updated FDA Review, Increased Risk of Bladder Cancer

    Monday, December 19, 2016

    As a result of an updated review, the FDA has concluded that use of the type 2 diabetes medicine pioglitazone (Actos, Actoplus Met, Actoplus Met XR, Duetact, Oseni) may be linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer. The labels of pioglitazone-containing medicines already contain warnings about this risk, and FDA has approved label updates to describe the additional studies reviewed.

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  • ZIKA UPDATE: CDC Guidance for Travel and Testing of Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age

    Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    On November 28, 2016, the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) reported the first case of locally acquired mosquito-borne Zika virus infection in the city of Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas. On December 9, 2016, four additional cases in people living in proximity to the first case were reported. TDSHS continues to investigate Zika virus transmission in Brownsville.

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  • CMS publishes proposed rule on Fire Safety Requirement for Applicable Dialysis Facilities

    Thursday, November 3, 2016

    Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule to update Medicare fire protection guidelines for certain dialysis facilities to ensure that patients are protected from fire while receiving treatment in those facilities. CMS strives to promote health and safety for all patients, family, and staff in every provider and supplier setting, and fire safety requirements are an important part of this effort.

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