FDA finds fungal, bacterial contaminants in Newbern pharmacy’s steroid medicine

Both bacterial and fungal contaminants have been detected in unopened vials of drugs made by Main Street Family Pharmacy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday, providing the first direct evidence that the pharmacy is responsible for a new outbreak involving a widely used steroid medication. So far, methylprednisolone acetate from the Newbern, Tenn., …

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Hepatitis in clinical laboratories: a three-year survey

In a survey of laboratories where members of the Association of Clinical Pathologists worked, hepatitis was reported from 5 percent of 244 in 1970, 7 percent of 215 in 1971, and 2 percent of 337 in 1972. Of the 36 laboratories reporting hepatitis, a modest excess tested specimens from haemodialysis, transplant, and haemophilia units and …

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Incidence of tuberculosis, hepatitis, brucellosis, and shigellosis in British medical laboratory workers.

A retrospective postal survey of 21 000 medical laboratory workers in England and Wales showed 18 new cases of pulmonary tuberculosis in 1971, a five-times increased risk of acquiring the disease compared with the general population. Technicians were at greatest risk, especially if they worked in morbid anatomy departments. Of the 35 cases of hepatitis, …

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Aseptic Technique Prevents Infection

As pharmacists and technicians, we are an integral part of the delivery of health care to patients in a variety of practice settings. One of the most important changes that we can actively contribute to is the “Targeting Zero” initiative, created by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) to prevent the …

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http://www.clinicaliq.com/content/aseptic_technique.pdf

A new article by Eric S. Kastango, MBA, RPh, FASHP, published in the April 2009 issue of Pharmacy Purchasing & Products,  explores the importance of spreading the word around an aseptic technique that prevents infection. Below is a small excerpt with a link to the full article. http://www.clinicaliq.com/content/aseptic_technique.pdf As pharmacists and technicians, we are an …

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