Archives for January 2015

Glove Use Information Leaflet

Outline of the evidence and considerations on medical glove use to prevent germ transmission

 

Definitions Medical gloves are defined as disposable gloves used during medical procedures; they include:

1. Examination gloves (non sterile or sterile)

OIG Raps CMS Oversight of Compounded Drugs

The Office of Inspector General recommends 55 practices to ensure quality and safety.

 

More than 2 years after drugs contaminated with a virulent fungus killed 64 patients and caused related illnesses in another 687, Medicare-approved hospital accreditors still don’t properly oversee contracts hospitals have with compounding pharmacies to assure these drugs are safe, according to an Office of Inspector General report.

Bethel Nutritional Consulting, Inc. Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall of SLIM-K Capsules Due to Undeclared Drug Ingredients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 19, 2014 – New York, NY – Bethel Nutritional Consulting, Inc. is recalling one lot ofSLIM-K Capsules to the consumer level. The firm was informed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that a sample of SLIM-K collected and tested by the FDA was found to contain Sibutramine, desmethylsibutramine, and Phenolphthalein. Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that was withdrawn from the U.S. market in October 2010 (due to increased risk of seizures, heart attacks, arrhythmia and strokes). Phenolphthalein is an ingredient previously used in over-the-counter laxatives, but because of concerns of carcinogenicity, it is not currently approved for marketing in the United States. These undeclared ingredients make this product an unapproved new drug for which safety and efficacy have not been established.

Warning Letter for Hageman Dairy

On September 5 and October 8, 15, 16, 17, and 24, 2014, an investigator from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, acting on behalf of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), conducted an investigation of your beef cow-calf, beef cattle back-grounding, and beef cattle feeding operation located at 1569 205th Avenue., Ossian, Iowa.   This letter notifies you of the violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) that we found during our investigation of your operation. You can find the FD&C Act and its associated regulations on the internet through links on FDA’s web page at www.fda.gov.

 

CEO Mike Coughlin Presents at FIP World Congress about the Importance of Pharmacist Accessibility to Patients

This year at the 2014 FIP (International Pharmaceutical Federation) World Congress in Bangkok, ScriptPro CEO Mike Coughlin presented important information regarding accessibility to pharmacists, and why it is so critical that pharmacists be available to patients at all times.