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Posted 16 Sep 2011 by Drugs.com
FRIDAY, Sept. 16 – Despite ongoing prevention efforts, a growing number of young children are being accidentally poisoned with medications, according to new research. The study, which was based on data reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers between 2001 and 2008, found that medication poisoning among children aged 5 and under increased by 22 percent, although the number of children in the United States in this age group rose by only 8 percent during the study period. "The problem of pediatric poisoning in the U.S. is getting worse, not better," Dr. Randall Bond, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said in a hospital news release. In conducting the study, which is scheduled for publication in the Journal of Pediatrics, the researchers reviewed information on over 544,000 children who landed in the emergency department due to medication poisoning ... Read more
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FDA Medwatch Alert: Needleless Pre-filled Glass Syringes: Stakeholder Advisory - Compatibility Problems with Needleless Intravenous Access Systems
Posted 7 May 2011 by Drugs.com
Reports Received on Adenosine and Amiodarone Products [UPDATED 05/06/2011] FDA recommends that, to reduce the potential risks to patients, healthcare professionals and risk managers stock crash carts, ambulances, and emergency rooms with adenosine and amiodarone supplied in vials or pre-filled plastic syringes, if possible. The use of needleless pre-filled glass syringes in emergency situations should be avoided. Refer to the May 2011 FDA Drug Safety Communication, featuring photos, a list of affected adenosine and amiodarone products, and IV access systems known to be incompatible with adenosine and amiodarone pre-filled glass syringes. [Posted 11/17/2010] ISSUE: FDA is notifying healthcare professionals, especially those working in emergency and critical care settings, of reports of compatibility problems when certain needleless pre-filled glass syringes are used with some ne ... Read more