The following are excerpts from the newsletter
- Let's get our fax straight!
- Habla español?
- The real problem with generic warfarin
- Safety Briefs
- Roche adds boldfaced warning about risk of depression,
psychosis and suicidal thoughts and actions to the labeling
- Clinical studies for Proleukin®
use differnt types of units -- I.U., Roche units and
Cetus units. The units aare vastly different. Use care
in dosing to indicate the type of units used!
- Renal paatient dies in California hospital after drinking
what she thought was juice from a cup at her bedside.
She actually drank mercuric chloride and potassium dichromate
in formaldehyde known as Zenker's Solutions. A resident
physician had left the solution in a specimen container
aaat her bedside aafter a procedure had been canceled.
- University of California San Diego study published
in February 28th issue of the Lancet got widespread
media coverage. The study indicated that the number
of American who died from medication errors increased
sharply from 1983 to 1993.
- Have you ever seen a "Don't bother me -- it's your
problem" preprinted protocol? We recently saw a preprinted
acute pain protocol order sheet listing six different
analgesics (3 parenteral, 3 oral), all with dose ranges
(e.g., morphine 4-10 mg IM q 4 h, Vicodin 1 tab PO q
4-6 h, etc.), which forced the nurse to choose the drug,
dose, dosage form, route, frequency and indication.
- Topical phenylephrine contributes
to child's death
- Potassium chloride injection survey results
- Why you need up-to-date texts!
- Safety Briefs
- Novartis sends Dear Doctor letter to inform health
professionals that Tegretol®
Suspension (carbamazepine) should not be administered
simultaneously with other liquid medicicnal agents or
- Make sure of dose limits for oral and IV colchine.
- Written orders for a drug to be dosed over "96 hours"
may be inadvertently misread as "q6 hours."
- Ortho McNeil Pharmaceuticals is making changes to
unit-dose package to improve readability