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The following are excerpts from the newsletter

April 10, 2014

In this week's issue:

  • Take a tour of ISMP's ConsumerMedSafety.org website: Provide your patients with a link to the site
  • New connectors coming for enteral feeding tubes
    • Later this year, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will introduce new design standards for enteral feeding device connectors.
  • The mL-only standard for liquid dosing gathers steam.
    • The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) just released a white paper supporting milliliter (mL) as the standard unit of liquid measure on prescription container labels for oral liquid medications. It also calls for dosing devices with numeric graduations and for units that correspond to product labeling. 
  • MARQIBO and risk of errors.
    • Fatal mix-ups have occurred between liposomal and conventional formulations of various drugs. Although we haven’t learned of any actual events involving vinCRIStine sulfate liposome injection (MARQIBO) and conventional vinCRIStine sulfate injection, a mix-up could happen.
  • ANGELIQ-not a birth control pill!
    • Angeliq is a hormone-based medicine, used to treat symptoms of menopause. Unfortunately, we’re aware of errors where it was prescribed improperly as an oral contraceptive.
  • Quarterly Action Agenda (January - March 2014)

Special announcement...

  • ISMP webinar
    • Join ISMP for our April 23 webinar, Basal Bolus Insulin Therapy: Implementing Best Practices for Inpatients with Hyperglycemia. According to 2014 American Diabetes Association guidelines, non-critically ill, hospitalized diabetic patients should be managed with scheduled subcutaneous insulin doses that include basal, nutritional, and correctional components. Learn how to successfully transition an organization to this best practice, use metrics to show improved outcomes, and build the components of a competency-based educational program.
    • For details, visit: www.ismp.org/educational/webinars.asp.

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