The following are excerpts from the newsletter

January 10, 2013

  • QuarterWatch™ (2012—Quarter 2)
    Signals for finasteride, methylphenidate patches, and anticoagulants

  • Safety Brief: Look-alike opioids. HYDROmorphone and morphine mix-ups are common enough.  Unfortunately, Westward’s 1 mL vials of HYDROmorphone 2 mg/mL and morphine sulfate 5 mg/mL may increase the risk due to similar looking vials.

  • Safety Brief: Compounding commission issues a report. A commission formed by Governor Deval Patrick has issued its report recommending a sweeping set of changes that should prove helpful in advancing the safety of sterile compounding.  This was in response to the tragic fungal meningitis outbreak linked to manufacturing by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, MA.

  • Safety Brief: Acetaminophen dose isn’t right for kids. A hospital pharmacist expressed concern about an acetaminophen oral suspension label.  The issue is the use of the word “Children’s” on the unit dose container labels of 325 mg and 650 mg cups of acetaminophen oral suspension from PrecisionDose. 

  • 1-week “rotation” at ISMP. There is room for a few more participants in the weeklong ISMP Practitioner in Residence Program on February 11-15 at the ISMP offices in suburban Philadelphia, PA.  For further details, please visit:

  • ISMP webinars. There has been a change of date for the ISMP webinar titled Taking Charge when Drug Shortages Arise: A Model for Decision Making and Action.  The date has changed from January to February 14, 2013.

  • ISMP will be holding a webinar titled Reducing IV Admixture-Related Safety Risks: Implementation of the ISMP Guidelines for SAFE Preparation of Sterile Compounds on March 14, 2013.  For details about both webinars, please visit:

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