Medication Safety Alert! April 19, 2018
In this week's issue:
- Investigational Drugs: Product-Related Issues Pose Significant Challenges (Part I)
- Product appearance too similar
- Potassium chloride concentrate unsafe in a syringe
- Rule of thumb with Simplist syringes
- Potential for mix-ups between oxyCODONE and oxybutynin
An investigational drug is a chemical or biological substance that has been tested in the laboratory and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for testing in people during clinical trials. Investigational drugs can include both prescription and nonprescription medications, but some fall into the category of high-alert medications and have a narrow therapeutic index that requires careful testing to determine the most effective and safe doses. While the sponsoring company’s attention is highly focused on the safety profile of the drug and its clinical effects on patients, those...