Medication Safety Alert! July 27, 2017
In this week's issue:
- QuarterWatch™ (2016 Annual Report) Part II: Oral Anticoagulants - The Nation's Top Risk of Acute Injury from Drugs
- Prefilled opioid syringe shortage coming?
- More on fentaNYL, carfentanil exposure
- Unsafe procainamide packaging
- Tell consumers what to expect
- New 2017-2018 ISMP Fellows
- Viktoriya Ingram, PharmD, 2017-2018 ISMP Safe Medication Management Fellow sponsored by Baxter International, Inc.
- David Valentine, PharmD, 2017-2018 ISMP Safe Medication Management Fellow sponsored by the US Air Force (USAF)
The latest annual report of ISMP’s QuarterWatch™ analyzes more than 1.2 million new adverse drug event reports submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) during 2016. Part I of this newsletter feature, which appeared in the July 13, 2017 issue, examined drug withdrawal symptoms reported by large populations of patients who have stopped taking opioids, antidepressants, and certain neuropathic pain, antianxiety, and sedative/hypnotic medications. In Part II, we examine the high risk of acute injuries linked to oral anticoagulants and outline...