Acute Care Volume 21, Issue 13

Medication Safety Alert! June 30, 2016

In this week's issue:

  • QuarterWatch™ Annual Report Issue: Trends and Changes in 2015 That Impact Medication Safety
    • More on Harm from Fluoroquinolones
  • Contaminated liquid docusate
  • It's Exelan, not Exelon
  • Colestipol confusion

 

Featured article

ISMP’s QuarterWatch™ provides an overview of drug safety issues reflected in adverse drug events reported to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during 2015. Based on these data, along with outpatient prescription volume data from IMS Health, this annual report identifies both positive and negative changes in 2015 with significant implications for patient safety, including:

  • A dangerous health gamble with the rapid uptake of a new class of type 2 diabetes drugs, sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors
  • Nearly 3,000 deaths and 16,000 hemorrhages reported with oral anticoagulants...

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