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Safe handling of concentrated electrolyte products from outsourcing facilities during critical drug shortages.
National Alert Network. Horsham, PA: Institute for Safe Medication Practices; Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. May 24, 2018.
Drug shortages can necessitate hospitals to find alternative sources for important medications. This alert raises awareness of risks associated with potassium chloride use due to variations in labeling, packaging, or concentration of outsourced medications. Recommendations include use of barcode scanning and communicating with staff regarding drug shortages.
Hospira Carpuject pre-filled cartridges—drug alert: products may contain more than the intended fill volume.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; May 23, 2012.
This announcement raises awareness of pre-filled medication cartridges that may be overfilled, thereby increasing the risk of overdose. The FDA recommends that practitioners confirm the dosage prior to dispensing and administering the medication.
National Alert Network for Serious Medication Errors. Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and Institute for Safe Medication Practices; June 16, 2010.
This announcement describes potential dosing errors that may result from a shortage of pre-filled Epinephrine syringes.
Information Exchange System Alert. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; July 18, 2007.
This international announcement provides guidance on the safe administration of the chemotherapeutic agent vincristine.