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FDA identifies harm reported from sudden discontinuation of opioid pain medicines and requires label changes to guide prescribers on gradual, individualized tapering.
Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; April 9, 2019.
Efforts to address the opioid epidemic range from regulation to changes in pain management. This safety announcement raises awareness of potential harms associated with rapidly decreasing the dose of or discontinuing opioids for patients who may be physically dependent on the medication. It also announces a requirement regarding changes to prescribing information for opioids to provide expanded guidance on how to safely taper doses. Health care providers should discuss tapering plans with patients and provide ongoing monitoring and support.
US Food and Drug Administration. March 8, 2019.
Errors of commission during complex procedures can contribute to patient harm. Drawing from an analysis of medical device reports submitted to the Food and Drug Administration, this announcement seeks to raise awareness of common adverse events associated with surgical staplers and implantable staples. User-related problems include opening of the staple line, misapplied staples, and staple gun difficulties. Recommendations include ensuring availability of various staple sizes and avoiding use of staples on large blood vessels.
FDA Safety Communication: caution when using robotically-assisted surgical devices in women's health including mastectomy and other cancer-related surgeries.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; February 28, 2019.
This announcement seeks to raise awareness of the potential risks associated with the use of robotic-assisted surgical devices in mastectomies or cancer-related care. Recommendations for patients who may seek to have robotically assisted surgery include asking about their surgeon's experience with these procedures and discussing benefits, risks, and alternatives regarding available treatment options with their health care provider. Suggestions for health care providers include completing specialized training on procedures they perform. A WebM&M commentary described the challenges and benefits associated with robotic surgery.
FDA Safety Communication: use caution with implanted pumps for intrathecal administration of medicines for pain management.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; November 14, 2018.
This safety announcement raises awareness of pump failures, dosing errors, and other potential safety issues associated with implanted pumps. Recommendations to enhance safety include review of medication labeling to select appropriate medicines and concentrations as well as open discussions with patients about risks associated with pump and medication options.
Differences in strength expression on product labels of compounders and conventional manufacturers may lead to dosing errors.
Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; September 29, 2018.
Request for comments on the proposed measures and 2020 targets for the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention: inpatient and outpatient measures for reduction of adverse drug events from anticoagulants, diabetes agents, and opioid analgesics.
Federal Register. Washington, DC: Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, US Department of Health and Human Services. October 20, 2016;81:72594-72595.
National attention has focused on efforts to address adverse drug events. This call for comments seeks insights regarding revisions to a 2014 action plan that highlighted how to reduce adverse drug events associated with anticoagulants, diabetes agents, and opioids. These proposed updates involve measures to apply in both the inpatient and outpatient environments to track adverse drug events. The opportunity to submit written comments is now closed.
FDA Safety Communication. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; September 17, 2015.
Use of incompletely cleaned medical devices has been linked to health care–associated infections. Drawing from reports submitted to the FDA regarding infections related to reprocessed flexible bronchoscopes, this announcement offers recommendations to enhance the reliability of scope sterilization methods.
AHRQ Announces Interest in Research About the Epidemiology of Patient Safety Risks and Harms in Ambulatory Health Care Settings.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Special Emphasis Notice. February 10, 2015. Publication No. NOT-HS-15-006.
This announcement highlights AHRQ funding opportunities to support continued research regarding effective tracking and identification of adverse incidents in ambulatory practice, with an emphasis on designing, refining, or validating epidemiological methods to augment the study of patient safety in ambulatory care.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; February 21, 2011.
This announcement reports the recall of several mislabeled products, including the commonly used anticoagulant warfarin.
Federal Register. October 22, 2010;75:65359-65360.
This announcement discusses the Patient Safety Act, describes the role of Common Formats in collecting adverse event data through Patient Safety Organizations, and calls for feedback from the field to guide modifications.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Fed Register. September 2, 2009;74:45457-45458.
This announcement and accompanying Web site provide version 1.0 of the standardized guidelines for health care agencies to voluntarily report patient safety and health care information. Empowered by the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, AHRQ-funded Patient Safety Organizations will analyze and organize the data.
QualityNet. February 18, 2009.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is conducting a field test of nine AHRQ quality and patient safety indicators. Hospitals participating in the review process receive confidential reports on their performance results and national comparative data.
Shuren J. Federal Register. October 23, 2008;73:63153-63157.
This announcement invites field review of proposed information elements to be included in a Food and Drug Administration portal designed to collect drug- and product-related adverse event reports. The comment collection period is now closed.
Federal Register. February 12, 2008;73:8112-8183.
These proposed rules seek to support the implementation of portions of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 including how entities are defined as a patient safety organization (PSO) and how PSOs will collect and protect safety incident data. The comment period on the proposed rules is now closed.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; August 13, 2007.
This announcement describes a fatal overdose of a protease inhibitor in an infant and discusses how to prevent such occurrences.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; February 6, 2007.
This announcement alerts health care providers to the potential for life-threatening errors involving two heparin products and provides recommendations to minimize mistakes.
Roxane Laboratories Initiates a Nationwide Voluntary Recall of a Single Manufacturing Lot of Azathioprine Tablets in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; July 13, 2006.
This news release announces the recall of a manufacturing lot of Azathioprine. Bottles may have been erroneously filled with another medication, which could lead to serious health effects for those taking the drug.
Baltimore, MD: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Public Affairs; May 18, 2006.
This fact sheet provides information regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' initiative to better understand and minimize never events.
FDA preliminary public health notification: update of information about Ralstonia spp. associated with Vapotherm Respiratory Gas Administration device.
Schultz DG. Rockville, MD: Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration; December 20, 2005.
This safety alert for health care practitioners discusses bacterial contamination of gas devices and recommends alternatives be used until the source of the contamination is identified.
Risk of electromagnetic interference with medical telemetry systems operating in the 460-470 MHz frequency bands.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; November 16, 2005.
This announcement notifies health care practitioners of possible interference with medical alarms and patient monitoring systems caused by mobile radio transmitters.