Chantix (varenicline), thoughts of suicide/self-injury and homicide

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FDA is moving the smoking cessation drug Chantix into the drug safety spotlight tomorrow. The agency has scheduled a joint public meeting of... Read more

Compounded pain creams and adverse effects

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Some compounding pharmacies are preparing compounded pain creams and ointments that contain a combination of multiple potent medications. Many... Read more

Recommendations for preventing harm from accidental medicine poisonings in children

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Last week, I discussed a recent study that shed light on deep-rooted causes of child poisonings with medicines. Interviews were conducted with... Read more

Accidental childhood poisonings happen when medicine is not where it’s normally stored

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A recent study provides parents with insights regarding accidental child poisonings with medicines. The purpose of the study was to identify... Read more

Breast milk mix-ups at daycare facilities

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Many breastfeeding mothers who return to work utilize daycare providers to care for their breastfed babies. Those who want to exclusively breastfeed... Read more

Following through on medicine safety concerns

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The mother of an 8-month-old girl was given a prescription for her baby for amoxicillin 400 mg twice daily. Amoxicillin is an antibiotic commonly... Read more

To err is human… Avoid these common medicine missteps

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When it comes to medicines, you may already know how essential it is to exactly follow the instructions of your healthcare provider or directions... Read more

New connectors coming for healthcare tubing and catheters

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One of the most serious medical errors is when a healthcare worker inadvertently connects the wrong syringe or fluid container to patient tubing... Read more