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Michael Cohen

Ticking sound with epinephrine autoinjector is normal

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 9:21 AM
Epinephrine is a medication that’s important to have on hand if you or a loved one has severe allergies to a particular substance like certain medications, bee stings, etc. The good news is the drug can be prescribed by your doctor as an autoinjector that can be carried on the person at all times... Read more

Ongoing issues that can obstruct safety at the drugstore

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 9:43 AM
When a pharmacist dispenses a medication, especially a new one, it’s important to assure the patient has all the information they need to use the medication safely. For this reason, state boards of pharmacy in NJ, PA and DE have regulations on the books that require pharmacists to educate or... Read more

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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 11:41 AM
FDA is moving the smoking cessation drug Chantix into the drug safety spotlight tomorrow. The agency has scheduled a joint public meeting of two advisory committees to review the current Boxed Warning and Medication Guide. Some history: In 2008, my organization, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices... Read more

Compounded pain creams and adverse effects

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 5:30 AM
Some compounding pharmacies are preparing compounded pain creams and ointments that contain a combination of multiple potent medications. Many include drugs that can cause central nervous system depression or cardiac effects such as ketamine, baclofen, cyclobenzaprine, lidocaine, tricyclic antidepressants... Read more

Recommendations for preventing harm from accidental medicine poisonings in children

Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 8:53 AM
Last week, I discussed a recent study that shed light on deep-rooted causes of child poisonings with medicines. Interviews were conducted with caregivers who reported child poisonings, which gave valuable information about causes that may have been overlooked in prior studies. Based on this information... Read more

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

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9:06 AM
A recent study provides parents with insights regarding accidental child poisonings with medicines. The purpose of the study was to identify the deep-rooted causes of accidental poisonings with medicines. To do this, the researchers conducted interviews with caregivers who reported child poisonings... Read more

Breast milk mix-ups at daycare facilities

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 5:30 AM
Many breastfeeding mothers who return to work utilize daycare providers to care for their breastfed babies. Those who want to exclusively breastfeed their babies will need to plan for the transition ahead. In some circumstances the mother can come into the daycare facility to breastfeed at arranged... Read more

Following through on medicine safety concerns

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 10:27 AM
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 used to treat various ear, nose, throat, chest, and skin infections. When dropping off the prescription at the pharmacy, a pharmacist asked the mother for... Read more

To err is human… Avoid these common medicine missteps

Thursday, July 10, 2014, 9:45 AM
When it comes to medicines, you may already know how essential it is to exactly follow the instructions of your healthcare provider or directions on over-the-counter (OTC) Drug Facts labels. But you may be overlooking some habits or beliefs that can keep you from getting the full benefit of your medicines... Read more

New connectors coming for healthcare tubing and catheters

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 2:15 PM
One of the most serious medical errors is when a healthcare worker inadvertently connects the wrong syringe or fluid container to patient tubing, then delivers a substance through an unintended and therefore wrong route of administration. Misconnection incidents are rare, but they do occur and can... Read more
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Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. President, Pharmaceutical Business Research Associates
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