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10 safety tips to follow when using liquid medicines

Friday, March 21, 2014, 9:52 AM
Three out of four people make mistakes when measuring doses of liquid medicines, particularly when using dosing cups that come with OTC medicines. More than one-third of the mistakes are large overdoses, which can be particularly serious in children. The errors are most often due to: 1) confusing... Read more

OTC liquid medicines going metric

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 5:30 AM
Over-the-counter (OTC) liquid medicines can be found in practically every household. They are commonly used for children or adults who have difficulty swallowing pills. In some cases, the medicine itself is absorbed better and faster in a liquid form, so even people who do not have difficulty swallowing... Read more

Three myths that lead to fatal medication events in the home

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:24 AM
Medication safety in the home is an important public health issue. Almost half of all Americans have taken at least one prescription medication in the last month and more than three-quarters have taken an over-the-counter (OTC) drug. Most of these medications are taken in the consumer’s home... Read more

FDA can help reduce dabigatran (PRADAXA) bleeding

Monday, February 17, 2014, 9:23 AM
Two recently published studies of one of the newer blood thinners, Pradaxa, point the way to reducing the risk of its major drawback—high rates of bleeding of 16% a year. Pradaxa was approved in October 2010 as an alternative to the standby blood thinner Coumadin (warfarin). Both are effective... Read more

Oral rotavirus vaccine is ineffective by injection

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 12:05 PM
Rotavirus is a virus that causes a type of gastroenteritis (inflammation of the lining of the stomach and intestines) that can lead to severe watery diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain. According to the CDC, rotavirus gastroenteritis can also lead to dehydration (loss of body fluids) in babies... Read more

Critical IV solution shortage affecting US hospitals

Monday, January 27, 2014, 9:31 AM
The country is experiencing a serious shortage of certain IV fluids, mainly involving sodium chloride injection 0.9% (IV saline) in 1,000 mL bags. Some hospitals have also been short of Lactated Ringer’s solution. Smaller size bags are available right now but we’re hearing that those... Read more

Contact lens wearers — beware when using Clear Care

Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 10:42 AM
In December 2010 and again in May 2012, Check-Up warned consumers who wear contact lenses about Clear Care, a lens cleaning product from Ciba Vision (a Novartis company) that contains hydrogen peroxide. The product must only be used to soak contact lenses within a special lens case that deactivates... Read more

Adverse effects of numbing medications for teething in babies

Monday, December 30, 2013, 6:00 AM
What do you do when your baby who is teething starts kvetching and crying? Let me tell you what not to do. Many parents like to rub numbing medications on their baby’s gums to treat the discomfort. Products for this purpose, called topical anesthetics, are available for purchase over the counter... Read more

Keeping kids safe from accidental poisonings this holiday season

Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 11:08 AM
Michael Cohen, RPh, Institute for Safe Medication Practices, Horsham, PA; Jeanette Trella, PharmD, Managing Director, The Poison Control Center, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. For many of us, the holidays will include traditional family gatherings that are heartwarming and joyous occasions... Read more

Does this new medicine replace one of my current medicines?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 5:00 AM
When your health condition changes, or when new treatments become available, your healthcare providers may recommend changes to your medicines. If this happens, it’s important to know whether the changes affect the use of other medicines you are already taking. It’s also important to make... 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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