Patient Safety

Could Embedding a Magnifier Lens into Labels Improve Their Readability?

A recent survey of more than a hundred U.S. consumers over 40 years of age finds that more than 80% have trouble reading small print on labels. Jim Rittenburg, Co-Founder of IC Optix, considers this a significant patient safety concern—and has a solution in mind.

Use of "Passive" Systems Urged to Prevent Needle Sticks, Needle Reuse

In February 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a new policy urging the use of “smart” syringes to promote injection safety. “Transmission of infection through an unsafe injection occurs all over the world,” the WHO states on its Web site.

SABIC Exhibiting Polymer Technologies for Healthcare Products at K 2013

At K 2013 through October 23, SABIC is highlighting engineered thermoplastics and polymer technologies for healthcare product applications. Products include solutions for flexible packaging, for drug delivery, and for minimizing healthcare-associated infections.  

Pharmapack Europe: Packaging Enhances Product Value, Patient Safety

Pharmapack Europe kicked off its patient-centered conference and exhibition on February 13 in Paris, promoting ideas and technologies for driving product safety and ease of use, patient compliance, and anticounterfeiting. Speakers at the conference urged attendees to consider the importance of packaging and labeling for effective product use.

European Medicines Agency Updates Advice for Spraying Fibrin Sealants During Surgery

The European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has issued new instructions to promote safe use of the fibrin sealants Tisseel, Tissucol, Artiss, and Beriplast P during surgery. This advice follows that issued for two other fibrin sealants, Evicel and Quixil, in November 2012. Employed to help reduce local bleeding, these sealants are typically dripped or sprayed onto bleeding tissue to form a fibrin clot.

Exploring Needle Safety

Safe in Common (SIC), a non-profit organization aiming to end needlestick and sharps-related injuries, is hosting a panel of healthcare safety experts this week to discuss development of a unified plan to address the shortcomings in injury prevention. According to the group, "The Unfinished Agenda" picks up where federal regulations left off more than 10 years ago and examines modern needlestick safety from its roots in the 1980s HIV/AIDS crisis to where we stand today.

Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Discontinues Suboxone Tablets

The company has halted production of the tablets due to risk of pediatric exposure.

In response to a number of queries from stakeholders, RB confirms that Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc. confirms that it notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on September 18, 2012 that the company is voluntarily discontinuing the supply of Suboxone Tablets in the US (buprenorphine and naloxone sublingual tablets [CIII]) due to increasing concerns with pediatric exposure.

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FDA Warns Against Use of Diarrhea Treatment

The agency has issued a safety alert on Intestinomicina, a drug product for treatment of infectious diarrhea.

 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use Intestinomicina, a drug product manufactured in El Salvador and marketed as a treatment for infectious diarrhea and acute gastrointestinal infections. Consumers who have purchased this product should immediately stop taking it and consult with a health care provider. Intestinominica contains the prescription drug ingredient, chloramphenicol. Oral forms of chloramphenicol were formally withdrawn from the United States market in July 2012 due to the risk of serious and life threatening injuries.

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Editorial: You, Too, Can Drive Healthcare Efficiency

I recently downloaded the iPhone app iTriage, just to be able to manage my health needs while on the go.

Little did I know that I would hear HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius extoll iTriage's benefits at Datapalooza 3. The app is among new tools that seek to mine healthcare data for innovation and progress.

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Changing Patient Behavior with Packaging

Human behavior has been all but ignored as the root cause for the failure of healthcare adherence, argues John Bitner, a design engineer who has studied human interaction with packaging for decades. “People are adverse to change,” he says. “Even when faced with a very bad disease, and they know a lifestyle change is essential to survival, for whatever reason, they cannot.”

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