FDA MedWatch - November 2009 FDA Patient Safety News now available*

FDA Patient Safety News (PSN) is a monthly video news show for healthcare professionals.

It covers significant safety alerts, recalls, new product approvals, and offers important tips on protecting patients. Read the complete stories and watch or download the video program at http://www.fda.gov/psn . You may have already received notification of some of these safety issues through the MedWatch E-list. However, many of these PSN stories contain video footage and demonstrations that may be especially useful to educators in healthcare facilities and academic institutions.

Stories in the November 2009 edition include:

Vaccines for 2009 H1N1 Influenza - Some basics about the 2009 H1N1 vaccine&hellip

Pedi-Cap End-Tidal CO2 Detectors Recalled - May be difficult to manually ventilate a patient or detect changes in CO2 levels&hellip

Life-Threatening Skin Reactions with Intelence - New labeling for this HIV drug warns that the drug must be discontinued immediately if severe skin or hypersensitivity reactions develop&hellip

Liberte Coronary Stent Now Called VeriFLEX - Name change due to mix-ups with the company's TAXUS Liberté drug-eluting stents&hellip

Inaccurate Readings with Philips Avalon Fetal Monitors - Inaccuracies include halving or doubling of the fetal heart rate, and switching between the fetal and maternal heart rates&hellip

Pure Red Cell Aplasia with Cellcept and Myfortic - Reducing the dose or stopping the drug may reverse the aplasia, but reducing immunosuppression in transplant patients could place the graft at risk.&hellip

Recall of ConMed Linvatec Surgical Handpieces and Cables - Switch problems may cause certain models to self-activate, continue to run after the trigger is released, or to run in the wrong direction&hellip

TNF Blockers and Cancer in Children - Updated boxed warning for Remicade, Enbrel, Humira, Cimzia, and Simponi...

Portex Uncuffed Pediatric Tracheal Tubes Recalled - Defect could increase airway resistance, and compromise the ability to ventilate a patient&hellip

Safety Concerns with Philips Medical Alert Pendants - Emergency help buttons worn around the neck may pose a choking hazard if the cord becomes entangled&hellip
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