• Worth repeating… Fentanyl patches can be deadly to children

    Over the years, we have written articles about keeping medicines up and away and out of the reach and sight of children. However, accidental exposure to medicine still remains the leading cause of poisonings in children. We have also warned about the dangers of medicine patches, particularly fentanyl patches. These patches contain a powerful pain medicine that has resulted in death when children have put them on their skin or ingested them. So, it is Worth repeating some important safety tips for use when anyone in your home uses fentanyl patches.

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  • Mix-ups Between the Influenza (Flu) Vaccine and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccines

    The 2021-2022 influenza (flu) vaccine became available in September 2021. Since then, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has received numerous reports of mix-ups between the flu vaccine and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines. Most of the reports were from consumers. All of the mixups occurred in retail pharmacies. In most cases, people went to their local pharmacy for a flu vaccine but received one of the COVID-19 vaccines instead. But in a few cases, people received the flu vaccine instead of the intended COVID-19 vaccine. Here are a few examples of the errors that were reported.

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  • Advice from FDA: Be wary of unproven claims to treat infertility

    Infertility, not being able to have children, affects about 12% of women (aged 15 to 44) in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some companies claim their dietary supplements can help resolve infertility issues in these women. Many of these products are sold online. Dietary supplements are considered food, not drugs, and must be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But beware! FDA has NOT approved any dietary supplement for this purpose. Therefore, these products should not be marketed as treatments for infertility.

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  • Don’t mix up concentrated “ibuprofen infant drops” with “children’s ibuprofen”

    Ibuprofen is s an over-the-counter (OTC) medicine that parents might give their child to relieve minor aches and pains or reduce a fever. For children, it is available in chewable tablets (100 mg each) and an oral suspension (liquid). But parents may not be aware that there are two different concentrations of the oral suspension. Ibuprofen for infants contains 50 mg per 1.25 mL (40 mg per mL) and is often called “infant drops.” This medicine is for 6- to 23-month-old babies who weigh 12 to 23 pounds (5.5 to 10.5 kilograms [kg]). Babies may not be able to swallow a large amount of medicine. So, ibuprofen for infants is more concentrated than ibuprofen for children.

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  • Hospital to home: Know your medicines before you leave

    Heading home after a hospital stay can be overwhelming. An important part of going home safely is understanding your medicines before you leave the hospital. The medicines you were taking before being hospitalized may have been changed or stopped, or new medicines may have been added during your hospital stay.

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  • High-Alert Medication Learning Guides

    Just a handful of drugs are considered high-alert medications. These medications have been proven to be safe and effective, but serious harm can occur if they are not taken exactly as directed. This means that it is vitally important for patients to understand how errors happen with these medications, and the steps that are necessary to keep them safe while taking these medications.

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