Ortho-McNeil-Janssen is notifying healthcare professionals about strengthened warnings for Ultram (tramadol hydrochloride) and Ultracet (tramadol hydrochloride/acetaminophen). These drugs contain tramadol, which is a synthetic opioid analgesic used to manage chronic pain.

Epinephrine inhalers that use chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as a propellant will no longer be sold in the U.S. after December 31, 2011. CFCs released into the environment damage the ozone layer in the atmosphere.

FDA is warning people about harmful effects in children and pets if they unintentionally come in contact with Evamist (estradiol transdermal spray), a topical hormone treatment used to relieve hot flashes in post-menopausal women. This can lead to premature puberty in girls and breast enlargement in boys. Similar effects have been observed in exposed pets.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that all prescription combinations of opioids and acetaminophen will be required to contain no more than 325mg of acetaminophen per tablet.

If your medicine has expired, it may not provide the treatment you need. In this Consumer Update video, FDA Pharmacist Ilisa Bernstein explains how expiration dates help determine if medicine is safe to use and will work as intended.

Each year thousands of injuries and deaths are caused by improper medication use. Many of these injuries could have been prevented. In order to help raise awareness about safe medication use, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Women’s Health has created a new public service announcement (PSA) titled “Use Medicines Wisely”. The PSA provides several tips to encourage the public to safely use their prescription and over-the-counter medicines. The PSA will be launched during October – “Talk about Prescriptions Month”.

A brief video about how to safely choose and use an over-the-counter medicine, the kind you buy without a doctor’s prescription. The video introduces and outlines the sections of the Drug Facts label: the Active ingredients, Purpose, Uses, Warnings, Directions, Other information, and Inactive ingredients. Also, the video explains why it’s important to follow the label’s information.

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recently pointed out that measuring doses with certain oral syringes can be confusing for healthcare practitioners and patients, and that this can lead to overdoses.

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recently reported on the potential for mix-ups between two topical creams: Kuric (ketoconazole) and Carac (fluorouracil). Kuric is used to treat fungal infections and seborrheic dermatitis. Carac is used to treat multiple actinic or solar keratoses of the face and anterior scalp.

An article by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) reminds healthcare practitioners how dangerous it can be to misread the letters and numbers on prescriptions, drug orders and medical records. Unfortunately, these mistakes are easy to make because some of the alphanumeric symbols we use look so similar.

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