Today is World Patient Safety Day
No one should be harmed in healthcare. Yet, 134 million adverse events occur each year due to unsafe care in hospitals in low- and middle-income countries, contributing to 2.6 million deaths annually and 15% of hospital expenses can be attributed to treating patient safety failures in OECD countries.... read more
US FDA sounds alert about NDMA found in samples of ranitidine
(US FDA, Sept. 13, 2019): The US Food and Drug Administration has learned that some ranitidine medicines, including some products commonly known as the brand-name drug Zantac, contain a nitrosamine impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) at low levels.... read more
UN General Assembly - Making Universal Health Coverage a reality
At the latest session of the UN General Assembly, the UN will host the first-ever High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage, with the tagline "Moving Together to Build a Healthier World" which, the UN says, will be the most significant political meeting held on universal health coverage ever.... read more
NMC issues mandate to set up simulation labs in medical colleges
Pune: The National Medical Commission (NMC) has issued a mandate to set up skill and simulation laboratories in medical colleges across the country.
Welcoming the move, experts in the city said simulation labs are the key to ensure optimum patient safety and desired clinical outcomes. Public health expert Rajiv Yeravdekar, dean of Symbiosis Institute of Health ... read more
Breast Cancer Drugs May Severely Inflame Lungs, Warns FDA
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning that the commonly prescribed breast cancer therapies known as cyclin-dependent kinase 4/6 (CDK 4/6) inhibitors may cause rare but severe inflammation of the lungs.
The related products include palbociclib (Ibrance, Pfizer), ribociclib (Kisqali, Novartis), ... read more
Vibrating Device Lowers Pain from Cutaneous Cancer Removal
A vibratory anesthetic device relieved injection-site pain during cutaneous cancer removal procedures involving local anesthesia, both in patients who tended to catastrophize pain and in those who did not, revealed a randomized clinical trial, published online in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.... read more