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Syringes would greatly cut down on number of dosing errors

Liquid medications – particularly those intended for children – can be confusing. Parents have to translate measurement abbreviations and juggle small medicine cups, often cocking their heads sideways to gauge whether the liquid reaches the correct line of measurement. Needless to say, this complication has led to dosing errors. A new study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests that these dosing errors in administering liquid medication to children could be greatly reduced – by as much as four times – if the medication were measured using oral syringes. The study found that the largest percentage of parents – 21 percent ... Read More

FDA warns of potential for dosing errors with antibacterial drug Avycaz

Confusion about drug strength on vials and cartons of the intravenous antibacterial drug Avycaz, in one case resulting in an overdose of the medication, have prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a Drug Safety Communication informing health care professionals about the potential for dosing errors. Avycaz, a combination of the drugs ceftazidime and avibactam, was approved by the FDA in February 2015 for the treatment of complicated infections in the urinary tract, or in combination with the antibacterial drug metronidazole to treat complicated infections in the abdomen in patients with limited or no alternative treatment options. The ... Read More

Louisiana AG lawsuit claims Fresenius products caused fatal heart attacks in dialysis patients

The Louisiana Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against Fresenius Medical Care North America and the nearly 100 Fresenius-owned dialysis clinics in the state alleging that its dialysis concentrates GranuFlo and NaturaLyte contributed to fatal heart attacks of dialysis patients. The lawsuit, filed in state district court in Baton Rouge, claims Fresenius violated Louisiana law and attempted to defraud dialysis clinics, physicians, the state and its residents with confusing labeling on its dialysis products, which resulted in patients suffering sudden cardiac arrest. Louisiana seeks civil penalties of $5,000 per violation and is asking the court to force Fresenius to pay ... Read More

Fresenius to open dialysis clinic in McCalla, Ala.

Fresenius Medical Care, the world’s largest provider of dialysis services and products, will open a dialysis clinic in McCalla, Ala. The facility is expected to be be in operation by May or June 2014. The property, located near McAdory High School, was purchased by Southeast Medical McCalla LLC. Construction on a one-story medical office building is expected to start sometime in October. Fresenius operates dialysis clinics throughout the country and provides dialysis products, such as dialysis concentrates GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, for both Fresenius-owned and non-Fresenius clinics. The company is facing numerous wrongful death, personal injury and false advertising lawsuits involving ... Read More

Fresenius delayed warning of deadly side effects from dialysis products GranuFlo, NaturaLyte

When Fresenius Medical Care, the world’s largest provider of dialysis products and services, issued a recall in March 2012 of its dialysis products GranuFlo and NaturaLyte in order to update dosing instructions on the safety labels, the company had known for months that the instructions were confusing and could lead to potentially deadly unintended overdoses of bicarbonate. According to RenalWEB, Fresenius management was first clued in to a possible connection between dosing errors with GranuFlo and cardiovascular-related deaths in dialysis patients as early as April 2009, during a 4-day professional conference. At that meeting, sudden cardiac death was identified as ... Read More

Another wrongful death lawsuit filed against Fresenius GranuFlo, NaturaLyte

A wrongful death lawsuit against Fresenius Medical Care involving two of its dialysis products has been removed to federal court. In the lawsuit, Phillip Harris alleges that Fresenius, the world’s largest provider of dialysis products and services, failed to adequately warn, train, instruct and monitor treating physicians and health care facilities to ensure that their products were being properly administered, and as a result his wife Shirley Harris died from injuries sustained after being administered Fresenius products GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. The lawsuit claims that the dialysis products were improperly labeled, which resulted in patients, including Shirley, suffering from significant health ... Read More

FDA investigates makers of dialysis treatment linked to hundreds of sudden deaths

The nation’s largest operator of dialysis centers is under investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for failing to warn patients that use of one of their products could be deadly. Fresenius Medical Care treats more than 130,000 of the estimated 400,000 Americans who receive dialysis. The company also is the leading supplier of dialysis machines and disposable products to other dialysis clinics across the country. Last November, the company’s medical office sent an internal memo to doctors at its clinics warning that improper use of one of its products could be the cause of a stark increase in ... Read More

Potential dosing errors with new infant acetaminophen

A new concentration of liquid acetaminophen for infants is now available over-the-counter, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that this new concentration may lead to dosing errors, which could be potentially dangerous to infants. The new liquid acetaminophen, marketed for infants, comes in 160mg/5 mL concentration, and calls for a different dosing than the 80 mg/0.8 mL or 80 mg/mL previously sold in retail stores. Both concentrations are now available. Liquid acetaminophen is used to temporarily reduce fever and relieve minor aches and pains due to the common cold, flu, headache, minor sore throat, and toothache. It is ... Read More