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Archive for the ‘Medical Errors’ Category

Big Mistake?

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

In our daily newsletter today, we shared a report of a substantial payout in a court case involving contaminated propofol vials. A jury had ordered Teva Pharmaceuticals and Baxter Healthcare Corp. to pay $104 million to a 71-year-old patient and his wife after he contracted hepatitis C reportedly after being ...

Study Evaluates Impact of Pouch Size on Contamination

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

A first concern of nurses is avoiding contaminating the inside of sterile packaging when devices are flipped to a sterile field or handed off to the scrub nurse. At the Healthcare Packaging Immersion Experience organized by Michigan State University and Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging, Tony Trier, a masters degree candidate at the ...

Reduce End-User Confusion

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Doctors and nurses are often tripped up by product packaging and labeling, putting patients and themselves at risk, warns Dr. John Gosbee, Human Factors Engineering & Healthcare Specialist at Red Forest Consulting and University of Michigan Health System. Gosbee spoke at the Healthcare Packaging Immersion Experience, organized by Michigan State University’s ...

Help Save George and Real-Life Patients in Emergency Situations

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

The role of a paramedic is to stabilize a patient in an emergency situation. Seconds count---so ask yourselves this question: Does your package ease emergency care, or get in its way? In just a couple weeks (October 5-6), Michigan State University (MSU) and Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging will offer the chance to ...

GS1 Standards Pick Up Support

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

GS1 Healthcare standards are gaining traction. As the latest country to support GS1, India has called for serialized codes following GS1 data formats for exported pharmaceuticals. Most of the top pharmaceutical and medical device companies, wholesalers, and many hospital systems in the US have embraced GS1 Healthcare’s system for product ...

Invest in UDI’s Success

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Before proposing regulations for unique device identifiers (UDIs), FDA wants to hear from all stakeholders about any barriers and incentives to UDI adoption and use. The agency is holding a public workshop September 12-13 in Bethesda, MD, and while this workshop will not address FDA's UDI regulatory framework, it will ...

FDA: Reduce the Opportunity for Crime

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

During a policy forum held today in Washington, DC, the Pew Health Group introduced its report, "After Heparin: Protecting Consumers from the Risks of Substandard and Counterfeit Drugs." Referring to the heparin-contamination case as a "wake-up call" to supply-chain risks, Allan Coukell, Pew's director of medical programs, said that while ...

Live the Life of an IV Start Kit

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

This October 5-6, Michigan State University (MSU) and Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging will once again host the Healthcare Packaging Immersion Experience (HcPIE), a unique program that simulates healthcare practitioners' experiences as they interact with packaging. In this year's program, attendees will be able to witness package use during simulated ambulance ...

Can Chronic Conditions Be Managed Better with Special Packaging?

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Chronic illness certainly takes a toll on families and finances (I know this from my own family), so I don't doubt these figures one bit: According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "treatment for people with chronic conditions accounts for more than 75% of the more than $2 trillion ...

Expert Panels To Review Glass Flaking

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The recalls of last year related to glass particulates in parenteral primary packaging has focused attention on glass delamination. As Rx-360 has reported, the phenomenon, while well described in the literature, is not well understood. In a May 5 webinar (see archives) sponsored by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists--Glass ...