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The injectable anesthesia drug Raplon (rapacuronium bromide) is being voluntarily withdrawn from the market after its manufacturer received reports indicating that the drug may be associated with bronchospasm - a mild to severe inability to breathe normally that can lead to permanent injury or death. Five deaths, reported to the manufacturer, occurred during the administration of Raplon.
For more information: Injectable Anesthesia Drug Being Withdrawn From Market
Healthcare professionals are notified about the need for dosage adjustments for Pepcid for patients with moderate renal insufficiency [creatinine clearance < 50ml/minute] . The previous labeling recommended adjustments for severe insufficiency only [creatinine clearance < 10ml/minute]. This information is particularly important for healthcare professionals, particularly those caring for elderly patients in nursing home settings.
For more information: Safety Notice: Pepcid Labeling Changes
Vidyya understands the need of health professionals to have access to up-to-date prescribing information and we are pleased to provide the updated Pepcid prescribing info for you. Our readers will find the changes highlighted in yellow for easy reading. We hope you find this information useful to your health practice.
For more information: Copy Of Label Changes - Pepcid
Aventis Pharmaceuticals is initiating a voluntary recall of Taxotere® (docetaxel) for Injection Concentrate 20-mg active and diluent vials. The lot numbers for this recall are: 0P273 (active) which was packaged together with diluent vials with the following lot numbers 0T446 (diluent) or 0T449 (diluent).
For more information: Voluntary Drug Recall - Taxotere ® (docetaxel) For Injection Concentrate 20-mg
A new type of 3-D mammography, based on an imaging system originally developed to pinpoint tooth decay, has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration and will likely be ready for market soon in the United States.
For more information: 3-D Mammography Device to See Hidden Tumors Is Approved for US Market
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