The US Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new formulation of intravenous (IV) acetaminophen for children at least 2 years of age. This drug has been widely used outside of the United States, with more than 500 million doses administered worldwide since 2002.
However, the current review describes a common dosing error associated with IV acetaminophen. Although most physicians calculate the required dose in milligrams, the IV solution is administered in milliliters. Given that the concentration of IV acetaminophen is 10 mg/mL, there is a strong risk for a 10-fold overdose of the drug unless the drug order is written and interpreted correctly. And this is exactly what has happened on numerous occasions. Many of these mishaps have led to medical malpractice litigation.
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New Information about the dangers of vitamin and mineral supplements
Published: Thursday, 09 February 2012 00:37
Nutritional supplements are commonly thought to bestow health benefits to their users. The market for these supplements is enormous and profits for the companies that produce these products are high. These days, it is not uncommon for some people to take 20, 30, or 40 pills a day of various supplements. In fact, it is commonly thought in the lay public that "more is better". Another study was recently completed that demonstrated yet again, the dangers of some supplements. Supplements in some situations are toxic. The data from this 2011 Arch Intern Med study is summarized and discussed in a Medscape commentary. Read on.
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Does Tylenol Cause Asthma???
A recent report based on a series of studies suggests that acetominopen might contribute to the development of childhood asthma. Obviously, this is a major discovery as acetominopen is the most popular anti-pyretic and anti-analgesic in the pediatric population. You can read the full New York Times report by Clicking Here.
Published: Wednesday, 01 February 2012 17:17
Darvon: Pulled from the Market in 2011
Published: Wednesday, 18 January 2012 20:45
Darvon, generic name propoxyphene, is no longer. Several months ago, the FDA pulled it from the market. Some have called propoxyphene the worst drug in history. Read more to see why:
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Energy Drinks Are Dangerous
Published: Wednesday, 18 January 2012 20:25
The latest craze amongst kids is energy drinks. These drinks have high levels of caffeine. When combined with other stimulants or alcohol or other illicit drugs, they become toxic, and have resulted in a surge of emergency room visits; in some cases death has resulted.
The following news release points out some of the statistics and discusses this disturbing toxicologic phenomenon.
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