The NPS has produced an informative update regarding Ferinject. Ferinject is ‘Ferric carboxymaltose (FCM) and is a parenteral iron preparation.
An oral drug for the treatment of Scabies is now available. ‘Ivermectin is indicated for treatment of scabies, a parasitic infestation of the skin caused by the scabies mite, which causes itch, inflammation and discomfort, and in some populations is associated with the development of serious secondary infection.
The enclosed article published by NPS discusses the new drug Pasireotide Diaspartate for Cushings Disease.
‘Opioid drugs are prescribed for acute and chronic paid of moderate or severe intensity arising from both malignant and non-malignant disease.’
Whilst the enclosed article is from the American OR Nurse Journal you will find the content of interest. ‘A recent investigation demonstrated that only 23%of anaesthesia providers were aware of the current recommendations to discontinue supplements up to 2 weeks prior to surgery.
Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy affects up to 90% of women. The enclosed article published by the Australian Prescriber in 2014 provides a good reference for strategies and pharmacological interventions along with contact details for Obstetric Drug Information Services in Australia.
Whilst the enclosed article is from the American OR Nurse Journal you will find the content of interest.
‘Dose administration aids organise doses of tablets and capsules according to when they should be taken.
‘One of the major causes of medication errors is the ongoing use of potentially dangerous abbreviations and dose expressions.’
On the 26th May 2014 the Medicine Shortages Information Initiative was launched to provide health professionals and consumers with information on current, anticipated and resolved medicine shortages, as well as discontinued medicines. The site is contained within the TGA website.