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Drug Safety and Availability

Patient Safety News - Volume 2, Number 1, 2009

One way healthcare professionals can receive additional information on the safety of new drugs, biologics, and medical devices, including product recalls, is by watching FDA Patient Safety News, a monthly video series produced by FDA. FDA Patient Safety News is broadcast over several medical satellite television networks aimed at hospitals and other medical facilities across the country. The video feature of FDA Patient Safety News allows patient protection techniques to be vividly demonstrated. This can be especially important when illustrating how medical errors occur, showing recalled products, teaching viewers to identify counterfeit products, and demonstrating how to reduce patient risks. Recent highlights from this broadcast include segments on serious fungal infections with Humira, Cimzia, Enbrel and Remicade, the importance of the influenza vaccination for healthcare personnel, and reported medication errors with oral opiate solutions. Even if your facility does not have access to FDA Patient Safety News broadcasts via a television network, we encourage healthcare professionals to watch, download or distribute these broadcasts–free of charge–at www.fda.gov/psn.

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