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Articles of Interest
The FDA produces written articles for a health professional audience. These include FDA News for Health Professionals articles, as well as articles that were published in health professional journals.
Serious risks associated with using Quinine to prevent or treat nocturnal leg cramps (September 2012) Quinine is associated with serious and life-threatening adverse events, including thrombocytopenia, hypersensitivity reactions, QT prolongation, renal insufficiency requiring hemodialysis, and death. A patient-centered approach (DrugTopics, April 2012)(PDF - 87KB)
Patients can serve as checkpoints to guide drug development down the most efficient path.
Contributing Factors to Insulin Pump Errors in Children, Adolescents and Adults (March 2012) An article which describes and addresses insulin pump adverse event reports. Risk of Methemoglobinemia in the Medicine Cabinet (Pharmacy Today, Jan 2012 - PDF 454kb)(PDF - 454KB)
An article about the use and risks associated with OTC benzocaine products in children. Parents or caregivers may not be aware of or watch for signs and symptoms of methemoglobinemia.
Medscape Furthers Reach of FDA Health Professional Information FDA and Medscape have teamed to broaden the reach of FDA’s health professional information.
FDA Approves Implantable Miniature Telescope, EyecareBusiness, November 2010(PDF - 257KB) An article describing new ophthalmic technology which improves vision in some patients with end-stage, age-related macular degeneration (AMD). FDA's Safe Use Initiative: Reducing Harm Risk From Acetaminophen, Pharmacy Today, September 2010(PDF - 547KB) An article describing outreach efforts to reduce acetaminophen misuse and medication errors. CFC metered-dose inhalers: Counseling patients on the phase-out, Pharmacy Today, June 2010(PDF - 89KB) An article describing the chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) metered-dose inhalers (MDIs) phase out and the role pharmacists can play in educating patients about alternative treatments. Looking Good: Safe Use and Care of Contact Lenses (May 2010) A helpful article for pharmacists describing the variety of contact lens care products and their safe use. FDA Transparency Initiative (March 2010) An article describing the FDA's Transparency initiative and how the health professional community can participate.