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ECRI Institute issues free white paper on purchased services best practices

Editor's note The ECRI Institute on April 2 issued a free white paper on “5 Ways to Drive Savings and Quality on Your Purchased Services.” The 5 key areas to consider when developing a best practice process to evaluate purchased services, reduce spending, and make informed vendor selections are: Making…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 3, 2018
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FDA: Class I recall of BD Vacutainer blood collection tubes

Author's Note The Food & Drug Administration on March 23 announced the Class I recall of Becton Dickinson (BD) Vacutainer EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) blood collection tubes with lavender, tan, pink, and green rubber tube stoppers. Class I recalls are the most serious. The recall was initiated because of a chemical…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 2, 2018
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FDA: Recall of methylprednisolone sodium succinate for injection

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on March 6 announced the recall by Sagent Pharmaceuticals (Schaumburg, Illinois) of 10 lots of methylprednisolone sodium succinate for injection, USP, 40 mg, 125 mg, and 1 g. The recall was initiated because of the discovery of high out of specification impurity…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 7, 2018
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Analysis predicts growth for thoracolumbar spine devices market

Editor's Note A Technavio analysis predicts that the global market for thoracolumbar spine devices will see a compound annual growth rate of almost 4% through 2022, the March 1 Becker’s SpineReview reports. A major driver of the growth is the increasing prevalence of spinal disorders. The market was dominated in…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 7, 2018
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Global orthopedics market set to grow

Editor's Note A GlobalData analysis predicts the global orthopedics market will reach $66.2 billion by 2023, with a compound annual growth rate of 3.8%, the March 2 Becker’s SpineReview reports. Among the key players in the market, which is dominated by spine devices, hip and knee implants, and trauma fixation…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 6, 2018
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FDA: Hospira recalls three lots of hydromorphone HCL injection

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on March 5 announced the recall by Hospira (Lake Forest, Illinois) of three lots of hydromorphone HCL injection, USP Cll 10 mg/mL, 1 mL in 2 mL single dose vials. The recall was initiated because units from these lots may be empty…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 6, 2018
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FDA issues warning for compounded drugs from Cantrell Drug Company

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on March 2 issued a warning for healthcare professionals not to use drug products produced by Cantrell Drug Company (Little Rock, Arkansas), including opioids and other drugs intended for sterile injections. The FDA is concerned about serious deficiencies in Cantrell’s compounding operations,…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 5, 2018
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CMS extends deadline for eCQM data, EHR incentive program submission

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is notifying eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals that they now have until March 16 to attest for Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program requirements for CY 2017 and to submit electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data for the…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 28, 2018
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FDA: Class I recall of certain Medtronic ICDs, CRT-Ds

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on February 27 classified the recall by Medtronic of certain Implantable Cardiovert Defibrillators (ICDs) and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillators (CRT-Ds) as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of a defect in the manufacturing process. The defect causes an…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 27, 2018
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Mayo Clinic’s telemedicine hub reducing ICU mortalities

Editor's Note The Mayo Clinic has built a central telemedicine hub to monitor six ICUs at once, raising the level of care to its patients, the February 21 VCDaily reports. The telemedicine hub operates out of a hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, where a series of interactive video conferencing links provide…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 26, 2018
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