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News Briefs: Week of March 21-25
By News Staff
Gen-Probe Recalling Tests
The products were distributed from October 2008 through December 2008. Gen-Probe is recommending that customers discontinue using the identified lots. The manufacturer recommends that customers who used these batches and obtained negative results notify the referring physician about the possibility of false-negative results.
Health care professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch program.
Car Seat Recommendations Updated
- keep toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2 or until they reach the maximum height and weight for their seat;
- most children should ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years of age; and
- children should ride in the rear of a vehicle until they are 13 years old.
However, a 2007 study (abstract) in Injury Prevention showed that children younger than age 2 are 75 percent less likely to die or be severely injured in a crash if they are riding in a rear-facing seat.
H&P Recalls Povidine Iodine Prep Pads
The pads are used to prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes and burns and are labeled as an antiseptic for preparation of the skin before surgery. H&P said in a March 15 news release that use of contaminated pads could lead to life-threatening infections, especially in at-risk populations such as neonates and immunosuppressed or surgical patients.
The recalled pads were distributed under the following brand names:
- Cardinal Health,
- Medical Specialties,
- Triad Plus,
- North Safety and
- Total Resources.
Adverse reactions associated with the use of the product should be reported to the FDA's MedWatch program.
AAFP Postpones Introduction of Draft Bylaws Revision
The AAFP Task Force on Bylaws Revision was charged by the Board of Directors with updating and modernizing the Bylaws to better reflect the current needs of the Academy and to simplify and organize the Bylaws. In the process, the task force moved most operational and procedural issues to a separate document titled "Rules and Procedures," according to a communication from AAFP Vice Speaker John Meigs Jr., M.D., who is chair of the task force.
Although the draft revision (Members Only; 20-page Word document; About Downloading) of the Bylaws was ready for review in January, a review draft of this second rules and procedures document was still a work in progress. Consequently, the task force decided to move the introduction of both draft documents to 2012 so members would have sufficient time to review and comment on them. Moving the introduction also provides members with an opportunity to informally discuss and comment on the drafts during the 2011 COD in Orlando.
Newly Unemployed Can't Find Health Insurance
According to a March 16 Commonwealth Fund news release (3-page PDF; About PDFs) on the survey, the unemployed have great difficulty finding affordable health care. In fact, 71 percent of adults who tried to buy individual coverage in the past three years, or 19 million people, either found it difficult or impossible to find a plan that fit their needs or that they could afford.
Some individuals also were turned down or charged a higher price for coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
House, Senate Leaders Still Cannot Agree on FY 2011 Budget
President Obama signed the latest continuing resolution on March 18. The measure will fund the federal government through April 18 at levels slightly below those of fiscal year 2010.
House and Senate leaders continue to insist that they expect to reach an agreement on a final budget before adjourning for a two-week recess on April 18, thus avoiding a government shutdown. Nevertheless, some House Republicans continue to oppose any spending bill that does not include language that would defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Triad Alcohol Pads Prompt Another Recall
Triad announced in January that it was recalling all lots of its alcohol prep pads, alcohol swabs and alcohol swabsticks because the products may be contaminated with the pathogen Bacillus cereus.
Lilly said in a March 17 news release that its starter kits were updated in June 2009, and the new blue bags do not include alcohol prep pads.
Lilly is requesting that physicians examine their inventory of starter kits and remove and discard Triad Group alcohol prep pads in the black bags. The company also asked that physicians inform patients who may have received those starter kits to discontinue use of the pads.
Triad's recall has prompted several recalls similar to Lilly's because medications were packed with the pads.