News in Brief: Week of July 29-Aug. 2

July 31, 2013 04:37 pm News Staff

This roundup includes the following news briefs:

[News in Brief]

Nova Max Glucose Test Strips Recalled

According to the FDA, Nova Diabetes Care has initiated a voluntary recall( of 21 lots of its Nova Max glucose test strips, which were distributed in the United States and internationally. The products may report a false, abnormally high blood glucose result, which could, under certain conditions, result in an insulin dosing error that could lead to a serious health risk requiring immediate medical attention.

The recall also includes test strips included in some Nova Max Plus glucose meter kits.

The FDA recommends that people who use, recommend clinically or sell the affected strips immediately discontinue using or distributing the recalled products. Patients, medical professionals and distributors can ( Nova Diabetes Care customer service at (800) 681-7390 to determine whether they have product from the affected lots.

Family physicians, other health care professionals and patients can report adverse events via MedWatch(, the FDA's Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.

Reporting Requirements for Transparency Program Take Effect Aug. 1

On Aug. 1, CMS will start implementing a provision( in the health care reform law that requires drug and device manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) to report payments or gifts of $10 or more made to physicians, hospitals and other health care professionals on a yearly basis.

As part of the National Physician Payment Transparency Program, CMS will require manufactures and GPOs to start collecting the data and submit data collected between Aug. 1 and the end of the year by March 31, 2014. During the first year of the program, CMS will post five months of data on Sept 30, 2014; in subsequent years, the agency will post a year's worth of data on June 30.

In January, physicians can register with CMS to receive a consolidated report on activities each June for the previous reporting year. In addition, CMS has introduced a free mobile app( to help physicians track payments and gifts from drug and device manufacturers and GPOs.

Join Global Health Networking Meeting at National Conference

Medical students and residents who are interested in global health and who are attending the 2013 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students are invited to attend the Global Health Networking meeting on Aug. 2 at 4:15-5:45 p.m. in Room 2104 B of the Kansas City Convention Center.

The meeting aims to promote discussion of global issues and encourage networking among students and residents interested in advancing family medicine as a career choice for those interested in developing the specialty worldwide.