Category Archives: Advisories

FDA Recall Notice 6/15/2017: Sodium bicarbonate/Succinylcholine Chloride/Potassium Phosphates

  By David Showalter, PharmD, System Director, Pharmacy Services   S: On 06/15/17, Pfizer/Hospira issued a voluntary recall for 3 medications: Sodium bicarbonate vials, Succinylcholine Chloride vials, Potassium Phosphates vials.   B: The FDA communicated a voluntary recall from Pfizer/Hospira after … Continue reading

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Chester County reports pertussis outbreaks

  Submitted by Eileen Sherman, Director, Infection Prevention   The Chester County Health Department has received an increase in reports of confirmed pertussis and pertussis exposure in several school districts and in several health care facilities.   Early treatment of … Continue reading

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PA DOH Health Advisory: Adverse effects of synthetic drugs

In a Health Advisory on April 27, Karen M. Murphy, PhD, RN, Acting Secretary of Health, said that poison centers, public health agencies, and law enforcement agencies are collaborating with hospitals to respond to increased numbers of patients presenting with … Continue reading

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CDC Health Advisory: Potential for Circulation of Drifted Influenza A (H3N2) Viruses

  Submitted by Mark Ingerman, MD, Chief of Infectious Diseases, and Connie Cutler, Director, Infection Prevention and Control   The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) has forwarded an advisory to health care providers regarding the recent announcement of the … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Health Alert 285 – Evaluating suspected Ebola patients

PA Health Alert 285 -Guidelines for Evaluation of US Patients Suspected of Having Ebola Virus Disease

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PA DOH issues Health Advisory for Chikungunya

Submitted by Connie Cutler, RN, MS, CIC, FSHEA, Director, Infection Prevention and Control   The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) issued a health advisory for medical, pediatric, infection control, nursing, and laboratory staff in hospitals about three imported Chikungunya (CHIK) … Continue reading

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Radnor Township Health Alert – Rabies

This is an update from Radnor Township in reference to the recent events regarding suspected and confirmed cases of rabies. Below is a list where the incidents took place as well as the final disposition. Saturday March 1, 2014 a … Continue reading

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Update on the 2013-14 Influenza Season

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) is providing the following update to healthcare providers on the 2013-2014 influenza season. This updates information provided in the 12/26/2013 Health Advisory http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/health_alert_network/14217.   CDC and PADOH continue to receive reports of severe … Continue reading

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Health Advisory: Overdoses from Tainted Opioids

From Philadelphia Department of Public Health   Recommendations for Management: January 28, 2014 Summary Points: Fentanyl-Tainted Heroin Fentanyl-tainted heroin has been reported in western and northwestern PA Fentanyl causes more severe opioid-induced intoxication and risk of death Clinicians should consider … Continue reading

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PA Department of Health requirement for authorization for select infant formulas

Abbott, the makers of Similac formulas, has adjusted the caloric density of some of its infant formulas to align more closely with that of human milk. These infant formulas include Similac Sensitive, Similac Total Comfort, and Similac for Spit Up. … Continue reading

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