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Insulin Pens and Insulin Cartridges Must Not Be Shared
The FDA has issued an alert to remind patients that insulin pens and insulin cartridges should not be shared with other people. Sharing insulin pens and cartridges with other people increases the risk of transmitting viruses and bacteria that can cause infections including HIV and hepatitis. This alert was prompted by a report stating that insulin pens may have been shared among many patients (two thousand or more) in one hospital in the U.S. from 2007-2009 and and in a smaller number of patients in at least one other hospital. Insulin is available in both vials and insulin pens. Insulin pens are pen-shaped injector devices that contain a disposable needle and either an insulin reservoir or an insulin cartridge. The devices typically contain enough insulin for a patient to self-administer several doses of insulin before the reservoir or cartridge is empty. All insulin pens are approved only for single-patient use (one device for only one patient). For more information, please visit: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm149546.htm
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Insulin Pens and Insulin Cartridges Must Not Be Shared
The FDA has issued an alert to remind patients that insulin pens and insulin cartridges should not be shared with other people. Sharing insulin pens and cartridges with other people increases the risk of transmitting viruses and bacteria that can cause infections including HIV and hepatitis. This alert was prompted by a report stating that insulin pens may have been shared among many patients (two thousand or more) in one hospital in the U.S. from 2007-2009 and and in a smaller number of patients in at least one other hospital. Insulin is available in both vials and insulin pens. Insulin pens are pen-shaped injector devices that contain a disposable needle and either an insulin reservoir or an insulin cartridge. The devices typically contain enough insulin for a patient to self-administer several doses of insulin before the reservoir or cartridge is empty. All insulin pens are approved only for single-patient use (one device for only one patient). For more information, please visit: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm149546.htm
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Date Published Title Drug Source
2009-03-20 Insulin Pens and Insulin Cartridges Must Not Be Shared Insulin Glargine FDA
2009-03-20 Insulin Pens and Insulin Cartridges Must Not Be Shared Insulin Lispro FDA
2009-03-20 Several lots of DAYTRANA (methylphenidate transdermal system) Voluntarily Recalled Methylphenidate Manufacturer
2009-03-09 Risk of Burns during MRI Scans from Transdermal Drug Patches with Metallic Backings Testosterone FDA
2009-03-09 Risk of Burns during MRI Scans from Transdermal Drug Patches with Metallic Backings Clonidine FDA
2009-03-09 Risk of Burns during MRI Scans from Transdermal Drug Patches with Metallic Backings Nitroglycerin FDA
2009-03-09 Risk of Burns during MRI Scans from Transdermal Drug Patches with Metallic Backings Nicotine FDA
2009-03-09 Risk of Burns during MRI Scans from Transdermal Drug Patches with Metallic Backings Scopolamine FDA
2009-03-09 Risk of Burns during MRI Scans from Transdermal Drug Patches with Metallic Backings Estradiol and Norethindrone FDA
2009-03-09 Risk of Burns during MRI Scans from Transdermal Drug Patches with Metallic Backings Methylphenidate FDA
2009-03-09 Risk of Burns during MRI Scans from Transdermal Drug Patches with Metallic Backings Fentanyl FDA
2009-03-09 Risk of Burns during MRI Scans from Transdermal Drug Patches with Metallic Backings Estradiol FDA
2009-03-09 Risk of Burns during MRI Scans from Transdermal Drug Patches with Metallic Backings Ortho Evra FDA
2009-03-09 Risk of Burns during MRI Scans from Transdermal Drug Patches with Metallic Backings Oxybutynin FDA
2009-02-26 Boxed Warning Added to Metoclopramide Labeling Metoclopramide HCl FDA
2009-02-24 New Safety Warning for Zonisamide/Zonegran Zonisamide FDA
2009-02-19 Updated Safety Information Efalizumab FDA
2009-02-13 Medication Guide Available Mycophenolate Manufacturer
2009-02-05 Recall on Ther-Rx Brand Iron Supplements Chromagen Manufacturer
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