NGC Update Service: December 1, 2014

National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC)

December 1, 2014

New This Week

Guideline Summaries

AIM Specialty Health

Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons


NGC Spotlight

New research review added! Visit the AHRQ Evidence Reports page for a listing of reports produced under AHRQ's Evidence-based Practice Program and Effective Health Care Program.

Conference News

  • The Guidelines International Network North America (G-I-N/NA) and the Section on Evidence Based Health Care (SEBHC) of The New York Academy of Medicine are co-sponsoring the second conference on "Evidence-based Guidelines Affecting Policy, Practice and Stakeholders" March 2-3, 2015 in New York City, NY. Registration is now open.

    Conference objectives are as follows:

    • To provide a platform for constructive dialogue between stakeholders in the development, implementation and use of clinical guidelines
    • To enhance successful uptake, implementation and use of clinical guidelines through fostering ongoing collaboration between relevant stakeholders
  • The Guidelines International Network North America (G-I-N NA) continues to sponsor a monthly webinar series on topics of interest to the North American guideline community. Information on upcoming webinars, as well as audio files and slides from past webinars, is available on the G-I-N Web site.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory

  • November 25, 2014: Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate): FDA is warning that a patient with multiple sclerosis (MS) who was being treated with Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) developed a rare and serious brain infection called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), and later died. The patient who died was not taking any other drugs that affect the immune system or drugs that are thought to be associated with PML. As a result, information describing this case of PML is being added to the Tecfidera drug label.

NGC's Sister Resource

Look for Quality Measures in AHRQ's National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC).