NGC Update Service: April 6, 2015

National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC)

 

April 6, 2015

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Guideline Summaries

Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement

Society of Interventional Radiology

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Announcements

NGC Spotlight

Visit the new Determining Extent Adherence to the IOM Standards in NGC page for information on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) standards for trustworthy guidelines and NGC's planned activities related to those standards.

Health Awareness Topics - April 2015

Conference News

  • The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is excited to announce that its research conference will be held October 4–6, 2015, in Crystal City, VA. The conference will bring authorities in health care research and policy together to participate in sessions focused on addressing today's challenges in improving quality, safety, access and value in health care. Visit the conference home page for more information.
  • 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) Advisories

  • March 31, 2015: Feraheme (ferumoxytol): FDA is strengthening an existing warning that serious, potentially fatal allergic reactions can occur with the anemia drug Feraheme (ferumoxytol). FDA changed the prescribing instructions and approved a Boxed Warning regarding these serious risks. Also added is a new Contraindication, a strong recommendation against use of Feraheme in patients who have had an allergic reaction to any intravenous (IV) iron replacement product.
  • March 24, 2015: Hepatitis C Treatments Containing Sofosbuvir in Combination With Another Direct Acting Antiviral Drug: FDA is warning that serious slowing of the heart rate can occur when the antiarrhythmic drug amiodarone is taken together with either hepatitis C drug Harvoni (ledipasvir/sofosbuvir) or Sovaldi (sofosbuvir). FDA is adding information about serious slowing of the heart rate, known as symptomatic bradycardia, to the Harvoni and Sovaldi labels. FDA is recommending that health care professionals do not prescribe either Harvoni or Sovaldi combined with another direct acting antiviral, such as the investigational drug daclatasvir or Olysio (simeprevir), with amiodarone.
  • March 23, 2015: Zyprexa Relprevv (olanzapine pamoate): FDA has concluded a review of a study undertaken to determine the cause of elevated levels of the injectable schizophrenia drug Zyprexa Relprevv (olanzapine pamoate) in two patients who died. The study results were inconclusive. FDA is unable to exclude the possibility that the deaths were caused by rapid, but delayed, entry of the drug into the bloodstream following intramuscular injection. On the basis of all of the information reviewed (refer to the Drug Safety Communication for a full data summary), FDA is not recommending any changes to the current prescribing or use of Zyprexa Relprevv injection at this time.

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