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Addressing Questions About Gardasil
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently published answers to several commonly asked questions about Gardasil. Gardasil is a vaccine for use in girls and women 9 through 26 years of age. It is approved for preventing cancer of the cervix, vulva and vagina, and for preventing genital warts caused by the types of HPV contained in the vaccine. For more information please visit: http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/QuestionsaboutVaccines/ucm096052.htm
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Medication Error: Benadryl Itch Stopping Gel Mistaken for Benadryl Oral Liquid
The Institute for Safe Medicine Practices (ISMP) warns about BENADRYL ITCH STOPPING GEL being swallowed instead of used as intended by spreading on the skin to treat itching caused by a rash or hives. Reports suggest that the over-the-counter product Benadryl Itch Stopping Gel is being mistaken for Oral Liquid Benadryl because it is provided in a 4 ounce bottle that is the same shape and size as the oral liquid, and the liquid gel has a thickness that is similar to an oral liquid. Benadryl Itch Stopping Gel contains both diphenhydramine (an antihistamine) and camphor. When swallowed, camphor can cause throat and stomach symptoms including burning of the mouth and throat, nausea, and vomiting. More serious symptoms include irritability, confusion, seizures, coma, and difficulty breathing. According to reports sent to the FDA, people swallowing Benadryl Itch Stopping Gel have had serious reactions that required hospitalization or an emergency-room visit. It is not clear whether the symptoms were due to the camphor component or to Benadryl itself since the symptoms can be similar. For more information about this alert, please visit ISMP ConsumerMedSafety: http://consumermedsafety.org/alerts.asp?p=2008_12_AL32
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Date Published Title Drug Source
2008-12-17 Addressing Questions About Gardasil Human Papilloma Virus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16, and 18) Vac FDA
2008-12-15 Medication Error: Benadryl Itch Stopping Gel Mistaken for Benadryl Oral Liquid Diphenhydramine ISMP
2008-12-12 New Boxed Warning for Oral Sodium Phosphate Bowel Cleansing Products Sodium Phosphate and Sodium Biphosphate FDA
2008-12-12 Blood Thinner Warfarin (Coumadin) Has New Brand Competition Warfarin ISMP
2008-11-25 New Safety Information for Phenytoin Phenytoin FDA
2008-11-25 New Safety Information for Fosphenytoin Fosphenytoin FDA
2008-11-25 Recall of Several Lots of Bidex-DMI Cold Medicine with Guaifenesin and Dextromethorphan Guaifenesin with Dextromethorphan FDA
2008-11-25 Recall of Several Lots Zaditor Eye Drops Ketotifen FDA
2008-11-25 Recall of Fenofibrate (Fenoglide) Physician Samples Fenofibrate FDA
2008-11-18 Recall of Several Lots of Perphenazine Perphenazine FDA
2008-11-14 Update on FDA Safety Review of Bisphosphonates Alendronate and Vitamin D FDA
2008-11-14 Update on FDA Safety Review of Bisphosphonates Etidronic Acid FDA
2008-11-14 Update on FDA Safety Review of Bisphosphonates Ibandronate Sodium FDA
2008-11-14 Update on FDA Safety Review of Bisphosphonates Pamidronate Disodium FDA
2008-11-14 Update on FDA Safety Review of Bisphosphonates Risedronic Acid FDA
2008-11-14 Update on FDA Safety Review of Bisphosphonates Actonel Plus Calcium FDA
2008-11-14 Update on FDA Safety Review of Bisphosphonates Tiludronic Acid FDA
2008-11-14 Update on FDA Safety Review of Bisphosphonates Zoledronic Acid FDA
2008-11-14 Voluntary Recall of Topical Acne Cream Benzoyl Peroxide FDA
2008-11-14 Recall of Additional Lot of PREMPRO 0.3 mg/1.5 mg EZ-DIAL Dispensers Estrogens Conjugated with Medroxyprogesterone FDA
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