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FEMA Releases COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance

To address the challenges of managing disaster response and recovery efforts as our nation enters the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, FEMA is releasing the “COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance: All-Hazards Incident Response and Recovery” to help emergency managers and public health officials best prepare for disasters, while continuing to respond to and recover from

By |2021-05-24T17:02:03+00:00May 24th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on FEMA Releases COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance

CMS Increases Medicare Payment for COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Infusions

New payment policy for at-home administration As part of the ongoing response to address the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS has increased the Medicare payment rate for administering monoclonal antibodies to treat beneficiaries with COVID-19, continuing coverage under the Medicare Part B COVID-19 vaccine benefit. Beneficiaries pay nothing out of pocket, regardless of where the service is

By |2021-05-24T16:54:46+00:00May 24th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on CMS Increases Medicare Payment for COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Infusions

Cases of Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia after Receipt of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are reviewing data involving six U.S. cases of a rare type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J COVID-19 vaccine that were reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). In these cases, a type of

By |2021-04-14T17:43:42+00:00April 14th, 2021|alerts|Comments Off on Cases of Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia after Receipt of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

A-S Medication Solutions Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Acetaminophen Extra Strength Tablets Contained in Health Essentials Kits Due to Mislabeling

Libertyville, IL, A-S Medication Solutions, LLM (ASM) is voluntarily recalling 198,350 bottles of Acetaminophen Extra Strength 500 mg Tablets, 100 ct. bottles (NDC# 50090-5350-0) contained in Health Essentials Kits distributed by Humana to its members. This recall is being conducted to the consumer level. These over-the-counter (OTC) analgesic products contain an incomplete prescription drug label

By |2021-04-14T17:41:40+00:00April 6th, 2021|alerts|Comments Off on A-S Medication Solutions Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Acetaminophen Extra Strength Tablets Contained in Health Essentials Kits Due to Mislabeling

FDA Authorizes Revisions to Fact Sheets to Address SARS-CoV-2 Variants for Monoclonal Antibody Products Under Emergency Use Authorization

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized revised fact sheets for healthcare providers to include additional information on susceptibility of SARS-CoV-2 variants to each of the monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapies that are available through an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the treatment of COVID-19. FDA is providing this information to equip healthcare providers with the

By |2021-03-24T20:24:55+00:00March 24th, 2021|alerts|Comments Off on FDA Authorizes Revisions to Fact Sheets to Address SARS-CoV-2 Variants for Monoclonal Antibody Products Under Emergency Use Authorization

FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Third COVID-19 Vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the third vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The EUA allows the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S for use in individuals 18 years of age and

By |2021-03-02T15:55:54+00:00March 2nd, 2021|alerts|Comments Off on FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Third COVID-19 Vaccine

Risk of False Results with the Curative SARS-Cov-2 Test for COVID-19

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting patients and healthcare providers of the risk of false results, particularly false negative results, with the Curative SARS-Cov-2 test. Risks to a patient of a false negative result include: delayed or lack of supportive treatment; lack of monitoring of infected individuals and their household or other

By |2021-01-07T17:16:46+00:00January 7th, 2021|alerts|Comments Off on Risk of False Results with the Curative SARS-Cov-2 Test for COVID-19

Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Metformin HCl Extended Release Tablets, USP 750 mg

Nostrum Laboratories, Inc. is voluntarily recalling one lot of Metformin HCl Extended Release Tablets, USP 750 mg (generic equivalent to Glucophage Tablets) at the consumer level. The Metformin HCl Extended Release Tablets, USP 750 mg have been found to contain levels of nitrosamine impurities above the ADI limit of 96 ng/day as published in the

By |2021-01-07T17:14:14+00:00January 7th, 2021|alerts|Comments Off on Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Metformin HCl Extended Release Tablets, USP 750 mg

FDA Statement on Following the Authorized Dosing Schedules for COVID-19 Vaccines

Two different mRNA vaccines have now shown remarkable effectiveness of about 95 percent in preventing COVID-19 disease in adults. As the first round of vaccine recipients become eligible to receive their second dose, we want to remind the public about the importance of receiving COVID-19 vaccines according to how they’ve been authorized by the FDA

By |2021-01-07T17:11:56+00:00January 7th, 2021|alerts|Comments Off on FDA Statement on Following the Authorized Dosing Schedules for COVID-19 Vaccines

Increase in Fatal Drug Overdoses Across the United States Driven by Synthetic Opioids Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The purpose of this Health Alert Network (HAN) Advisory is to alert public health departments, healthcare professionals, first responders, harm reduction organizations, laboratories, and medical examiners and coroners to— substantial increases in drug overdose deaths across the United States, primarily driven by rapid increases in overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids excluding methadone (hereafter referred to

By |2020-12-18T17:15:46+00:00December 18th, 2020|alerts|Comments Off on Increase in Fatal Drug Overdoses Across the United States Driven by Synthetic Opioids Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic