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FDA Requires Label Warnings to Prohibit Sharing of Multi-dose Diabetes Pen Devices Among Patients

In an effort to reduce the serious risk of infection spread through sharing of multi-dose diabetes pen devices intended for single patient use only, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring additional label warnings prohibiting sharing of these injectable medicines. Insulin pens and pens for other injectable diabetes medicines should never be shared among patients, even if the needle is changed. Sharing pens can result in the spread of serious infections from one patient to another. To promote safe use, we are requiring that pens and packaging containing multiple doses of insulin and other injectable diabetes medicines display a warning label stating “For single patient use only.”

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CDC Report: Patients Harmed After Health Care Providers Steal Patients’ Drugs

Mayo Clinic Proceedings press release, CDC Report: Patients Harmed After Health Care Providers Steal Patients’ Drugs

When prescription medicines are stolen or used illegally, it is called drug diversion.One aspect of drug diversion that is not well recognized involves health care providers who steal controlled substances for their personal use. A report authored by experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) -- published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings -- outlines outbreaks of infections that have occurred as a result of healthcare providers stealing or tampering with their patients’ medications. These outbreaks revealed gaps in prevention, detection, and response to drug diversion. Read full press release

Doctors, medical staff on drugs put patients at risk

A USA TODAY review shows more than 100,000 doctors, nurses, medical technicians and health care aides are abusing or dependent on prescription drugs in a given year, putting patients at risk.

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News Clips - CDC Foundation and Lilly to Address Unsafe Injection Practices in U.S. Healthcare Settings

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