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June 2015
PATIENT CARE AND SCIENCE
FDA Cautions About Dose Confusion and Medication Errors for Antibacterial Drug Zerbaxa

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning last month about the risk for dosing errors with the antibacterial drug Zerbaxa (ceftolozane and tazobactam) due to confusion about the drug strength displayed on the vial and carton labeling. To prevent future medication errors, the strength on the drug labeling has been revised to reflect the sum of the two active ingredients. Zerbaxa is used to treat complicated infections in the urinary tract, or in combination with the antibacterial drug metronidazole to treat complicated infections in the abdomen. Click here for an FDA Drug Safety Podcast on these cautions (MP3 - 1.8MB).

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Updated Information and Guidelines for Evaluation of Patients for MERS-CoV Infection ( CDC Alert 06/12/2015)
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Lassa Fever Confirmed in Death of U.S. Traveler Returning from Liberia (CDC Alert 5/26/15)
Outbreak of Recent HIV and HCV Infections Among Persons Who Inject Drugs (CDC Alert 4/24/15)

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