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ISMP updates COVID-19 vaccine errors

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) continues to track the errors that have been reported from the currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines.

FDA approves higher dosage of naloxone nasal spray

On April 30, FDA announced the approval of a higher dosage of naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray (Kloxxado—Hikma Pharmaceuticals) to treat opioid overdose. The newly approved product delivers 8 mg of naloxone into the nasal cavity, compared with previously approved 2- and 4-mg naloxone nasal spray products.

CDC recommends pregnant women get COVID-19 vaccine

Pregnant women should get the COVID-19 vaccine, said CDC. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, noted at a White House briefing that vaccination surveillance systems found “no safety concerns” for more than 35,000 women in their third trimester or for their babies.

STDs reach all time high

Annual cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States continued to increase in 2019, hitting an all-time high for the sixth consecutive year, according to new CDC data.

FDA revokes bamlanivimab authorization

FDA said on April 16 that it is revoking the emergency use authorization (EUA) for bamlanivimab—when administered alone—to be used for treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults and certain pediatric patients. 

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