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Free Flu Shots Now Available

Free influenza vaccinations are now available to medical staff, including private physicians, in Employee Health Service (EHS) located in SSB-200. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Flu shot clinics are planned this month for ...

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Medication Shortage Update

Pharmacy Focus

Ascorbic Acid 500mg/ml 50ml injection vials ...

Furosemide, Bumetanide, Torsemide ...

Epinephrine 0.1mg/ml 10ml syringes ... 

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Printing Patient Results

Web/VS Tip of the Week

When you need to print patient results, use the "Print" icon at the right end of the silver banner across the top of the page.

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Meetings and Events

Arthur I. Johnson, M.D., Memorial Medical Student Reception
Oct. 19

"Divination and DNA: The Hazard, but Inevitability, of 'Divination' in Our New Genomics"
Oct. 20

Comprehensive Approach to the Treatment of Obesity
Oct. 22

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Medication Shortage Update

Pharmacy Focus

Ascorbic Acid 500mg/ml 50ml injection vials – SHORTAGE RESOLVED

Please note that the ascorbic acid 500mg/ml 50ml injection vials are now available for purchase from the manufacturers. Therefore, we are considering the shortage of ascorbic acid injection to be over at this time. We have started processing new TPN orders with ascorbic acid injection on Oct. 12, 2010.

Furosemide, Bumetanide, Torsemide, Oh my!

As some of you may remember, torsemide (Demadex®) injection was discontinued in 2007 by Roche®. However, another company has recently started manufacturing this product and we are able to purchase and dispense the medication. Since intravenous furosemide is still not available (we currently have an automatic substitution from furosemide IV to bumetanide IV) and bumetanide availability is not consistent, we are hoping that torsemide injection can provide a reasonable therapeutic option for some patients. Please consider using torsemide injection whenever possible. The conversion between the three intravenous loop diuretics is: Bumetanide 1mg IV=Furosemide 40mg IV=Torsemide 20mg IV. Oral formulations of furosemide, bumetanide and torsemide continue to be available.

Epinephrine 0.1mg/ml 10ml syringes – AVAILABILITY UPDATE  

Epinephrine 0.1mg/ml 10ml syringes are available from the manufacturer. We are now in the process of purchasing and stocking all new code blue trays with the epinephrine 0.1mg/ml 10ml syringes instead of the epinephrine 1mg/ml 1ml concentrated ampules. Please note that although all new code blue trays will have the epinephrine syringes, some already prepared code blue trays may still contain the epinephrine concentrated ampules.