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Formulary Expanded; FDA Warns About Immune Globulins, Spinal Catheters, Cardiac Drugs

Pharmacy Focus

The Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee added ticagrelor (Brilinta®) to the formulary and took other actions Oct. 1. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cautioned about human immune globulin products, the use of spinal catheters in patients taking anticoagulants and two cardiac stress test agents.

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Grand Rounds

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Upcoming CME Conferences

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CME Newsletter - November 2013 (PDF)

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Physicians Must Attest to Influenza Vaccination Status Online

To ensure that members of the medical staff are in compliance with the Los Angeles County Public Health order about flu vaccination, physicians should go online before Dec. 1 and fill out a flu vaccination status.

Effective Dec. 1, the order requires all healthcare workers — including medical staff and house staff — to get the flu vaccination. If they decline vaccination, they are required to wear a surgical mask at all times while in direct contact with patients or while in areas where patient care is provided. Enforcement of this policy will continue through March 31, 2014, when flu season ends. Click the PDF link below for more information about the implementation plan at Cedars-Sinai.

As part of the implementation plan, which was approved by the Medical Executive Committee on Nov. 4, Cedars-Sinai will issue special ID badge accessories indicating vaccination status. Green badges indicate vaccination, and orange badges indicate that the healthcare worker has declined vaccination and is wearing a mask to protect patients from the flu.

Once you fill out the online form, Medical Staff Services will mail the appropriate badge to you, or you can pick up your badge during normal business hours at the medical staff office, Suite 2211 on the North Tower Plaza Level.

Cedars-Sinai is offering free flu shots for members of the medical staff, employees and volunteers through Dec. 30. Please note these upcoming clinics:

  • Nov. 22 – 8-11 a.m., West Medical Office Tower, 590 West conference room
  • Nov. 22 – 11 a.m.-noon, North Tower, fifth floor
  • Nov. 22 – 1-2:45 p.m., Graduate Medical Education, Beverly Boulevard

Further information about the Los Angeles County Public Health order may be found here.

Fill out the flu vaccination status at http://www.cedars-sinai.edu/fluvaccine.

Flu Vaccination Policy FAQ (PDF)