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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF March 25, 2016 | Archived Issues

FDA Warns About Zydelig

Pharmacy Focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting healthcare professionals about reports of an increased rate of adverse events, including deaths, in clinical trials with the cancer medicine Zydelig in combination with other cancer medicines.

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Meetings and Events


Grand Rounds

Click here to view upcoming grand rounds.


Upcoming CME Conferences

Click below to view a complete list of all scheduled Continuing Medical Education conferences.

CME Newsletter - March 2016 (PDF)  


Milestones

Morton W. Klein, MD, has died.

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Share Your News

Won any awards or had an article accepted for publication? Share your news about professional achievements and other items of interest.

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CS-Link Tip: E-Prescribing Controlled Substances

New York is abolishing the cryptic prescription scribbled on a piece of paper. The requirement is meant to fight painkiller abuse and reduce errors. Electronic prescribing is a practice convenient for both doctors and patients.

You, too, can electronically prescribe controlled substances. The acronym is EPCS (Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances). EPCS allows you to send, via e-prescription, your controlled medication orders (hydrocodone, oxycodone, etc). In CS-Link, order the medication as you usually would. Set the status to Normal, so that it will go to the pharmacy.

You sign the order — a window displays to review the order before signing. You select the Drug Enforcement Administration number to use from a dropdown, should you have more than one. If you only have one DEA number, it's automatically selected. Check the Reviewed check box next to each controlled med.

You click Sign, and you will be asked to provide two forms of authentication:

  • Your login password.
  • The ID generated from your RSA soft/hard token. If you don't have a RSA soft/hard token, get one by filling out a CARS form.

There are four medications for which this does not work: Xyrem, methadone, buprenorphine and buprenorphine+Naloxone.

As always, please reach out to learn more about CS-Link by emailing groupeisphysicians@cshs.org.

Please consider attending a Physician Efficiency Training class in Cafeteria Conference Room C. For a list of training sessions, see CS-Link Central.