Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

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

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Upcoming CME Conferences

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CME Newsletter - March 2016 (PDF)  


Morton W. Klein, MD, has died.

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Orders for L/S Ratio No Longer Sent Out

As of April 1, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will no longer send out orders for lecithin-sphingomyelin (L/S) ratio to assess fetal lung maturity. In-house service was discontinued in August 2015 and no orders have been sent out in more than six months.

Several published reports have demonstrated that a lamellar body count of 40,000-50,000 is strongly correlated to fetal lung maturity (e.g., sensitivity greater than 90 percent). Lamellar body counts can be obtained on a 24/7 basis in-house via the Core Laboratory. Pathology and Laboratory Medicine encourages use of lamellar body counts for fetal lung maturity in lieu of L/S ratio, which is a technically difficult, laborious and dated assay that has fallen out of favor.

If you have questions, contact Kimia Sobhani, PhD, at kimia.sobhani@cshs.org or Holli Mason, MD, at holli.mason@cshs.org.