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FDA Warns About SGLT2 Inhibitors, Contrast Media

Pharmacy Focus

A review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has resulted in additional warnings on the labels of sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors about the risks of too much acid in the blood and of serious urinary tract infections. Also, the FDA is advising that rare cases of underactive thyroid have been reported in infants following the use of contrast media containing iodine for X-rays and other medical imaging procedures. 

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Cedars-Sinai Increases Presence in China

An initiative to provide world-class medical care to Chinese citizens, both those who travel to the U.S. and those in China, continues to yield excellent results. That was the message delivered to the approximately 50 attendees of a recent luncheon hosted by the Cedars-Sinai Center for International Health.

"We want to establish Cedars-Sinai as a leading healthcare brand in China," said Spencer Koerner, MD, medical director of the international health center. "The goal is to improve China's access to the best medical care."

Cedars-Sinai became a founding partner in a citywide program, Discover LA Medical Care, at its launch in November 2014. Established by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the initiative seeks to make travel to Los Angeles for medical care convenient and easy.

With an increase in travel by Chinese nationals, made possible by the growth of wealth in the nation as well as the availability of longer visas, Cedars-Sinai is in a strong position to expand its brand internationally, Koerner said.

"The international health program was established to offer specialized services to people from other countries," Koerner said. "We served 70 people in our first year; last year we treated 1,000 patients from 70 countries."

Los Angeles, with its mild climate, excellent amenities and natural beauty, is part of the marketing plan, Koerner said. Publicity tools include the launch of a Cedars-Sinai website in Chinese, the use of Chinese social media and the formation of partnerships with groups and influential individuals within the Chinese community in the San Gabriel Valley.

Attendees at the luncheon — mostly Cedars-Sinai staff members with ties to or an interest in China — discussed issues such as translation services, medical insurance and the exchange of medical knowledge.

In addition to encouraging Chinese patients to travel to Cedars-Sinai for treatment, the medical center is working to establish partnerships within China's medical community. That includes expanding Cedars-Sinai's partnerships with private hospitals within China as well as working with highly ranked public hospitals. Collaborations in research and teaching are also in the works.

"We want to get the word out that Cedars-Sinai is here and that we are eager to collaborate to share our world-class medical care worldwide," Koerner said.

Those attending the luncheon were mostly Cedars-Sinai staff members with ties to or an interest in China.