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Dosing System Complaints Cause Infant Tylenol Recall

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. (“McNeil”), is voluntarily recalling, at the wholesale and retail levels, seven lots, approximately 574,000 bottles, of Infants’ TYLENOL® Oral Suspension, 1 oz. Grape distributed nationwide in the United States (see full product list below).  Infants’ TYLENOL® is an over-the-counter (OTC) product indicated as a pain reliever/fever reducer.

McNeil is initiating this voluntary recall as a precaution after receiving a small number of complaints from consumers who reported difficulty using the Infants’ TYLENOL® SimpleMeasure™ dosing system.  SimpleMeasure™ includes a dosing syringe, which a parent or caregiver inserts into a protective cover, or “flow restrictor,” at the top of the bottle to measure the proper dose.  In some cases, the flow restrictor was pushed into the bottle when inserting the syringe.  Children’s TYLENOL® products are intended for children two years of age and older and remain available.

No adverse events associated with this action have been reported to date and the risk of a serious adverse medical event is remote.  Consumers can continue to use Infants’ TYLENOL® provided the flow restrictor at the top of the bottle remains in place.  The company discussed how to use the product’s dosing system in a separate message to consumers also issued today.

If the flow restrictor is pushed into the bottle, the parent or caregiver should not use the product.  Consumers can request a refund by visiting www.tylenol.com or contacting McNeil at 1-888-222-6036 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time; Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time).  Parents and caregivers with any health questions or concerns should contact their healthcare provider and visit www.tylenol.com for additional information.

Mandatory Overtime Caps Good for Nurses

State-mandated caps on nurses’ mandatory overtime hours have been effective in reducing overtime hours for new Registered Nurses, according to a study.

The study is part of the RN Work Project, a 10-year longitudinal study of newly licensed RNs (NLRNs) that began in 2006 and is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The overtime study drew on data from nurses in 34 states, covering 51 metropolitan areas and nine rural areas.

Past research has demonstrated that fatigue caused by long hours without sufficient rest between shifts can lead to mistakes that imperil both patients and nurses.

According to the study, in 2010, 16 states had rules restricting mandatory overtime hours for nurses: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington and West Virginia. At issue in the study was the extent to which those laws or regulations had actually affected the workplace. Researchers examined NLRNs’ self-reported mandatory and voluntary overtime hours, as well as their total work hours.

They found that in the states with rules governing mandatory overtime, NLRNs were 59% less likely to work mandatory overtime than their colleagues in unregulated states. (Not all states with overtime rules prohibit mandatory overtime, with some simply limiting total work hours.) Overall, 11.6% of nurses said they worked mandatory overtime in a typical work week, averaging 6.1 hours.

To learn more about the the RN Work Project, go to www.rnworkproject.org/

NJ Receives $40 Million for EMR Conversion

New Jersey  recently announced that the state will soon allocate nearly $40 million in federal incentive funds from Medicaid  to the first 70 healthcare providers in New Jersey to go digital.

Over the next decade, state officials estimated that 3,000 providers would receive up to $500 million in Medicaid incentive payments to help defray the cost of installing the computers and software that will maintain patient records — surgery, lab tests, prescription medications — in digital files that will ultimately be accessible via the Internet. New Jersey is building a wired healthcare world designed to link hospitals, doctors and patients regardless of their location, with an ultimate goal of every New Jersey resident having a personal electronic medical record by 2014.

The true benefit of the Medicaid incentive payments isn't financial, but clinical, and will manifest itself in the form of fewer medication errors, unnecessary tests and procedures and hospital stays, and improved health outcomes. So far, the state has created five regional electronic health information exchanges, where doctors, labs, hospitals, pharmacies and other healthcare providers exchange information on a regional basis. The next step is empowering these regional organizations to link together into a network that connects the entire state.

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