The FDA has announced that it has sent advisory letters to fifteen vendors of over-the-counter diabetes treatments that may illegally contain prescription drugs, and/or are illegally advertised. The FDA safety alert can be found at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm362046.htm and the list of products at http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ProtectYourself/HealthFraud/ucm352276.htm.
The Northwest Renal Network seeks to hire an Executive Director. For details see http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/N/EDPosting0713.pdf.
A new dialysis modality has been added – “RD” for Raft Dialysis. NKC in-center HD patient Bill Peckham recently rafted the Grand Canyon using a portable dialysis machine. Find his story at http://www.billpeckham.com/from_the_sharp_end_of_the/2013/07/wow-it-was-a-fantastic-trip-through-the-canyon.html, and photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/53469571@N00/sets/72157634709483822/.
This year’s Mid-Columbia Nephrology Seminar will be held October 20, 2013 in Richland WA. Topics include a nephrologist’s experience with her husband’s dialysis, home design for home dialysis (see http://lindagromkomd.com/arrange2livecom_284.html), sexuality and fertility on dialysis, involuntary discharge, labs, and transplant issues, all for 8 hours of CEUs. You can find a conference brochure and registration form at http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/N/MC2013Bro.pdf, an agenda at http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/N/MC2013Bro.pdf, and an update on last-minute organizational changes at http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/N/MC2013Update.pdf.
The Northwest Renal Network Patient Advisory Committee will sponsor a patient and family picnic with the theme “Celebrating Everyday Heroes” in Seattle on August 25, 2013. For details and Everyday Heroes nomination form, see http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/N/Picnic0813.pdf. Facilities near Seattle, please post this notice for all patients to see.
The FDA has announced a Class II recall of lot 11PR08083 of the Fresenius Liberty Cycler Set Single Conn./Ext DL Product Number: 050-87216 Automated Peritoneal Dialysis System with integrated stay safe patient connector and extended drain line, because of possible leaks. For details see http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/enforcement/enforce_rpt-Product-Tabs.cfm?action=select&recall_number=Z-1674-2013&w=07172013&lang=eng.
DCI will host an afternoon of barbeque, music, kidney education, and free health screening in Rocky Village Park on July 20, 2013. For details see http://www.dciinc.org/news.php?id=44.