The FDA has required new label warnings about blood sugar and mental health side effects of fluoroquinolone antibiotic drugs. The most common fluoroquinolones are Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Avelox (moxifloxacin), and Levaquin (levofloxacin), but there are many others, most of which end in -floxacin. The new label has many specific warnings and recommendations for diabetics. For full details see https://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm612979.htm.
CMS has updated its web page on the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Expanded Model. Diabetes is a leading cause of kidney disease, and this Medicare/CDC Program has been shown to reduce by up to 70% the progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes itself. Find the web page at https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/medicare-diabetes-prevention-program/.
Certain lots of Accu-Chek Aviva and Performa test strips have been recalled by Roche Diabetes Care because some strips may give error messages or incorrect readings, which could result in treatment errors. Lots recalled include:
- Accu-Chek Aviva 10 test strip pots, lots #497344, 497392
- Accu-Chek Aviva 50 test strip pots, lots #496802, 496807, 496809, 496915, 497391, 497392
- Accu-Chek Performa 10 test strip pots, lots #476597, 476646
- Accu-Chek Performa test strips in Nano blood glucose kits, lots #10153111, 10153112, 10153114, 10153115, 10153116
The payment deadline for discounted registration to the 2018 NWRD Annual Conference is February 15, 2018. The Conference will be held March 8-9, 2018 in Spokane WA. Register at http://www.nwrdonline.org/registration-2018. Find the agenda, with includes Native American diets and disparities, disaster relief, vegetarian and vegan diets, transplant, diabetes, home hemo, new medications, EOL, and mentoring, at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NWRD/NWRD.0318.pdf.
The 2018 NWRD Annual Conference will be held March 8-9, 2018 in Spokane WA. Payment received by February 15, 2018 will be discounted $50. Register at http://www.nwrdonline.org/registration-2018. The agenda includes CKD, disparities, and diet among Native American patients, hurricane relief, vegetarian and vegan diets, transplantation, diabetes, home hemo, new medications, EOL, mentoring, and a “3K Walk and Talk” along the Spokane River featuring best practices to “Renew, Refocus, and Refresh.” Fourteen CPEUs are available. Find the agenda at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NWRD/NWRD.0318.pdf.
The Conference also includes an evening networking opportunity, cooking class, and renal diet workshop called Cultivate your CKD Culinary Skills led by NKF chef instructor Duane Sunwold of the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy. Chef Sunwold, an experienced chef, culinary arts instructor, and former kidney patient, was able to put his kidney disease in remission, in part by changing his lifestyle and diet. He will share professional techniques for teaching patients how to improve their diet. Two additional CPEUs are offered for the evening. Find more information at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NWRD/NWRD.0318.Networking.pdf.
There is also space available for a few more poster sessions on your special project, teaching method, idea, or research; find details at http://www.nwrdonline.org/registration-2018.
RSN’s Kidney Talk program has added a recorded audio presentation on “Kidney Grub: Can-Do Kidney-Friendly Nutrition” to their website at http://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/food-recipes-kidney-talk/kidneygrub-kidney-disease-diet/. The web page also lists the many historical Kidney Talk audio recordings.