11/13+ Antibiotic Awareness Week

CDC and WHO have announced that November 13-19, 2017 will be US and World Antibiotic Awareness Week, to raise awareness about antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.  European Antibiotic Awareness Day is November 18.  CDC has updated their educational initiative Be Antibiotics Aware: Smart Use, Best Care, and aims to engage the industry and the public in efforts to improve antibiotic prescribing and use across all health care settings.  Find the CDC announcement and links to Be Antibiotics Aware at https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6644a9.htm?s_cid=mm6644a9_e and the WHO announcement at http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-antibiotic-awareness-week/en/.

4/29 Drug Disposal

The US Dept of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency Diversion Control Division will sponsor the 12th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29, 2017.  To find a location near you, see https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/ .  As of today, many locations are listed in California, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, but fewer in Alaska and Washington. However, they are adding collection locations daily, so check back later in April if you don’t find a convenient dropoff site.

Alternative methods of disposal are detailed at https://archive.epa.gov/region02/capp/web/pdf/ppcpflyer.pdf .

 

4/24 TEP for Meds Reconciliation

CMS is seeking nominations for members of  Technical Expert Panel to develop one or more quality measures related to medication reconciliation and management for ESRD patients.  Nominations are due by April 24, 2017.  For details see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/TechnicalExpertPanels.html#ESRD%20Reconciliation .

SC 2/19 UKEEP Medications

The UCLA Kidney Education Enhancement Program (UKEEP) will present a free seminar for patients on February 19, 2017 in Santa Monica about Medications: What You Need to Know.  RSVP requested.  For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/UKeep021917.pdf .  Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the March 26, 2017 UKEEP Kidney Fair.

9/22-23 AAKP Patient Meeting

There’s still time to register for the AAKP National Patient Meeting in Nashville September 23-25, 2016 on the theme Explore Your Future Today.  Topics include transplantation and living donation, patient engagement, diet and nutrition, treatment options and medications, and patient safety.  AAKP and the Living Kidney Donor Network, a national non-profit organization, will host a hands-on workshop Having Your Donor Find You! on Sept. 22, 2016.  For complete details, see https://www.aakp.org/community/programs-events/aakp-national-patient-meeting.html .

Warning: Kidney Damage from Canagliflozin, Dapagliflozin

The FDA has strengthened the existing warning about the risk of acute kidney injury for the type 2 diabetes medicines Canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet) and Dapagliflozin (Farxiga, Xigduo XR).  The labels now include information about acute kidney injury and  recommendations to minimize this risk.  For full details see http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm506554.htm .