Anesthetics

LETS GEL KIT Available to Prevent Pain When Suturing

By July 18, 2017

The new Convenience Pack includes SuturaGel Methylcellulose Base, which is designed to reduce the amount of medication run-off from the treatment area.

Potential Microbial Growth Prompts Recall of Several Injectable Solutions

By June 16, 2017

The affected lots were distributed in the U.S, Dutch Antilles, Barbados, Canada, Philippines, Kuwait, and Singapore between January to June 2017.

Could Movies Act as an Alternative Anesthetic?

May 10, 2017

Videos promote relaxation and stillness without medication, researchers say

New Warning Added to General Anesthetics, Sedation Drugs

By April 27, 2017

For children aged <3 years, the FDA is advising to not delay or avoid surgeries or procedures when medically necessary.

Propofol Use Linked to Rare Case of Fatal Pancreatitis

April 26, 2017

57-year-old woman developed severe abdominal pain with nausea, vomiting after thyroidectomy

Intranasal Drug Delivery Increasingly Popular in the ER

April 24, 2017

Many benefits to nasal administration, including reduction in spread of infection

IV Placements Increases Jet Injection of Lidocaine

March 10, 2017

The researchers found that over seven months there was an increase in jet injection of lidocaine use with IV placement to 54%.

Review: Efficacy of Intranasal Drug Delivery in Emergency Settings

By March 07, 2017

In this study, researchers reviewed the evidence on the use of IN administration for several medications commonly used in the emergency department.

Post-Op Opioid-Sparing Effect of Ketamine Analyzed

By December 28, 2016

According to a meta-analysis published in Pediatric Drugs, ketamine was not associated with a postoperative opioid-sparing effect.

FDA: New Warning for Anesthetic/Sedative Use in Children, Pregnant Women

December 14, 2016

Since 1999, the FDA has been evaluating the potential adverse effects of general anesthetics and sedatives on children's brain development.

Local vs. General Anesthetic in TAVR

November 21, 2016

For patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), local anesthetic (LA) is as safe as general anesthetic (GA), with shorter procedure time and number of days in the hospital, according to a study published in The American Journal of Cardiology.

New Virtual Reality Tool Shows Clinicians How to Administer Exparel in TKA

By November 11, 2016

Exparel, an amide local anesthetic, is FDA approved for single-dose infiltration into the surgical site to produce postsurgical analgesia.

Grades, IQ Assessed of Children Who Received Anesthesia as Infants

November 08, 2016

Children exposed to surgical anesthesia before the age of 4 may have slightly lower school grades and IQ scores in their late teen years, according to a study published online in JAMA Pediatrics.

Hospira Recalls Fentanyl Citrate Inj Due to Defective Vials

By November 07, 2016

Hospira announced a voluntary recall of 3 lots of Fentanyl Citrate Injection 50mcg/mL due to confirmed ampules with broken tips.

Combining Procedures Could Help Limit Anesthesia Exposure in Children

October 26, 2016

Few pediatric patients having a dental procedure combined with another surgical procedure require unplanned admission for perioperative concerns.

Reducing Pre-Op Stress in Kids: iPad vs. Midazolam

By August 30, 2016

Electronic tablets such as iPads demonstrated similar efficacy as a sedative commonly administered to children before general anesthesia, a new study has found.

Grapefruit-Drug Interaction May Depend on Patient, Juice Characteristics

August 12, 2016

Grapefruit juice-drug interaction varies based on amount of furanocoumarin constituents in juice

Kovanaze Nasal Spray Approved for Dental Anesthesia

August 10, 2016

St. Renatus announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Kovanaze (tetracaine HCl and oxymetazoline HCl) Nasal Spray, the first dental anesthetic administered as a nasal spray.

Anesthetic Recall Initiated Due to Particulate Matter

By August 08, 2016

Hospira announced a voluntary recall of one lot of 0.25% Bupivacaine HCl Injection, USP, due to the presence of particulate matter within a single vial.

No Cognitive Deficits For Infants Who Received Anesthesia, Research Suggests

June 08, 2016

General anesthesia doesn't seem to harm young children's mental development, according to research published in the June 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Multi-Phase Safety Initiative Launched for IV, Oral Liquid Meds

By May 12, 2016

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) announced the launch of "Standardize 4 Safety," an interprofessional initiative intended to create and promote national standard concentrations for intravenous (IV) and oral liquid medications.

Visible Glass Particulate Discovered in Anesthesia Medication

By April 26, 2016

Fresenius Kabi announced a voluntary recall of a single lot of Sensorcaine-MPF (bupivacaine HCl) Injection due to visible particulate matter that was observed during inspection of reserve samples.

Risk of Sedation/Anesthesia Adverse Events Examined for Preterm Children

February 26, 2016

Preterm children have an increased risk of developing sedation/anesthesia adverse events, which continues up to age 23 years, according to a study published online in Pediatrics.

Sugammadex Dosing Examined in Obese Patients to Reverse Neuromusclar Blockade

February 19, 2016

Shorter recovery time from deep neuromuscular blockade with 4 mg/kg1 of ideal body weight

APS: New Clinical Guideline for Post-Surgery Pain Management

February 17, 2016

A new guideline to help clinicians provide optimal pain management for patients following surgery has been released by The American Pain Society.

Nearly Half of Hospitals Using Modifier QZ Have Physician Anesthesiologists

January 29, 2016

Physicians tied to almost half of hospitals exclusively reporting anesthesia claims with QZ modifier

First-in-Class Drug Approved for Reversing Neuromuscular Blockers

By December 16, 2015

The FDA has approved Bridion (sugammadex; Merck) injection to reverse the effects of neuromuscular blockade induced by rocuronium bromide and vecuronium bromide used during certain surgeries.

FDA Rescinds Warning Letter Regarding Exparel Use

By December 15, 2015

Pacira Pharmaceuticals have reached an amicable resolution with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in their lawsuit concerning the indication of the analgesic, Exparel (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension).

Fresenius Kabi Launches Dexmedetomidine HCl Injection

By November 30, 2015

Fresenius Kabi announced the launch of Dexmedetomidine Hydrochloride Injection, the generic version of Hospira's Precedex.

New Opioid Alternative Promising for Anesthesia, Sedation

By November 20, 2015

Isovaline may be a new alternative to opioids for anesthesia and procedural sedation, new data published in Anesthesia & Analgesia has shown.