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News and updates from palliativedrugs.com
  1. Andrew Wilcock1 and
  2. Sarah Charlesworth2
  1. 1Department of Palliative Medicine, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  2. 2palliativedrugs.com, Hayward House Study Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrew Wilcock, Department of Palliative Medicine, University of Nottingham, Hayward House, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham NG5 1PB, UK; andrew.wilcock{at}nottingham.ac.uk

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www.palliativedrugs.com has provided essential independent information about drugs used in palliative and hospice care for over a decade. It contains the on-line Palliative Care Formulary, and provides free access to a Bulletin Board to stimulate questions and share experiences, a Document Library containing 475 items of useful information and a Syringe Driver Survey Database containing details of over 2350 different drug combinations. Territory-specific book versions (the UK Palliative Care Formulary 4th edition, Hospice and Palliative Care Formulary USA 2nd edition and Palliative Care Formulary Canadian edition) and an e-book PDF version of the Palliative Care Formulary can also be purchased via the website. This feature provides a selection of items which have featured in the News and Latest Additions sections in recent months; for additional information please register for free on the website.

Safety updates

MHRA infusion device warning with 50 mL syringes

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued two separate warnings of the risk of false occlusion alarms occurring with certain 50 mL syringes:

50 mL Luer Lok Plastipak syringes made by BD Medical (MDA/2013/024)

A change in the design of the syringe plunger in April 2012 has led to false occlusion alarms. To avoid this, the syringe pump occlusion alarm settings need to be adjusted by biomedical engineering departments. BD Medical is recalling …

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