Recalls, Market Withdrawals, and Safety Alerts Important to GI

November 2, 2016
ACG note: FDA posts information on automated endoscope reprocessors

The FDA reports that it is reviewing critical factors that may contribute to infections associated with exposure to duodenoscopes and how they may be mitigated. Read the FDA information.


October 4, 2016
FDA warns about the risk of hepatitis B reactivating in some patients treated with direct-acting antivirals for hepatitis C

Patients who had hepatitis B in the past and are being treated with direct-acting antiviral drugs for hepatitis C are at risk of HBV reactivation, the FDA warns. The agency is mandating a black-box warning for the labels of at least nine branded DAA drugs about the risk due to 24 reported cases of HBV reactivation.


August 17, 2016
System 83 Plus Automated Endoscope Reprocessors by Custom Ultrasonics: FDA Safety Communication – FDA Recommends Stop Using for Reprocessing Duodenoscopes

The FDA is notifying health care facilities of Custom Ultrasonics’ May 6, 2016 URGENT MEDICAL DEVICE RECALL, and advising users to stop using its System 83 Plus AERs for reprocessing of duodenoscopes. Based on the Agency’s February 2016 Safety Communication, at this time, facilities should have transitioned to alternative methods of reprocessing of duodenoscopes.


June 7, 2016
FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA warns about serious heart problems with high doses of the antidiarrheal medicine loperamide (Imodium), including from abuse and misuse

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that taking higher than recommended doses of the common over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription diarrhea medicine loperamide (Imodium), including through abuse or misuse of the product, can cause serious heart problems that can lead to death. The risk of these serious heart problems, including abnormal heart rhythms, may also be increased when high doses of loperamide are taken with several kinds of medicines that interact with loperamide (see Examples of Drugs that Can Potentially Interact with Loperamide).

Health care professionals should be aware that use of higher than recommended doses of loperamide can result in serious cardiac adverse events.


June 6, 2016
Over-the-Counter Antacid Products Containing Aspirin: FDA Drug Safety Communication – Serious Bleeding Risk

The FDA is warning consumers about the risk of serious bleeding when using nonprescription, also known as over-the-counter or OTC, aspirin-containing antacid products to treat heartburn, sour stomach, acid indigestion, or upset stomach. Many other products for these conditions are available that do not contain aspirin.

Consumers should always read the Drug Facts label carefully when purchasing or taking an OTC product to treat heartburn, acid indigestion, or sour or upset stomach. If the product contains aspirin, consider whether you should choose a product without aspirin to relieve your symptoms.


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