Health Systems Product News

FEBRUARY 01, 2009

Mozobil (plerixafor injection)

Genzyme Corp (Cambridge, MA) recently received FDA approval to market Mozobil, a hematopoietic stem cell mobilizer. The drug is indicated in combination with granulocytecolony stimulating factor (G-CSF) to mobilize hematopoietic stem cells to the peripheral blood for collection and subsequent autologous transplantation in patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Clinicians should initiate Mozobil treatment after the patient has received G-CSF once daily for 4 days. The product should be administered approximately 11 hours prior to initiation of apheresis for up to 4 consecutive days. The recommended dose of Mozobil is 0.24 mg/kg body weight by subcutaneous injection. If creatinine clearance is =50 mL/min, decrease dose by one third to 0.16 mg/kg. Mozobil is supplied as a single-use vial containing 1.2 mL of a 20-mg/mL solution. For more information, visit, or call 877-4MOZOBIL.


CSL Behring's (King of Prussia, PA) RiaSTAP was recently licensed by the FDA. RiaSTAP, Fibrinogen Concentrate (Human) is indicated for the treatment of acute bleeding episodes in patients with congenital fibrinogen deficiency, including afibrinogenemia and hypofibrinogenemia. Individuals with congenital fibrinogen are unable to make sufficient amounts of fibrinogen, which plays an important role in blood coagulation by helping to form blood clots and prevent bleeding. RiaSTAP dosing, duration of dosing, and frequency of administration should be individualized based on the extent of bleeding, laboratory values, and clinical condition of the patient. The product is available as a singleuse vial containing 900 mg to 1300 mg lyophilized fibrinogen concentrate powder for reconstitution with 50 mL of sterile water for injection. For more information, visit www.riastap. com, or call 888-508-6978.

Rapid-Fill Automated Syringe Filler

Baxa Corp (Englewood, CO) recently announced the addition of colored syringe labels to its Rapid-Fill Automated Syringe Filler offering. The Rapid-Fill is accurate, easy-touse, safe, and efficient automation for intravenous syringe filling. The system reduces pharmacy overhead for batching activities, while providing the opportunity for more adequate staff allocation and greater inventory control. The syringe labels are available in 8 new colors, in addition to the original white, that allow health care professionals to extend the Rapid-Fill Automated Syringe Filler automation to broader applications in pharmacy filling. The company has added 8 color labels to its product line for use in anesthesia applications. The new labels expand the potential uses of the unique Rapid-Fill product for hospital pharmacies by reducing the workload involved in sterile filling and labeling of anesthetic drugs. For more information, visit, or call 800-567-BAXA (800-567-2292).

Identification Bands, Pens, and Surgical Skin Markers

EPS Inc (Ivyland, PA) recently introduced a line of Identification Bands, Pens, and Surgical Skin Markers to enhance medication and patient identification. The Identification Bands are available in both Mother/Infant and Mother/ Father/Infant styles. The matching serial numbers ensure that the infant and parents are properly correlated. The extra soft plastic and nonirritating snap provides comfort for both parents and children. The bands are available in 3-part and 4-part styles in white, pink, or blue and are ideal for use with any identification band. The permanent ink is resistant to water, alcohol, and smears. The product is available in blue, green, red, and black and can be used to mark materials and supplies throughout the hospital. The Surgical Skin Markers are available in both sterile and nonsterile styles. The sterile pens are packaged in plastic, in a peel-down, nonfiber shedding package, specifically designed for use in sterile fields. Available with labels and rulers, all Surgical Skin Markers use a nontoxic gentian violet ink. For more information, visit, or call 800-523-8966.

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