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CDC and FDA Teleconference and Update for Clinicians

Tuesday, October 16

IACP leadership and staff continue to monitor and respond to the tragic developments surrounding the recent fungal meningitis outbreak across the nation. Pharmacists are encouraged to serve as educational resources for patients and other providers regarding this health crisis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will host a Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) call today, Tuesday, October 16, regarding this issue, and pharmacists are encouraged to participate. Information about the call and instructions for participating are shown below.


From the CDC:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continue to work closely with state public health departments on a multistate investigation of fungal meningitis among patients who received an epidural steroid injection. These cases are associated with a potentially contaminated steroid medication prepared by New England Compounding Center (NECC), located in Framingham, Mass. During this COCA Call, subject matter experts will provide updates to the current epidemiology of the outbreak, describe clinical presentation and features of fungal meningitis, and review CDC's recommended treatment guidance.

Topic: Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Investigation Update: Information and Guidance for Clinicians

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time (1:00 - 2:00 PM Central Time)

Dial-In Number: 888-790-6180
Passcode: 1281914

Presenter(s):

Melissa K. Schaefer, MD
Medical Officer
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention

Tom Chiller, MD, MPH
Medical Epidemiologist
Division of Foodborne, Waterborne & Environmental Diseases
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention

Peter G. Pappas, MD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Disease
Department of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham

For more information about this call, click on the following link: http://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/2012/callinfo_101612.asp

 

 

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