1. FDA Requests Comments on Opioid Analgesics

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is accepting comments on the safe use of Opioid Analgesics.

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  2. ONC Cybersecurity Report Released

    The Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force, created by the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, has released its “Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry.” The report outlines recommendations directed toward the healthcare industry in general, as well as to individual industry and government organizations.

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  3. Compliance Dates for Certain Class 1 and Unclassified Devices Extended

    The FDA intends to extend the compliance dates for the unique device identifier (UDI) system requirements for medical devices that generally present a lower risk to patients (certain class I and unclassified devices), such as manual surgical instruments and mechanical wheelchairs.

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  4. X12 Public Comment Period Timeline for X12N 7030™ Technical Reports

    X12's Insurance Subcommittee (X12N) has determined the schedule for the next public review and comment periods related to the 007030 counterparts to the HIPAA-adopted transactions and related Type 3 Technical Reports (TR3s).

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  5. NLM Adds Prescribable Names to RxNorm

    The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is delighted to announce that the April 2017 RxNorm monthly release contains Prescribable Names (TTY=PSN) for all RxNorm normal forms for active human drugs sold in the United States (US) with a few exceptions.

    Drugs without PSNs include allergenic extracts and certain forms containing three or more ingredients. Prescribable names are user-friendly synonyms of RxNorm SCD/SBD/GPCK/BPCK concepts and are meant to be used as display names in ePrescribing systems. Unlike other RxNorm synonyms (TTY=SY and TTY=TMSY), there can only be a single prescribable name associated with an RxNorm concept (i.e., RXCUI). RxNorm editors create prescribable names based upon the drug packaging in the Structured Product Labels (SPLs) on DailyMed (https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/).

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