In case you missed our email to all members, following is the information provided which will allow you to access the Health Canada Recall Notice on Solu-Cortef.
Attention: Members, Regional Representatives and Directors
We have become aware of a Pfizer recall of Solu-Cortef as announced by Health Canada.
Please refer to the link below which will first take you to the ISMP website:
(If the link does not connect you may have to copy and paste the link into your browser window.)
Once at the ISMP site, scroll down to the following link:
August 2nd, 2016 - ISMP Canada News: Health Canada: Solu-Cortef 100 mg/2 mL Act-O-Vial – Recalled Lots due to Potential for Dosing Error
A French version of the Health Canada Recall is available-see top right of their webpage.
The following chart was taken directly from the Health Canada Recall. Please note the dose difference from 2ml with the 100 mg Solu-Cortef Act-O-Vial as you have known it vs .8ml with either of the alternative vials (250mg or 500mg) you may be provided. You may wish to contact your Doctor and/or pharmacist for further clarity.
From Health Canada recall:
If the 250 mg and 500 mg Solu-Cortef vials are used, please follow the instructions to adjust the injection volume as per the table below:
|Required dose||Solu-Cortef 100 mg Act-O-vials (single use)
(50 mg per mL)
Volume of injection
|Solu-Cortef 250 mg or 500 mg
Act-O-vials (single use)
(125 mg per mL)
Volume of injection
|100 mg||2 mL||0.8 mL|
Healthcare professionals should inform and instruct patients on how to appropriately use the correct volume of the alternate vial strength of Solu-Cortef or of the alternative therapeutic product.
Addison's Disease (Adrenal Insufficiency)
The number of people with Addison's Disease (Adrenal Insufficiency) varies with surveys in different countries depending on how these surveys are done, but in the United States, between 6 and 11 out of every 100,000 people will be diagnosed with this disease. The statistics are probably the same in Canada.
With this low prevalence of the disease, you may not have met anyone else who has this problem and it can be supportive to discuss your experience with others who have a similar problem.
We hope to help educate not only the medical society but also the public to aspects of the disease.
Membership in The Canadian Addison Society provides members with access to information on Addison's Disease for both newly diagnosed and veteran Addisonians.
The Society issues an educational and informative newsletter 3 or 4 times year, and provides the ability to connect with other individuals who have the same or similar problems and questions through local support group meetings. As well, local support meetings frequently highlight knowledgeable Addison-related guest speakers.
Donations above the cost of membership are tax deductible as the Canadian Addison Society is designated as a registered charitable organization under the Income Tax Act of Canada by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), # 87248 5511 RR0001.
To join The Canadian Addison Society, please choose one of the options below:
MEMBERS: You may also use either of the above methods to renew your annual membership.
We also remind all members that annual fees to The Canadian Addison Society are due in January of each year.
MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE:
Membership cannot be paid through CanadaHelps.org.
For Membership dues payment please use PayPal or forward a cheque.
Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $15.00 or more when mailed to:
The Canadian Addison Society
c/o the Treasurer
2 Palace Arch Drive
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You do not require a PayPal account to use this payment option.
Donations over $15 made using either PayPal or cheque will receive a tax receipt directly from The Canadian Addison Society.