Bleeding Disorders Community News
Friday, July 8, 2016
Patient Notification System (PNS)
Recalls and withdrawals for medical products and the associated ancillary supplies do occur.
Only 30% of the bleeding disorders community is registered for the Patient Notification System (PNS).
What is PNS?
PNS is a fast, free, and confidential program that alerts patients with hemophilia, von Willebrand Disease, and other bleeding disorders of a withdrawal or recall of therapy products. All major plasma-derived and recombinant analog therapy manufacturers participate in this system.
If a therapy is withdrawn or recalled, the system notifies those registered for the therapy in question within 24 hours. Patients can choose to be contacted via email, telephone, or fax, and are also sent a letter via first-class mail to ensure receipt of the notice.
Why Should I Register?
Whether you use plasma-derived or recombinant therapies, there are many reasons that your therapy might be recalled.
Past recalls and withdrawals include:
- Defective sterile water vials
- Improperly packaged alcohol wipes
- Problems with the product potency and shelf life
- Mislabeled products
- Factor contamination
- And many more.
How to Register
Patients, caregivers, parents, and spouses can register at the PNS website.
Any provider, such as clinicians, pharmacies, and others who provide services and care to people in the bleeding disorders community can also register for the PNS.
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