Of Special Interest to Pediatric and Neonatal Staff/KidNet
MedSun: Newsletter #19, December 2007

Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 Addresses Pediatric Health Issues

On September 27, President George W. Bush signed into law H.R. 3580, the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007. This new law represents a very significant addition to FDA authority. Among the many components of the law, the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) and the Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act (MDUFMA) have been reauthorized and expanded. Two other important laws were reauthorized: the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act (BPCA) and the Pediatric Research Equity Act (PREA). Both of these are designed to encourage more research into, and more development of, treatments for children. Also in this law is the new “Pediatric Medical Device Safety and Improvement Act of 2007.”

Pain Management Competency Evidenced By a Survey of Pediatric Nurses

Using an assessment tool that measured nurses’ knowledge and attitudes regarding pain, this multi-center study looked at how these factors influence a nurse’s ability to attend to children in pain. A total of 295 nurses participated in this multi-site study conducted at eight pediatric hospitals. Scores from the assessment tool were correlated with demographic data and showed that nurses with less than two years of nursing experience had significantly lower scores than more experienced nurses. Additionally, involvement in professional nursing organizations or nursing committees also correlated with higher scores.

Reprinted from Pediatric Nursing, 2007, Volume 33, Number 4, pp. 307-312. Reprinted with permission of the publisher, Jannetti Publications, Inc., East Holly Avenue, Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; (856) 256-2300; FAX (856) 589-7463; Web site: http://www.pediatricnursing.net. For a sample copy of the journal, please contact the publisher.

Additional Information:

Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 Addresses Pediatric Health Issues

http://www.fda.gov/oc/initiatives/HR3580.pdf

Pain Management Competency Evidenced By a Survey of Pediatric Nurses
http://www.pediatricnursing.net


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