Welcome to May!On May 18, we are celebrating National Speech Language Pathologist Day! In case you didn’t know—the profession of speech and language pathology in North America evolved as professionals in related fields—typically teachers, physicians, or elocutionists—developed an interest in speech.Fun fact: Both Alexander Graham Bell and his father Alexander Melville Bell were elocutionists, and they developed a system of symbols to work with individuals on specific speech sounds.1The American Academy of Speech Correction (which later became ASHA) was founded in 1925. In the 1970’s and 80’s, dysphagia was incorporated into our scope of practice.2 It is confusing (and even frustrating!) sometimes to clinicians when there seems to be new best practice patterns emerging from research all the time, but the truth is that SLPs in dysphagia is a relatively new field when compared to other medical disciplines. We are lucky to be part of such a dynamic and growing profession!

We are also VERY lucky to have resources like those offered by the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders! This organization is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The founders (Peter Belafsky, MD, Jan Pryor, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, and Sonia Blue, LMFT) were inspired to create their vision of a Foundation that would grow to be a leading resource for dysphagia education, patient/caregiver support, and serve as a clearinghouse for cutting edge research and development. Their website is a treasure trove of resources for patients, caregivers and clinicians.

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INDICATIONS AND USAGE | IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

VARIBAR® (barium sulfate)

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION:

For Oral Administration. This product should not be used in patients with known or suspected perforation of the GI tract, known obstruction of the GI tract, high risk of aspiration, or hypersensitivity to barium sulfate products. Rarely, severe allergic reactions of anaphylactoid nature have been reported following administration of barium sulfate contrast agents. Aspiration may occur during the modified barium swallow examination, monitor the patient for aspiration.

INDICATIONS AND USAGE | IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

VARIBAR® (barium sulfate)

Indications and Usage:

VARIBAR® THIN HONEY (barium sulfate) oral suspension, VARIBAR® NECTAR (barium sulfate) oral suspension, and VARIBAR® THIN LIQUID (barium sulfate) for oral suspension, are indicated for use in modified barium swallow examinations to evaluate the oral and pharyngeal function and morphology in adult and pediatric patients. VARIBAR® HONEY (barium sulfate) oral suspension and VARIBAR® PUDDING (barium sulfate) oral paste are indicated for use in modified barium swallow examinations to evaluate the oral and pharyngeal function and morphology in adult and pediatric patients 6 months of age and older.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION:

For Oral Administration. This product should not be used in patients with known or suspected perforation of the GI tract, known obstruction of the GI tract, high risk of aspiration, or hypersensitivity to barium sulfate products. Rarely, severe allergic reactions of anaphylactoid nature have been reported following administration of barium sulfate contrast agents. Aspiration may occur during the modified barium swallow examination, monitor the patient for aspiration.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1‑800‑FDA‑1088.

Please consult full Prescribing Information for VARIBAR HONEY here, for VARIBAR THIN HONEY here, for VARIBAR PUDDING here, for VARIBAR NECTAR here, and for VARIBAR THIN LIQUID here.

VARIBAR is manufactured by E-Z-EM Canada Inc., for E-Z-EM, Inc., a subsidiary of Bracco Diagnostics Inc., Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.

VARIBAR is a registered trademark of E-Z-EM, Inc.

See you soon,

ASHA = American Speech-Language-Hearing AssociationReferences:1. Duchan JF. What do you know about your profession’s history? And why is it important? The ASHA Leader. 2002 Dec;7(23):4-29.2. Miller RM, Groher ME. Speech-language pathology and dysphagia: a brief historical perspective. Dysphagia. 1993 Jun;8(3):180-184.

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