Monthly Archives: February 2015

Kentucky Officials Allege Pain Medicine Maker to Blame for Abuse Epidemic

The Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal reports that officials in Kentucky have “traced the roots” of the state’s pain medicine abuse epidemic to OxyContin (oxycodone), and have been “forging ahead with a civil lawsuit that seeks to make drugmaker Purdue Pharma pay.” The suit … Continue reading

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American Cancer Society Attributes Cancer Drop Partly to Reduced Smoking

The American Cancer Society issued a press release about its annual cancer statistics report Tuesday, and it focused on “a 22% drop in cancer mortality over two decades” that averted “more than 1.5 million cancer deaths that would have occurred if peak … Continue reading

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FDA Warns Blood Pressure Kiosks May Not Show Correct Results

HealthDay reported the FDA warned that blood-pressure kiosks available in public places such as pharmacies and grocery stores may not show accurate results if the “cuff is too small or too large for your arm.” Luke Herbertson, a biomedical engineer at … Continue reading

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Court Documents Reveal Opioid Makers’ Spending on Physicians

Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported that a Federal judge has “unsealed previously secret details in a lawsuit filed by the city of Chicago against five makers of opioid painkillers.” Details reveal the “amounts the companies paid to doctors to promote their drugs and how … Continue reading

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Administration to Investigate Health Insurers for Discriminatory Plans

The New York Times reports that the Obama Administration “said Monday that it would investigate prescription drug coverage and other benefits offered by health insurance companies to see if they discriminated against people with AIDS, mental illness, diabetes or other costly chronic … Continue reading

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How Small Businesses Should Approach Legal Matters

Most small businesses operate on a strict budget with limited funds for auxiliary services. Your company might need more help with storage, or perhaps security is more of an important issue for you. Whatever the outsourcing, it pays to have … Continue reading

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FDA Asks Herbalife to Remove Video Implying Supplements Have Agency Approval

The New York Post reported that the FDA sent a letter dated Dec. 17 to Herbalife, asking the company to stop airing a video which “the regulator claims gives the false impression that its weight-loss shakes and other products have gotten” the … Continue reading

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Medicare Appeals Office Has Cut Beneficiaries’ Backlog In Half

The Washington Post reports that the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeal, which is “responsible for appeals for Medicare coverage, has cut in half the waiting time for beneficiaries who are requesting a hearing before a judge.” The Post notes that “the … Continue reading

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Study Raises Questions Over Law Designed to Speed Approval of Medicines

The Wall Street Journal reports a study unveiled in Health Affairs found that after a law passed in 1992 to accelerate the approval of pharmaceutical products, the number of safety warnings and product withdrawals rose, raising questions whether the law has led … Continue reading

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Building Borders: What The Law Says About Immigration Today

Immigration into the United States is a controversial subject. The main issue being whether or not the laws should be amended to adjust to the times. Another big issue is whether or not the borders are securely protected. The Immigration … Continue reading

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