Monthly Archives: May 2017

3 Things to Consider When Facing a DWI Charge

Recent data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that 28 people die each day in alcohol-related crashes. Many people think that they are okay to operate a vehicle after a couple of drinks. A recent … Continue reading

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Government Policies Seek to Make Findings from Clinical Trials More Widely Available

In “To Your Health,” the Washington Post reported that, “the government unveiled new policies” intended “to make findings from clinical trials of therapies and devices more widely available, warning that it would block future funding for universities and other institutions that do … Continue reading

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Memorial Day History

The website USMemorialDay.org has an interesting section on the history of Memorial Day. As we pause today to honor our deceased veterans, the history of this day is important. This is the opening section of the Web page: Memorial Day, originally … Continue reading

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Contaminated Syringes May Have Caused More Than 150 Blood Infections Across Several States

McKnight’s Long Term Care News reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that “contaminated syringes may have caused more than 150 bloodstream infections across several states, with long-term care residents being disproportionately hit.” The CDC said Burkholderia cepacia infections … Continue reading

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FDA Issues Warning Letter to Pharmaceutical Company for Sanitation and Labeling Concerns

The Allentown (PA) Morning Call reports the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter to US Specialty Formulations LLC claiming that its product, Actril, “failed to undergo a proper disinfecting process.” In addition, the agency claims that the “company neglected to … Continue reading

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Patients Complain Antipsychotic Caused Them to Engage in Addictive Behaviors

The Daily Beast reports that several patients are blaming their gambling and sex addiction on Abilify (aripiprazole), “an antipsychotic created by Otsuka in 1988 to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The drug acts on dopamine receptors in the brain that are responsible … Continue reading

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Most Pharmaceutical Executives Against FDA Approving Drugs Solely on Their Safety

Business Insider reports the Food and Drug Administration is “headed for a major revamp under the Trump presidency.” The article reports that “the response from industry executives and experts has been against cutting regulations that would make the FDA approve drugs … Continue reading

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St. Jude Suspends Pacemaker Implants Over Battery and Data Issues

Reuters reported St. Jude Medical Inc. “said it has notified doctors to stop implants of” its Nanostim leadless cardiac pacemaker (LCP), “citing reports of problems with electronic data reporting caused by a battery malfunction that could put patients at risk.” While … Continue reading

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Congressman Asks Prosecutors to Investigate Olympus Over Scope Infections

The Los Angeles Times reports that Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) “is calling for Japanese prosecutors to investigate Olympus Corp. for not warning American hospitals that its medical scope was transferring lethal bacteria to patients.” In a letter, Lieu “asked Secretary of State … Continue reading

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Heart Surgery Device Tied to Deadly Infections

Kaiser Health News reports on mycobacterial infections acquired by some heart surgery patients that involved the Sorin 3T heater-cooler device. Kaiser reports that regulators knew of the association for 14 months before issuing guidance to hospitals and patients. While “about 60 … Continue reading

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