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Dementia Care From Multiple Health Systems May Pose Drug Safety Risks

Reuters reports that, according to a study of US veterans in the Annals of Internal Medicine, “dementia patients who get prescriptions from multiple health systems may face a higher risk of drug mix-ups or unsafe interactions than people with cognitive problems who get … Continue reading

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Few People Know About Overlapping Surgery

  Reuters recently published a somewhat frightening article about doctors trying to do multiple surgeries at the same time. That may be taking multitasking a bit too far. Here are the opening paragraphs of the article: Most people aren’t aware that surgeons are … Continue reading

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Test Shows Subway’s Poultry Contains About 50 Percent Chicken DNA

Fox News  reports a study conducted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation found Subway’s chicken meat contains only about 50 percent chicken DNA. The findings were part of a larger CBC survey examining chicken from several fast food outlets. Meat tested … Continue reading

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FDA Warns Pfizer About Contaminated Drugs at Hospira Plant

Bloomberg News  reports that Pfizer received a warning letter from the FDA “after inspectors found ‘significant violations’ at a manufacturing plant for drugs made by its Hospira unit.” According to a letter released by the FDA, “the inspection, conducted over … Continue reading

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Pacemakers May Fail to Properly Regulate Heartbeats Near Certain Appliances or Tools

Reuters reports that research indicates that “pacemakers may fail to properly regulate patients’ heartbeats near certain appliances and tools that generate electric and magnetic fields.” The findings were published in Circulation. MedPage Today also covers the story. From the news release of the American Association … Continue reading

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FDA Needs to Reform Approval Process for Rare Disease Drugs

Kenneth Thorpe, Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy in HHS, wrote in The Hill’s “Pundits” blog that “no one would … Continue reading

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Maker of Opioid Addiction Treatment Sued by 36 States for Anticompetitive Conduct

Bloomberg News reports that UK pharmaceutical company Indivior Plc, the maker of opioid addiction treatment Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone), has been sued by 36 states alleging that it unlawfully denied consumers the option of a generic version of the drug. The lawsuit accuses … Continue reading

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To Avoid Cancer Drug Shortage, US Relies on Banned Chinese Plant

In a 1,311-word article, Bloomberg News reports that last year the US Food and Drug Administration faced a dilemma of “whether to allow importation of drug ingredients from a Chinese factory with a history of poor quality controls, or face shortages of … Continue reading

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Pays $19.5 Million to Settle Off-Label Marketing of Abilify

Reuters reports that Bristol-Myers Squibb has agreed to pay $19.5 million to 43 states and the District of Columbia to settle accusations “that it improperly promoted” Abilify (aripiprazole) “for use in children and elderly patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.” The … Continue reading

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Studies Link Statins to Increased Diabetes Risk, But Many Physicians Say Patients Who Need Them Should Still Take Them

The New York Times “Well” blog reported that “numerous studies have shown that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are linked to a small increase in the risk of type 2 diabetes, even as they reduce the risk of heart attacks.” However, “many heart doctors, … Continue reading

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