Category Archives: Medical & Health Resources or Issues

Three North Texas Hospitals Among Worst in Nation for Inflating Patients’ Bills

The Dallas Morning News recently published a shocking story about the billing practices of several local hospitals. Here are the opening paragraphs: Tammy Tedford went to Texas General Hospital when she had trouble breathing in April. A month later her … Continue reading

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House Appropriations Bill Would Limit FDA’s Ability to Regulate E-Cigarettes, Other Tobacco Products

The Cancer Letter reported that “a $20.65 billion agriculture appropriations bill, which cleared a House subcommittee June 18, seeks to limit FDA’s ability to review electronic cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products already on the market.” The bill would “prevent the FDA … Continue reading

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Jail Sentence For CEO of Medical Device Company That Sold Surgery Tool Without FDA Approval

The AP reported that “the former chief executive of a medical device company that admitted to distributing knee replacement surgery tools using a marketing plan rejected by the Food and Drug Administration will go to jail.” On Friday, Charli Chi was sentenced … Continue reading

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FDA Cracks Down on Online Illegal Medicine, Medical Device Sellers

Reuters reports that the FDA announced that it sent warning letters to some nine companies and 400 Internet sites and seized unapproved medicines and medical devices from 1,050 websites around the world that were received through international mail facilities in Chicago, … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Charges Surgeons and Hospitals with Healthcare Fraud for Using Fake Spinal Implants

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported a recently unsealed lawsuit filed in February in California claims two surgeons and four hospitals in Las Vegas operated a large healthcare fraud scheme by allegedly implanting counterfeit spinal hardware into patients undergoing surgery. The lawsuit claims … Continue reading

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Study: Tobacco Industry Adds Chemicals to Products to Make Them Harder to Quit

Medscape reports new research published online in Tobacco Control suggests the tobacco industry “adds chemicals to its products to make them more irresistible to consumers and thwart smokers’ efforts to quit.” The study led by Hillel R. Alpert, ScD, Harvard School … Continue reading

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Insurers Seek to Link Drug Costs to Performance

I don’t often agree with insurance companies, but this idea makes sense to me. The Boston Globe reports that the health insurance industry is pressing to tie the cost of specialty medicines to performance, in “a bid to contain prescription drug prices.” … Continue reading

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Insulet Receives FDA Warning Letter Over Certain Insulin Pumps

Reuters reports that Insulet Corp. announced on Wednesday that it had received an FDA warning letter over some of its insulin pumps, following an FDA inspection of its Billerica, MA facility in March. Insulet disclosed in a regulatory filing that the … Continue reading

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Mylan Expands Recall of Cancer Medications

Fierce Pharma Manufacturing reports that Mylan “is having to expand a recall of cancer drugs that it began in April because they may contain particulate.” The drugmaker recalled seven lots of “gemcitabine, which is used to treat ovarian, breast, pancreatic and … Continue reading

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DOJ Subpoenas Documents in Duodenoscope Probe

USA Today reports that the Justice Department is seeking thousands of documents in its investigation duodenoscopes, which have been “tied to a deadly series of superbug outbreaks at hospitals across the country.” Sources say the three manufacturers of the scopes, Olympus, … Continue reading

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