Category Archives: Medical & Health Resources or Issues

Texas Nursing Homes Prescribe More Antipsychotics Than Most States

An article in the Dallas Morning News was a bit disturbing. My own guess is that nursing homes in Texas are so understaffed that the patients have to be drugged in order for the employees to manage such a large … Continue reading

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Parents Face Difficult Choices Due to Rising EpiPen Prices

ABC World News reported that Mylan’s decision to increase the price of the “life-saving allergy medicine EpiPen” by about 480 percent is “forcing many families to make tough choices.” Families can no longer purchase several EpiPens and store them in multiple … Continue reading

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Study Suggests Smokers More Likely to Try Quitting and Succeed with Graphic Warnings on Cigarette Packs

On its website, NBC News reports smokers are more likely to try quitting and more successful at quitting if they are given cigarette packs with graphic warnings compared to smokers given cigarette packs with only text warnings, according to a new study … Continue reading

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CDC: It’s Likely More Will Be Found With Newly Discovered Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

In “To Your Health,” the Washington Post reports that Beth Bell, director of the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, “said…that it’s likely more people will be found to be carrying a newly discovered superbug.” Additionally, Bell “said officials … Continue reading

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Vascular Solutions Initiates Recall of its Guardian II Hemostasis Valves

Mass Device reports that Vascular Solutions “said…it initiated a recall of its Guardian II hemostasis valves designed for use in catheterization procedures over an increased risk of air leakage that could lead to air embolism.” Vascular Solutions “said the FDA labeled … Continue reading

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FDA Investigates Migraine Patch That May Be Causing Severe Burns

NBC News reports on its website that the Food and Drug Administration is investigating Zecuity, a “battery-powered patch that delivers migraine medication.” The patch “might be causing burns severe enough to leave permanent scars.” The device delivers sumatriptan “through the skin, … Continue reading

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Senator Markey Calls on DOJ to Investigate OxyContin Maker

The Los Angeles Times reports Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) “called for federal investigations of OxyContin’s manufacturer,” Purdue Pharma, regarding indications that the painkiller” wears off early in many patients, exposing them to increased risk of addiction.” The Times, noting that the allegations about … Continue reading

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West Virginia Suing Wholesaler Over Opioid Epidemic

The CBS Evening News reported West Virginia, where almost 19,000 peopled died from opioid overdose in 2014, is suing McKesson, claiming that in a “five-year period, the wholesaler delivered nearly 100 million opiates to a state with 1.8 million people.” It also … Continue reading

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FDA Warns OTC Antacids With Aspirin Can Cause Stomach or Intestinal Bleeding

The Hill reports that the Food and Drug Administration “is warning consumers to beware of over-the-counter drugs that contain both an antacid and aspirin.” According to the agency, these products “can cause stomach or intestinal bleeding.” Although rare, the FDA says … Continue reading

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Only One-Third of US Hospitals Follow CDC Guidance to Curb Antibiotic Overuse

Modern Healthcare reports an analysis published last week in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found only 39 percent of 4,100 US acute care hospitals studied “had an antibiotics stewardship program that met all seven of the core elements recommended by the” CDC. The … Continue reading

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