Category Archives: Medical & Health Resources or Issues

Public Health and Law Enforcement Officials Concerned About Growing Fentanyl Trend

In a front-page article, the New York Times reported that public health and law enforcement officials have noticed a growing trend in overdose deaths linked to fentanyl. According to the Times, “the total number of fentanyl drug seizures reported in 2014 by … Continue reading

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Valeant Doubled Price of Physician-Assisted Suicide Drug After Legalization in California

In continuing coverage, reports that last summer, Valeant Pharmaceuticals “more than doubled the price of Seconal [secobarbital sodium], a drug used for physician-assisted suicide, from $1,500 to $3,000 shortly after California lawmakers proposed to legalize the practice (it was signed … Continue reading

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Almost All Primary Care Physicians Overprescribe Opioid Pain Medications

The Chicago Tribune reports that 99% of primary care physicians “routinely prescribe potentially addictive” opioid pain medications “for longer than the three-day period recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to survey results released Thursday by the National Safety … Continue reading

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Insys Accused of Medical Fraud in Promotion of Fentanyl Pain Spray

NBC News reports on its website that drugmaker Insys Therapeutics “is pushing pain to the legal edge of aggressive medical marketing.” According to “criminal complaints, attorneys general reports and CNBC sources,” NBC News reports that Insys has been accused of marketing … Continue reading

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FDA Recommends Against Claim Cholesterol Drug Lowers Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

Reuters reports that a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 10-5 on Monday against allowing Merck & Co. to claim that Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) decreases the risk of heart attacks and strokes for coronary heart disease patients. Panelists said … Continue reading

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FDA Declines to Approve Ready-To-Use Drug to Prevent Blood Clots

Reuters reported that the Food and Drug Administration has declined to approve Eagle Pharmaceutical Inc.’s Kangio (bivalirudin), a ready-to-use version of Angiomax (bivalirudin), a drug to prevent blood clots among patients undergoing heart surgery. Unlike Angiomax, Kangio did not need to … Continue reading

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Florida Man Files Lawsuit After E-Cigarette Explodes in His Mouth

The Miami Herald reports a Naples man filed a lawsuit in Miami-Dade after his e-cigarette “exploded in his mouth, burning his face, throat and lungs in an accident that left him briefly in a coma.” Evan Spahlinger is suing the … Continue reading

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CDC Issues Guidelines on Opioid Prescriptions

The CBS Evening News reported, “The CDC urged” physicians “to stop over-prescribing opioids.” The AP reports, “Under the new guidelines [pdf],” physicians “would prescribe painkillers only after considering non-addictive pain relievers, behavioral changes and other options.” Additionally, “the CDC…wants” physicians “to prescribe the lowest effective dose … Continue reading

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FDA Issues Class 1 Recall on Defibrillator Leads

Reuters reported that the Food and Drug Administration announced a Class I recall for St. Jude Medical Inc.’s Optisure dual coil defibrillation leads, which are connected to Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators. According to St. Jude, insulation around the Optisure leads may have … Continue reading

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E-Cigarettes Damage Epithelial Cells

  In continuing coverage, the Telegraph (UK) reports, in continuing coverage, on research from the University of California, San Diego, which found that nicotine-free e-cigarette vapor caused “50 per cent more DNA strand breaks,” when applied to human epithelial cells in a … Continue reading

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