Category Archives: Medical & Health Resources or Issues

Hospice Industry Under Fire For Enrolling Patients Who Are Not Near Death

The Washington Post reports, in a 2043-word piece that is part of an ongoing series on the hospice industry in America, the “booming” hospice industry is coming under fire due to “what appears to be a surge in hospices enrolling patients who … Continue reading

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Federal Government Tightens Restrictions on Hydrocodone Combination Products

News that the Federal government is tightening restrictions on hydrocodone combination painkillers in an effort to curb widespread abuse received wide coverage, with several major newspapers and news agencies reporting. Some news outlets noted that the rule change was welcomed … Continue reading

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Many Wikipedia Entries On Prescription Meds May Not Be Accurate Or Up-To-Date

HealthDay reports that according to a perspective piece published June 26 in the New England Journal of Medicine, “many Wikipedia entries about prescription medications aren’t up-to-date and accurate.” Researchers arrived at this conclusion after exploring “to what degree Wikipedia entries reflected US Food … Continue reading

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Pediatricians Support Bill to Require Childproof Nicotine Refills

The Hill reports that “a group of pediatricians and other health officials are calling for childproof packaging on liquid nicotine containers used to refill electronic cigarettes,” and have written to Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D) in support of legislation he introduced … Continue reading

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FDA Warns Against Use of Laminated Surfaces During Medicine Preparation

Regulatory Focus reports the FDA’s recent warning to a Texas-based compounding pharmacy to “stop using laminated particleboard” in “aseptic processing areas” should serve as a warning to all pharmaceutical compounders. The warning letter to Home Intensive Care Pharmacy was unveiled to … Continue reading

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Report: Cigarettes “More Addictive” Than Before

ABC News reports on its website that a recent Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids report asserts that cigarettes have become “more addictive, more attractive to kids and even more deadly,” over the past few decades. The report recommends that the FDA enact … Continue reading

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Changes in Generic Medication’s Color, Shape May Lead to Some Patients Failing to Continue Taking the Medications

The Washington Post reports that research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that changes in a generic medication’s color and shape may “be causing confusion among patients, leading some to stop taking much-needed medications.” The researchers “said the FDA perhaps should require … Continue reading

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Pfizer Faces Mounting Lawsuits Over Lipitor Side Effects

The Wall Street Journal reported in its “Pharmalot” blog on the growing number of lawsuits filed against Pfizer by women who claim the company failed to warn the public about the side effects of type 2 diabetes or memory loss from the … Continue reading

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Pfizer Facing Wave of Lawsuits Over Anti-Cholesterol Treatment

Reuters reports that according to a review conducted by Reuters of lawsuits filed in Federal court, there are now nearly 1,000 lawsuits filed against Pfizer by women alleging that they developed type 2 diabetes (T2D) after taking its anti-cholesterol medication Lipitor … Continue reading

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FDA Considering Ban on Electric Shocks to Change Harmful Behaviors in People With Developmental Disabilities

The CBS Evening News reported, “Tonight, we have a CBS News investigation into the use of electric shocks to change harmful behaviors in children and adults with developmental disabilities, including autism.” The FDA is now “considering a ban” on the practice which … Continue reading

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