Regulatory Issues

FDA's Flush List: Assessing the Environmental Impact

FDA's Flush List: Assessing the Environmental Impact

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Researchers attempted to quantify the environmental effects of disposing certain drugs by flushing them down the toilet, and found that this approach poses a negligible eco-toxicological risk.

Opioid-Induced Constipation Treatments Receive Updated Labels

Opioid-Induced Constipation Treatments Receive Updated Labels

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The prescribing information for several medications has been updated to provide clarification of the opioid-induced constipation indication.

Meningitis Vaccine: Precautionary Recall

Meningitis Vaccine: Precautionary Recall

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A precautionary recall of Menveo, a meningitis vaccine, was announced by GlaxoSmithKline due to a mechanical intervention.

Medical Malware Attacks: How to Protect Yourself Against Them

Medical Malware Attacks: How to Protect Yourself Against Them

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A closer look into how the danger of malware and viruses, and how you can best prevent such an attack.

UN Calls on Polities to Help End Discrimination in Healthcare

UN Calls on Polities to Help End Discrimination in Healthcare

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Widespread discrimination in healthcare has taken many forms, and violates the most fundamental of human rights. WHO established a goal "to ensure that none is left behind and to read the furthest behind first."

Ceftin Oral Suspension to be Discontinued

Ceftin Oral Suspension to be Discontinued

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GlaxoSmithKline has made the decision to discontinue manufacturing Ceftin Oral Suspension, a cephalosporin antibacterial drug.

Pharmacy-Driven Model of Primary Care Preferred by Patients

Pharmacy-Driven Model of Primary Care Preferred by Patients

Patients express preference for a pharmacy-driven model of primary care vs a pharmacy offering primary care services.

WHO Updates, Revises Essential Medicines List

WHO Updates, Revises Essential Medicines List

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WHO has updated its Essential Medicines List to include new recommendations on which antibiotics to use for common infections and serious conditions.

A Deeper Look Into the Flu Vaccine and Its Importance to Public Health

A Deeper Look Into the Flu Vaccine and Its Importance to Public Health

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If flu vaccines were mandatory for all school-age children, the savings on direct healthcare costs alone would easily reach into the tens of millions.

FDA Policy Seeks to Increase Number of Generics on Market

FDA Policy Seeks to Increase Number of Generics on Market

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The FDA has announced a new policy to expedite reviews of generic drug applications in cases where competition is limited.

AMA Endeavors to Increase Transparency of Rx Pricing

AMA Endeavors to Increase Transparency of Rx Pricing

The American Medical Association is calling for more transparency in drug pricing amid rising costs that are putting some lifesaving medications out of reach for patients and communities.

Reasons Why the Affordable Care Act is Wrongly Blamed for Increased Premiums

Reasons Why the Affordable Care Act is Wrongly Blamed for Increased Premiums

If the employer's plan is deemed unaffordable, families and individuals now have the ability to purchase insurance at a lower cost through the ACA marketplace.

FDA to Remove Pain Drug from the Market

FDA to Remove Pain Drug from the Market

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The FDA has requested the removal of reformulated Opana ER (oxymorphone HCl; Endo) from the market.

Concerns Over The American Health Care Act

Concerns Over The American Health Care Act

On May 4, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act by a narrow margin, even though the Congressional Budget Office had not officially reviewed and reported on the bill's impact.

Multipronged Approach Necessary to Avoid Serious Physician Shortage

Multipronged Approach Necessary to Avoid Serious Physician Shortage

A serious shortage of physicians is expected to hit the United States over the next 10 years unless multi-pronged interventions are undertaken.

Ransomware Attacks in Hospitals

Ransomware Attacks in Hospitals

Hackers are increasingly targeting hospitals, using viruses to lock their computer systems and hold sensitive medical data and other files hostage.

Could the US AIDS Epidemic End by 2025?

Could the US AIDS Epidemic End by 2025?

If certain targets are met, the rate of new HIV infections may be down to 12,000 a year by 2025.

2022 Deadline for States to Meet Medicaid Standards of Care

2022 Deadline for States to Meet Medicaid Standards of Care

Federal standards that mean states will need to deliver care to elderly and disabled Medicaid enrollees in home and community-based settings will take effect in 2022.

ACA Replacement: Republicans Face Consensus Challenges Says Policy Expert

ACA Replacement: Republicans Face Consensus Challenges Says Policy Expert

Republicans need to reach a challenging consensus on many difficult points if they want to fulfill President Trump's commitment to provide better coverage with more affordable premiums and lower deductibles.

Cannabis for Medicine: Research and Policies Needed

Cannabis for Medicine: Research and Policies Needed

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Medical marijuana, as a botanical and a scheduled drug does not fit the FDA paradigm for drug approval, a major impediment to its use in research.

Medical Marijuana Laws May Reduce Medicare Prescription Use, Spending

Medical Marijuana Laws May Reduce Medicare Prescription Use, Spending

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In states where marijuana is legalized for medicinal purposes, Medicare's prescription drug benefit program has lowered its spending due to reduced prescription drug use.

Can Clinicians Be Misled About FDA 'Breakthrough' Drug Designation?

Can Clinicians Be Misled About FDA 'Breakthrough' Drug Designation?

Many believe meds supported by stronger evidence than the law requires to achieve designation.

American Academy of Pain Management Board Votes to Change Name

American Academy of Pain Management Board Votes to Change Name

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AAPM will be changing its name to the American Academy of Integrative Pain Management in an effort to emphasize its focus on promoting integrative approaches to pain management.

E-Prescribing Associated With Fewer Medication Errors, Adverse Effects

E-Prescribing Associated With Fewer Medication Errors, Adverse Effects

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For practitioners who are interested in implementing an e-prescribing system, Dr Hurford suggests that they seek feedback from colleagues.

FDA Approves Inflectra, a Biosimilar Version of Remicade

FDA Approves Inflectra, a Biosimilar Version of Remicade

For adults with Crohn's, rheumatoid arthritis, or psoriasis.

Assessing Competence of Aging Physicians: Are Guidelines Needed?

Assessing Competence of Aging Physicians: Are Guidelines Needed?

Reps from physician, hospital, patient safety organizations explore need for national guidelines.

Military Medical School Addresses Opioid Epidemic by Incorporating Joint Pain Education Into Curriculum

Military Medical School Addresses Opioid Epidemic by Incorporating Joint Pain Education Into Curriculum

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The F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the USU this week announced the addition of a new pain management program that incorporates joint pain education into its curriculum

FDA Supports Generic Opioids to Be Abuse-Deterrent

FDA Supports Generic Opioids to Be Abuse-Deterrent

One more step to combat the epidemic of opioid abuse.

FDA Announces Enhanced Warning Labels on Opioid Pain Medications

FDA Announces Enhanced Warning Labels on Opioid Pain Medications

New labeling rules mostly aimed at immediate-release versions of opioids.

Physicians Respond Positively to New CDC Opioid Guidelines

Physicians Respond Positively to New CDC Opioid Guidelines

Mainly supportive of guidelines, but concerns include lack of evidence underlying recommendations.

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