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Lawmakers

Texas Lawmakers Take Aim At Surprise Medical Bills

A bipartisan group of lawmakers announced plans to address surprise medical bills; in a way that would take the “burden” off Texans. During a press conference Thursday, state Sen. Kelly Hancock, a Republican from suburban Fort Worth; announced he had filed a bill aimed at preventing medical providers from balance-billing patients, among other things. State…

Nurse

Former Vanderbilt Nurse Pleads Not Guilty in Medical Error Death

A former nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Nashville, Tennessee; has pleaded not guilty to reckless homicide after giving a patient the wrong medication. Nurses around the country, in particular the online nursing community; Show Me Your Stethoscope, have rallied in support of RaDonda Vaught, RN. In a statement issued the day before…

Blood Alcohol Concentration Level

Argument To Reduce Legal Blood Alcohol Concentration Level

In the United States, motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of injury and death; but with 29 Americans losing their lives to alcohol-related driving incidents daily; and alcohol consumption is the single greatest contributing factor to motor vehicle fatalities. A heated public debate has resulted surrounding the legal blood-alcohol-consumption (BAC) level; and new legislation…

Drug Re-Importation

In Florida, Drug Re-Importation From Canada Finds New Champions

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday he intends to bring down skyrocketing drug prices by leaning on an existing federal law that could enable the state to import prescription meds wholesale from Canada, where they are much cheaper. He’s citing direct support from President Donald Trump, whose administration would have to approve the endeavor. “He not…

Firearm Safety

PACs Fund Political Candidates Who Oppose Firearm Safety Policies

Political action committees (PACs) affiliated with physician organizations contribute more money to political candidates; who oppose evidence-based policies to reduce firearm-related injuries; than to those who support such policies, a new study found. This pattern of giving is inconsistent with advocacy efforts by many individual physicians; and organizations in support of the policies, the researchers…

Gun Violence

Gun Violence Bill Will Pass Committee, House Sponsor Tells AMA

The main sponsor of a House bill designed to ensure that every gun sale in America subjects; the purchaser to a background check told assembled members of the American Medical Association (AMA); that it will easily pass a committee vote being held on February 13; a day shy of the 1-year anniversary of the shooting…

Euthanasia

Criminal Case Spurs a Rethink of Euthanasia

The recent launch of a criminal investigation into a case of medically assisted death for psychiatric illness in Belgium, reported by multiple media sources, is shining a spotlight on growing concerns even among supporters about the controversial practice. The criminal allegations, which reportedly mark the first investigation of medically assisted euthanasia in that country since…

Medicare plans

Medicare Plans to Phase in Changes for Office-Visit Payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said it will phase in changes to payments to physicians for office visits, proceeding over the objection of many medical groups with its overhaul of reimbursement for evaluation and management (E&M) services. CMS on Thursday released the final version of its 2019 update of the physician fee schedule.…

Drug cost

Trump Tackles Drug Costs, HIV, Cancer, Abortion in State of the Union

In his second State of the Union address, President Donald J. Trump focused on how his administration intends to lower the cost of prescription drugs, boost funding to end childhood cancer and HIV/AIDS, and secure the passage of legislation to ban what he called “late-term” abortion. A year ago, Trump promised in his first State of the…

Antibiotics

Precious Antibiotics Still Used to Boost Animal Growth

Farmers in 45 countries still use antibiotics to boost animal growth, despite warnings from health experts and bans on the practice in many parts of the world, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday. Of 155 countries that reported data; for 2015 to 2017 in an OIE update on use of drugs…

Lawsuits

JJ Supplier Seeks Bankruptcy Over Talc Lawsuits

A key supplier of talc used in Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday in the wake of multibillion-dollar lawsuits alleging its products caused ovarian cancer and asbestos-related mesothelioma. Imerys Talc America, the U.S. unit of French group Imerys SA; said it filed for bankruptcy because it lacks the financial clout…

Breast implants

FDA Warns Doc Over Illegal Marketing of Breast Device

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent a warning letter to a physician in Beverly Hills, California, for illegally marketing an unapproved implantable device, called the Pocket Protector, which he claims can prevent and treat capsular contracture, a known complication of breast implants. However, the FDA has never approved any product to prevent…