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Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 29 April 2019 16:45
The New England Journal of Medicine, in an April 25 post, examines the ramifications associated with the tainted valsartan, irbesartan and losartan (ARBs) that were subject to recall earlier this year. ARBs are commonly prescribed to patients suffering from hypertension as well as heart failure and kidney disease. One third of all FDA drug recalls issued since July 2018 have involved ARB-containing products, and together the recalls have affected one sixth of U.S. ARB manufacturers. As many as 2 million patients have probably been exposed to these carcinogen-contaminated ARBs manufactured in China, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
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Last Updated on Monday, 29 April 2019 16:48
FDA Okays First Generic Naloxone Nasal Spray for Opioid Overdose Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 10:18
Megan Brooks reports for Medscape on Apr. 19:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted final approval for the first generic naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray (Narcan, Teva Pharmaceuticals) that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The FDA tentatively approved this generic drug product in June 2018. Teva's generic naloxone nasal spray is the first for use in the community setting by individuals who have no medical training. The name-brand spray was approved in 2015.
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Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2019 18:29
As Sanders Officially Revives Medicare-for-All, Plan B for Democrats Gains Traction Print E-mail
Written by Shefali Luthra | KHN   
Thursday, 11 April 2019 00:00
As Democratic presidential primary candidates try to walk a political tightrope between the party's progressive and center-left wings, they face increasing pressure to outline the details of their health reform proposals. On Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) reaffirmed his stance by reintroducing a "Medicare-for-all" bill, the idea that fueled his 2016 presidential run. As with its previous iterations, Sanders' latest bill would establish a national single-payer "Medicare" system with vastly expanded benefits, prohibit private plans from competing with Medicare and eliminate cost sharing. New in this version is a universal provision for long-term care in home and community settings (but Medicaid would continue to cover institutional care). Already, it has an impressive list of Senate cosponsors - including Sanders' rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). But many of the candidates - even official Medicare-for-All co-sponsors - are at the same time edging toward a more incremental approach, called "Medicare for America." Proponents argue it could deliver better health care to Americans while avoiding political, budgetary and legal objections.

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Last Updated on Friday, 12 April 2019 15:54
How Doctors Treated the Thai Boys in the Harrowing Minutes After They Were Freed from Cave Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 April 2019 00:00
In a Live Science article by Rachael Rettner, we get a fascinating description of emergency medicine in action:
The harrowing rescue of 12 boys and their coach from a cave in Thailand captured the world's attention last summer. But after the extraordinary feat to get them out of the cave, the work was far from over: The boys  and their coach needed urgent medical care to prevent the occurrence of critical health issues such as hypothermia, according to a new report. The brief report, published today (April 3) in the The New England Journal of Medicine, describes how the boys and their coach were treated immediately after they were pulled from the cave, before they were transported to a hospital via helicopter or ambulance. When doctors first saw the boys, they had been anesthetized with the drug ketamine so that they would be unconscious during the grueling journey out of the cave in the arms of experienced divers.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 April 2019 17:24
The Trump administration wants to kill ObamaCare. What happens if it does? Print E-mail
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Monday, 01 April 2019 16:05
Megan Henney reports for FOXBusiness on March 28, 2019:
The Trump administration made its intentions clear this week about the future of the Affordable Care Act: It wants to nix it, in its entirety. On Monday <3.25.19>, in a letter to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Department of Justice said it agreed with a December ruling by a federal judge in Texas that struck down one of the biggest legislative accomplishments of the Obama administration as unconstitutional.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2019 13:38
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