Category: Industry Updates

Bloomberg: The Opioid Epidemic’s First Corporate Casualty May Be a Drugmaker That Helped Fuel the Crisis

Sitting in a Boston courtroom in a dark, pinstriped suit, the former top sales executive at Insys Therapeutics Inc., Alex Burlakoff, listened as federal prosecutors read out crimes he and the company had allegedly committed. Insys had bribed doctors and their

The Washington Post: After a record number of U.S. deaths in 2017, the opioid epidemic may be receding

The CDC released the official 2017 mortality and drug overdose data this week, and any way you slice it, it’s bad. The numbers show the United States in the midst of the longest sustained decline in life expectancy since World

Reason: Opioid-Related Deaths Keep Rising As Pain Pill Prescriptions Fall – Hit & Run :

The official numbers for opioid-related deaths in 2017, released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today, demonstrate once again the folly of trying to tackle this problem by reducing access to prescription pain pills. The volume of opioids prescribed for American

North Texas Hospital Sees Drastic Spike In RSV – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Officials at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth are warning parents of young children after a recent spike in cases of Respiratory Syncytial Virus or RSV. Dr. Ramon Kinloch, a pediatrician at Cook Children’s said, “RSV is something

How Paramedics Choose a Hospital

One of the most common questions I get is how paramedics choose which hospital emergency department to take a patient. Like most questions about emergency medical services, the answer is a little complicated. Most importantly, how an ambulance crew chooses where

Why the Doctor Is Crying in Bohemian Rhapsody

Published on November 16, 2018 Louis M. Profeta MD I spoke recently at Marian University School of Medicine, one of those “older doc speaks to younger doc” career path kinda talks. I explained how I really didn’t know shit about

Anthem’s effort to punish patients for ‘unnecessary’ ER visits has been a bust — but still burdens patients 

In the last few years, Anthem Blue Cross has made a strong bid for the award for the most heartless and senseless coverage policy in the health insurance business. Its competition entry is a policy that penalizes patients for seeking

Antibodies in Llama Blood Might Eliminate the Need for Yearly Flu Shots | Mental Floss

Getting your yearly flu shot is an important way to protect yourself against the latest strains of the virus. But the annual practice can also be annoying, as evidenced by the more than half of all Americans who skip it. Now, BBC reports that

Doctors urge residents to receive flu shot -Cleburne, TX

Last year’s flu season was one of the worst in more than a decade, resulting in a “high-severity” classification that saw 172 reported child deaths and 19 consecutive weeks of record-breaking flu hospitalizations nationwide. To avoid another hard-hitting season, local

At HCMC, doctors pursue new way to treat opioid addiction –

Tonya Rainey, left, hugged physician assistant Kitty Earl-Torniainen after a discussion about fighting her heroin addiction. Tonya Rainey estimates that she has cycled through hospital emergency rooms more than 50 times since she became addicted to opioids seven years ago.