FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb emphasized the continuing need for strong regulatory oversight of compounded drugs and other safety provisions of the 2013 Drug Quality and Security Act in a statement released June 26. He noted that, from the time the DOSA was enacted to the beginning of this month, the FDA has issued more than 150 warning letters to compounding facilities for significant violations.
Close to 100 Americans are killed by opioids each day, a figure that could rise to 250 -- or more than 650,000 over the next decade -- if potent synthetic compounds such as fentanyl and carfentanil continue to proliferate while waiting time for treatment lengthens in the hardest-hit areas, according to this analysis. Experts predict that mortality will not stabilize until after 2020, because it will take several years to see if government interventions are effective.
Medicaid, the federal-state program that provides care for America's poor, has become a focus of debate as Congress weighs health care legislation because it affects the lives of millions of Americans. This story reviews the impact, noting that Medicaid spending accounts for nearly 10% of the federal budget, allocates nearly $200 billion annually to care for people with disabilities, provides access to opioid addiction treatment, pays for approximately half of all births in the US and shoulders the expenses of around 62% of seniors living in nursing homes.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Tuesday that a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act will be postponed until after the July 4 recess amid opposition from several GOP senators and following the release of a Congressional Budget Office report showing that 22 million more Americans would become uninsured by 2026 if the bill becomes law. The plan is to develop compromise legislation by the end of this week and give senators the break to study the legislation before a vote, an aide said.
One-third of the pets treated at a Banfield Pet Hospital last year was overweight or obese, and the trend coincides with higher rates of arthritis and tracheal collapse in dogs, says veterinarian Kirk Breuninger, veterinary research associate with Banfield. Although genetics, thyroid disease and intestinal worms could contribute, overfeeding and underexercising pets are driving the increase, Dr. Breuninger says, and regardless of the cause, pet owners who work with a veterinarian can help their pets get healthier.
An international team of researchers published an analysis of 3,328 mouse genes in Nature Genetics in the first phase of an initiative to catalog the entire murine genome. By disabling genes one at a time and analyzing the effects, the researchers discovered functions for more than 1,000 genes and identified new models for 360 human diseases.
Veterinarians urge owners wondering about the "perfect" time for pet euthanasia to think instead about when is the "best" time -- with considerations including quality of life, disease state, the family's preferences and a veterinarian's perspective. Bringing a favorite toy or blanket, leaving the animal's collar on and staying with the pet through the process can ease the experience, veterinarians say.
Cancer treatments can be financially devastating, but many doctors hesitate to discuss costs, even when their patients ask, a recent study found. Among doctors who did acknowledge their patients' financial concerns, only about 25% took action, such as recommending a less-expensive drug, study leader Dr. Rahma Warsame said.
Public health researcher Audrey Buelo is working to identify the factors that contribute to prescription nonadherence in children with asthma, and she writes that animal research is the foundation on which all of her applied research is built. "Without animal research, asthma management would likely rely on alternative medications that offer little in the way in relief; without effective treatment, applied asthma research would focus only on prevention," she writes.
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