Community, business and education leaders from Saline County, Ark., this month viewed design plans for a new career and technical education center that could offer program pathways such as welding, automotive repair, health sciences and IT. A committee studying the feasibility of the center next will work to trim costs for the project.
Lincare's facility in Little Rock, Ark., received a warning letter from the FDA over unsanitary conditions in its drug compounding area, where five pests were found during an inspection. The Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy called on the FDA to conduct the inspection following reports that four patients who took drugs produced at the site had to be hospitalized.
The family of a little boy in Arkansas who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after a stroke said he showed improvements following four treatments of cord blood stem cells. The boy is the fifth patient in a trial to undergo cord blood stem cell therapy for the condition.
Piggott Community Hospital in Piggott, Ark., now offers a wound management program as part of its weekly clinic to provide a more convenient option for local residents. Staff will conduct an evaluation and create a customized treatment plan for clinic patients dealing with diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infected or necrotizing wounds, trauma wounds, complex soft tissue wounds and other ailments.
United Blood Services of Fort Smith, Ark., has received approval from the FDA to simplify the health history interview of potential blood donors. United Blood Services says the move will shorten the interview process and help streamline the blood donation process.