Archive for August, 2007

DEA Says Cocaine Campaign Has Cut Supply, Raised Prices

Friday, August 31st, 2007

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says a drug-interdiction campaign by Mexico’s government has cut cocaine supplies in 26 U.S. cities and resulted in a 29-percent price increase on the streets, USA Today reported Sept. 13.

The DEA said that the crackdown by the Calderon government in Mexico has also resulted in a decline in cocaine purity in the U.S. cities since September 2006. Cocaine prices are the highest since April 2005, when DEA began tracking price and purity.

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Prescription Drug Safety Measure Clears Assembly Committee

Friday, August 24th, 2007

California bill will prod national decision makers, serve in lieu of federal policy if Congress fails to act

SACRAMENTO—The California Assembly Health Committee passed the Pharmaceutical Drug Information and Safety Act, SB 606 (Scott), today with all members present voting in favor of the bill. The measure will require pharmaceutical companies to disclose the results of clinical studies, meaning that doctors, patients, researchers and even industry competitors will gain access to information on the side effects and effectiveness of medicine currently on the market.

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Needle-stick injuries are common but unreported by surgeons in training

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

A survey of nearly 700 surgical residents in 17 U.S. medical centers finds that more than half failed to report needle-stick injuries involving patients whose blood could be a source of HIV, hepatitis and other infections.

Authors of the report — appearing in the June 28 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine — say most residents in the survey falsely believe that reporting and getting timely medical attention won’t prevent infection. Residents also say reporting takes “too much time” and interrupts their work.

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Call for Safe Medicine at the State Capitol

Friday, August 17th, 2007

SACRAMENTO—In the wake of ongoing disclosures about pharmaceutical companies’ suppression of negative clinical trial results, a Pacifica father joined labor, senior, health, and consumer groups on the steps of the Capitol to call on members of the state Assembly to pass legislation that could prevent another tragedy like the one suffered by his family.

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How To Prevent Errors In Medical Treatment

Monday, August 6th, 2007

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Radio Alcohol Ads Reach Too Many Youth, Watchdog Says

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) says that while alcohol companies are spending less on radio ads, more ads for beer, wine and liquor are being broadcast during “youth-oriented” programs, the Associated Press reported Sept. 18.

A new CAMY report estimated that 36 percent of alcohol radio ads are placed on shows where per-capita youth audiences are higher than adult audiences.

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Italian Fashion House Prada, Up For Sale

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

Italian Fashion House Prada, Up For Sale

PRADA has put a €3-3.5 billion ($A4.8-5.6 billion) price tag on the business amid speculation that rag-trade billionaire Richard Caring may make a bid for the Italian luxury fashion chain. Rag-trade billionaire Richard Caring, who owns a number of London restaurants including the Ivy, has been named as one of the interested parties.
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Drugs in Schools

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

The majority of high school students report that they have personally witnessed drug-related activity at their school, according to a recent survey conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA).

Eighty percent of high school students and 44% of middle school students reported that they personally had witnessed one or more of the following on the grounds of their school: 1) illegal drugs used; 2) illegal drugs sold; 3) illegal drugs in the possession of students (either on them or in their lockers); 4) students high on drugs; 5) students who were drunk.

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CALPIRG Issues Statement About Gov.’s Health Care Plan

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Calif. Parity Bill Passes Legislature, Goes to Governor

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

A mental-health and addiction parity bill has passed the California Senate and Assembly and is now on the desk of Gov. Arnold Schwarznegger.

The bill, AB-423, was sponsored by Rep. Jim Beall, Jr. and would require health plans and insurers to cover behavioral-health problems on par with physical ailments. It was approved by the state Assembly in June and passed 27-12 in the Senate on Sept. 6.

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