Archive for the ‘Aid / Disasters’ Category

Health system reform stumbles in California

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Washington — A California Senate committee has at least delayed, and may have killed, the state’s health system reform bill after an independent legislative analysis concluded that the package could cost billions more than initially estimated.

Supporters, including California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, vowed to keep working on the measure, even with the state facing a projected $14.5 billion budget deficit by June 2009. “This is a bump in the road,” he said. “Whenever you deal with big issues, they are never easy to accomplish.”

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Friday, February 15th, 2008

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Georgia Blues plan sued under any-willing-provider law

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Georgia physicians are fighting what they say is an illegal attempt by the state Blues to shut some doctors out of the health plan’s HMO network in violation of the state’s so-called any-willing-provider law.

Most states have such laws, which generally prohibit managed care entities from excluding doctors from their panels as long as the physicians meet the plan’s criteria and are willing to accept its terms. But doctors say BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia’s refusal to include some of Northeast Georgia Cancer Care LLC’s oncologists in its HMO plan is putting patient care at stake.

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Prescription Drug Safety Bill Stalls In State Senate

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Supporters vow to keep fighting for measure this year

SACRAMENTO—Doctors, patients, consumer groups and health care advocates were dealt a setback by the state Senate this week when it failed to advance the Pharmaceutical Drug Right-to-Know Act. The legislation, SB 1683 by Senator Jack Scott (Altadena), would have required pharmaceutical companies to disclose the results of all their health studies, good and bad. It was introduced in response to the VIOXX tragedy, which was worsened by drug giant Merck's cover-up of its own negative health studies, and other drug safety tragedies like it.

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Napp Pharmaceuticals found to breach MHRA advertising guidelines

Friday, December 21st, 2007


The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has found that Napp Pharmaceuticals broke its advertising rules. A complaint was lodged about the firm’s advert for the painkiller BuTrans (buprenorphine matrix patch) in the British Medical Journal in November 2005.

The MHRA upheld a complaint from a healthcare professional that prescribing information was too small to read. Napp admitted the error and agreed to change future adverts.
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DIY abortions at home

Friday, December 21st, 2007


Women can safely have DIY abortions at home, a study has concluded. The pilot study, set up by the Department of Health (DoH), found that women less than nine weeks pregnant could safely have the medical abortion outside of hospital.

None of the 172 women, who were given tablets to terminate their pregnancy supervised by a nurse in a health centre, suffered serious complications. Shirley Butler, who managed the pilot project, said: “This has been a successful pilot and it has proved that abortion is safe outside a hospital. “We have had few problems. Some women experienced pain and they were given painkillers. “One woman had haemorrhaging, but if she had been at home she would have called our helpline and she would have been given help.”
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Call for Safe Medicine at the State Capitol

Friday, December 21st, 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.

James Torlakson’s daughter committed suicide in 2004 while taking Celexa, an anti-depressant whose side-effects were downplayed by its manufacturer. The makers of Celexa and other antidepressants like it have come under increasing scrutiny for their failure to warn doctors and patients about negative studies involving the drugs’ use in adolescents.

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CALPIRG Members Speak Out on Health Care

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Health care reform is at the top of California’s agenda, and everyone agrees the system is broken. It’s harder to know which problems are the most important, and easy to lose sight of what’s really at stake in the abstract policy debates.That’s why CALPIRG recently conducted an email survey of 575 of our members, to find out what kind of reforms are most important to them, and gather their stories about the health care system.
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New Statin Free Drug is Effective at Cutting Heart Attack Risk

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A new and different kind of cholesterol-lowering drug is proving safe and effective at reducing the risk of heart disease.

In its first clinical trial, the new drug, known only as KB2115, has been shown to cut low density lipoprotein ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) by 40%. The best drug trial using cholesterol cutting statins show that they reduce the incidence of new heart attacks by only 35%.

KB2115 mimics the action of thyroid hormone and safely speeds up the hormone’s natural ability to get rid of LDL out of the body. Until now, efforts to attack cholesterol using drugs that mimic thyroid hormone have been unsuccessful because in addition to the (more…)

Post Surgical Massage May Ease Pain and Anxiety

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — A newly released study shows that a good old-fashioned back massage can go a long way to easing the pain and anxiety that follows major surgery.

605 veterans were part of a randomized controlled trial conducted between 2003 and 2005 by Allison R. Mitchinson, M.P.H., and N.C.T.M.B., of the Department of Veteran Affairs, VA Ann Arbor Men’s healthcare System in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The average age of the group was 64 and each patient was undergoing major chest or abdominal surgery. They found that massage was effective in relieving both post surgical pain and anxiety.

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