Indiana governor overrides law to authorize needle exchange

By Associated Press  |  March 27, 2015

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence overrode state law and his own anti-drug policies Thursday to authorize a short-term needle-exchange program designed to help contain HIV infections in a rural county where more than six dozen cases have been reported, all of them tied to intravenous drug use.

Endoscope maker Olympus revises cleaning instructions

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  March 26, 2015

A medical endoscope manufacturer linked to outbreaks of drug-resistant bacteria at several hospitals released new recommended procedures Thursday for reprocessing its devices.

FDA to examine homeopathic medicine regulation

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  March 25, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration plans to hold a public hearing next month on the use of drugs and biological products labeled as homeopathic, its first evaluation in 25 years of the regulatory framework involving such products.

EHRs need to do better at graphing lab-test results

By Joseph Conn  |  March 20, 2015

Electronic health-record systems are doing a poor job graphing lab-test results, conclude the authors of an article published online in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

'Did the surgery work?' California registry asks patients

By Sabriya Rice  |  March 20, 2015

A California-based orthopedic surgery registry posted new data this week that takes a different approach to showing how well patients fared within one year of undergoing common, often expensive, musculoskeletal procedures.

Antipsychotic use boosts mortality risk in dementia patients

By Sabriya Rice  |  March 18, 2015

The number of deaths associated with using antipsychotic drugs in dementia patients may be higher than previous estimates. The mortality rate for use of one high-dose antipsychotic, for example, was found in a new study to be four times greater than previous studies had discovered.

Texas compounding pharmacy agrees to wait for FDA clearance

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 13, 2015

A Texas compounding pharmacy has agreed in federal court not to resume making sterile drugs until it receives FDA approval to do so, following reports that 17 people were sickened after receiving infusions of its products.

FDA issues final rules on endoscopes, other devices

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  March 12, 2015

Federal regulators Thursday issued final rules regarding the cleaning and disinfecting of reusable medical devices such as the endoscopes that have been responsible for outbreaks of drug-resistant bacteria at a number of hospitals.

Iowa abortion case could have broader telehealth implications

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 11, 2015

The issue of abortion may be grabbing the attention in a case argued Wednesday before the Iowa Supreme Court, but the case could have broader implications for telehealth practices and state boards of medicine, experts said.

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