Heroin antidote without prescription at Kroger | (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal
Milk, eggs, bread and the heroin antidote. Kroger groceries in Louisville, Ky., now have them all. Tim McGurk, public affairs manager for the chain's Louisville Division, told the Courier-Journal Monday that all area pharmacies can now dispense naloxone, which can quickly restore breathing after an overdose of heroin, fentanyl or a prescribed opioid painkiller. Customers don't have to have a prescription. Pharmacists will educate the recipient about the rescue drug, including how to administer it.
To fix budget gap, Baystate Health plans to cut 300 jobs | Boston Globe
Baystate Health, the dominant health care system in Western Massachusetts, plans to lay off about 300 people as it tries to close a $75 million budget shortfall spurred by shrinking federal payments, the not-for-profit says.
Bon Secours data breach involves 650K patient files | ABC TV WSPA.com
Thousands of North and South Carolina patients will be checking their credit report for the next year free of charge after learning their personal information appeared online. A spokeswoman for Bon Secours Health System says a vendor hired by the hospital mistakenly caused those patients' personal information to easily become accessible. The information contained names of more than 650,000 patients, Social Security numbers, the names of their healthcare providers and banking information.
Faced with a shortage of obstetricians and gynecologists and nurse midwives, several states are considering proposals that advocates say would improve health care for women. But with the female population of the United States and number of babies born here projected to increase sharply over the next decade and beyond, scholars and medical organizations say more dramatic changes are needed to ensure that the medical needs of American women are met.
As states OK medical marijuana laws, doctors struggle with knowledge gap | Kaiser Health News
Medical marijuana has been legal in Maine for almost 20 years. But Farmington physician Jean Antonucci says she continues to feel unprepared when counseling sick patients about whether the drug could benefit them. As the number of states allowing medical marijuana grows, some are working to address this knowledge gap with physician training programs.
Creditor wants judge to halt sale of county hospital in North Carolina | Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal
The proposed sale of Stokes County's hospital and other medical facilities may be put on hold by a creditor wanting reimbursement for loans used to buy medical equipment.