Doctors who accept gifts from pharmaceutical companies have a tendency to prescribe more drugs, especially ones that are more expensive. Data was collected from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and the DC Department of Health. Researchers analyzed prescriptions written by doctors in Washington and gifts given to them Continue Reading →
More than 25% of dialysis patients received high doses of opioids that exceeded recommendations, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Researchers analyzed data collected from 2006-2010 that examined prescriptions patients received while undergoing dialysis therapy.
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Quick Hits: Big Rise in Hospitalizations for Kids with Opioid Side Effects & Persistent Pain Linked to Memory Decline in Seniors
Big Rise in Hospitalizations for Kids With Opioid Side Effects Researchers have found that young children are experiencing the harmful side effects of opioid painkillers at an increased rate. The research team collected data on adolescent hospital stays and examined children from 1 month to 17 years old. The preliminary Continue Reading →
Several medical and health organizations are calling on the FDA to remove ultra-high-dosage (UHD) opioid painkillers from the market since the risks of the potent meds, such as abuse and overdose, outweigh their benefits.
Concern expressed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians about the use of cough suppressants, and in particular opioid cough suppressants, in children has lead FDA chief Scott Gottlieb to make that the subject of an upcoming meeting of the Pediatric Advisory Committee.
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Quick Hits: New Med Doesn’t Help Lower Back Pain, Acupuncture & Electrotherapy Help After Knee Replacement Surgery, More
A medication for lower back pain could be ineffective and cause side effects. A new study found that gabapentinoids –- an analgesic typically prescribed for lower back pain — may actually be ineffective and could cause unwanted side effects. A research team from Canada examined data from eight randomized trials Continue Reading →