Medicine

Organized Medicine Is Putting Profit Ahead of Patients, and It’s Making America Sick

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, President Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, and Chief Executive Officer David Hebert, JD, of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) issued the following statement regarding organized medicine’s shameful attacks on high-quality nurse practitioner (NP) care amidst the COVID-19 pandemic:

“As our nation faces the most significant health crisis in the last 100 years, it is disappointing that organized medicine is focusing its attention, not on expanding access to health care for patients, but on attacking our country’s more than 290,000 NPs as they work to ensure continued access to care for all patients — including those suffering from COVID-19 and health care disparities — in primary, acute and specialty care settings,” said David Hebert, JD, Chief Executive Officer of AANP. “These assaults, ranging from deceit-filled press conferences to Twitter rants and error-ridden

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Local View: Medicine at a crossroads | Columnists

Because of this pressure for work and home balance for women in medicine, it should come as no surprise that women also enter the field with more hesitation and more self-doubt.

When I began my studies, I felt like an outsider to the people I was surrounded by, and I questioned my ability to succeed with it in college. I felt like if it didn’t come easily, it wasn’t meant for me. Looking back, it fits the definition of imposter syndrome: feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success — a feeling women in medicine know all too well.

Moreover, medicine is a discipline in which women are traditionally outsiders. Carly Stockwell in her 2017 College Factual article writes that only 37% of STEM graduates in 2016 were women. I didn’t notice a lack of women in my classes, but I did notice more apprehension from them. The men seemed

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DVIDS – News – Leadership changes hands at Naval Branch Health Clinic Key West and Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Unit Key West

KEY WEST, Fla. ─ Cmdr. Valerie Littlefield relinquished charge of Naval Branch Health Clinic Key West and Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Unit Key West to Cmdr. Connie Braybrook during a ceremony aboard Naval Air Station Key West on Aug. 21.

Capt. Teresa Allen, Naval Hospital Jacksonville commander and Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Jacksonville commanding officer, presented Littlefield with the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding meritorious service in performance of her duties as officer in charge (OIC).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony included face coverings, social distancing, and a limited number of participants.

Littlefield, a Nurse Corps officer and native of Dallas, Texas, served as the clinic’s OIC from May 2018 to August 2020. Prior to that, she served as Naval Medical Center San Diego’s senior nurse officer for the mental health directorate and department head for inpatient mental health.

Under Littlefield’s leadership, the clinic’s 73

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Bayshore recalls diabetes drug metformin for carcinogen

Two lots of Type 2 diabetes drug metformin made by Bayshore Pharmaceuticals have been recalled for having more carcinogen NDMA than the FDA’s acceptable daily allowance.

The lots were sold to wholesalers and distributors nationwide, Bayshore’s FDA-posted recall notice says, so many different retailers might be involved. This is a check-your-label-and-bottle situation.

Those bottles of Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-release tablets will say either they’re filled with 1,000 tablets, 500 mg strength, lot No. 18641; or, 100 tablets, 750 mg strength, lot No. 18657, in 100-count bottles. The expiration date for each lot is May 2021.

The FDA tested the 500 mg lot and Bayshore testing turned up the problem in the 750 mg lot. Several makers’ metformin have been recalled this year for too much NDMA (N-Nitrosodimethylamine).

Patients can keep taking the metformin until they come up with another treatment course in consultation with their doctor, pharmacist or medical professional.

Any

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Signature Hardware recalls medicine cabinets

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Signature Hardware of Erlanger, Ky., is recalling about 1,300

Bastian Teak medicine cabinets.

The mirror can detach and fall from the medicine cabinet door, posing an injury hazard.

The company has received seven reports of the mirrors detaching and falling, including one report that an installer was injured when two mirrors fell and struck his back and three reports of minor property damage.

Signature Hardware also has received seven reports that a mirror was loose or detached when the consumer received the medicine cabinet.

This recall involves Bastian teak medicine cabinets with one, two or three doors and one mirror on each door. The medicine cabinets are 24, 36, or 48 inches wide, corresponding to one, two, or three doors.

The medicine cabinets were sold in natural teak, whitewash, and rustic brown finishes. A name plate with “Signature Hardware” is attached inside of the medicine cabinet door.

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23andMe takes a bigger step into personalized medicine

  • 23andMe’s latest FDA will allow it to steer customers of its pharmacogenetics reports toward drugs for treating two separate depression and heart conditions without requiring additional testing.
  • Here’s why we think genetic testing startups could make valuable partners for digital therapeutics vendors. 

The genetic testing giant received a clearance from the FDA that will allow it to steer customers of its pharmacogenetics reports toward drugs for treating two separate depression and heart conditions without requiring additional testing, per MobiHealthNews.

how beneficial US physicians think genetic screening is vs how prepared they are to use it

23andMe was cleared by the FDA to recommend certain drugs to patients based on their genetic variants.

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The FDA’s decision updates a 2018 approval that permitted 23andMe to sell a test for variants across several genes that could influence the metabolization of certain medications, but 23andMe had to warn consumers not to use the report to inform medication decisions without additional independent testing. 23andMe can now suggest the

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With Facts Ahead of Politics, Family Medicine Wins

Before our pandemic summer swings toward what threatens to be a chaotic fall election, I want to recognize an encouraging family medicine victory this season.

On June 30, Oklahomans voted to expand Medicaid, potentially giving some quarter-million Sooner State residents increased access to affordable health care. It’s a timely win, given the shattering effects of COVID-19 on public health and employment.

And contributing to it was the Oklahoma AFP,(okafp.org) which counted among its resources data and materials from the AAFP’s Center for State Policy — marshalled for what turned out to be a swift drive.

“One thing we ran into was not knowing whether expansion would be on the ballot,” Oklahoma AFP Chapter Executive Kari Ames Webber told me this week. “Then we were in a two-month crunch once it got on the ballot.”

Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, was pushing for his own health care plan but vetoed

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DVIDS – News – Navy Medicine paralegal specialist receives top professional achievement award

When nominations were being accepted for the Outstanding Navy Legal Professional Award for the Pacific Northwest, there was no hesitation from Naval Hospital Bremerton.

The submission was prescient.

Ms. Marquita Hooks, paralegal specialist in the command’s Judge Advocate office was selected as the award recipient for her outstanding achievement, performance of duty, leadership, special accomplishment and significant public or community service.

“I have been in a daze ever since my supervisor, Cmdr. Tracy Clark, informed me that she was going to nominate me for such a prestigious award. This award is the epitome of my chain of command’s recognition and appreciation of my inherent value and my worth as a colleague and a human being. This award improves my self-confidence and means that I am on the right path. That following my heart absolutely works, that doing what I love, what I am passionate about… works. Lastly, this award represents

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82-year-old Texas man says USPS delays have left him without daily heart medicine for a week

An elderly Texas man says his heart medication has remained at a Postal Service processing facility for more than a week due to delays in mail delivery affecting residents of many U.S. states.



a van parked on the side of a road: 82-year-old Texas man says USPS delays have left him without daily heart medicine for a week


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82-year-old Texas man says USPS delays have left him without daily heart medicine for a week

In an interview with local news affiliate KHOU, 82-year-old Don White said he hoped to receive his medication Monday and noted that he had never experienced an inability to receive the drugs from the post office if he was in possession of a tracking number.

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“There have been a few times in which it’s taken a week, week and a half, two weeks, but this is the first time I actually ran out and checking with the post office didn’t do much good, even though I had a tracking number on it,” White told KHOU.

Because

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Did Food, Medicine Spoil In NJ Storm? PSEG Will Pay You Back

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — PSE&G customers who were forced to throw out food or medicine due to power failures in Tropical Storm Isaias can now get payback – literally.

On Monday, PSE&G announced that it will be reimbursing customers who spent more than 72 hours without electricity due to the storm, which hit New Jersey on Aug. 4, causing lingering power outages that lasted for days across many parts of the state.

More than 575,000 PSE&G customers in New Jersey ended up losing power, making it the fifth-most destructive storm the company has ever seen, spokespeople said.

“We recognize that losing power in August, together with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, was a hardship for many of our customers,” PSE&G President Dave Daly said. “Given the unique combination of circumstances, we believe the right thing to do is to expand our claims process to ease the burden on the

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