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Request to Remove Opioid Medication

Opioids are drugs that act on the nervous system to relieve pain.  Continued use and abuse can lead to physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms.  Opana ER is among one of the many opioid drugs in the market today.  Recently, FDA requested that the manufacturer voluntarily remove reformulated Opana ER from the market.  FDA has made [...]

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Not Safe For Work

We recently had an opportunity to present on the topic, "Not Safe For Work", focusing on issues that healthcare providers face that can cause issues in their practices and offices.  We covered issues related to inappropriate relationships with patients, office harassment, alcohol and substance abuse, patient communication and social media pitfalls.  No sooner had we [...]

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Doctors: New Jack Hustlers?

In Tennessee, eight workers plead guilty to federal drug conspiracy charges.  Two of the workers were physicians.  Federal prosecutors sought an grand jury indictment against the workers for "dealing drugs just like hustlers on the street peddling crack cocaine." Prosecutors say Breakthrough Pain Therapy Center in Maryville, Tenn., was no clinic at all.  It had some [...]

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Get a Rx, Even If You Don’t Need It

The Drug Enforcement Administration ("DEA") has linked Dr. Randall Wade, a McKinney, Texas physician, to the deaths of at least six of his patients.  DEA and federal prosecutors allege Dr. Wade was running a pill mill and prescribed massive amounts of  powerful painkillers to patients who didn’t need them.  Dr. Wade was indicted on drug distribution [...]

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Talk About A Tooth Fairy

Most can remember hoping to get a visit from the tooth fairy during their childhood.  You remember, don't you?  When children lose one of their baby teeth, the tooth is placed underneath their pillow.  While the children are asleep, the tooth fairy would visit, replacing the lost tooth with a small payment.  One Atlanta area [...]

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Imaginary Study Illuminates Compounding Pharmacy Fraud

Nine defendants were arrested this week in connection with their roles in a $100 million health care fraud conspiracy perpetrated against TRICARE, the health insurance program for members of the military and their families.  A tenth defendant surrendered to the FBI.  The defendants, including doctors, pharmacy owners, and marketers were charged in a 35-count indictment [...]

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Do the Test or the Time

When seeking reimbursement for medical services, it is important that the service be provided and that it be medically appropriate.  That statement seems to make a lot of sense in theory.  For some reason, healthcare providers have a hard time with applying the statement. A Houston doctor was recently made very familiar with the application [...]

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Two Zika-free Units Please

On August 26, 2016, FDA announced new recommendations for universal testing of donated whole blood and blood components to determine whether the Zika virus is present.  In an effort to protect the nation's blood supply, FDA is amending its prior guidance.  FDA has expanded its recommendations for testing from simply those areas with active Zika transmission cases to [...]

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Not All Pills Are Equal

While consumers are frequently unexcited about taking prescription medications, they feel more empowered when they can take dietary supplements.  A growing number of consumers believe that taking dietary supplements can help prevent their need to take prescription medication and reduce the severity of any medical ailments.  In part, this trend has a lot to do [...]

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Clicking to Dissatisfaction

Many physicians enjoy spending time with their patients, sharing their experiences and offering advice for healthy actions. With the imposition of electronic medical records though, many physicians are finding that they are clicking their way to a dissatisfaction with their practices. Physicians are spending more time filling boxes and staring at monitors than interacting with [...]

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