Daily Brief: Pharmacists Decry Dangers of ‘Third World’ Type Drug Shortages in U.S.
FALLS CHURCH – Top medical and recall news headlines from Noblis Health Innovation for Friday, Sept. 24. Click on the underlined item for the actual link to the story:
- Survey Reveals Frustration over Drug Shortages: Many respondents stated that the conditions associated with drug shortages during the past year have been the worst ever, without a glimmer of hope for any improvement in the near future. They feel unsupported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and perplexed regarding why the US is experiencing drug shortages of epic proportion.
- What the ICD-9 and ICD-10 code freeze means to you: The ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee has confirmed that ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes will be frozen – but there’s both good and bad news about that for provider and payers.
- F.D.A. to restrict Avandia, citing heart risk: The move shows that the White House is taking a harder line on safety, even in the face of scientific uncertainty.
- Pentagon reassigns head of Defense Centers of Excellence: The Defense Department announced on Thursday it has reassigned the head of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, who was under investigation following a workplace complaint filed against him.
- Food safety undersecretary sets priorities: In her first public speech since she was confirmed by the Senate on Sept. 16, Agriculture Undersecretary for Food Safety Elisabeth Hagen emphasized Thursday that the most important purpose of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service was “to protect the public health.”
- Physician shortage problems will get worse Despite several large-scale efforts geared toward physician retainment, a new report from the Virginia Department of Health Professions shows that the commonwealth’s current doctor shortage problem is likely to only get worse in the years ahead, the Roanoke Times reports.