Ever since 1979, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required that pharmaceutical companies put expiration dates on prescription and over-the-counter medicines. That doesn't mean your bottle of ibuprofen will go bad in the same way as, say, an expired carton of milk. The date that you see printed on a pill bottle is the date until which the medicine's manufacturer will guarantee the drug's safety and full potency. How long a drug actually remains safe and effective, however, is often a matter of debate. Besides some medicines like insulin, nitroglycerin and liquid antibiotics, whose active ingredients are known to be less stable over time, many drugs might have a much longer shelf life than their packaging suggests. [Why Do People Get Sick When the Seasons Change?] But not everyone knows that, so poison control centers occasionally get calls from people who are concerned because they accidentally took expired medication, said Lee Cantrell, director of the San … [Read more...] about Why Do Medicines Have Expiration Dates?
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By Jocelyn KaiserFeb. 15, 2019 , 4:45 PM It’s a well-known problem with clinical trials: Researchers start out saying they will look for a particular outcome—heart attacks, for example—but then report something else when they publish their results. That practice can make a drug or treatment look like it’s safer or more effective than it actually is. Now, a systematic effort to find out whether major journals are complying with their own pledge to ensure that outcomes are reported correctly has found many are falling down on the job—and both journals and authors are full of excuses. When journals and researchers were asked to correct studies, the responses “were fascinating, and alarming. Editors and researchers routinely misunderstand what correct trial reporting looks like,” says project leader Ben Goldacre, an author and physician at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and a proponent of transparency in drug research. Starting 4 … [Read more...] about Major medical journals don’t follow their own rules for reporting results from clinical trials
caption Proteus makes ‘smart pills’ embedded with sensors that tell your doctor when you’ve taken your medication. It announced a clinical trial in cancer on Thursday. source Hollis Johnson/Business Insider A digital medicine company called Proteus makes ‘smart pills’ embedded with sensors that tell your doctor when you’ve taken your medication. The pills also track activity levels. Backed by big name investors like Novartis, Proteus debuted the first medication made with the technology – a form of the depression and schizophrenia drug Abilify – in 2017. Now, Proteus is expanding into cancer. Still, the research on whether the pills actually help patients take their medications when they should remains somewhat unclear. Would a notification from your doctor as soon as you forget to take your medication help keep you on track? A digital medicine company called Proteus is betting the answer is yes. The … [Read more...] about A company that makes ‘smart pills’ that track when you take your medicine and how active you are is now expanding into cancer
Over 1,000 patients with a Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine clinic may have possibly been exposed to several viruses after dental equipment was not sterilized properly, the college said in a statement Tuesday. NSU officials said the college discovered "prescribed sterilization protocols" were not properly followed at the Post-Graduate Orthodontic Clinic at 3200 S. University Drive in Davie. Instead of being heat-sterilized, equipment was wiped down with a surface disinfectant wipe. This may have created a minimal risk for possible exposure to hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV for orthodontics patients, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The University continues its internal review of this regrettable breach of established health and safety protocols at this one clinic, and will take disciplinary actions, as appropriate, against all those responsible for this breach when our internal review is completed," NSU spokesman Brandon … [Read more...] about Sterilization Issue Possibly Exposed NSU Dental Clinic Patients to Viruses
Christine Ferretti The Detroit News Published 5:14 PM EST Nov 14, 2018 The owner of two Detroit health clinics was sentenced to 13 years in prison Wednesday for her role in an $8.6 million scheme involving fraudulent Medicare claims. Jacklyn Price, 34, of Shelby Township, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland, who also ordered Price to pay $6.3 million in restitution along with her co-conspirators and to forfeit the same amount, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a released statement. Price pleaded guilty in April 2017 to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of health care fraud. She owned Patient Choice Internal Medicine and Metro Mobile Physicians, two Detroit-based Medicare providers, according to the federal indictment. Both facilities were closed following Price's indictment in 2016, officials said. Authorities say Price and several others were parties in the scheme of falsified claims for home health care and … [Read more...] about Clinic owner gets 13 years in Medicare fraud scheme