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Massachusetts May Sue Drug Makers Over Painkiller Marketing
Thursday, January 15, 2015 01:53 PM

Drug makers that sell prescription painkillers may face yet another government lawsuit.  The attorney general-elect in Massachusetts, told the Associated Press earlier this week that she is considering legal action against pharmaceutical makers in hopes of thwarting the abuse and misuse of opioid painkillers. The medicines have increasingly been blamed for fueling addiction and crime, and serving as a bridge to a growing heroin trade.

Last year, the city of Chicago and two California counties filed lawsuits alleging that various drug makers used deceptive marketing practices that downplayed the risks of their painkillers and improperly encouraged physician prescribing that caused some patients to become addicts. The drug makers have denied the allegations and argued the governments lack the authority to regulate their practices.

FDA Urges Continued Caution for Pain Meds in Pregnancy
Thursday, January 15, 2015 01:42 PM

In a drug safety communication issued, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it is aware of recent reports "questioning" the safety of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) pain medicines when used during pregnancy, but that it lacks adequate studies to change current recommendations.  The benefits and risks of using prescription and OTC pain medicines during pregnancy need to be carefully weighed, the FDA reminds healthcare providers.

The FDA evaluated published studies on the following:

ACA Insurance Relations Department Announces Name Change
Thursday, January 15, 2015 12:36 PM

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has announced that the name of its Insurance Relations Department, a department within the ACA whose mission is to advocate for and protect appropriate reimbursement policy toward the chiropractic profession, has been changed to the Payment Policy Department. The name change went into effect on January 1, 2015.

CDC Reports: Flu in 43 States
Thursday, January 15, 2015 12:22 PM
The flu slipped just below epidemic levels over the holidays but spread even farther across the USA and took the lives of six more children. Twenty-one children have been killed by the flu this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

After officially becoming an epidemic during the week of Dec. 20, the flu slipped slightly below the threshold the next week, though it is widespread in 43 states, up from 36 the week before, the CDC reported. The CDC defines an epidemic using a complex formula based on the rate of deaths from flu compared with previous years.

Alcohol Calorie Counts to be on Menus
Written by Eitor   
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 04:17 PM

New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November. The idea is that people often don't know — or even think about — how many calories they are imbibing.

But the rules don't apply to drinks ordered at the bar or any drinks that aren't listed on the main menu. The wine list will also be guilt-free — individual calorie amounts aren't required there either. And unlike other beverages and foods, most bottles and cans of alcohol don't have to list full nutritional information.

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