It’s time for Tuesday-Newsday! The Featured Blog Post this week was chosen in honor of Halloween: “The Fright Files: Stories of Medical Mistakes,” from the PFAM Blog Carnival hosted by Oh My Aches and Pains.
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*FDA and CDC ALERT: UPDATE ON MENINGITIS OUTBREAK
If you received a Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection between late May and September, by now you should have been notified if your clinic used any of the tainted steriods. To find out exactly what you need to know, click HERE and scroll down to the red headline.
Infusion Resource, a compounding pharmacy in Waltham, MA has been administering steroid injections, something it wasn’t licensed to do.
UPDATE: Infusion’s products are not linked to the outbreak, but the company, has surrendered its license voluntarily and is asking patients to return any medications they still have as a precautionary measure
For Patients Taking Opioid Meds: During a Big Emergency Like Hurricane Sandy When Cities are Shut Down, What Should You Do if You Don’t Have Enough Medication to Get Through?
update: When Pharmacies Refill Rx Without Permission:
1.) In addition to CVS allegations: Target, Rite Aid, Walgreens also accused of refilling with patient approval
2.) Prescription refill pressure bothers CVS pharmacists too: "Everyone knows that if we don't hit our quotas, people can lose their jobs”
Millions May Be Taking Vitamin D Unnecessarily: Health experts disagree on safe levels needed to prevent illness
Wondering About Your Hospital's Quality? Ask a Nurse: Research finds they have accurate insights into level of care provided
Calling Dr. Smartphone: Cellphone apps, often with attachments, can help monitor blood pressure, check ears, test eyesight, gauge blood sugar and more
Palliative radiation therapy can ease pain for patients with terminal lung cancer, but 64 percent in a study mistakenly thought it could cure them
A new study of patients with advanced lung and colorectal cancers revealed that many mistakenly believed that chemotherapies will cure them
*FEATURED BLOG POST
from the PFAM Blog Carnival hosted by Oh My Aches and Pains