Category Archives: Medical

March 13, 2017

State Drops Hammer On ‘Ruthless’ Doctors Profiting Off Opioid Addiction

“He was ruthless, he made my son into an addict,” Delmonaco told Fox News. “My son started taking it, he was injured in the military, he had pain, and he quickly got addicted. This doctor just kept writing prescriptions, the highest dosage.”

Doctors issuing mass opioid prescriptions in New Jersey are facing a legal crackdown to combat rampant heroin addiction fueled by painkillers.

A record number of doctors in the state were sanctioned in 2016 over their irresponsible prescribing habits, resulting in long-term suspensions, permanent revocation of medical licenses and in some cases criminal charges. George Beecher, a doctor in Somerset County, was found cashing in on the opioid epidemic with his associates by writing scripts for large quantities of oxycodone, a highly addictive painkiller, to patients he never met or evaluated, reports Fox News.

In total, Beecher wrote prescriptions for roughly 60,000 tablets of oxycodone to more than 24 patients he never came into contact with. David Delmonaco, the father of a 21-year-old U.S. Army officer who committed suicide after getting addicted to oxycodone through Beecher, said the doctor “did it all for money.” The state sanctioned another 30 doctors during 2016 for failing to follow prescribing guidelines or deliberately violating medical standards for profit.

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September 20, 2016

A searing new report claims opioid drugmakers spent 8 times as much as the NRA on lobbying

Rope a dope congressmen…

A searing new report from the Associated Press claims that the makers of opioid painkillers, the dangerous drugs at the center of the tragic overdose crisis, outspent the US gun lobby on lobbying and campaign contributions by 8:1.

The report looked at the period from 2006 to 2015, when deaths from the drugs began to skyrocket. Here are some of its most striking findings:

* Opioid drugmakers including Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, spent more than $880 million, or roughly $98 million per year, on lobbying and campaign contributions in support of the drugs.
* Drugmakers and allied advocacy groups employed a yearly average of 1,350 lobbyists in legislative centers.
* In 2015 alone, 227 million opioid prescriptions were given out in the US, or “enough to hand a bottle of pills to nine out of every 10 American adults.”
* Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, made $2.4 billion from opioid sales last year alone.

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June 29, 2016

Messenger: St. Louis jury sends $17.6 million message in opioid abuse verdict

Opioids, which have been dangerously over-prescribed in the U.S. medical system for more than a decade, should be monitored more carefully by doctors, particularly primary care doctors who are prescribing the pills for simple maladies such as back pain.

The court documents will say that Brian and Michelle Koon won their medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Henry D. Walden and St. Louis University.

But the trial before Circuit Court Judge Michael Noble that ended late Tuesday afternoon was about something much bigger than one doctor making a mistake, or the health care system he works for failing to monitor the drugs he delivered to his patients.

For seven days, the nation’s opioid-abuse epidemic was on trial.

Opioids lost.

After hearing evidence that Brian Koon, a city parks employee, had been prescribed more than 37,000 pain pills between 2008 and 2012 at levels far above those recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other experts, a jury of eight women and four men awarded $1.4 million to Koon and an additional $1.2 million for his wife.

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June 21, 2016

Six Diseases Return To US as Migration Advocates Celebrate ‘World Refugee Day’

Six diseases that were recently near eradication are making a comeback in the United States, as the taxpayer funded refugee resettlement industry launches a propaganda blitz about the so-called World Refugee Day this Monday.

The returning diseases are;

1. Tuberculosis
2. Measles
3. Whooping Cough
4. Mumps
5. Scarlet Fever
6. Bubonic Plague

The near eradication of these diseases in the United States during the twentieth century was a remarkable accomplishment of American civilization. Until recently, most Americans believed these diseases were gone from our shores for good.

But a politicized public health system, and a rise in the subsidized migration into the United States, however, have combined to reverse a century of progress.

The number of foreign-born residents of the country has increased by 31 million in three decades, from 11 million in 1986 to 42 million in 2015. Immigration to the United States during this period has come from Middle Eastern, African, Asian, South American and Central American countries where all these diseases are prevalent. The extra 31 million have arrived in a number of ways: approximately 3 million are refugees, 11 million are illegal immigrants, and the remainder are legal immigrants, asylees, and parolees.

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May 27, 2016

The superbug that doctors have been dreading just reached the U.S.

“It’s hard to imagine worse news for public health in the United States,” Lance Price, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center and a George Washington University professor said in a statement Thursday about the Pennsylvania case. “We may soon be facing a world where CRE infections are untreatable.”

For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotic of last resort, an alarming development that the top U.S. public health official says could signal “the end of the road” for antibiotics.

The antibiotic-resistant strain was found last month in the urine of a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman. Defense Department researchers determined that she carried a strain of E. coli resistant to the antibiotic colistin, according to a study published Thursday in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology. The authors wrote that the discovery “heralds the emergence of a truly pan-drug resistant bacteria.”

Colistin is the antibiotic of last resort for particularly dangerous types of superbugs, including a family of bacteria known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, which health officials have dubbed “nightmare bacteria.” In some instances, these superbugs kill up to 50 percent of patients who become infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called CRE among the country’s most urgent public health threats.

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May 18, 2016

22 Percent of Resettled Refugees in Minnesota Test Positive for Tuberculosis

One of every five refugees resettled in Minnesota by the federal government tested positive for latent tuberculosis in 2014, according to the state’s Department of Health.

Only 4 percent of the general population in the United States tested positive for latent tuberculosis in the most recent report provided by the Centers for Disease Control.

The April 2016 edition of the Refugee Health Quarterly, published by the Minnesota Department of Health reports that:

Minnesota had 150 cases of TB in 2015, compared to 147 cases in 2014 (a 2 percent increase). The most common risk factor for TB cases in Minnesota is being from a country where TB is common.

TB screening is offered to all refugees during the domestic refugee health exam.

In 2014, 22 percent of refugees screened tested positive for LTBI (latent tuberculosis infection).

26 percent of all foreign born cases of tuberculosis in Minnesota were from people born in Somalia. Somalians almost exclusively enter the state through the refugee resettlement program.

More than 70,000 refugees have been resettled in the United States annually for the past three decades by the federal government. It’s not just tuberculosis being brought in by these resettled refugees. Measles, whooping cough, diptheria, and other diseases that were on their way to eradication are also coming in across the borders of the United States.

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May 11, 2016

Report: U.S. Officials Believe Pakistan Poisoned Bin Laden Raid CIA Chief

Some U.S. officials continue to believe Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency poisoned the top CIA operative who presided over the secret raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, revealed The Washington Post.

Current and former U.S. officials told the Post that the now-retired Mark Kelton, 59, “was so violently ill that he was often doubled over in pain.”

Officials indicated that “trips out of the country for treatment proved futile. And the cause of his ailment was so mysterious … that both he and the agency began to suspect that he had been poisoned.”

Kelton was serving as the CIA station chief on May 2, 2011, when U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six killed the mastermind of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Osama bin Laden.

“His health has recovered after he had abdominal surgery,” reported the Post. “But agency officials continue to think that it is plausible — if not provable — that Kelton’s sudden illness was somehow orchestrated by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, known as the ISI.”

Ahmed Shuja Pasha, the ISI chief during Kelton’s tenure in Pakistan, often refused to speak with the CIA chief, officials told the Post.

Pasha would even refuse to “utter his name, referring to the dour CIA station chief as ‘the cadaver,’” the officials added.

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April 22, 2016

Suit Alleges Former FDA Chief Suppressed Danger Of ‘Deadly’ Drug For Sake Of Profit

Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, her hedge-fund executive husband, and Fortune 500 giant Johnson & Johnson all colluded to enrich themselves through this scheme.

Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, her hedge-fund executive husband, and Fortune 500 giant Johnson & Johnson colluded to enrich themselves by failing to warn the public about a “deadly” antibiotic, a federal racketeering lawsuit claims.

“Once confirmed as FDA commissioner, Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg acted as the instrumentality that all defendants used to perpetrate their conspiracy and racketeering enterprise by having her act illegally and outside the scope of her authority as FDA commissioner to suppress material information to plaintiffs and the public that Levaquin was inherently dangerous and in fact, deadly,” the complaint alleges.

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Jan. 19, 2016, on behalf of five individuals who claim they suffered severe physical harm as a result of taking the antibiotic.

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March 17, 2016

US agency issues new guidelines to limit chronic use of opioids

“The prescription overdose epidemic is doctor-driven,” Frieden said, adding it can be reversed if doctors rein in their prescriptions of the painkillers.

Addressing a growing “epidemic” of opioid overdoses and abuse of the prescribed painkillers in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday released voluntary guidelines that instruct primary care doctors to sharply deter use of the medicines for chronic pain.

“Overprescribing opioids, largely for chronic pain, is a key driver of America’s drug-overdose epidemic,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden. Sales of the prescription therapies have quadrupled since 1999, causing 165,000 fatal overdoses over the same period and now growing at more than 40 per day, according to the agency.

Primary care doctors who treat adults for chronic pain in outpatient settings account for nearly half of all opioid prescriptions, the CDC said. It defined chronic pain as lasting longer than three months, or past the typical time it takes for normal tissue healing.

The new guidelines recommend non-opioids, including acetaminophen and ibuprofen, as preferred therapy for chronic pain unless patients have active cancer or are receiving palliative or end-of-life care.

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January 26, 2016

Zika virus: Outbreak ‘likely to spread across Americas’ says WHO (Video)

The Zika virus is likely to spread across nearly all of the Americas, the World Health Organization has warned.

The infection, which causes symptoms including mild fever, conjunctivitis and headache, has already been found in 21 countries in the Caribbean, North and South America.

It has been linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains and some countries have advised women not to get pregnant.

No treatment or vaccine is available.

The virus was first detected in 1947 in monkeys in Africa. There have since been small, short-lived outbreaks in people on the continent, parts of Asia and in the Pacific Islands.

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