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Consumers Union Documents
- HR 2900 continued
Section 603 through Section 901 of HR 2900.
- Testimony of Jim Guest President, Consumers Union, before the House
On PDUFA, Risk Evaluation & Mitigation Strategies, Clinical Trials, and Advisory Committee Conflicts.
- Summary of Testimony of Jim Guest
On PDUFA, Risk Evaluation & Mitigation Strategies, Clinical Trials, and Advisory Committee Conflicts
- Text of H.R. 1561
Full text of filed bill.
- Heparin recall ordered
Late yesterday, Baxter International ordered a full-scale recall on the blood thinner Heparin.
- Back to school? got your meds?
The L.A. Times today did a great story yesterday on the rising use of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) drugs and how an increase in marketing in the last few years may have contributed to this.
- Faecal bacteria cocktail treats superbug infection Source: New Scientist (Tuesday January 1, 2013)
Feeding faeces to people with chronic infection can cure them, but who wants to eat poo? A synthetic alternative could provide a more palatable option.
- New MRSA superbug strain found in UK milk supply Source: The Independent (Wednesday December 26, 2012)
Research reveals that antibiotic-resistant organisms are gaining a hold on dairy industry
- Scientists halt deadly MRSA outbreak by cracking genetic code and tracking down carrier in breakthrough that could save hundreds of lives each year Source: Daily Mail (Wednesday November 14, 2012)
Cambridge scientists used the technology to identify a member of staff unwittingly spreading the infection. By identifying the bacterial strains, experts were able to halt the infection.
- Hundreds of NZ hip replacements are faulty Source: New Zealand Herald (Thursday October 4, 2012)
A victim of a faulty hip replacement is not confident an inquiry will be launched into metal-on-metal implants, despite another 400 patients this week finding out their replacements could be faulty.
- Common antibiotic boosts spread of deadly superbug Source: Indian Express (Saturday September 22, 2012)
New research has found that cases of MRSA – a bacteria that causes serious infections of the skin, blood, lungs and bones – decreased when prescriptions of ciprofloxacin were reduced, suggesting that the common antibiotic is helping the deadly superbug spread through hospitals.
- Half of drugs prescribed in France useless or dangerous, say two specialists Source: The Guardian (Friday September 14, 2012)
The doctors claim that the state wastes money on unnecessary medicine that they blame for up to 20,000 deaths annually
- Solicitor Says DePuy Case May Affect 600 In Cork Source: Earl's View (Saturday September 1, 2012)
Up to 3,500 Irish people were fitted with the faulty ‘metal on metal’ hip replacement implants, recalled by DePuy worldwide on August 24th, 2010 in the face of data gathered by UK academics and medics that showed higher than expected failure rates of the devices.
- India shakes up rules on clinical trials Source: Nature (Tuesday August 21, 2012)
India’s clinical-trials system has come under intense scrutiny after a series of scandals involving alleged malpractice and patient deaths, which has sparked widespread public protests.
- Israeli scientists find new strain of MRSA bacteria spreading in Gaza City Source: Haaretz (Monday June 18, 2012)
Antibiotic-resistant bug may spread through cats, say researchers.
- Knee implants: more evidence needed? Source: Biggleswade Chronicle (Monday June 18, 2012)
BBC reports on a new report in The Lancet that said more evidence is needed on long-term safety of knee implants. New implants are often introduced with little or no evidence of their effectiveness.
Research and Reports
- Editor's Choice: The scandal of medical device regulation Source: BMJ (Wednesday October 24, 2012)
“Try describing Europe’s system for regulating medical devices and, as Peter McCulloch says in his editorial this week, the response from your audience will be incredulous.”
- Testimony in support of hospital infection reporting implementation
Testimony by Jason George, legislative and political organizer for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49, before the MN House Health Policy Committee on hospital-acquired infections.