Imports of prescription drugs remain bottled up
Nearly three years after Florida lawmakers approved a plan to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada, Governor Ron DeSantis has expressed frustration that the plan remains stalled in Washington, D.C. DeSantis and Speaker of the House Then-state Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, made the issue a priority in 2019 as lawmakers eventually approved a plan to make imported drugs available in government-related programs. [Source: News Service of Florida]
Florida health officials and CDC warn of meningitis outbreak
State health officials on Friday issued alerts about outbreaks of meningococcal disease, a rare but serious form of meningitis, a life-threatening inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. The most common meningococcal infections are meningitis and sepsis, a blood infection. Both often begin with flu-like symptoms that quickly become severe, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which posted a Florida alert on its website. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
New partnership offers free mental health care to veterans
Veterans are killing themselves at an alarming rate and experts say the problem isn’t slowing. A new partnership will provide a place to treat veterans and families struggling with mental illness free of charge. According to Veterans Affairs, more than 6,000 veterans commit suicide each year. Five hundred of them are in Florida. Now, Home Base Florida and the David Lawrence Center are joining forces to help veterans in Southwest Florida free of charge. [Source: WINK News]
Walgreens, Florida clashes in opioid lawsuit
After signing $2.4 billion in settlements with prescription drug makers, distributors and retailers, the state is set for a courtroom showdown with Walgreens over the drugstore giant’s role in the opioid epidemic. A long-awaited trial in the case began Monday morning in Pasco County, which is among the areas of Florida that have suffered the most from the outbreak that former Governor Rick Scott declared in 2017 as a health emergency. public. [Source: News Service of Florida]
Florida’s deadline has expired for its biggest Medicaid payment provider to challenge a nearly $9.1 million fine for the company’s failure for nearly three months to pay tens of thousands of medical claims. health care for the sickest and most needy children in the state. Sunshine State Health Plan Inc. of Tampa had until 5 p.m. Thursday to challenge the fine imposed last month by the Agency for Healthcare Administration, leaving the company only the option to concede to pay . More from WTSP and Health News Florida.
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› South Florida is seeing rising rates of HIV diagnoses among those 50 and older
HIV testing has dropped dramatically during the COVID pandemic, so state data on new infections is likely undercounted. Still, South Florida health officials are monitoring a concerning upward trend in HIV diagnoses among people 50 and older. In a 2020 report from the Florida Department of Health, the state wrote that the number of new HIV diagnoses over the past five years had declined except among two age groups: 30 to 39 (an increase of 8%) and 50 years and over (increase of 7%) .
› AdventHealth Study to Offer Free Genetic Testing to 6,000 Women Having Mammograms
The widespread adoption of genetic testing has made previously fantastic discoveries more common. Genetic testing has been used to find a murderer in a decades-old Orange County cold case, identify the biological parents of an adopted woman from Florida with a forged birth certificate, and determine which dogs were still pooping in an Orlando skyscraper.
› Florida COVID-19 hospitalizations at pandemic low as cases continue to rise due to BA.2
Florida hospitals reported a record number of COVID-positive adult patients in intensive care units this week as another wave of coronavirus forms, in line with experts’ expectations. Intensive care staff cared for an average of 96 patients a day this week, according to data collected Friday by US Health and Human Services. This is the lowest seven-day average recorded by the federal agency since record-keeping began in July 2020.
› USF students will use creative performances to speak openly about mental health
National data shows that almost a third of people aged 18 to 25 suffered from a mental health problem in 2020. A national program called This is My Brave which is coming to the University of Florida this month South in Tampa aims to improve those stats. Students who participate in the program use creative performances to speak openly about mental health and addiction and break down the stigma surrounding the topics.
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