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On June 25, 1938, President Roosevelt signed the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (“FD&C Act”).  In recognition of this anniversary, Epstein Becker Green reviews how the FD&C Act came to be, how it has evolved, and how the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) is enforcing its authority under the FD&C Act to address the demands of rapidly evolving technology, including a surge in new devices, innovative medical advancements like regenerative medicine therapies, nutritional labeling and food safety regulations, and even the new challenged by "vaping" tobacco products.   More on the FD&C Act Here >
K&L GatesThe idea of lawyers “ambulance chasing” seems to have taken on a new form. An investigation by the ABC has revealed how technology is being used to share health information with lawyers to generate work. The ABC has revealed that HealthEngine, Australia’s largest online doctor’s appointment booking service, shared daily lists of prospective clients with law firm Slater and Gordon, based on personal medical information shared by users with the app. The app allows users to book appointments with various health professionals such as GPs, dentists and physiotherapists. To make an appointment, HealthEngine asks users to provide details of their symptoms and medical conditions, including whether they suffered a workplace injury or were in a traffic accident.  More on Digital Ambulance Chasing Here >
A 2017 Medscape survey indicated that over half of responding doctors had been sued for malpractice.  The number one reason?  Failure to diagnose a medical condition, given by 31% of respondents. Studies published in the Journal of the American Medicine Association, Lancet, and the Archives of Internal Medicine delved into the mindset of patients who filed malpractice claims using various methods, including questionnaires, deposition transcripts, and phone surveys.  Four primary reasons emerged . .   More on Malpractice and Cultural Competence >
There is an opioid misuse, abuse, and addiction crisis in this country, and it impacts many employees and their family members. A substantial percentage—perhaps as high as 40 percent based on recent reports—of opioid addicts are covered by employer group health plans. Often, opioid problems begin when a legal drug is prescribed and filled by licensed professionals for pain relief following an injury or surgery. A health plan typically covers most or all of the prescription drug costs, so long as it is deemed medically necessary for the employee.  More on Employer Medical Plans and the Opioid Crisis Here >
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