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US hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage

US hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage

Health
There is another opioid crisis happening in the U.S., and it has nothing to do with the overdose epidemic: Hospitals are frequently running out of widely used injected painkillers. Manufacturing shortages are forcing many doctors and pharmacists to sometimes ration injected opioids, reserving them for the patients suffering most. Other patients get slower-acting or less effective pain pills, alternatives with more side effects or even sedation. Medical groups are urging regulators to help, saying some people having surgery, fighting cancer or suffering with severe burns are getting inadequate pain control. They also say shortages frequently cause medication switches that could lead to deadly mistakes. Earlier this month, the American Medical Association declared drug shortages a public h...
CGHS cover applies even to hospitals not on government list: Supreme Court

CGHS cover applies even to hospitals not on government list: Supreme Court

Finance
NEW DELHI: In a relief to over 44 lakh current and retired government employees and their families covered under the Central Government Health Scheme, the Supreme Court said on Friday that reimbursement cannot be denied to them even if they received treatment in a hospital not empanelled under the plan. The SC bench said “no fetters” could be placed on the rights of a government employee during his lifetime to get the best medical treatment and it was wrong to reimburse bills on the basis of rates fixed under CGHS in case the employee got treatment from a hospital which is not empanelled. “The right to medical claim cannot be denied merely because the name of the hospital is not included in the government order,” the bench said. “The real test must be the factum of treatment. Before any me
Hospitals 'failing' on genetic bowel cancer test

Hospitals 'failing' on genetic bowel cancer test

Health
More than 80% of NHS hospitals in England are failing to test bowel cancer patients for the genetic condition Lynch syndrome, according to the charity Bowel Cancer UK.The condition increases the risk of bowel and other cancers. Bowel Cancer UK estimates that 166,000 people in the UK are unaware that they have the condition.An NHS England spokeswoman said there are clear guidelines about when it is appropriate to test for Lynch syndrome. Testing for the syndrome can guide the treatment of the patient and indicates whether their families are at risk. Children of people with the condition have a 50/50 chance of developing it.The charity says it is important to find out whether patients have Lynch syndrome, because some chemotherapy drugs are ineffective for them.And if other family members fi...
Struggling hospitals facing 'huge tragedy'

Struggling hospitals facing 'huge tragedy'

Health
Patients are at risk in overcrowded hospitals as the NHS struggles to cope with the deluge of patients seen in recent weeks, a senior doctor has said.Prof Suzanne Mason, from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, described it as a "huge tragedy".Reports have emerged of patients facing long waits for treatment and being stuck on trolleys in corridors and of ambulances left queuing outside A&E.NHS bosses have responded by cancelling non-urgent care en masse.Tens of thousands of operations, treatments and appointments have been put off for the rest of January as hospitals have tried to ease some of the pressure.But Prof Mason said the move was "too little too late" as hospitals simply had no beds free and these treatments would have had to be cancelled anyway.She added: "Patient safety...