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FDA approved opioids for chronic pain despite lacking ‘critical’ safety data, analysis finds

FDA approved opioids for chronic pain despite lacking ‘critical’ safety data, analysis finds

Health
Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved nearly 50 new prescription opioid pain medications between 1997 and 2018, even though it lacked "critical" data on safety and effectiveness, an analysis published Monday by the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found. None of the 48 drugs granted agency approval during the more than 20-year period was evaluated in clinical trials that lasted longer than 12 weeks, and the trials often included narrowly defined groups of patients, researchers said. Advertisement And few included "systematic assessments" of risks associated with these medications, including addiction potential and non-medical use. "Our analysis provides a window through which to view the FDA's opioid regulation over the past 20 years," study co-author Dr. Cal...
NYC delays start of school year to do more virus safety prep

NYC delays start of school year to do more virus safety prep

Health
NEW YORK -- New York City postponed students' return to classrooms by more than a week to keep working on coronavirus safety precautions, announcing the delay Tuesday after teachers said they might OK a strike over the city's drive to open schools.The change came nine days before the nation's largest public school system was set to resume teaching students face-to-face.Now, instead of starting a mix of in-person and remote learning on Sept. 10, the city's more than 1 million public school students will start remote-only classes Sept. 16. In-school instruction will begin Sept. 21.“It is a revision that still allows us to keep things moving forward on a tight timeline, but with additional preparation time,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.That time is to be spent finishing virus-safety steps that ...
Coronavirus: Randox recalls up to 750,000 test kits over safety concerns

Coronavirus: Randox recalls up to 750,000 test kits over safety concerns

Health
Up to 750,000 unused coronavirus testing kits are being recalled due to safety concerns.The UK's medicines and healthcare products regulator (MHRA) asked Randox to recall the kits sent out to care homes and individuals.The government said it was a "precautionary measure" and the risk to safety was low.It comes weeks after the health secretary said Randox kits should not be used until further notice.In mid-July, Matt Hancock said the swabs in some kits were "not up to standard". Safety issue over Randox Covid test kits How do I get a coronavirus test? The Department for Health and Social Care said results from Randox tests were unaffected.A spokeswoman said: "We have high safety standards for all coronavirus tests. Following the pausing of Randox kits on 1...
Coronavirus: Safety concerns halt use of 50 million NHS masks

Coronavirus: Safety concerns halt use of 50 million NHS masks

Health
Fifty million face masks bought by the government in April will not be used in the NHS because of safety concerns.The government says the masks, which use ear-loop fastenings rather than head loops, may not fit tightly enough.They were bought for healthcare workers from supplier Ayanda Capital as part of a £252m contract.Ayanda says the masks met the specifications the government had set out. The government says its safety standards process is "robust".It has emerged that the person who originally approached the government about the deal was a government trade adviser who also advises the board of Ayanda.But he told the BBC his position played no part in the awarding of the contract. Are NHS staff getting enough protective gear? ...
Nothing should threaten safety, dignity of bank employees: FM on banker assault

Nothing should threaten safety, dignity of bank employees: FM on banker assault

Finance
NEW DELHI: A day after an assault on a female staff within bank premises in Surat, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday said nothing should threaten the safety and dignity of bank employees and that she will closely follow the matter. Taking to twitter, Sitharaman said her office has spoken to Commissioner of Police, Surat City, R B Brahmbhatt, who has assured her that the accused constable shall be suspended immediately. A short video went viral on Twitter on Tuesday which showed a person manhandling a female banker, following which #ShameSuratPolice started trending on the social media platform. “Will be closely following this matter. Wish to assure that the safety of all members of staff in banks is of importance for us. Amid challenges, banks are extending all services to o...