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Acute Drug Shortages Forcing Workarounds In Hospitals

July 11, 2016
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Acute Drug Shortages Forcing Workarounds In Hospitals

By Cara Rosner In hospitals across Connecticut and nationwide, workarounds to compensate for medication shortages are daily routines for treating patients – and health experts say it’s not about to change any time soon. Some acute-care drugs in short supply nationally are antibiotics, antipsychotics, intravenous saline, and morphine, according to the most recent shortage...

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Antipsychotic Use On The Decline In Connecticut Nursing Homes

July 7, 2016
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Antipsychotic Use On The Decline In Connecticut Nursing Homes

By Lisa Chedekel Connecticut still ranks high among states in the use of antipsychotic drugs for elderly nursing home residents, but its rate of use has dropped 33 percent since 2011 – a bigger decline than the national average — new government data show. The data released in June by the Centers for Medicare...

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Connecticut Prepares To Tighten Prescription Monitoring

June 24, 2016
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Connecticut Prepares To Tighten Prescription Monitoring

By Lisa Chedekel Connecticut’s shift next month from weekly to “real-time” reporting of prescriptions for opioids and other controlled substances is an effective way to help stem opioid-related deaths, a new study suggests. Researchers from Vanderbilt University who analyzed states’ prescription drug monitoring programs – central databases that log controlled substances dispensed to patients...

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Derby Nurse Cooperating In Broadening Federal Probe

June 17, 2016
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Derby Nurse Cooperating In Broadening Federal Probe

By Lisa Chedekel A Derby nurse who admitted taking kickbacks from a drug company that makes the powerful opioid painkiller Subsys is cooperating with federal investigators, who recently charged two drug company employees with violating kickback laws, court documents show. Documents filed earlier this year show that Heather Alfonso, a nurse formerly employed by...

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