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Connecticut Doctors Continue To Be Bribed By Big Pharma

August 12, 2016
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Connecticut Doctors Continue To Be Bribed By Big Pharma

By Lisa Chedekel Dozens of Connecticut doctors accepted six-figure payments from drug and medical device manufacturers in 2015 for consulting, speaking, meals and travel, with six of the 10 highest-paid physicians affiliated with academic institutions, new federal data show. The top 10 doctors – less than 0.1 percent of the 11,000 who received payments...

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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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