Health Updates 15 April 2011

  • Johnson and Johnson recalls anti-seizure drug Topamax:  “Johnson and Johnson (JNJ, Fortune 500) said the recall represents two lots of the Topamax 100 mg tablets made by its Ortho-McNeil Neurologics division.  The affected drugs were shipped and distributed between Oct. 19, 2010 and Dec. 28, 2010 in the United States and Puerto Rico”. (CNN)
  • US Health Care Quality Below Average According to Many Americans: “Most Americans have a poor view of the nation’s health care quality, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation survey.  Of respondents, 55% gave health care quality a grade C or D, while 11% flunked the system.  Furthermore, nearly half (47%) gave the quality of hospital care in the US a rating of C, D or F”. (Lauren McNitt, ProducerWeb)
  • Medical Errors and Other Adverse Events Occur in One-Third of Hospital Admissions: Health Affairs, a peer-reviewed journal focused on health policy, published this finding in its April edition.  The publication is part of project HOPE, a nonprofit international health education group.  After reviewing the study’s findings, Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Susan Dentzer observed that “it’s clear that we still have a great deal of work to do in order to achieve a health care system that is consistently high-quality – that is, safe, effective, patient-centered, efficient, timely and devoid of disparities based on race or ethnicity”. (Warren S. Hersch, NU)
  • US House votes Friday on GOP’s budget plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.):  “But while leaving Social Security alone, the measure calls for transforming Medicare from a program in which the government directly pays medical bills into a voucher-like system that subsidizes purchases of private insurance plans.  People 55 and over would remain in the current system, but younger workers would receive subsidies that would steadily lose value over time”. (AP)

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