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News in Brief: Week of June 13-17
By News Staff
FDA Encourages Docs to Report Drug Shortages
Physicians also can help by alerting the FDA when information on the agency's drug shortages Web page does not agree with what they are experiencing in their practices.
Health care professionals with concerns about price-gouging during shortages are encouraged to contact the FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations.
In addition to the FDA's drug shortages Web page, physicians and other health care professionals can find information about ongoing drug shortages, resolved shortages and drugs that are no longer available on the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists website.
New Hardship Exemptions Proposed for Medicare e-Prescribing Incentive Program
The proposed changes would expand the list of hardship exemptions for which physicians can apply. Without an exemption, physicians face a penalty that amounts to a 1 percent Medicare pay cut in 2012. The original rule allows exemptions for rural physicians with limited Internet access and for physicians with limited access to pharmacies that accept electronic prescriptions, but CMS now is proposing exceptions for physicians with limited prescribing activity, physicians who delayed implementing e-prescribing because they intend to participate in Medicare's 2011 electronic health record incentive program, and physicians who live in areas that restrict e-prescribing (e.g., states that prohibit electronic orders for narcotics). Physicians would have until Oct. 1, 2011 to apply for an exemption.
The proposed rule appears in the June 1 Federal Register (10-page PDF; About PDFs). Public comments from organizations and individuals will be accepted until July 25.
FDA Moves to Clarify Confusion About Risperidone, Ropinirole
The FDA said the following factors contributed to the confusion between the two products:
- similarities of both the brand and generic names;
- similarities in the container labels and carton packaging;
- illegible handwriting on prescriptions; and
- overlapping product characteristics, such as drug strengths, dosage forms and dosing intervals.
- clearly print the drug name on written prescriptions;
- spell out the drug name when prescribing by telephone;
- counsel patients about their prescribed medication, making sure the patient understands its purpose, which may help ensure the patient gets the correct medication; and
- report adverse events or medication errors involving ropinirole or risperidone to the FDA's MedWatch program.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Offers Resources for Parents, Docs
The new Web resource, which is intended to help families deal with the stress associated with a positive test, explains what CF is, how each state screens for CF, what a sweat test is and why a newborn may need one, and steps to take if a diagnosis of CF is confirmed. The foundation's resources also include a Web page for health care professionals.
Most New Osteopathic Medical School Class Members Will Train in Primary Care
According to a news release from ATSU-SOMA, almost 84 percent of the 92 new physicians will train in residencies in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and OB-Gyn, as well as general surgery andemergency medicine.
A partnership between ATSU-SOMA and the National Association of Community Health Centers has played a large role in encouraging students to choose a primary care specialty, said ATSU-SOMA.
The osteopathic medical students are placed at 11 community clinics around the country for three of their four years of medical school, rather than for only two years, which is more common. In addition, students learn a clinical presentation model that distills patients' symptoms into larger schemes and participate in innovations that emphasize interactive presentations, collaboration and teamwork, and communication skills.
CMS Extends Deadline for Pioneer ACO Model
CMS announced that letters of intent for the model will be due on June 30 instead of June 10, and applications now must be postmarked on or before Aug. 19 instead of the previous deadline of July 18.
For more information on the Pioneer ACO Model, including the request for applications, visit the Innovation Center website.