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USPSTF Takes First Step to Address Opioid Use Disorder

Public Comment Sought on Draft Research Plan

01/11/2019 — The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft research plan on preventing opioid use disorder that includes a focus on interventions to prevent initiation or minimize use of opioids, inviting public comment until Jan. 16.

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01/09/2019 — The FDA has issued a drug safety announcement advising that fluoroquinolone antibiotics can increase the risk for aortic ruptures or tears. This class of antibiotics should be used in at-risk patients only if no other treatment options are available, warns the agency.

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01/09/2019 — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association wants to ensure family physicians know that high doses of loperamide (Imodium) can have serious -- even fatal -- cardiac effects. The group has launched a Loperamide Safety education campaign to get the word out to clinicians and patients.

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01/02/2019 — The EveryONE Project from the AAFP had a busy 2018 creating a comprehensive toolkit and other resources family physicians can use to address social determinants of health in their practices and communities throughout 2019 and beyond.

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Fresh Perspectives Blog

Share the insights and experiences of new-to-practice family physicians.

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