The FDA, on February 25, 2015 issued a new safety announcement for the revision of the label for diabetic pens and packaging of multiple doses to carry a warning label stating, “For single patient use only”.
Each year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reviews the recommended adult (anyone over 18 years old) and children 18 years and younger, immunization schedule to ensure that the schedules reflects current recommendations for the licensed vaccines.
The medical literature is replete with observations that primary care practitioners often do not follow clinical practice guidelines. The spectrum of reports includes deviation from recommendations for recognition , prevention , and treatment  of multiple conditions by multiple specialties.
Since 2004, with antiretroviral drugs, the prognosis of those with HIV infection has improved. With fewer complications and increased survival, HIV-infected persons are having common health problems like the rest of us and seek medical consultation from their primary care clinician. These...
Health Literacy: Healthcare Communication Competency for the Patient, Family & Clinician. Health literacy is the ability of an individual to understand basic health information and treatment strategies needed to self-manage health. A survey completed by the AMA-MSS Subcommittee on Health Literacy found that the strongest predictor of an individual’s health status is not associated with age, education, or income, but rather, based on literacy skills.
Burnout: a By-product of Primary Care Practice. Feeling frustrated and burnt out by your practice, your patients, and your life in general? You’re not alone. In a newly published survey of almost 7300 physicians throughout the U.S, 46% reported at least one symptom of burnout.
When Your Patients Ask About Calcium Supplements. Americans spend more than $1 billion a year on calcium supplements in hopes of staving off osteoporosis. In fact, many of the older patients in your practice probably take calcium supplements to prevent bone loss and hip fractures. So it’s likely that they may have questions for you about a recent study showing that calcium supplements might increase the risk of heart attack and should be “taken with caution.”
CDC Proposes That All Baby Boomers Be Tested Once for Hepatitis C. The CDC is issuing draft guidelines proposing that all U.S. baby boomers get a one-time blood test for the hepatitis C virus. One in 30 baby boomers—those born from 1945 to 1965—is infected with Hepatitis C, but as many as 50% of them may not know it.
Abby, a 39-year-old writer, has been experiencing common flu-like symptoms of fever, fatigue, and muscle pain for over a week now. She complains of an ongoing lymphadenopathy and she feels as though her knees are 100 years old.
What Is Healthy? In a recent article we asked, “Do you routinely take time to ‘take care of you’?” Most replied with yes, you take care of yourself (71%); just over one-fourth said you did not take care of yourself. One of you asked a very interesting question…
Helping Clinicians and Patients Eliminate Unnecessary Tests and Procedures. The American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, nine U.S. specialty medical societies, and Consumer Reports have partnered in a new initiative called Choosing Wise™.
“Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it a thousand times”—Mark Twain. At this time of year, many of your patients are likely to make a resolution to stop smoking. But like all good intentions that go awry, patients may need your support and encouragement to help them through the physiologic and psychological barriers they face in quitting. Many of them are also likely to ask you about the latest trend in smoking cessation aids—electronic cigarettes.