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  • Generic OxyContin Not Approved By FDA

    The idea of making a potentially dangerous drug less prone to abuse is something that stands out in the effort to stop prescription drug misuse in the United States. Many companies have incorporated time release capsules to curb the possibility of abuse, but sometimes that just isn’t enough. According to a recent New York Times piece, Purdue ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on April 19, 2013
  • "Bedless Hospitals"

    The introduction of two new hospital facilities in the US marks the beginning of a shift in the healthcare industry. According to a recent news release from Dark Daily, a nationwide change from inpatient- to outpatient-based treatment approaches has resulted in the construction of “bedless hospitals.” In preparation for changes due to the ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on April 3, 2013
  • In the Genes

    The ethical implications of genetic sequencing are really only just beginning to be fully realized, and these questions continue to contribute to the growing debate over information provided by the human genome.  A recent story from NPR chronicled Henrietta Lacks and the surprisingly indefinite life of her cells. In the article, Rebecca ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on March 27, 2013
  • Real Life Gattaca?

    I remember studying genetics in high school biology and watching Gattaca (1997), which genuinely blew my mind. On its own, genome sequencing seemed like a concept that science ripped directly from the pages of fiction.  I could barely wrap my mind around it -- let alone the ethics of its practice. As technology continues to advance, ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on December 7, 2012
  • Uncertainty in Healthcare

    It’s hard enough to work in an environment where there’s some uncertainty—perhaps regarding job security, technology implementations and effects and the like. Today, however, there’s monumental vagueness or doubts on a host of issues directly impacting healthcare, including the Budget Control Act, sustainable growth rates (SGR), bundled payments, ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on May 9, 2012
  • From ‘Big Brother' to Hospital Debacle: A HIPAA Nightmare

    Few Americans are aware that the TV hit ''Big Brother'' first debuted on Dutch television. The diminutive Netherlands has made some bold moves in television-land. For example, there was ''De Grote Donorshow'' (The Big Donor Show) broadcast in 2007. The program featured a supposedly terminally ill 37-year-old ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on April 12, 2012
  • Diagnostic Imperfection Could Land You in Court

    This ABC News commentary by Kim Carolla tells about parents suing over the prenatal misdiagnosis of their child's Down syndrome. This gives me pause. It begs the question as to whether there is a legal responsibility for diagnostic proclamations.  It seems to me the plantiffs will not prevail. But how much money will be spent by the ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on March 6, 2012
  • Few Lab Managers Aware of Three Proposals to Cut Lab Test Funds

    Clinical laboratory leaders are keeping their eye on Congress in advance of potential significant reductions in federal funding for medical laboratory tests in the 2012 federal budget. But while many lab industry associations have alerted members to potential cuts, a recent Dark Daily enewsletter reports that few clinical lab managers and ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on November 1, 2011
  • The Passage of Healthcare Reform: Now What?

    The recent passage of President's Obama's healthcare reform package has left many wondering what's next. It's clear that patient access to tests will increase, and that perhaps this will create another step toward personalized medicine. But what about the opportunity to, from a manufacturer's perspective, develop new technology, and from a lab ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on March 24, 2010
  • EUA: Help or Hindrance?

    This week, the FDA issued another emergency use authorization (EUA), this time allowing Focus Diagnostics to market and offer its Simplexa™ Influenza A H1N1 (2009) test for use on the 3M™ Integrated Cycler from 3M to CLIA high-complexity laboratories for the duration of the recently-declared national emergency. For new viruses and in ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on October 30, 2009