Public Health News Roundup: November 1
The White House issued an executive order yesterday to help remedy the current shortage of some prescription drugs, including some cancer medications. The order calls on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take a number of steps to intervene including adding staff, working with drug companies to alert the agency to impending drug shortages ahead of time and to investigate whether shortages are leading to price gouging. Prescription drug shortages tripled between 2005 and 2010.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today released final standards to more consistently measure race, ethnicity, sex, primary language and disability status, thereby improving the ability to highlight health disparities and target interventions to reduce these disparities. Read up on health disparities here.
A new American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement recommends that pediatricians provide substance abuse education and screening to adolescents during routine clinical care, relying on protocols designed by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Get more substance abuse news.