Health care updates, July 16



Contraceptive Use: New Clinical Guidance From the CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recent issued new guidelines on the use of contraceotives. The gudeilnes are basically similar to those of the World Health Organization except for a few modifications. However, some experts question the information on the label on deep venous thrombosis and the use of progestin-based methods.

FDA Approves First Generic Effexor Extended Release Capsules to Treat Major Depressive Disorder
The US FDA approved the first generic version of the widely used anti-depressant Effexor (venlafaxine hydrochloride). According to Dr. Keith Webber, deputy director of the Office of Pharmaceutical Science in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research:

“The approval of this widely used antidepressant is another example of the FDA’s efforts to increase access to safe and effective generic drugs. Access to treatments for depression is important because depression can interfere with a person’s daily life and routine, which can significantly affect relationships with family and friends.”

Study finds health insurance inequities for same-sex couples
California is one of the states which are progressive when it comes to sexual orientation. However, a recent UCLA study showed that even in the golden state, many employers still discriminate in providing health care coverage to same-sex partners.
According to study author Ninez A. Ponce ,associate professor at the UCLA School of Public Health:

“We found no strong evidence to suggest that California employers are discriminating in providing health insurance to gay and lesbian workers as individuals. However, we did find that employers were setting coverage rules for dependents that favored legally and heterosexually married employees.”

Center for Devices and Radiologic Health Using Twitter
The US FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health is also now on twitter. Tweets are targeting health professionals and includes recalls, approvals, other safety information, upcoming meetings and new and updated guidelines.

New AHRQ Guides Offer Hospitals Advice on Emergency Evacuation, Assessment and Recovery
What happens when a hospital is in the epicentre of any earthquake or the target of a terrorist attack? The helfers become the victims and the patients in the hospital become victims, too. This is the scenario that is addressed by 2 new guidelines of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The guidelines will help “hospital planners and administrators make important decisions about how to protect patients and health care workers and assess the physical components of a hospital when a natural or manmade disaster, terrorist attack, or other catastrophic event threatens the soundness of a facility.”

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