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        Psychotropic Drugs: Families DO have a Say!

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        Question:

        My father has been receiving antidepressant medicine without my knowledge. I told them to stop it immediately because he’s been in such a fog, and the nurse said she would have to check with his physician. I’m my father’s power of attorney. Don’t I have a say in this?

        Should Older Patients Without Cardiovascular Disease Take Statins?

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        Statins are a class of drugs used to lower cholesterol levels. Increased cholesterol levels have been associated with cardiovascular disease and statins have been found to prevent cardiovascular disease in those who are at high risk. The use of statins in seniors has come under controversy recently. The question is whether or not older adults should take statins if they have elevated cholesterol but no evidence of heart disease.

        For further information on this topic and access to the full article and highlights from the AMDA study click here.

        Infant Motrin Recall

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        MOTRIN INFANTS’ DROPS 2013 RECALL:

        Product: Concentrated MOTRIN® Infants’ Drops Original Berry Flavor 1/2 fl. oz. bottles

        National Drug Code (NDC): 50580-100-18

        Lot codes: DCB3T01, DDB4R01, DDB4S01

        UPC Code: 300450524157

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        September is Pain Awareness Month

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        September is designated as National Pain Awareness Month. The purpose of Pain Awareness Month is to bring attention to the very real physical suffering of an estimated 75 million Americans and to highlight the need for research and new, innovative treatment options. Pain touches everyone at one time or another. Pain does not discriminate; however, its treatment does. For many, pain goes away on its own or after a short course of treatment. But for others, pain becomes all-consuming, affecting every aspect of their lives. Here at Horwitz Horwitz and Associates we recognize the many clients who have been injured on the job or who have been in an accident and now experience pain every day.

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        Can Nursing Homes Overmedicate Residents?

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        Overmedication

        With one in three nursing homes across the country being cited for abuse, families have a lot to monitor when they choose to admit their loved one to a long-term care facility.  Abuse and neglect of nursing home residents can take many forms, some of which are difficult to identify. Overmedication is one such example.

        Overmedication is the use of drugs that are not clinically indicated and are given in an inappropriate or overly aggressive manner even when nonpharmacologic alternatives are more suitable.1 A recent study found that one-third of prescription-related deaths are of elderly persons.2

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        Medical Device Makers Immunized from Lawsuit by Persons They Exploit

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        Medical Device Makers Regulation

        It’s interesting to note the number of federal agency insiders stepping up to the plate during these final Bush hours, all wanting to spill the beans to President Elect Obama about the corruption and mismanagement found within the their agencies under the Bush Administration.

        For some, their actions would be gallant, heroic even, if not for the fact that their silence over the last eight shameful years often caused unimaginable pain, suffering and in many cases, the death of Americans they were sworn to protect.

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