Valeant is planning to raise the price of a generic glaucoma drug by 63%, and Teva Pharmaceuticals is planning to raise the price on an inhaled asthma drug by 49%, according to data uncovered through California's new drug-price transparency law.
Poverty is growing in America's suburbs, and the historic affluence of those areas has left social services underdeveloped compared with their central-city counterparts. Racial disparities, language barriers, wage stagnation and overall budget cuts for assistance aggravate hardships.
Montana caseworkers will interface with national experts via monthly video conferences in a new pilot program focusing on extreme childhood trauma. The initiative partners the state Department of Public Health and Human Services with Billings Clinic and the University of Montana School of Social Work.
Federal and state budget cuts will sorely challenge those who care for society's most vulnerable members, social service providers in Missoula County, Mont., warn. "We're going to pay, but what are we paying for -- the tragedy or the prevention?" asked Shantelle Gaynor, a specialist in relationship violence.
A year after his agency received $142 million in emergency funding, the head of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said significant improvements have been made. Reduced caseloads have slashed turnover rates and enabled adequate services for foster children, Commissioner Hank Whitman told lawmakers.
School social workers in Kearney, Neb., welcome a bill that would increase their numbers statewide. Estimated to cost $3.6 million, the measure would extend the reach of mental health and behavioral support, particularly to rural areas, the practitioners note.
CDC researchers found that the rate of suicide deaths among teens ages 10 to 17 in Utah rose 136% from 2011 to 2015, compared with a 23.5% increase across the US during the same period. The findings in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed more than one-third of the youths who committed suicide had a mental health diagnosis, 31% had been in a depressed mood and more than 50% had experienced a recent crisis.
An Australian study in Pediatrics showed that the rate of children born extremely premature or with extremely low birth weight who developed cerebral palsy or other motor impairments at age 8 rose from 23% in 1991-1992 to 37% in 2005, but survival rates also increased from 54% to 64% during the same period. The findings also showed that the prevalence of motor impairments among those born full-term rose from 2% to 7% during the same period and authors noted that the medical definitions of motor impairments have changed over time.
Researchers found that 28.6% of 11,899 pediatric antibiotic prescriptions in 41 countries in one day in 2012 were for prophylactic use, 51.8% and 36.7% of which were for broad-spectrum antibiotics and included at least two systemic antibiotics, respectively, which contradict pediatric antibiotic recommendations. The findings in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society should prompt targets to reduce pediatric antibiotic prescribing, as well as increased clinician awareness and better implementation of antibiotic use guidelines, researchers said.