No major shortage of flu drugs, but pharmacies face supply gap
This flu season — the worst in several years – has stretched the supply chain of flu drugs to the limit. Drug stores have scrambled to keep up with demand for the antiviral flu drug Tamiflu and its generic brand, and that’s resulting in spot shortages, especially for the... Read more
New U.S. attorney targeting opioid crisis
The illegal use of prescription painkillers is decreasing, but heroin and synthetic fentanyl have grown in popularity among drug users here, says the new U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. BJay Pak, who took over as U.S. attorney last month, told GHN on Tuesday that fighting the... Read more
Commentary: To fight addiction, reduce the role of opioids
This week, President Trump is expected to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. The crisis has hit Georgia hard. More than 1,000 Georgians died in 2015 from overdosing on drugs such as hydrocodone, codeine, fentanyl, Vicodin, morphine and street drugs like heroin — a 200 percent increase since... Read more
Commentary: Why won’t Georgia trust its PAs?
Senate Bill 125 would have authorized Georgia doctors to delegate to physician assistants the authority to prescribe hydrocodone compound products. The legislation was vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal, who cited the ongoing opioid crisis in the state. In a new GHN Commentary, the president and board chairman of the American... Read more
Governor’s action on PAs is a setback for Georgia patients
Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of legislation to allow PAs (physician assistants) to treat pain more effectively (Senate Bill 125) is an unfortunate setback for Georgians suffering from injuries and other medical emergencies. The bill would have permitted a PA to prescribe a five-day supply of hydrocodone, a common painkiller,... Read more

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