MedDay – February 13, 2019


NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) – A new study is calling on the health insurance industry to give patients more access to buprenorphine, a drug used to treat opioid and heroin addiction. Researchers in Oregon found the number of insurance plans offering the medication without restriction plummeted from 89-percent in 2007 to 35-percent in 2018. At the same time, they say insurance plans covered access to opioid pain medications.

The US Preventative Services Task Force is recommending counseling interventions for pregnant and postpartum women who are at an increased risk of depression. Depression is one of the most common complications during pregnancy and after childbirth.
And new research shows many patients are still leaving hospitals with prescribed antibiotics, despite calls for restrictions. Data from 48 hospitals in Michigan found one third of patients treated for pneumonia or urinary tract infections were discharged with prescribed antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones. Researchers say the drugs increase the risk for everything from superbug infections to torn tendons.

Those are a look at some of the day’s top medical headlines, Wendy Gillette, CBS News, New York.

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