Philadelphia releases new guidelines for post-op prescriptions, signs green energy deal

Philadelphia releases new guidelines for post-op prescriptions, signs green energy deal

The Philadelphia Health Department and Mayor Jim Kenney (D) announced Wednesday new guidelines for doctors in prescribing pain medications following operations.

Created with doctors from the city’s major hospitals and health systems, they recommend significantly less doses of opioid painkillers to manage patients recovering from surgery.

Also, Kenney signed a 20-year purchase agreement with the Adams Solar project slated to open in 2020 to provide Philadelphia with renewable energy.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
Committee forwards pharma sales regulations

Committee forwards pharma sales regulations

Philadelphia’s Public Health and Human Services Committee passed an ordinance Friday that creates new regulations for the sales and marketing of certain prescription drugs in the city.

Philadelphia has become the epicenter of the opioid crisis, with over 1,200 people dying in the city from drug overdoses in 2017 alone. In response, the city has begun to sue drug manufacturers on their misleading marketing and overprescribing practices.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
State, insurers agree to open up medication-assisted addiction treatment

State, insurers agree to open up medication-assisted addiction treatment

After reaching an agreement with Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, seven state insurers will now cover medication-assisted addiction treatment, using substances such as methadone, without prior authorization.

State cabinet members, including Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman, said that the agreement will save people with substance abuse time normally spent checking with insurance companies to see if they’d cover a plan.
Friday, October 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Bartos, Fetterman stand by their running mates in follow-up lieutenant governor debate

Bartos, Fetterman stand by their running mates in follow-up lieutenant governor debate

A week after the top of the tickets clashed for the one and only time, lieutenant governor candidates Jeff Bartos and John Fetterman ventured to Pittsburgh for what turned out to be a cordial debate on the commonwealth’s issues, from marijuana to gun control.

For 30 minutes, the two, who differ in political background and wardrobe, only shared a willingness to defend their running mates in a debate moderated by WPXI’s Katherine Amenta.
Monday, October 8, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh City Council hears opposition to needle exchange program

Pittsburgh City Council hears opposition to needle exchange program

Allegheny County has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic over the past few years, with the continued rates of drug overdoses causing concern for residents and elected officials alike.

Some people believe a way to stave off the long term consequences of intravenous drug use in particular could be through needle exchange programs like Prevention Point, a 20-year-old program that operates in neighborhoods throughout the city.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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