By Derek Ishaque
Pharmacy News
January 21, 2013

The Year In Medicine 2012: News That Made A Difference

1.  The Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act.  The court declared that the law’s most controversial provision-the individual mandate to obtain insurance coverage or else pay a penalty-was permissible in the taxation powers of Congress was constitutional.

2.  Medicaid/Medicare Raises for Primary Care Physicians at the expense of Specialists. 

3.  Fungal Meningitis Outbreak 

4.  Physician’s stolen laptop leads to $1.5M HIPPA Violation Settlement

5.  FDA Warnings on Statins and Fentanyl Patches

6.  Two new drugs to approved to treat obesity:

     Qsymia(Phentermine-topiramate)

     Belviq    (Lorcaserin) 

7.  FDA approved the 1st at home over the counter HIV Test Kit.

8. SuperstormSandy shuts down at least 6 hospitals in New York and New Jersey. 

9.   A soda a day raises CHFD risk by 20%

10.  US Preventive Services Task Force recommends no routine PSA test regardless of age


Please see the full article from Medscape here.

Author Description

Derek Ishaque

Derek is the Owner and CEO of SCRx Pharmacy. He has previous experience in Investment Banking at Bear Stearns and private equity at Bridgescale Partners. Derek has a B.S. in Finance from USC.

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