The Health News USA April 21 2018

  • An Overland Park company is recalling supplements sold for male sexual enhancement because they contain prescription drugs. Epic Products LLC announced a voluntary recall of its Euphoric capsules after an analysis by the Food and Drug Administration found they contained two prescription drugs — sildenafil and tadalafil — that are used to treat male erectile dysfunction.
  • Sen. Bernard Sanders took direct aim recently at opioid makers he said are fueling the drug-overdose crisis, proposing legislation that would impose crippling fines and even jail time on company executives who downplay the addictive nature of their product. Mr. Sanders, Vermont independent and hero of the progressive left, said opioid manufacturers reaped billions of dollars from painkillers sales over the past decade, but haven’t been held accountable for their role in an addiction crisis that claims tens of thousands of Americans each year.
  • According to researchers, more visits to the emergency room by teens in Colorado are related to marijuana use than in the past, suggesting an impact of the drug’s legalization that needs closer attention. The study team reported in Journal of Adolescent Health that between 2005 and 2015, the proportion of emergency department or urgent care visits by youth ages 13 to 20 for pot-related illnesses rose from 1.8 per 1,000 visits to 4.9 per 1,000.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 20th of April 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/17/male-sexual-enhancement-supplement-recalled-for-containing-actual-drugs.html

An Overland Park company is recalling supplements sold for male sexual enhancement because they contain prescription drugs. Epic Products Limited Liability Company announced a voluntary recall of its Euphoric capsules after an analysis by the Food and Drug Administration found they contained two prescription drugs — sildenafil and tadalafil — that are used to treat male erectile dysfunction. According to a release, the presence of the drugs makes Euphoric an unapproved drug. Epic sold Euphoric in one-count blister cards, three-count bottles and twelve-count bottles at retail stores. The company has discontinued sales of the products.

A primary concern is that users of the unapproved drug who also take nitrates for diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol or heart disease could suffer a fatal cardiovascular collapse. Epic claims it has not received any reports of adverse reactions to the product.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/apr/17/bernie-sanders-takes-aim-opioid-companies/

Senator Bernard Sanders took direct aim recently at opioid makers he said are fueling the drug-overdose crisis, proposing legislation that would impose crippling fines and even jail time on company executives who downplay the addictive nature of their product. Mister Sanders, Vermont independent and hero of the progressive left, said opioid manufacturers reaped billions of dollars from painkillers sales over the past decade, but haven’t been held accountable for their role in an addiction crisis that claims tens of thousands of Americans each year.
His bill would punish companies that falsely claim their opioid products aren’t addictive with prison terms of up to ten years for chief executives, and forfeiture of profits. That money would then be placed in a fund to carry out anti-opioid addiction initiatives.
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Policymakers at all levels of government are rushing to battle the abuse of prescription opioids and illicit heroin and synthetic opioids. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the Justice Department is making strides, detailing steps to reel in the amount of prescription pills flooding the market.
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The epidemic was sparked in the late nineteen nineties and early two thousands, when legions of Americans got hooked on prescription painkillers they were legally prescribed. Many people turned to cheaper heroin that’s often laced with potent fentanyl, resulting in tens of thousands of overdose deaths per year nationwide.
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Purdue Pharma, which paid six hundred million in fines in two thousand because of misleading claims around its opioid products, said earlier this year it would stop promoting OxyContin and other opioids to doctors.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-marijuana-kids/marijuana-related-er-visits-by-colorado-teens-on-the-rise-idUSKBN1HO38A

According to researchers, more visits to the emergency room by teens in Colorado are related to marijuana use than in the past, suggesting an impact of the drug’s legalization that needs closer attention. The study team reported in the Journal of Adolescent Health that between two thousand five and two thousand fifteen, the proportion of emergency department or urgent care visits by youth ages thirteen to twenty for pot-related illnesses rose from one point eight per one thousand visits to four point nine per one thousand.
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Marijuana is legal for medical use in twenty nine states and Washington DC. Eight states plus Washington DC, including Colorado, have legalized recreational use as well.
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The researchers analyzed medical records from a children’s hospital system and identified more than four thousand emergency visits related to marijuana use between two thousand five and two thousand fifteen. More than two-thirds of the records included information on the patient’s behavioral health and a similar number included a psychiatric diagnosis, such as depression, mood disorder and alcohol abuse, the study found.

Patients had often consumed another substance in addition to marijuana, with alcohol being the most common. About half of the patients were sent home after their emergency visit, thirty percent were admitted to the hospital and the rest were transferred to different facilities.
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Doctor Sharon Levy, who wasn’t involved in the study, said its results match her clinical experiences in Massachusetts, where laws are also changing.
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Doctor Levy added:  “We see more kids with psychotic symptoms like hallucinations and delusions and other mental health symptoms. We also see more and more kids presenting with chronic vomiting.”

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