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State health regulators have received certificate of need applications from three healthcare groups wanting to add operating rooms in Forsyth County, North Carolina. The applications come from Forsyth and Wake Forest Baptist medical centers and independent provider Triad Surgical Center. The projects are considered competitive by the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation with a public hearing required to be held.
Source: Winston-Salem Journal
Pharmaceutical companies that spend billions of dollars to develop new drugs do not want competitors to profit from inexpensive generic copies of blockbuster medicines. To avoid rivals, they fight for patent extensions, seek new uses for old products and, sometimes, prevent generic drug companies from obtaining samples.
Source: New York Times/ASCA
Governor Kenneth E. Mapp offered his congratulations Wednesday to the physicians behind Liberty Medical Development, which recently announced that it has successfully secured financing for a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgical center at Estate Diamond on St. Croix. The surgical center will offer operating and surgical procedure rooms with clinic offices for several local medical practices.
Without question, one of the most frustrating challenges that health care providers and patients must contend with is when a drug that’s medically necessary and critical to patient care is unavailable due to a shortage. We know that the uncertainty over how long a drug will be in shortage, how to ration supplies in the meantime, or worse, how to prepare for a sudden event that might place unforeseen demands on a product that’s in short supply, adds burdens and stress on providers and patients.
Rhode Island became the first U.S. state to address surgical smoke evacuation by law with the passage of legislation that will require all licensed hospitals and ambulatory surgical facilities to use a smoke evacuation system for surgical procedures that generate plume.
Source: Outpatient Surgery