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More information on Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices: www.fulbright.com Presenter: Fulbright Healthcare Lawyer Rick Robinson | www.fulbright.com/rrobinson The Drug Enforcement Administration works with and sometimes against health care providers as it tries to stem the tide of prescription drug abuse. In 2009, the DEA estimated that, on average, 6027 persons per day abused prescription pain relievers for the first time. The Center for Disease Control now attributes more overdose deaths to prescription drugs—including opioids and antidepressants—than to “street drugs” such as cocaine, heroin and amphetamines. The DEA helps health care providers recognize drug abuse and signs of diversion, and relies on their input and due diligence to combat diversion. On the other hand, DEA has aggressively pursued criminal, civil and administrative actions against physicians who facilitate prescription drug abuse and the health care facilities that fail to take required actions to minimize the risk of drug diversion. Stepped-up DEA enforcement makes diversion control a critical compliance risk area for all health care providers. Join us for an informative discussion of the latest DEA initiatives, and learn how your compliance program must account for this heightened risk area. **Most state bar organizations will only allow you to claim self-study CLE credit for watching this recording. Please refer to your state’s CLE rules**

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SEATTLE (Reuters) – Public health officials in Washington state have confirmed more than 1,100 cases of whooping cough so far this year in what is on track to become the worst epidemic of the disease to hit the state in seven decades.

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A scarlet fever epidemic has broken out in parts of southern China, killing a child in Hong Kong and making hundreds sick and health authorities said on Tuesday the outbreak may get more serious in weeks ahead.

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A hidden epidemic
Las Vegas hospital officials say they are doing enough to protect patients from becoming infected with deadly bacteria. But hospitals are failing.

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Health Buzz: Whooping Cough Epidemic Strikes California
Americans eating too much salt; vitamin D may do nothing to lower cancer odds.

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Today, my colleagues here at the Center for American Progress released a new report examining how the health care bill addresses the child obesity epidemic that’s been largely ignored in the reform debate. President Obama has called …

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