Speaker: ‘Naming’ racism, and the harm it causes, essential to closing health inequities

Speaker: ‘Naming’ racism, and the harm it causes, essential to closing health inequities

Acknowledging racism is a primary cause of health inequities is necessary if the medical community is to begin working toward closing these gaps, according to the chief health equity officer for the AMA.Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, who also serves as senior vice president for the AMA, contended that digital transformations have presented opportunities for people…

Existing opioid prescriptions drive increase in prescription rates in GI conditions

Existing opioid prescriptions drive increase in prescription rates in GI conditions

Opioid prescriptions rates for gastrointestinal conditions continue to increase, with renewals of existing prescriptions being the main driver, according to a study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.“In this population-based national study, opioid prescription rates for GI conditions have continued to increase in recent years despite mounting public pressures to address the opioid epidemic,” Wendi…

Unintended Consequences: Balancing innovation, profiteering within the Orphan Drug Act

Unintended Consequences: Balancing innovation, profiteering within the Orphan Drug Act

The Orphan Drug Act, passed in good faith to help patients with rare diseases in 1983, has been at the center of multiple controversies in recent years. A study published last month in Health Affairs has added fuel to that fire.The key issue is that drugs granted orphan status may be given market exclusivity, allowing…