The FDA will launch a website this week that will publish the names of brand-name drugmakers that have been blocking generic competition by withholding product samples from generic drug companies through safety strategies with the FDA or distribution agreements. The move is part of the government's plan to tackle high drug prices, and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the purpose of the website is to find out the cause of the problem, not to shame drugmakers.
Early results from the Dog Aging Project, which is testing the anti-aging effects of the immunosuppressant drug rapamycin, suggest that the drug may improve heart function without raising blood glucose levels. The researchers are enrolling 50 dogs in the next phase of the study, which will measure heart function, activity levels, cognition and memory.
The NIH is accepting applications for the position of chief data strategist and director of its new Office of Data Science Strategy, and it will start reviewing applications July 9. The chief data strategist will be a principal adviser on large-scale platforms and technology supporting data science and will lead an NIH initiative to provide advanced technology for combining current data science projects into a single system and for furthering scientific discovery.
Electrodes placed on the desheathed vagus nerves of mice that were subsequently injected with tumor necrosis factor and interleukin-1 beta transmitted data to an algorithm that was trained to differentiate between signals from each cytokine as well as mice that had not received a cytokine injection. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, demonstrates the potential for monitoring chronic diseases using nerve implants.
Focused ultrasound shrank a malignant sarcoma on the foreleg of a 9-year-old pet cocker spaniel in a clinical trial, and the rest of the mass was surgically excised, preventing amputation. Focused ultrasound is also being tested in combination with antibiotics to accelerate healing of hygromas and prevent reinfection in dogs and cats.
A proposed bill in the House would ban the use of cats and kittens in USDA-funded research that would cause pain or stress after reports cast a spotlight on toxoplasmosis experiments at the Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory. Researchers make "every effort to minimize the number of cats used to produce eggs required to research one of the most widespread parasites in the world. The cats are essential to the success of this critical research," a spokesperson for the USDA's Agricultural Research Service said.
Black Book Market Research polled nearly 2,500 health care security professionals and found that data security programs in health care organizations remain understaffed and underfunded, and about 3% of total annual IT budgets are allocated for cybersecurity spending. Researchers found that poor investment decisions and lack of funding contributed to an increase in data breach incidents, with more than 90% and almost half of health care organizations reported suffering one data breach and more than five data breaches since the third quarter of 2016, respectively.
The information of 8,300 clients of the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation was temporarily exposed for 10 months after a server change failed to identify a demographic database where the information was stored, which was within a secure subdomain. While the incident did not compromise the donor or financial information of clients, it may have affected their personal health information regarding disability type and personal identifiable data.
Kalorama Information's annual EMR industry report showed that Cerner holds 17.3% of the global market, followed by Epic at 8.8% and Allscripts at 6.1%. Large health systems mostly use Cerner's EMR, while large physician practices and smaller hospitals usually choose Epic, the report said.
Forty-two percent of health CIOs reported patient matching as their organizations' top priority, while 24% said patient matching should be a key focus area even though it isn't a current top priority of their organization, according to an Imprivata survey. However, researchers found that 18% were oblivious to the percentage of mismatched patient records within their organizations, while 38% were unaware of the rate of external mismatched records that may affect their organizations.