06/27/2012 - A bill (S. 1002) that would enhance penalties for drug counterfeiting has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill must now be taken up by the full Senate. The bill would make it illegal to knowingly steal or embezzle a medical product or obtain it through fraud or deception. It would also be illegal to transport, handle, traffic, or store a stolen medical product. The bill defines a medical product as a drug, biological product, device, medical food, or infant formula that is being transported or stored prior to being available for purchase.
06/12/2012 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched two new apps that allow people to create emergency preparedness plans and track the status of Facebook friends in disaster zones.
05/08/2012 - U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and public health officials are pleased with the initial results of Operation Medicine Delivery, the first test run of a program to distribute emergency antibiotics to a population after a widespread biological attack.
05/07/2012 - For National Hospital Week, we interviewed Mark Jarman, president and CEO of Inovonics,on the benefits of enterprise mobile duress systems in healthcare settings expanding on the panic button concept.
04/11/2012 - The Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board wants the FDA to address medical device vulnerabilities. Johns Hopkins implements a system to warn staff of violent patients. Judges order jail for a victim and key witness against a serial rapist. And more.
03/22/2012 - This summer, postal workers will deliver empty pill bottles to homes in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in its first live test of a program designed to provide medicines to residents in the event of a widespread biological attack.