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Steep Bills Surprise Patients Who Go 'Out-of-Network'

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – Patients using specialists outside their health-plan network often receive surprise bills for services that cost far more than what Medicare considers a fair rate, a new study suggests. Most insurers use rates set by Medicare – the publicly funded insurance program for the elderly – as the benchmark for what they'll pay health care providers. But a look at 400,000 U.S. physicians' charges found many doctors bill their private-paying patients two, three, even six times more than what Medicare pays for the same services, the study revealed. The highest markups – four or more times greater than the Medicare rate – were for certain specialty services, including anesthesiology, interventional radiology, emergency medicine and pathology. Anesthesiologists had the highest markup, charging six times what Medicare considers a reasonable amount, the researchers ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Lidocaine, Sedation, Anesthesia, Propofol, Ketamine, Xylocaine, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Local Anesthesia, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Bupivacaine, Marcaine, Novocain, Septocaine, Diprivan, Nitrous Oxide, Procaine, Prilocaine, Light Sedation, Sevoflurane

'Don't Cut Yet, Doc, I Can Hear You'

Posted 20 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 – Far fewer surgical patients become conscious while under general anesthesia than previously believed, researchers report. Of 260 patients examined on the operating table, less than 5 percent showed consciousness in response to stimuli, an international team of researchers found. The patients were tested before the start of surgery. None of them remembered being awake afterward. That rate is much lower than the 37 percent found in earlier studies, the researchers said. "Although we view such consciousness during surgery as an important issue, we urge caution in the interpretation of these results," said study leader Dr. Robert Sanders, from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. "We looked at a very brief 'snapshot' of the time patients spend under anesthesia. In addition, these patients likely had very different experiences from those ... Read more

Related support groups: Sedation, Anesthesia, Propofol, Ketamine, Diprivan, Nitrous Oxide, Isoflurane, Sevoflurane, Halothane, Etomidate, Pentothal, Thiopental, Amidate, Compound 374, Desflurane, Suprane, Ethrane, Ultane, Forane, Fospropofol

FDA Issues Anesthesia Warning for Pregnant Women, Kids Under 3

Posted 14 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 – Repeated or lengthy use – longer than three hours – of general anesthetic and sedation drugs may harm the developing brains of fetuses and children younger than 3 years old, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday. After reviewing the latest published studies, the agency announced that these warnings need to be added to the labels of these drugs. The agency also issued a Drug Safety Communication to inform health care providers, parents and caregivers of the potential danger. "We recognize that in many cases these exposures may be medically necessary, and these new data regarding the potential harms must be carefully weighed against the risk of not performing a specific medical procedure," Dr. Janet Woodcock said in an agency news release. She is director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "Parents and caregivers are often ... Read more

Related support groups: Sedation, Anesthesia, Propofol, Ketamine, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Diprivan, Nitrous Oxide, Light Sedation, Isoflurane, Sevoflurane, Halothane, Etomidate, Pentothal, Thiopental, Amidate, Compound 374, Light Anesthesia, Suprane, Ethrane, Fospropofol

Anesthesia Safe for Infants, Toddlers, Study Says

Posted 7 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 7, 2016 – General anesthesia doesn't seem to harm young children's mental development, new research concludes. "A number of animal studies have suggested that exposure to commonly used anesthetic agents in early development could lead to deficits in learning, memory, attention and other cognitive functions," said study author Dr. Lena Sun. She is a professor of pediatric anesthesiology and pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. "However, few clinical studies have adequately addressed whether this is also true in humans," Sun said in a Columbia news release. The new study findings are "good news for parents whose children need anesthesia for elective surgery or a diagnostic procedure," she added. Still, the study leaves some important questions unanswered, Sun said. "We need to take a closer look at the effect of anesthesia on cognitive function ... Read more

Related support groups: Lidocaine, Anesthesia, Propofol, Ketamine, Xylocaine, Local Anesthesia, Bupivacaine, Marcaine, Diprivan, Novocain, Septocaine, Nitrous Oxide, Procaine, Prilocaine, Light Sedation, Sevoflurane, Mepivacaine, Tetracaine, Isoflurane, Halothane

FDA Medwatch Alert: Atracurium Besylate Injection by Sagent Pharmaceuticals: Recall - Potential Impact on Product Sterility

Posted 24 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced the voluntary nationwide recall of two lots of Atracurium Besylate Injection, USP, 50mg/5mL single-dose vials (NDC 25021-659-05) and four lots of Atracurium Besylate Injection, USP, 100mg/10mL multi-dose vials (NDC 25021-672-10) manufactured by Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and distributed by Sagent. Sagent has initiated this voluntary recall of Atracurium Besylate Injection, USP, 50mg/5mL and 100mg/10mL to the user level due to FDA observations pertaining to aseptic and GMP practices at the manufacturer’s site potentially impacting product sterility. Non-sterility of a drug administered via the intravenous route has the potential to result in infections, which could be fatal, especially in patients who are immunocompromised. BACKGROUND: The lot numbers being recalled are VATA012, VATA015 (50mg/5mL) and VATB012, VATB013, VATB014, VATB017 ( ... Read more

Related support groups: Atracurium, Anesthetic Adjunct, Tracrium

FDA Medwatch Alert: Vecuronium Bromide For Injection by Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc.: Recall - Elevated Impurity Result Detected

Posted 11 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced the voluntary nationwide recall of three lots of Vecuronium Bromide for Injection 10mg (NDC number 25021-657-10) manufactured by Mustafa Nevzat Ilac Sanayii A.S. (MN Pharmaceuticals) and distributed by Sagent.  Sagent has initiated this voluntary recall of Vecuronium Bromide for Injection to the user level due to the  discovery of an elevated impurity result detected during routine quality testing of stability samples at the 18-month interval. The elevated impurity result has the potential to result in prolonged neuromuscular blockade for critically ill patients with renal failure.  BACKGROUND: Vecuronium Bromide for Injection is a neuromuscular blocking agent indicated as an adjunct to general anesthesia, to facilitate endotracheal intubation and to provide skeletal muscle relaxation during surgery or mechanical ventilation and is supplied i ... Read more

Related support groups: Anesthesia, Vecuronium, Anesthetic Adjunct, Norcuron

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