As flu rages throughout Florida, Tamiflu supplies run low
As the nation grapples with a widespread flu outbreak and states continue to see spikes in flu activity, some pharmacies throughout Florida are struggling to keep up with the demand of the antiviral drug Tamiflu. More from Becker's Hospital Review and the Orlando Sentinel.
In 2018, cruise ships may need to clean up their act. More cruise ships failed health inspections in 2017 than in any year in the past decade, a MarketWatch analysis of reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. [Source: MarketWatch]
The Florida House continues to move ahead with a proposal that would allow “advanced” birth centers where women could go as an alternative to hospitals to deliver babies. Under current law, women in Florida can plan to have babies at three types of locations: home, a licensed birth center or a hospital. [Source: Daily Commercial]
More inmates died in Florida prisons last year than in any other year on record, leaving the state scrambling to identify causes and find solutions. The tally, 428 inmate deaths in 2017, was released Jan. 19 by the Florida Department of Corrections and showed a 20 percent increase over previous years. [Source: Panama City News-Herald]
Opioid litigation, which started as a trickle, reached a flood last year when about 250 cities, counties and states sued opioid makers, wholesalers, distributors and marketers. The lawsuits accuse the companies of misleading health care professionals and the public by marketing opioids as rarely addictive. [Source: USA Today]
› Neonatal opioid addiction cases spiked in Florida in 2016 [Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
Across Florida the number of babies born to opioid-addicted mothers spiked in 2016. According to the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration, 1,903 infants at Florida hospitals suffered from neonatal abstinence syndrome in 2014. That number climbed to 2,487 in 2015 and to 4,215 in 2016.
› Florida practice sues Allscripts after ransomware attack [Healthcare Dive]
Surfside Non-Surgical Orthopedics has filed a class-action suit against Allscripts alleging the company didn't protect against a ransomware attack to its cloud-based applications. The Jan. 18 attack caused clients to lose access to the applications.
› NSU surpasses $250 million fundraising goal with two significant philanthropic gifts [Florida Trend]
Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is one step closer to fulfilling its vision to be the South Florida destination for health care education thanks to two new gifts.
› Central Florida health systems continue construction, expansion [Orlando Sentinel]
Central Florida’s health systems might have just finished a busy year building new facilities, but their plans for 2018 are even more aggressive in a market that remains highly competitive.