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Attorney general says Florida will wade into opioid lawsuit

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi during an April 2017 press conference on opioid epidemic.

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Attorney general says Florida will wade into opioid lawsuit

| 4/10/2018

Attorney general says Florida will wade into opioid lawsuit

Attorney General Pam Bondi said Florida plans to file a lawsuit against drug companies because of the opioid epidemic that has led to overdose deaths across the state. Bondi, who contends the pharmaceutical industry shares some of the blame for the problems, said her office is interviewing outside lawyers to assist in the litigation. More from WJXT, WFSU, and Florida Politics.

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» Pam Bondi wants to sue drug companies, but she still hasn’t found a lawyer
» New opioid lawsuit accuses drug companies of 'corporate greed'

Puerto Rico evacuees could strain mainland Medicaid

Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico and other nearby areas is moving a large population to the mainland U.S., where states’ Medicaid programs could incur big expenses. More than 135,000 Puerto Ricans fled the island in the six months since Hurricane Maria, mostly to Florida and the Northeast. [Source: Bloomberg]

Medicare assistance program funding comes through

It came down to the wire, but a federal agency that helps thousands of Florida seniors sign up for Medicare will be funded for another year. Congress approved funding for the agency in the $1.3 billion federal spending bill. The program, known in Florida as Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders, or SHINE, was going to run out of money on March 31. [Source: Health News Florida]

A new app could make it easier for Florida patients to view health records in one place

Some Florida Health patients can now view all of their health records in one place. 25 hospitals in the Adventist Health System across Florida will share this data with patients using a new app. More than 100 hospitals across the country have signed on to use the app. [Source: Health News Florida]

CDC says 10 cases of deadly 'nightmare bacteria' found in Florida

Deadly bacteria, the kind resistant to antibiotics, is lurking in Florida hospitals. It's called the "nightmare bacteria," and it’s turned up in 27 states, including Florida. The CDC said 50% of the people who get it will die. [Source: NBC-2]


› Sarasota program to train emergency doctors is approved
Approval to launch a new residency program in emergency medicine -- designed to build up the local supply of doctors trained in this field -- has been granted to the Florida State University College of Medicine and Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.

› FSU College of Medicine moves with plans for southwest medical center
Florida State University’s College of Medicine is moving ahead with plans to open a primary health center in southwest Tallahassee. The next step is to seek bids from contractors, firm up building costs and getting final approval from FSU President John Thrasher.

› New psychiatry residency program will help with shortage in Central Florida
A new psychiatry residency program will help offset rising demand for mental health providers throughout Florida. The University of Central Florida says it will eventually train more than 600 providers a year.

› South Florida adult congenital heart program first in state to be accredited
Sunrise-based physician company Mednax’s partnership with Hollywood’s Memorial Regional Hospital has achieved national accreditation from the Adult Congenital Heart Association for its program for patients born with congenital heart disease.

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