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December 15, 2018

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Florida sues Walgreens, CVS for alleged role in opioid crisis

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Florida sues Walgreens, CVS for alleged role in opioid crisis

Florida is suing pharmacy chains Walgreens and CVS over their role in what the state calls "unconscionable efforts to increase the demand and supply of opioids into Florida." State Attorney General Pam Bondi's office announced Friday that it had added the two companies to a lawsuit filed in May against opioid distributors and manufacturers. See the news release from Pam Bondi's office and see the amended complaint here. Read more from NPR and the AP.

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» CVS Says Florida's Opioid Claim 'Without Merit’

Nursing homes seek more time on generator requirements

More than 40 percent of Florida nursing homes are asking health-care regulators for more time to meet backup-power requirements pushed by Gov. Rick Scott after Hurricane Irma last year. But Justin Senior, the state’s top health-care regulator, said his agency won’t approve waiver requests for deadbeat facilities that haven’t worked over the past several months to carry out emergency backup-power plans. [Source: ]

Top trends driving demand for healthcare real estate in South Florida

Florida's growing population sector will certainly increase the local demand for medical care, but will there be enough medical real estate to keep up? Real estate development and demographics go hand-in-hand. Our aging population will require more medical care. [Source: Miami Herald]

Appeals court sides with Health Department in trauma center litigation made moot by new state law

Despite passage of a law earlier this year that made the case irrelevant, a Florida appeals court last week sided with the state's health department in long-time litigation over its proposed rules over the number and "need" trauma centers in the state. [Source: ]

Here are ways to treat the elderly and underserved in Florida, state health leaders say

Healthcare experts gathered last week to discuss innovations in healthcare accessibility with a keen focus on helping members of underserved communities and the elderly. The experts spoke about the ways some hospitals and clinics are working to provide care to communities where residents may not be insured. [Source: Miami Herald]


› Sanford-based RepScrubs wants to change what sales reps wear in the OR
The Sanford-based company places vending systems in hospitals that sign up with the program. The hospitals require every sales representative who has to enter an operating room or lab to buy and wear disposable scrubs from the vending machines, which are called ScrubPort.

› Florida Hospital, soon to be AdventHealth, purchases minority share of Health First
With AdventHealth’s purchase of a minority share of Health First, Brevard’s community health care system will remain locally owned, while having even more advanced tools and technologies at their fingertips — from digital innovation platforms to increased capital to improve the infrastructure and resources of their organization.

› TherapeuticsMD leases new headquarters space in Boca Raton
Women’s health-care product developer TherapeuticsMD has leased more than 56,000 square feet of office space in a new location in Boca Raton for its headquarters.

› Construction permit for St. Vincent's heart pavilion in Riverside issued
When St. Vincent’s announced the pavilion a year ago, it said the $55 million project will comprise 30 medical and surgical rooms and 30 intensive care rooms. It primarily will be used for heart and vascular needs, including two nursing units for patients who undergo open-heart surgeries and other cardiovascular procedures.

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