The Weekly Roundup

May 28, 2016 | Pamela Youngberg Dickson

In December, UK officials warned the public of a super bug and now it’s arrived on this side of the pond. Army researchers have announced that a Pennsylvania woman is the first in the U.S. to present with a strain of E. coli that is resistant to colistin. Prime Minister Cameron is urging strong measures to reduce the number of prescriptions written with the goal to halve the number of drug-resistant bug infections by 2020. The story will no doubt be watched closely stateside in the coming weeks, so be prepared to answer questions about antibiotic resistance.

Here are few stories we came across this week that you might find interesting:

  • New hope for opioid dependence? The FDA has approved the first buprenorphine implant, Probuphine. Read about it here.
  • Check out this powerful opinion piece on the continued importance of wellness visits.
  • The cell phone debate continues. A new government study has linked tumors of two types—gliomas (brain) and schwannomas (heart)—in rats with increased exposure to the types of radio frequencies found in cell phones.
  • You really should wash those filthy hands. Here’s an interesting viewpoint on PBMs as “shadow regulators.”

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Pamela Youngberg Dickson

Before she came to Smart-Fill, Pamela developed marketing strategy and content for a range of technology start-ups and large-cap enterprises. Outside the office, she's into gardening, renaissance history, the Big Ten, and exploring the great outdoors.