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Drug shortage grows; warning against Chinese syringes; electronic socks and patient health – Morning Medical Update


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Record drug shortage

If your patients say they have a difficult time getting their prescriptions filled, there’s a reason why: The United States is having a record drug shortage right now. The American Society of Hospital Pharmacists has the data and The Hill political news website has this report.

Not good for shots

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has updated guidance on stopping use of syringes manufactured in China due to potential quality and performance issues. “Use syringes not manufactured in China, if possible,” the updated guidance said. “The FDA believes that the supply and manufacturing capacity of plastic syringes made in countries other than China, including domestic manufacturing, is adequate to support current health care demand.”

Caring for feet

For years, hunters, skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts have used electric socks to keep their toes warm in cold weather. Now researchers have developed electronic socks that can detect foot and gait problems, and even heart rate and blood circulation issues, related to diabetes. The new technology could help prevent ulcers that ultimately lead to amputations for patients.

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