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Report: Researchers highlight dangers of potential measles outbreak

The Boston Globe reports that if there were a measles outbreak, one-in-eight children — particularly young children — would contract the virus, based on research from Emory University, and immunization is the most critical way to prevent that. “If we do start to see immunization levels dip down a little bit and we see those dips sustained, we could start to lose that overall population level immunity,” study author Robert Bednarczyk said. “And if measles get introduced, we may start seeing larger and more severe outbreaks.” (Boston Globe)

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NYT: FDA's decision to extend Oxycontin access to pediatrics called into question

The New York Times outlines the controversy surrounding the recent FDA approval of Oxycontin in children. “Just because OxyContin has been abused or prescribed inappropriately doesn’t mean we should deprive the children who need the drug,” Kathleen Neville, pediatric oncologist at Arkansas Children's Hospital told The New York Times, adding it is “our obligation to have the best level of evidence for its use in children.” (The New York Times)



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Report: Florida pharmacy board adopts rule change on controlled substances

According to CBS Miami, the Florida Board of Pharmacy has adopted a rule change that looks to help pharmacists ensure that patients who need prescribed controlled substances can get them. “Instead of starting out with trying to find a reason to doubt a prescription, you start off with an assumption that everything in the prescription is good, and you work towards achieving patient access,” Florida Pharmacy Association EVP Michael Jackson said. (CBS Miami)