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Eliminating the Harms of Counterfeit and Substandard Medicines in Anesthesia

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Poor-quality medicines are found all over the world, and can be of poor quality for a variety of reasons: they might be made with poor-quality chemicals, they may contain toxic substances instead of the proper active ingredients, they may contain inactive or ineffective preparations, or they might be deliberately mislabeled. The World Health Organization calls […]

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Childhood Pneumonia – What’s the Problem?

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An article caught my eye in last week’s Lancet. Soofi and colleagues conducted a cluster-randomised controlled trial of community case management of severe pneumonia in children aged 2-59 months in a rural district of Pakistan to try and understand how community health workers might be able to recognize and diagnose pneumonia in this population. Basically, […]

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Medical Devices – Innovation and Questions

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The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) recently published an interesting commentary on the need (and a present void) for balancing regulation to ensure patient safety, while promoting and enhancing innovation to address pertinent health concerns, in the realm of medical device development. The commentary focuses largely on surgical innovations – notably, prosthetics hips – […]

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