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Despite Court Order and More Money, Healthcare in California Prisons Still Inadequate

Despite Court Order and More Money, Healthcare in California Prisons Still Inadequate

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Despite a court order and billions of taxpayer dollars spent to improve health care in California's state prisons, medical care is still poor in more than two-thirds of those prisons, according to an independent inspector's report.

Patient Safety: Drugmakers will stop making infant's drops with acetaminophen in them to avoid dangerous overdoses, Ed Silverman reports for Pharmalot. Acetaminophen is used in Tylenol, Nyquil and other over-the-counter products to relieve pain and fever, and there has been confusion over products for children vs. infants.

Pharma: New drugs are often marketed well ahead of important "comparative effectiveness" data showing that they work better than existing drugs on the market, Reuters Health's Frederik Joelving reports.

Medicaid: Ezra Klein says we should be worrying about proposed cuts to Medicaid, the federal health program for the poor and disabled, rather than cuts to Medicare.

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