“They’ve never worked. It’s just ghetto-izing people with pre-existing conditions, and making them pay more for less adequate coverage.” – Sabrina Corlette, JD, of the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University in Washington, on high-risk health insurance pools.
“Change is possible, change is necessary, and change is coming.” — Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar discussing his department’s agenda in a speech at the annual policy meeting of the Federation of American Hospitals.
“As many as 19 in 20 people avoiding penicillin are doing so needlessly.” — David Lang, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic, discussing a study of treatments received by patients asserting “penicillin allergy” without confirmation.
“You may be thinking, ‘Why now?’ The answer is simple — we all know better; we have a responsibility to do better.” – Lana McKenzie, RN, chief medical executive of AMVETS, on the launch of the Healthcare Evaluation, Advocacy, and Legislation (HEAL) initiative.
“Patients tell us ‘I do it so I can sleep,’ but our findings indicate something other than that.” — Mary Lee Roberts, PhD, RN, of Washington State University, about her group’s study showing that cannabis does not improve pain relief or sleep for people on opioids.
“Gluten neuropathy can exist independently of small bowel inflammation — that is, in people without celiac disease.” — Panagiotis Zis, MD, PhD, of the University of Sheffield, on his team’s study of peripheral neuropathic pain related to gluten sensitivity.
“We need all of those services in our neighborhoods … not in an asylum.” — Chirlane McCray, first lady of New York City, panning President Trump’s recent comments about reopening or building mental institutions following a deadly school shooting in Florida.
“The gist of it is to really encourage clinicians to not only test patients whom they think subjectively may not be taking [a drug] or only test for one particular medication that’s on the medication chart — they should look at it more comprehensively.” — Mancia Ko, PharmD, MBA, of Ameritox, on heroin use among patients prescribed opioids.