Vanderbilt University Medical Center is preparing to have fewer organs to transplant, starting next week. Academic medical centers banded together to slow down a new distribution plan for donated livers, but they’ve failed to convince a federal judge to intervene ahead of what could be a lengthy court battle.
Tennessee health officials haven’t been questioning many of the state’s highest opioid prescribers. Of the most prolific, half have never triggered an inquiry, and most have never been disciplined.
Celestine Wanjalla takes a close look at cellphone video of a man recently diagnosed with both HIV and tuberculosis. She’s in Nashville. He’s in rural Kenya.
“He looks emaciated. You can see his ribs,” she points out. “But the good thing is that he’s breathing normally.”
It’s just a handful of pediatricians in Tennessee responsible for making Tennessee one of the highest prescribers of antibiotics in the country. A new study from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Tennessee Department of Health finds 2% of pediatricians account for 25% of the antibiotic prescriptions in the state.
A Nashville-based pharmaceutical company is trying to get more hospitals to use its product in place of opioids. Cumberland Pharmaceuticals is also launching an awareness campaign so doctors know injectable ibuprofen exists.
The key, the company says, is simplification.