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Meth Vs. Opioids: America Has Two Drug Epidemics, but Focuses on One Print E-mail
Written by April Dembosky | KQED via KHN   
Thursday, 09 May 2019 00:00
While public health officials have focused on the opioid epidemic in recent years, another epidemic has been brewing quietly, but vigorously, behind the scenes.  Methamphetamine use is surging in parts of the U.S., particularly the West, leaving first responders and addiction treatment providers struggling to handle a rising need. Across the country, overdose deaths involving meth more than quadrupled from 2011 to 2017. Admissions to treatment facilities for meth are up 17%. Hospitalizations related to meth jumped by about 245% from 2008 to 2015. And throughout the West and Midwest, 70% of local law enforcement agencies say meth is their biggest drug threat. But policymakers in Washington, D.C., haven't kept up, continuing to direct the bulk of funding and attention to opioids, said Steve Shoptaw, an addiction psychologist at UCLA in Los Angeles, where he hears one story after another about meth destroying people's lives.
Last Updated on Friday, 10 May 2019 17:49
New Class A Medical Office Building Planned for Delray Beach Print E-mail
Written by FHInews   
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:00
Delray Beach, FL – Kenneth Weston Healthcare Real Estate and Azure Development today announce the development of Addison Medical Pavilion.

“There is a pent-up demand for medical space offering the newest and most advanced technology,” said Kenneth Weston, Chairman & CEO of Kenneth Weston Healthcare Real Estate, who is spearheading the developing and marketing of Addison Medical Pavilion. “Healthcare professionals looking for new Class A space will soon have the opportunity to locate in a new 24,000-square-feet medical building in Delray Beach, Florida.”

Catering to the needs of healthcare professionals, their staff and patients from its location at 16189 Jog Road, Delray Beach, the modern facility is ideal for a multi-specialty practice, ambulatory surgery center, imaging center, and other physician and dental offices. Situated at the corner of Linton Boulevard and Jog Road, approximately one mile West of Delray Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma facility that recently completed an $80,000,000 expansion, and just minutes from the Florida Turnpike and I-95, Addison Medical Pavilion will service some of the exclusive residential communities in south Palm Beach County including Addison Reserve, The Polo Club, St. Andrews, Boca West, and Woodfield Country Clubs.

Amenities include a 9:1,000 parking ratio, leading-edge technology and design elements, porte-cochere patient drop off area, state-of-the-art security system, two stretcher cab elevators, 12-foot ceiling heights, electrical and plumbing components designed to meet the demands of the most sophisticated surgical and diagnostic centers and other types of specialists. Additionally, elegant common area bathrooms on each floor will complement a two-story atrium lobby reflective of a residential type setting, also featuring tenant controlled A/C and electric.

To learn more about Addison Medical Pavilion, please contact Kenneth Healthcare Real Estate at (305) 279-2700 or

About Kenneth Weston Healthcare Real Estate
      Kenneth Weston Healthcare Real Estate has specialized in healthcare real estate and medical office space since 1978 and is considered today’s foremost expert in the development, leasing, and sales of medical office buildings in South Florida.
      The firm has been involved in more than 15 million square feet of medical office space and is uniquely qualified in understanding local nuances of healthcare design and development, tenant mix and physician/patient interplay vital to ensure successful healthcare projects. Additionally, knowledge of specific markets, while keeping a perspective of the greater South Florida area, has healthcare providers and investors seeking Kenneth Weston’s vast experience, local expertise, and savvy in determining a project’s viability.
About Azure Development
Azure Development is a Delray Beach-based real estate development company with extensive experience in all aspects of real estate including commercial and medical office building development. The company is known for its attention to detail, exceptional design, and superior craftsmanship.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2019 11:40
Hypertension hot potato Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 29 April 2019 16:45
The New England Journal of Medicine, in an April 25 post, examines the ramifications associated with the tainted valsartan, irbesartan and losartan (ARBs) that were subject to recall earlier this year. ARBs are commonly prescribed to patients suffering from hypertension as well as heart failure and kidney disease. One third of all FDA drug recalls issued since July 2018 have involved ARB-containing products, and together the recalls have affected one sixth of U.S. ARB manufacturers. As many as 2 million patients have probably been exposed to these carcinogen-contaminated ARBs manufactured in China, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
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Last Updated on Monday, 29 April 2019 16:48
FDA Okays First Generic Naloxone Nasal Spray for Opioid Overdose Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 10:18
Megan Brooks reports for Medscape on Apr. 19:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted final approval for the first generic naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray (Narcan, Teva Pharmaceuticals) that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The FDA tentatively approved this generic drug product in June 2018. Teva's generic naloxone nasal spray is the first for use in the community setting by individuals who have no medical training. The name-brand spray was approved in 2015.
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Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2019 18:29
As Sanders Officially Revives Medicare-for-All, Plan B for Democrats Gains Traction Print E-mail
Written by Shefali Luthra | KHN   
Thursday, 11 April 2019 00:00
As Democratic presidential primary candidates try to walk a political tightrope between the party's progressive and center-left wings, they face increasing pressure to outline the details of their health reform proposals. On Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) reaffirmed his stance by reintroducing a "Medicare-for-all" bill, the idea that fueled his 2016 presidential run. As with its previous iterations, Sanders' latest bill would establish a national single-payer "Medicare" system with vastly expanded benefits, prohibit private plans from competing with Medicare and eliminate cost sharing. New in this version is a universal provision for long-term care in home and community settings (but Medicaid would continue to cover institutional care). Already, it has an impressive list of Senate cosponsors - including Sanders' rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). But many of the candidates - even official Medicare-for-All co-sponsors - are at the same time edging toward a more incremental approach, called "Medicare for America." Proponents argue it could deliver better health care to Americans while avoiding political, budgetary and legal objections.

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Last Updated on Friday, 12 April 2019 15:54
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