Mark’s Musings

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The FDA’s Role in the Opioid Epidemic

This week I want to share two articles about opioids and how the FDA plays a part in their approval, regulation and maybe even their problem. The first article is the transcript of an interview by CBS’ 60 Minutes with a drug manufacturer about the FDA’s role in the opioid epidemic. The second article is …
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Expectations Versus Reality

This week I want to share an article about patient-doctor interaction. This article addresses the fact that oftentimes patients have high expectations and what doctors can do to address what may be a difference with reality. Below you’ll find this article and my thoughts on its implication. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed below are …
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How We Manage and Treat Pain

This week I want to highlight two articles that address the treatment of pain. The first article examines different types of medications and how they treat different types of pain. The second article examines results from a study about pain trends and treatment in adults across the U.S. Below you’ll find these articles and my …
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Complications of Addiction

This week I want to highlight two pieces of content about similar subjects—the complications of addiction. The first is a video describing the issue we have when trying to solve the addiction problem in America. The second is an article examining our genes and how it plays a part in addiction. Below you’ll find both …
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Embracing Technology in Healthcare

This week I want to highlight two articles about how technology is positively impacting our health. The first article is about telemedicine, what it is and how we can make it work. The second article is announcing a new app between Apple and Aetna which provides rewards for healthy behaviors. Below you’ll find these articles …
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Defining the Role for Prescription Drugs in Society

This week I want to highlight two articles about prescription drug use in America and the dangers it causes. The first article is about benzodiazepines and the rise in prescriptions over the years. The second article is about opioids and trying to find a solution to the crisis in our country. Below you’ll find these …
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The Path Back to Health Comes in Many Forms

This week I want to highlight three different articles about a range of topics. The first article is about a new program in Tennessee to help injured workers get back to the job. The second article is about consumer products designed to help with anxiety. And the third article is a reflective piece about how …
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Marijuana & Opioids

If anyone thinks that the momentum in medical marijuana legalization is not tied to the opioid epidemic, they’ve not been paying attention. I’ve been engaged in addressing the inappropriate over-prescribing of opioids since 2003. Next week will be the start of my fifth year studying, talking and writing about medical marijuana. So I have a …
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Self-Care is Important Too

This week I want to highlight two different articles about the importance of self-care and attitude. The first article is from Rob Lowe who was a caregiver for his sick mother and talks about the emotional and physical toll being a caregiver takes on a person. The second article is about a professional football player …
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Update on NY Work Comp Drug Formulary

I had the privilege today of speaking at the New York Self-Insurers Association annual meeting in Manhattan. But this blogpost isn’t about my session on medical marijuana along with Renee E. Heitger Esq. Instead, this blogpost is about what transpired immediately beforehand at the 1:15pm keynote presentation by Hon. Clarissa Rodriguez, Chair, New York State Workers’ Compensation …
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