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Archive for April 26th, 2009

Treating Swine Flu

Posted by medliorator on April 26, 2009

Can the swine flu be treated with antiviral drugs?
Like some garden-variety flu, this swine flu is resistant to two drugs known as amantadine and rimantadine… CDC says Tamiflu and Relenza work against this strain of swine flu, the WSJ reports.

Does the flu vaccine protect against the swine flu?
The CDC reported earlier this week that the seasonal flu vaccine “might not” provide protection against the flu. The agency says it has created a “seed vaccine” specifically tailored to this swine flu. That could be used to manufacture a targeted vaccine if officials deem it necessary to do so.

Health Blog Q&A: Swine Flu in the U.S. and Mexico [WSJ]

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Midwives and Prescriptions

Posted by medliorator on April 26, 2009

The Pennsylvania Board of Nursing has published regulations implementing a 2007 law which gives nurse midwives the authority to prescribe, administer, and dispense drugs pursuant to collaborative agreement with a physician. The law and regulations also apply to medical devices, immunizing agents, and laboratory tests.  In order to obtain prescriptive authority, nurse midwives must hold a master’s degree or equivalent, have national certification, and complete at least 45 hours of advanced pharmacology coursework and 16 hours of continuing education in pharmacology every two years.

Pennsylvania Gives Nurse Midwives Authority to Prescribe [Physician Law]

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