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Published: July 10, 2017

  • Endo pulls the plug on Opana ER Endo Pharmaceuticals will voluntarily remove Opana ER from the market. The announcement came about a month after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asked Endo to withdraw the opioid pain medication over concerns that it can be too easily abused. It's the first opioid drug that the FDA has sought to remove from the market due to abuse. The agency said it had seen a "significant shift" from people crushing and snorting the pill to get high to injecting it instead. Although Endo says it "remains confident in the clinical research and other data demonstrating the safety and efficacy" of Opana ER, the company will work with FDA to coordinate the orderly removal of the drug "to minimize treatment disruption for patients and allows patients sufficient time to seek guidance from their healthcare professionals."
  • ACL repair more efficient in ASCs Surgeons are able to perform ACL repairs 30 minutes faster and with fewer staff members in ASCs than in hospitals, suggests new research published in the journal Orthopedics. The study compared the efficiency of 28 ACL repairs performed in an ASC and 21 in a hospital's main OR by a single surgeon. The study's authors say orthopedic-specific surgical teams who perform ACL repairs in ASCs are a cost-reducing alternative to hospital ORs and have shown increased surgical efficiency without compromising patient safety.
  • Performance measures added for total joint certification Starting next Jan. 1, facilities looking to be certified for total joints by the Joint Commission will be required to collect monthly data related to 4 new performance measures: regional anesthesia, post-op ambulation on the day of surgery, discharge to home and pre-op functional/health status assessment.
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