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Codeine and Tramadol Medicines: Drug Safety Communication
The FDA is restricting use of the medications Codeine and Tramadol in children and recommending against their use by breastfeeding women.
(U.S. Food & Drug Administration)

Phillips Healthcare Recalls HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator
Due to electrical issues that may prevent the device from operating properly, Phillips Healthcare recalls HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator.
(U.S. Food & Drug Administration)

Maryland Board of Physicians Requires CHRCs
The Maryland Board of Physicians is now required by legislation to have all applicants and licensees submit to Criminal History Records Checks (CHRCs).
(Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)

Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)
The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) has been established by the Marlyand Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) to collect information on drugs with controlled substances.
(Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)

"The Great Opioid Epidemic"
A record 52,404 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2015, according to the latest CDC data. 80% of these deaths were due to the misuse of opioids.
(Washington Post Editorial)

Phishing Email
A phishing email that is on mock HHS Departmental letterhead is being circulated and targeted at employees of HIPAA-covered entities and their business associates.
(PDF, 185 KB)

HIPAA Guidance
The Office for Civil Rights has updated their “Guidance for 2016 HIPAA Desk Audits” and FAQ.
(PDF, 85 KB)