Healthcare

FTC challenger remains defiant over charges

The head of a medical lab charged with letting thieves steal patient data is refusing to back down from his fight against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

A court’s decision this month to allow the FTC to pursue similar charges against the Wyndham hotel chain shouldn’t have much impact on LabMD’s campaign against the regulator, CEO Michael Daugherty said on Tuesday. He pledged to continue fighting the “bullies” at the agency to prevent them from regulating companies’ data security without explicit regulations.

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FDA warns cats allergic to some flowers

Easter lilies are to cats what chocolate is to dogs, according to a new warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA on Monday warned cat owners not to have Easter lilies and other types of flowers in their homes, because they can be poisonous to cats, leading to vomiting and frequent urinating, and eventually destroy their kidneys.

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New fire safety regs for hospitals

The Obama administration is looking to modernize the fire safety requirements at certain hospitals and other healthcare centers.

The proposed fire safety standards from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) address everything from automatic sprinkler systems to the size of patients' rooms and where to store medical equipment.

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Senate tackles prescription drug abuse

The Senate Health Committee is forming a working group to tackle the rising rates of prescription drug abuse, as the fight wages on over a controversial painkiller the Food and Drug Administration approved last year.

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