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Black Tea Could Defend Against Ricin, Researchers Say

- Add opossums and black tea to the list of surprising biological weapon countermeasures.

Reports on USPS Bioattack Response Exercise Forthcoming

- The final report may be released in two versions--a public version and a version for public health, law enforcement, and United State Postal Service officials.

Legislation Falls Short, Maryland Department of Education to Mandate Schools Buy Their Own Epinephrine

- The Maryland State legislature has mandated that public schools train personnel to respond to anaphylactic shock by administering epinephrine. However there's one problem: the law didn't mandate schools stockpile the medication.

Drug Shortages Push First Responders to Use Expired Meds

- States are responding to the shortages by loosening rules, allowing emergency medical personnel to keep old drugs around in the absence of unexpired meds.

Danish Anthrax Death May Be Linked to Tainted Heroin

- Danish health officials suspect contaminated heroin, not terrorism, is behind the death of a man whose blood tested positive for anthrax.

Encryption Critical in Healthcare

- Encryption technology, as well as security protocols and safeguards, are crucial to protecting patient data and complying with regulatory standards.

The U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law

- The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act. Find out what this might mean for security professionals, particularly those in the contract security officer industry.

Counterfeit Drugs

- A bill (S. 1002) that would enhance penalties for drug counterfeiting has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill must now be taken up by the full Senate. The bill would make it illegal to knowingly steal or embezzle a medical product or obtain it through fraud or deception. It would also be illegal to transport, handle, traffic, or store a stolen medical product. The bill defines a medical product as a drug, biological product, device, medical food, or infant formula that is being transported or stored prior to being available for purchase.

Encryption Critical in Healthcare

- Encryption technology, as well as security protocols and safeguards, are crucial to protecting patient data and complying with regulatory standards.

Employee Need Not be Aware of HIPAA to be Guilty

- A U.S. appeals court has ruled that an employee does not need to be aware of healthcare privacy laws to be guilty of violating them.

App for Locating Friends After A Disaster Goes Live on Facebook

- The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched two new apps that allow people to create emergency preparedness plans and track the status of Facebook friends in disaster zones.

Healthcare

- This online-only feature explores the effects of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on the contract security guard industry.

Hospital Fined $750,000 After Two Boxes of Data Go Missing During Recycling Transport

- South Shore Hospital has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle allegations that it failed to protect personal confidential health information in 2010.
 




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