Category: Health

BfArM President criticizes supply bottlenecks for medicines

The President of the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM), Karl Broich, has criticized the increasing supply bottlenecks for drugs as "completely unacceptable". In individual cases, certain cancer therapies would therefore have to be interrupted or postponed, Broich told the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" (Thursday edition). Overall, the bottlenecks are primarily a problem for pharmacists who then have to look for replacement drugs. "The …

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Berlin doctor raises constitutional complaint against paragraph 219a

The Berlin doctor Bettina Gaber has filed a constitutional complaint against the controversial paragraph 219a of the Criminal Code. She and her lawyer consider the law unconstitutional: "This paragraph must be completely abolished," said the doctor of the "taz". Gaber was finally sentenced to a fine in November because on her website it was stated that a "drug-free, anesthetic-free abortion in ...

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Medical treatment errors: Greens want hardship funds for victims

The Greens want to enforce easing of evidence and a hardship fund for victims of medical malpractice. "Patients who have suffered severe damage, but the cause of which cannot be clearly clarified, find it particularly difficult to enforce their rights to compensation and support," says a motion by the Green parliamentary group about which the newspapers of the "Editorial Network Germany" ...

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Organ donation: Bundestag decides in January on draft law

The final decision on the new legal regulation of organ donation is to be made in the Bundestag in the third week of January. As the newspapers of the Funke media group (Tuesday editions) report, citing parliamentary circles, the third reading of the present draft bills is now planned for January 16. There are two motions to vote. A group of representatives around Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) and SPD health expert ...

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Study: career changers often feel overwhelmed

According to researchers, people who decided in adulthood to retrain and switch to the care sector often experience their entry as overwhelming. Because, unlike the young nursing students, they appear to be experienced and responsible to colleagues, they are often assigned tasks for which they have not yet been trained. "One assumes that they also ...

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The introduction of the electronic patient record threatens to be delayed

The introduction of the electronic patient record threatens to be significantly delayed. The Federal Ministry of Justice, the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI) insist on more far-reaching data protection regulations. The disputed points should concern technical standards that have actually been clarified since 2018 and are already being used by the health insurance companies for the development ...

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Kelber warns of security gaps in the health sector

The Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Ulrich Kelber, has announced that it will be even more concerned with protecting health data in the future. With the 67 new positions that his authority will receive next year, he will "definitely also strengthen our two departments that focus on health and telematics applications," said Kelber to the "Tagesspiegel" ...

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Spahn wants clear criteria for foreign specialists

Before the specialist summit on Monday in the Chancellery, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) spoke out in favor of clear criteria for the immigration of foreign specialists. “Most foreign professionals work in health and care. Our aging society needs more medical staff than they can train, ”said Spahn to the newspapers of the Funke media group (Sunday editions). Therefore one looks for "abroad ...

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Report: Planned health insurance reform is on the brink

The health insurance reform planned by Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) is apparently on the brink. The coalition partner SPD rejects parts of the concept and has secured prominent support with the Duisburg-based medical economist Jürgen Wasem, reports the news magazine Focus. Wasem is supposed to attend a hearing in the Bundestag next Wednesday at the invitation of the SPD parliamentary group as an expert ...

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EU-wide highest level of amphetamine residues in Stockholm's wastewater

In the Swedish capital Stockholm, the highest level of residues of the drug amphetamine in sewage has ever been recorded in Europe. With an average of 675 milligrams per 1.000 inhabitants, a record value was measured in October, reports the news portal of the Swedish TV station svt. The measurement results are based on the same test standards of the wastewater analyzes of ...

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Spahn: Assets could be used to finance nursing care

In the struggle to reform care financing, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) seeks a broad consensus in politics and society, but also underlines the responsibility of those affected. “The principle that everyone has the right to care, no matter how little pension they get, remains. What needs to be explored, however, is what happens to existing assets and how exactly it happens in the event of acute care ...

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Study: Commuters are sick more often

Those who have to commute to work for more than an hour a day or even need a second home to get to work are sick more often. This is the result of a study by the Trendence Institute, on which the newspapers of the Funke media group (Thursday editions) report. According to the market research company, 54,6 percent of commuters complain of frequent exhaustion or tiredness - among the ...

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