#PNN In Other News

Here are some other local, state or national stories we are reading that may impact you, your practice or your patients.

California could launch its own generic prescription drug label California could become the first state with its own prescription drug label under a proposal Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled Thursday. Newsom wants California, home to nearly 40 million people, to contract with generic drug companies to make prescription medications on its behalf so it could then sell them to the public. The goal, according to the governor's office, is to lower prices by increasing competition in the generic market. “The cost of healthcare is just too damn high, and California is fighting back,” Newsom, a Democrat, said in a statement. An example could be insulin for diabetes patients. The drug has been on the market for decades and has steadily increased in price. Three drug companies control most of the market for insulin.

What’s The Economic Cost Of Physician Burnout? | Physician burnout costs the United States healthcare industry $4.6 billion a year, a number that brings a new spotlight to an age-old problem. In a paper published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine last June, a research team of seven co-authors, most of them doctors, concluded that the dollar losses were related to physician turnover and reduced clinical hours. The research adds to previous work showing how physician stress generates negative clinical and organizational outcomes. No studies have previously been attempted to put a figure on burnout in the US on a national level. In part, that’s due to the difficulty of calculating the economic cost of all of the factors involved. For instance, some studies have associated burnout with an increase in medical errors, but calculating those costs are nearly impossible. “Together with previous evidence that burnout can effectively be reduced with moderate levels of investment, these findings suggest substantial economic value for policy and organizational expenditures for burnout reduction programs for physicians,” the study states.

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