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Nursing homes that harm seniors face fewer fines under Trump

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Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News

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The Trump administration — reversing guidelines put in place under President Barack Obama — is scaling back the use of fines against nursing homes that harm residents or place them in grave risk of injury.

The shift in the Medicare program’s penalty protocols was requested by the nursing home industry. The American Health Care Association, the industry’s main trade group, has complained that under Obama inspectors focused excessively on catching wrongdoing rather than helping nursing homes improve.

“It is critical that we have relief,” Mark Parkinson, the group’s president, wrote in a letter to then-President-elect Donald Trump in December 2016.

Since 2013, nearly 6,500 nursing homes — 4 of every 10 — have been cited at least once for a serious violation, federal records show. Medicare has fined two-thirds of those homes. Common citations include failing to protect residents from avoidable accidents, neglect, mistreatment and bedsores.

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The new guidelines discourage regulators from levying fines in some situations, even when they have resulted in a resident’s death. The guidelines will also probably result in lower fines for many facilities.

The change in policy aligns with Trump’s promise to reduce bureaucracy, regulation and government intervention in business. READ MORE

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Over 2,000 Cancer Victims near Ft. Detrick, Maryland

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The Kristen Renee Foundation has identified 2,717 cancer victims within 3 miles of Fort Detrick, MD.
http://www.kristenrenee.org/cancer-maps

The U.S. Army has requested a federal court to dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed last August by residents of Frederick, Md., seeking $750 million in compensation for the deaths and illnesses caused by contaminated soil and groundwater at Fort Detrick.

Decades ago, the Army dumped sludge from its former decontamination plants, ashes from its incinerators, and potentially radioactive sludge from a sewage disposal plant, drums of the industrial solvent trichloroethylene and other hazardous substances into unlined pits at the post’s Area B, reported by the Frederick News-Post. About 200 people are involved in the suit, which claims the contaminants are responsible for cancer and other terminal illnesses they or their relatives experienced.

Read more:
Army Seeks to Dismiss Class-Action Suit over Contamination at Ft. Derick. Defense Communities.

Iatrogenesis and the Poisonous Nature of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Drugs Such as Cipro

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By Gary G. Kohls, MD

Definition: An iatrogenic disease is an illness that occurs as a result of a therapeutic or diagnostic procedure undertaken on a patient; a healthcare professional-caused disease, usually due to properly-prescribed prescription drugs, vaccines or surgical procedures.

Noroxin® (norfloxacin)—Merck and Co.

Cipro® Cipro XR® (ciprofloxacin)—Bayer HealthCare

Levaquin® (levofloxacin)—Janssen (subsidiary of J & J) Pharmaceuticals

Avelox® (moxifloxacin)—Bayer HealthCare

Factive® (gemifloxacin)—Cornerstone Therapeutics

Ofloxacin—gen

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The following information concerns the serious toxic effects of fluoroquinolone antibiotics – which include Bayer’s Cipro, Janssen’s Levaquin, Bayer’s Avelox, Merck’s Noroxin, Pfizer’s Trovan and the generic drug Ofloxacin.

The information outlined below is excerpted from three sources that I have only become aware of recently.

1) a 29-page FDA document that discusses fluoroquinolone antibiotic-caused peripheral neuropathy. The document can be found in its entirety at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzLMHZg5q0Y3VkVJUmhxSlQtbWs/edit.

This document totally ignores the equally serious poisonous effects of fluoroquinolone drugs such as the antibiotic’s toxic effects on cellular mitochondria, which is the likely cause of the tendonopathies, neuropsychiatric disorders, chronic fatigue syndromes, muscular disorders, cardiomyopathies, cardiac dysrhythmias, neurodegenerative disorders, etc

2) Some of the information has been excerpted from http://www.saferpills.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Citizen-Petition-from-the-Southern-Network-on-Adverse_Reactions.pdf.

3) I also attach a relevant abstract from a 2001 British Medical Journal article about Pfizer’s malfeasance in its testing of ts fluoroquinolone drug (Trovan) during a 1996 Nigerian meningitis epidemic.

I feel that such information about once popular prescription drugs – that have been deceptively advertised by Big Pharma as safe – is particularly important because I have been among the multitude of healthcare providers that were intentionally deceived by Big Pharma into believing their false claims of safety for any number of now-known to be dangerous vaccines, psych drugs, arthritis drugs, heart drugs, etc. More

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