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AMA Statement on Senate Debate on Health System Reform

Yesterday afternoon Senate leadership overcame the first legislative hurdle in their attempt to pass potentially devastating health care legislation. With the motion to proceed vote deadlocked at 50-50, the Vice President cast the deciding vote in favor of moving forward. This is serious! The Senate will now take votes over the next few days in an attempt to pass legislation that could, depending on the version, result in anywhere between 22 – 32 million people losing their health care coverage according to the latest figures from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Physicians stand united with their patients - Contact your Senators now and tell them to oppose any legislation that would cut coverage for Americans with health insurance, take quality health care coverage away from those who have it now and drives up premiums and increases out-of-pocket health care costs - It's time to put patients before politics!

Hepatitis A Outbreaks in California Immunization recommended for Californians who are homeless or using drugs

On July 13, 2017, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a health advisory regarding outbreaks of hepatitis A among persons who are homeless or using illicit drugs and individuals working with these persons.

CDC Health Advisory

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved prescribing information for eculizumab includes a black box warning for increased risk of meningococcal disease, and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends meningococcal vaccination for all patients receiving eculizumab. Recent data show that some patients receiving eculizumab who were vaccinated with the recommended meningococcal vaccines still developed meningococcal disease, most often from nongroupable Neisseria meningitidis, which rarely causes invasive disease in healthy individuals.