PPI prophylaxis is routinely — and unnecessarily — recommended for patients taking corticosteroids without concomitant NSAID use, according to a study published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers found that these prescriptions are not only inappropriate, based on a review of literature indicating that peptic ulcers are not a cause of concern in this scenario, but also potentially dangerous to the patient. Among other outcomes, proton pump inhibitor hypersensitiv
A federal judge in New Orleans granted final approval Monday to an estimated $20 billion settlement, resolving years of litigation over the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The order came nearly five years to the day after an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana, the Deepwater Horizon, exploded sending millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf. The spill ultimately spread across 43,000 miles, devastating the coast from Florida to Texas.