Governor Wolf Signs Opioid Package into Law

November 7, 2016 at 10:44 am | Local, State

Surrounded by stakeholders in the Capitol Rotunda this afternoon, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law a bipartisan package of bills to combat the heroin and opioid crisis. Among the bills, legislation amending the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, limiting opioid prescriptions to minors and patients in emergency rooms, establishing education curriculum on safe prescribing and […]

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Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps New Volunteer Orientation

October 31, 2016 at 10:57 am | Local

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016 Time: 8:30 am-1:00 PM Place: Auditorium of the McNeil Science and Technology Center, University of the Sciences, Woodland Ave and 43rd St, Philadelphia Public Health Hot Topic: Public Health Physician’s Worst NIGHTMARE!  As emerging infectious diseases have been increasing over past decades with new threats like SARS and Ebola, novel diseases continue […]

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PDPH Notification:– Hepatitis C Screening Act

September 21, 2016 at 2:22 pm | Local, State

Health Notification: Pennsylvania’s Hepatitis C Screening Act (Act 87 of 2016) Takes Effect (Originally released on September 19, 2016) The Hepatitis C Screening Act (Act 87) was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on July 20th, 2016.  It requires all individuals born between 1945 and 1965 (i.e. ‘baby boomers’), who receive inpatient or outpatient health […]

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Health Advisory – Acute Flaccid Myelitis: Clinical Reminder and Reporting Requirements

September 12, 2016 at 12:01 pm | Local

Summary Points: An increased number of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) cases have been reported to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) in 2016 Healthcare providers should report any suspect cases of AFM to PDPH by calling 215-685-6742 Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), blood, stool, and respiratory specimens should be collected as close to illness onset as […]

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