Healthcare News October 19, 2012

  • Blumenthal demands crackdown on ‘misleading’ scooter chair ads

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called for a crackdown Thursday on aggressive and misleading advertisements used by the power mobility device (PMD) industry to market motorized wheelchairs and scooters to seniors.

    Blumenthal said such tactics drive up Medicare costs.

    “Aggressive advertisements directed at seniors, which intentionally misrepresent the devices’ risks versus benefits and the Medicare coverage criteria, need to be stopped,” Blumenthal said in a statement Thursday.

  • Obama ad highlights Romney ‘delighted’ remark on abortion ban

    The Obama campaign is out with a new ad highlighting Mitt Romney’s 2007 comment that he would be “delighted” as president to sign a bill banning all abortions if it was supported by most of the country. 

    The attack comes the day after Romney released an ad of his own that said he would allow abortions in cases of rape and incest, or to save a mother’s life. 

    Abortion has moved to the forefront as both campaigns battle for the advantage with female voters, a crucial bloc that has been trending toward Romney since the first presidential debate in early November. 

    The Obama camp’s new TV spot uses footage from a 2007 Republican presidential primary debate that included discussion of a federal abortion ban. 

  • Ad attacking Allen West features child with cerebral palsy

    A Democratic political action committee is extending its attacks on Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) for his refusal to support embryonic stem cell research with a new ad that features a child with cerebral palsy.

  • Top House committee pushes FDA on meningitis outbreak

    Leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are questioning whether federal regulators did enough to prevent a major outbreak of meningitis.

    Nine lawmakers wrote to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday asking how it handled regulatory violations at the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in 2004 and 2005.

    The NECC is responsible for the tainted injections tied to at least 19 deaths around the United States. 

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