Drug shortages have come and gone over the years, but national data confirms what Michigan doctors are feeling: they’re worse now. This includes antibiotics for strep, ear infections and syphilis, ADHD meds and two drugs for cancer.
A doctor, author and national expert on epidemics through the ages, Dr. Howard Markel of the University of Michigan managed to avoid COVID for nearly three years. Then he faced the ‘human petri dish’ of international travel.
Local governments are flush with one-time federal and state money but face staff shortages, rising costs and rapidly approaching deadlines to spend funds. Having the money is not the same as being able to push it out the door for needed investments.
Michigan’s health department is reaching out to Medicaid beneficiaries with a warning: You’ll get cut from coverage if you don’t re-enroll. But the outreach won’t be easy; mailing addresses have changed.
With complete control of governance, Democrats passed a raft of liberal bills within their first 100 days. Republicans are annoyed, sounding much like Democrats from years past. Now comes the hard part.
If based solely by population, Michigan had the 10th worst COVID death rate of any state in the nation. But when adjusted for the state’s older and less healthy population, the state’s handling of the pandemic fares much better.
A new review from a British research group with a sterling reputation declares that community masking against respiratory viruses like flu and COVID ‘probably makes little or no difference.’ Michigan health officials note the review’s limitations.