Specialty Focus   
Volume VIII | Issue 6                                                                                     
Feb. 5, 2019    
Practice specific news, analysis and commentary for Florida's Medical Specialists  
                            From the publisher of FHIweekly & FloridaHealthIndustry.com

Emerging cancer trends among young adults in the USA: analysis of a population-based cancer registry
Hyuna Sung, PhD, Rebecca L Siegel, MPH, Philip S Rosenberg, PhD, Ahmedin Jemal, PhD
  The Lancet

Cancer trends in young adults, often under 50 years, reflect recent changes in carcinogenic exposures, which could foreshadow the future overall disease burden. Previous studies reported an increase in early onset colorectal cancer, which could partly reflect the obesity epidemic. We examined age-specific contemporary incidence trends in the USA for 30 common cancers, including 12 obesity-related cancers.
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Greed and Lust Drove Doctor to Push Insys Opioids on Patients
Jef Feeley and Janelle Lawrence | Bloomberg
A Michigan doctor convicted of illegally distributing Insys Therapeutics Inc.'s opioid painkiller Subsys said the company's beautiful sales reps and "easy money'' helped persuade him to write unnecessary prescriptions for the highly addictive drug. Gavin Awerbuch told a Boston jury Wednesday he made more than $130,000 over 18 months just for showing up to sham educational sessions. Earlier this week, the jury heard that a former sales manager at Insys had been a stripper who once wooed a Chicago doctor with a lap dance.
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The problem with high-potency marijuana
Libby Stuyt, MD
Advocates for the legalization of medical and retail marijuana are quick to point out all the possible benefits that a community might see from such a venture. These include increased jobs, increased tax revenue, possible medical benefits and they advertise it as "safe" and "healthy" and "organic." Many people who have voted for legalization thought they were talking about the marijuana of the 1960s to 1980s when the THC content was less than two percent. However, without any clear guidelines or regulations from government officials, the cannabis industry has taken a page from the tobacco and alcohol industries' playbook and developed strains of marijuana and concentrated marijuana products with much higher concentrations of THC, the psychoactive component that causes addiction. The more potent a drug is, the stronger the possibility of addiction and the more likely the person will continue to purchase and use the product.
Lab to Pay $63.5M to Settle Kickback Allegations
Vitale Health Law 

Inform Diagnostics, an Irving, Texas-based pathology laboratory company, has agreed to pay $63.5 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by engaging in improper financial relationships with referring physicians. The settlement stems from allegations that the company violated the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law by providing referring physicians with subsidies for electronic health records (EHR) systems and free or discounted technology consulting services. The Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law restrict the financial relationships that health care providers, including laboratories, may have with doctors who refer patients to them.