An Antidote to Opioid Overdoses

Nov 15, 2016

If there is a silver lining in the national epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction, it may be the existence of an effective antidote for overdoses. Local health officials are working to boost its availability for emergency situations.

The “Opioid Epidemic” we are now experiencing was the unwitting result of the American medical establishment’s efforts to prioritize pain management, explains Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Karen Milman.

Synthetic Opioid is an Overdose Threat

Nov 14, 2016

The epidemic of opioid addiction across America has triggered a surge in the use of other, related drugs, including heroin, and it’s more potent synthetic relative, fentanyl. That’s a trend that may now be reaching into Sonoma County.

Supervisors Back Medicine Disposal Program

Oct 5, 2016

Sonoma County Supervisors this week signaled their intention to apply the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility to pharmaceuticals, through a new ordinance to require the safe collection of extra or unwanted medicines.

While industry resistance persists, there is clear public support for the Extended Producer Responsibility approach advanced by county supervisors. The Water Agency's Susan Keach provided some figures for that, too.

This comes as no surprise to the California Product Stewardship Council's Heidi Sanborn.

Anti-aging Drug Development is an Uncertain Path

Feb 22, 2016

  A new biotechnology that targets certain cells apparently associated with aging holds promise for drugs that could increase human “health-spans.” But the Marin-based start-up that is out to pursue that approach faces long odds for success.

  Beyond their initial focus on osteoarthritis, Unity Biotechnology co-founder Judith Campisi anticipates that their approach of selectively eliminating senescent cells can eventually be applied to a broad array of maladies associated with aging.



Cells May Hold a Key to Aging

Feb 21, 2016


Researchers in Novato and elsewhere may have found a way to slow aging in human tissues. The concept is so promising that a new biotech start-up has been launched to put it into practice.

Once the senescent cells are dead, explains Campisi, the body has natural mechanisms to dispose of them.

Humane Society of the United States

  Three groups are suing the FDA over their approval of new combinations of growth enhancing drugs for farm animals, many of which have been banned in Europe, China and Russia.  Lori Abbott has details.

Local Push for Medical Waste Disposal

Oct 29, 2014

  Just about everyone agrees that pharmaceutical manufacturers should pay for the collection and disposal of unused medicines—except for the pharmaceutical manufacturers.

As they expected, Alameda County was promptly sued to invalidate their ordinance requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to pay for the collection and disposal of unused prescription medicines. But after the local law was upheld twice, most recently by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Heidi Sanborn of the California Product Stewardship Council says the matter should be settled.