Archive for May 2016

Rant: ultrasound visualization of pills in the stomach will never make sense

May 25, 2016, 4:46 pm

Konstantin Shevtsov/

Konstantin Shevtsov/


Accuracy of Trans-Abdominal Ultrasound in a Simulated Massive Acute Overdose. Sullivan S et al.  Am J Emerg Med 2016 Apr 23 [Epub ahead of print]


As soon as emergency portable bedside ultrasound became feasible approximately three decades ago, toxicologists wondered if it would be a useful modality for visualizing pills in the stomach of overdose patients.

The …

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5-MAPB: a novel psychoactive benzofuran

May 24, 2016, 1:23 pm



Acute Toxicity Associated With the Recreational Use of the Novel Psychoactive Benzofuran N-methyl-5-(2 aminopropyl)benzofuran. Sofer KE et al. Ann Emerg Med 2016 Apr 26 [Epub ahead of print]


5-MAPB is a psychoactive benzofuran with a structure and effects similar to those of MDMA (Ecstasy.) Although there has been scant investigation of its pharmacologic and toxic effects, animal …

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Absolute must-read: LA Times on the myth of OxyContin’s 12-hour analgesic effect

May 7, 2016, 9:15 pm


Quick: how long does a dose of Oxycontin provide pain relief?

Most clinicians would probably say 12 hours, since the drug was extensively marketed as a twice-daily opioid analgesic and the manufacturer — Purdue Pharma — cited this originally unique convenience factor as justifying its high cost, which could exceed $630 a bottle.

In an explosive and masterfully written i…

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