Pentagon officials on Friday confirmed the first known case of monkeypox in the U.S. military, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Texas, and Virginia.
- District of Columbia: Senate negotiators on Sunday announced that they had agreed upon a bipartisan deal on gun safety measures with adequate support to pass through the split chamber—a significant step toward ending congressional gridlock on the issue. The agreement was proposed by 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats and has been endorsed by President Joe Biden and other top Democrats. It includes more thorough background checks that give authorities adequate time to search the juvenile and mental health records of any prospective gun buyer who is under the age of 21. While the bipartisan measure marks significant progress toward addressing gun violence, it has not yet been finalized and will face a challenging path in Congress, the New York Times reports. "Today, we are announcing a common-sense, bipartisan proposal to protect America's children, keep our schools safe and reduce the threat of violence across our country," the 20 senators said in a joint statement. "Families are scared, and it is our duty to come together and get something done that will help restore their sense of safety and security in their communities." (Cochrane/Karni, New York Times, 6/13)
- Texas: The Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Co. in a June 2 Facebook post announced the addition of 87 generic drugs to its product offerings. Over the past year, the company has regularly added low-cost versions of common generic drugs, quickly growing its product list from offering around 250 medications in late April to offering over 700 medications as of early June. "We are continuously working to add new drugs as quickly as possible," the pharmacy said in a May 20 tweet. As the pharmacy has continued to expand and get lower prices from suppliers, it has launched "Price Drop Fridays," in which it offers discounted prices for a variety of medications every week. (Bean, Becker's Hospital Review, 6/10)
- Virginia: Pentagon officials on Friday confirmed the first known case of monkeypox in the U.S. military in an active-duty service member based in Germany. The unidentified individual received treatment at the Stuttgart Army Health Clinic and is currently isolated in their on-base quarters, NBC News reports. According to Navy Captain William Speaks, a spokesperson for U.S. European Command, health officials determined that the case poses a "very low" risk to the overall population since it is part of the West African strain, which is relatively mild with minimal human-to-human transmission. Currently, contact tracing is being conducted for the clinic staff who treated the patient "as a precautionary measure," Speaks added. (Mitchell, The Hill, 6/10)