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Joe Henderson: Gus Bilirakis keeps up fight to get medical drugs to market faster, easier

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Anyone facing a dreaded disease themselves or watching a loved one go through it knows the frustration of seeking treatment. They want to know the system is on their side, but often it seems rigged against them. I think it’s safe to conclude U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, who represents Florida’s 12th District, is on their side. He has been a champion for increasing medical options. In 2014, along with Democrat Kathy Castor, he was part of the congressional bipartisan 21st Century…

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CDC: Don’t donate sperm in 3 Florida counties due to Zika

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Men from three Florida counties shouldn’t donate sperm because of a small risk of spreading Zika, U.S. health officials said Monday. The guidance had previously applied to Miami-Dade County, the only place in Florida where there’s evidence mosquitoes spread the virus. But infections were reported in people in South Florida who couldn’t clearly be linked to Miami-Dade. On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the advice should extend to two counties north of Miami — Broward and…

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Vern Buchanan demands answers on VA drug thefts

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Congressman Vern Buchanan Thursday demanded answers from the new Veterans Affairs secretary about the nationwide theft of opioids and prescription drugs intended to help suffering veterans. In a letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin, the Sarasota Republican wrote, “I’m concerned that Florida veterans may be at risk following press reports of a shocking spike in drug thefts at VA health facilities across the country.” “The perpetrators are stealing directly from veterans who need help,” Buchanan wrote. “In addition, those VA…

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Senate panel approves Nikki Haley nomination to U.N.

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The Latest on activities in Congress (all times EST): 12:25 p.m. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has overwhelmingly approved South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley‘s nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. By voice vote, the panel recommended President Donald Trump‘s selection of Haley to the full Senate. She is expected to be confirmed easily. Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the committee’s top Democrat, backed Haley’s nomination. Cardin says what Haley lacks in foreign policy experience, “she makes up…

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Bill filed in Florida House to make Kratom a controlled substance

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Florida State Rep. Kristin Jacobs, a Coconut Creek Democrat, filed legislation on Friday to add Kratom to the controlled substance list. House Bill 183 would add Mitragynine and Hydroxymitragynine, constituents of Kratom, to the schedule of controlled substances, offering an exception for any FDA approved substance containing these chemicals. Selling, delivering, manufacturing, or importing these Kratom chemical constituents into Florida would be considered a misdemeanor of the first degree, should the law go into effect. Kratom has been used as herbal medicine in…

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Vern Buchanan demands immediate vote on Zika funding

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Congressman Vern Buchanan, in a letter sent Thursday to congressional leaders, called for an immediate vote on emergency Zika funding when Congress returns to Washington next week. “Hundreds of people have been infected in my home state of Florida as the disease continues to spread,” the Sarasota Republican wrote. “Our nation’s leading health officials at the Centers for Disease Control have made clear they need money now to contain Zika and develop a vaccine.” This week, the head of the…

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Today on Context Florida: Republicans don’t think – they believe, high-stakes elections, America at a crossroads and tanning beds

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Today on Context Florida: Florida GOP voters don’t want to think, says Diane Roberts, they just want to believe. Rick Scott endorsed his Soul Brother, but only after that big Florida Primary win. Scott signaled his man-crush back in January, writing breathlessly for USA Today that Herr Drumpf reminds him of, well, him: wealthy, an “outsider,” a business hombre incensed over “endless and tedious regulation and taxation.” You know …  crap like the Clean Water Act. And the Voting Rights Act.…

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