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August 8, 2011
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$400M in EHR Incentives Released. The government has paid $400 million in meaningful use incentives to physicians and hospitals so far, a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported.

$400M in EHR Incentives Released. The government has paid $400 million in meaningful use incentives to physicians and hospitals so far, a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported.

Pfizer Looks At Lipitor Over-The-Counter. Pfizer wants to introduce a version of its popular cholesterol pill Lipitor that consumers could buy without a doctor’s prescription, according to people familiar with the matter.

Scorpion Sting Antidote Wins Approval. The FDA has approved the biologic Anascorp as an orphan drug to treat scorpion stings, making it the first antidote against scorpion venom.

Dyslexics Can’t ID Voices, Study Shows. Recognizing written words is tough for people with dyslexia. But a new study suggests the disorder might also make it harder to recognize the voices of people as they speak.

Governor Rick Perry’s Controversial Surgery Sparks Debate. Texas Gov. Rick Perry received an injection of his own stem cells during spinal fusion surgery last month and wants his state to be a leader in the use of adult stem cells in medical treatment.