From January to July, the agency sent 265 warning letters to companies, notifying them of what it alleged to be serious violations of federal rules. That’s the lowest tally for the first seven months of any year since 2008.
The state Senate approved the measure Thursday by a 32-16 vote after lengthy discussion about needle exchanges, which aim to reduce the spread of infectious diseases by providing people with clean syringes and discouraging needle sharing
Across Indiana, 64 hospitals are facing total federal penalties this year estimated at $9.3 million, according to the Indiana Hospital Association. Nationally, hospitals will pay an estimated $420 million.