The battle about the pharmacists' right to prescribe continues:

We believe any changes to the powers of pharmacists should be very limited, perhaps to allowing them to adjust dosages or renew a prescription without consulting a physician. We oppose giving pharmacists permission to assess what is wrong with a patient and then to prescribe medication. Pharmacists don't have the diagnostic training of doctors.

A fee-for-service system will inevitably lead some physicians to "create" more visits. After all, more visits = more revenue. Advising a yearly routine colonoscopy however, such as in this case, is crossing the line.

That being said, routine visits do have a place. For instance, I routinely see all my hypertensives and diabetics every 3-6 months (depending on their severity). That's not churning, it's just ...


They're talking about it in Texas:

Doctors who perform illegal abortions in Texas could be subject to the death penalty because of the way the Legislature has strung together recent statutes, according to the state's top prosecutor association.

By defining a fetus as "an individual" in 2003, and then making it a criminal act in 2005 to perform certain abortions, legislators might have unintentionally created a scenario in which ...


Concord Monitor:

Bennett is an outspoken, self-made man and a scrapper who's unafraid of big fights. He made news by donating his $4 million collection of antique cars to benefit his alma mater, Harvard, and then for leading the fight to reduce the millions of dollars in bonuses paid to the managers of Harvard's $19 billion endowment. He also won a half-million-dollar award from a man who claimed that Bennett ...


Talk about a tirade. Certainly one unhappy man.

They actually contain traces of Viagra:

The FDA warned consumers not to buy or use seven of the so-called dietary supplements, sold online to treat impotence and enhance sexual performance. The list includes a product called Zimaxx, which FDA testing showed contains sildenafil, the same active ingredient in Viagra.

Rare case studies suggests that it may make brain injured patients more alert.

Wonderful news.

How malpractice litigation affects physicians - keeping in mind that there is 37% chance this case will be found to be baseless. Flea is guiding us through his experience.

Las Vegas vs Pharma

City officials are offended that Samaritan Pharmaceuticals is sullying its slogan:

A local drug company's push to promote AIDS medication using the phrase "What happens in Vegas does not always stay in Vegas" encountered serious resistance Tuesday from local leaders.
(via PharmaGossip)

Continuing the good fight for health courts:

On Thursday, July 13th, the Health Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing entitled "Innovative Solutions to Medical Liability." At the hearing, Common Good General Counsel Paul Barringer will testify in support of health courts as a viable alternative to the current medical justice system. He will speak to the failings of the current ...


The rumors about Google's health portal continues to swirl. (via The Patient's Doctor)

This was an actual courtroom exchange:

* Lawyer: "Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?"
* Witness: "No."
* Lawyer: "Did you check for blood pressure?"
* Witness: "No."
* Lawyer: "Did you check for breathing?"
* Witness: "No."
* Lawyer: "So, then it is possible that ...


The parents support his decision and risk losing custody:

Three months of chemotherapy last year made him extremely weak. So when he learned in February that his cancer was active again, he turned _ against doctors' advice _ to a sugar-free organic diet, herbs and visits to a clinic in Mexico.

A social worker asked a judge to require the teen to continue conventional treatment.

In May, the ...


Some say it's because patients are becoming better informed:

Doctor-patient conflicts are increasingly common in an information age in which patients know more about their care and about variations in how doctors practice medicine. Hospitals have long maintained ethics committees and rules for resolving such disputes, but are reporting an increasing demand in a variety of medical specialties — from surgery to intensive care to obstetrics.

It's been awhile since we've had one:

An 87-year-old woman got confused and accidentally crashed her Cadillac into the front of a doctor's building on Tuesday morning, officials said.

It's funny that we're re-inventing the wheel, when a great EHR is functioning well at the VA:

The centerpiece of that culture is VistA, the VA's much praised electronic medical-records system. Every office visit, prescription, and medical procedure is recorded in its database, allowing doctors and nurses to update themselves on a patient's status with just a few keystrokes. In 1995, patient records at VA hospitals were available at ...


It seems she is learning from her mistakes during the Hillarycare:

The rapprochement partly reflects how Mrs. Clinton has moderated her positions from more than a decade ago, proposing legislation to increase Medicare payments or stave off cuts in payments to doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, managed care companies and home health agencies.

An asthmatic using an inhaler referred to as a "sucker":

A newspaper advert showing a boy using an asthma inhaler under the headline "sucker" was not offensive, the advertising watchdog has said.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) received 26 complaints saying it ridiculed sufferers and may discourage children from using inhalers.

The drug in question was diamorphine, or heroin:

The former husband of a mother of three says she died in agony from cancer because of a shortage of a painkiller.

Joe Fortescue from Alfreton, Derbyshire wants the government to provide more diamorphine, which has been in short supply since 2004.

He said his 49-year-old ex-wife from Nottingham was screaming in pain in the days before her death ...


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