Apparently, they didn't have a mouthpiece to protect themselves.

A PSA to the 34 percent of doctors did not know that drug companies had access to their prescription writing history:

How important are the profiles to drug reps? "An enormous help," said Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau, whose 2005 film "Side Effects" is loosely based on her 10 years peddling pills for pharmaceutical giants Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb. "They allow reps to enter doctors' offices armed and dangerous."

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An opinion from a new medblog, House of Caduceus:

So, we as ED physicians and the hospitals that house us, are forced by law to see and treat patients who can't pay for services, and then are still liable for litigation by those patients when there is a bad outcome. I'm sorry, but if I am to be forced by the government to see and treat you, than ...

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As previously stated in the comments, the combination of morphine and ativan is a poor choice to induce death:

Morphine and Ativan, one of the drug combinations that a Foti witness says were administered to the patients, is an extremely unreliable way to induce death, pharmacologists and forensic pathologists say. It is used to relax agitated patients and to relieve severe pain.

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Just another way the government is coming to grips with spiraling health care costs.

Wild reimbursement sprees in the unregulated California prison system:

One urologist charged the state, read: we taxpayers, $2,036 per hour. An orthopedic surgeon managed to invent the 30-hour day and charge accordingly, billing the state nearly $1.5 million in one year.

Another doctor who was paid more than $500,000 in a 10-month period, provided inaccurate test results for Hepatitis C.

Hopefully this would discourage non-emergent cases:

HCA Inc., which owns JFK and St. Lucie Medical, is enacting the policy at several of its hospitals nationwide. The punitive measure reflects the near-chronic clogging of emergency rooms, often with patients whose minor scrapes, coughs and aches could be treated - cheaper - at a doctor's office or clinic. The worst result of the pay-first policy would be a seriously ill patient being ...

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What is causing such controversy? A baby magazine cover of all things.

This is what one victim claims:

Mr Oakley said he was first made aware of a potential problem about two months ago when blood tests revealed "cells that shouldn't be there", which he says indicate he has early stages of the disease.

He said: "It's an early sign of cancer. The best I could actually get was that if we catch it early enough it is treatable.
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Comments made on this blog are passionate and often inflammatory. Big Fat Blog went so far as to complain about a commenter to his employer.

Apparently, BFB was referring to this post where the comments were "lined with fat hatred":

While he might be stating a fact, I think a lot can be read into the tone of the post. After all, if he wanted ...

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Adding fuel to why there is/will be a physician shortage:

"In medical school I spent easily 80 hours/wk in classes or studying. I completed a preliminary year in general surgery the year before the 80 hour/wk work rule took effect. Not one week had less than 120 hours of hospital responsibilities; most were between 125 and 135 hours. Our general surgery residency program boasted a 100 percent divorce rate ...

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Sometimes, which leads to "managed law":

Defense attorneys we consulted told us that some malpractice carriers push them hard to cut legal costs. Should that worry you? You bet. When defense lawyers are squeezed, it's their clients who suffer, ending up with a second-rate defense and pressure to settle a possibly winnable case. Or, sometimes doctors end up in trial when they could - —and should - have settled.

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This non-concierge clinic offers amenities not commonly found:

"I love everything here," said Laurie Wheeler, who came with sons Justin, 10, and David, 12. The boys couldn't wait to play their favorite video game. Wheeler, if she wants, can check her e-mail in the patient library/computer room.

I would think that Canada can use another doctor. However, he's working in a warehouse, awaiting certification. Nice use of resources.

You're not alone, a physician directories often contain the wrong information.

Some are thinking that their legal strategy is paying off:

Lawyers on both sides agree that Merck's victories, and its stated strategy of trying every case rather than settling any, are discouraging plaintiffs with weaker claims. Already, lawyers for plaintiffs have recently withdrawn more than 300 federal suits, mainly after finding that their clients could not produce adequate evidence that they took the drug.

The answer should still be no, but the UK is having second thoughts:

The new draft maintains that doctors should not use their professional position to pursue relationships, but acknowledges that there might times when dating an ex-patient is permissible - something not covered by the 2001 guidelines.

Not vaccinating your kids is akin to child abuse:

Most parents today have never seen the physical and emotional devastation caused by vaccine-preventable diseases and have a skewed view of the perceived risks associated with vaccines versus the actual risks of the diseases the vaccines are designed to prevent.

Somehow I don't think this is going to work.

She also has a medical blog. (via KidneyNotes)

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