The FDA says no to OTC statins
"According to the Associated Press, the committee said patients need medical guidance in treating high cholesterol because it has no symptoms and requires taking a statin for life.
In addition, the panel was concerned that pregnant women might take Mevacor and cause damage to their fetus."
This was predictable, especially given the conservative climate surrounding pharmaceuticals in light of the COX-2 ...
As drug importation from Canada fades, states are now looking to Europe
Which begs the question, won't the same thing eventually happen to importation from Europe or Australia because of the same issues that have dogged Canada?
Malpractice lobbying taken one step too far
An interesting scenario where a Washington OB fired a patient because she didn't sign the petition for the physician-supported malpractice reform initiative. Apparently this story has given some ammunition for the lawyers in the upcoming vote.
Statins are on the brink of becoming OTC
They are already available without prescription in the UK, to controversial results.
A physician in Ontario doesn't want to treat politicians
Similar to a proposal last year where a physician didn't want to treat lawyers.
Sleepy docs and the risk of car accidents
Interesting study from today's NEJM, correlating the odds for reporting a motor vehicle accident and an extended (>24 hrs) work shift:
According to a study in this week's New England Journal of Medicine, medical interns who worked shifts lasting 24 hours or more were twice as likely to be involved in serious crashes after work than doctors who put in fewer ...
Just a reminder that Medicare now offers cholesterol and diabetes screening
This is in addition to a one-time "Welcome to Medicare" physical exam.
Once scarce, now you can't give flushots away
"Three months after the emergence of an unprecedented national shortage of flu vaccine, public health departments across New England are struggling to find takers for remaining doses, raising the prospect
that surplus shots will be thrown away at the end of the flu season."
A few months ago, the NEJM published an article outlining The Future of Primary Care Medicine. That article drew several responses. The first states that the "ideal" primary care setting outlined in the article is not grounded in today's reality:
To the Editor: Whitcomb and Cohen and Fincher (Aug. 12 issue) call for changing the training settings for students and residents in primary care to reflect the ...
I can give props when it's due. I saw this ad today in Internal Medicine News (ok, not really directed at consumers). But for once, it has some redeemable qualities, alerting readers about the potential for prescribing errors between Amaryl and Reminyl.
Red meat and colon cancer
There was a retrospective cohort study in today's JAMA linking red meat consumption with colon cancer. There has always been some controversy correlating the two factors - this study is one of the larger cohort studies suggesting a link:
The participants who consistently ate the most red meat and processed meats had a 50 percent higher rate colorectal cancer than ...
Did Shakespeare Have Syphilis?
An interesting study wondering if the famous playwright did indeed have syphilis:
Shakespeare alluded to sexually transmitted disease (STD) symptoms--and treatments--in several of his plays and poems, including Troilus and Cressida, As You Like It, and Sonnets.
Mentions of the "pox," the "malady of France," the "infinite malady," and the "hoar leprosy" in his writings seem to indicate that the Bard ...
Buyer beware - even direct-to-physician advertising can be misleading
Be wary of fake Botox, especially after this recently discussed case (via Saint Nate).
Malpractice vs. "Malresult" A new form of insurance for an eternal problem
An intriguing opinion that offers a solution to the medical malpractice issue.
A lack of translation services in New York City
"Nearly 75% of the 51 hospitals surveyed by the city controller's office
failed to provide Spanish-language services to callers to one or more
of the hospitals' departments."
It has been shown previously that interpreters lower the medical risks in hospitals. Going to the hospital is often scary enough - not being able to communicate only adds to that fear.