Killer quote from an article on the benefits of being a PA.

Risperdal Legos

A new low, drug marketing on children's toys.

This ER doc argues that nurses' unions are carrying more legislative weight:

As the nursing union shouts "patient advocacy," they are trying to implement healthcare policy that actually hurts the poorest, sickest, neediest members of our society (I'll elaborate as needed). The whole while, the AMA/CMA (made up of mostly people who are completely out of touch with young physicians) asks for money, but does nothing to help their ...

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Low reimbursement and malpractice fears are cited amongst the reasons for this troubling finding:

Another potential factor, the authors say, is that there might be fewer doctors doing the test, which could lead to long delays in women getting appointments. The authors referred to a recent Institute of Medicine report that speculated that low reimbursements by insurers and increased malpractice litigation against radiologists who read mammograms could be limiting ...

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The Lancet says don't panic, and wait for a randomized study due out in 2009.

WSJ's The Numbers Guy explains meta-analysis studies.

Read more for continuing Avandia coverage here at Kevin, M.D.

Update -
Dr. Wes:
"I only know that if I had submitted a meta-analysis to the New England Journal of Medicine regarding any other drug, it likely would have ...

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Business is will be picking up for plaintiff attorneys:

In a research note to clients, pharmaceutical analyst Mark Purcell of Deutsche Bank said that in the Avandia situation, "parallels will inevitably be drawn to the ongoing Vioxx litigation," in which he said market analysts have assumed as much as $10 billion in liability for Merck.

"Assuming just half this liability for Avandia would reduce the (Glaxo) market capitalization by ...

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Nothing that hasn't been discussed here recently:

In 2005, for example, Medicare paid a typical primary care provider practicing in Chicago, Ill, $89.64 for a typical, half-hour office visit for a patient with a moderately complex condition (CPT code 99214). That same year in the same city, Medicare paid $226.63 to a gastroenterologist taking the same amount of time to perform a colonoscopy in an outpatient department and $422.90 to ...

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Perspective from Dr. Charles.

A woman takes an ambulance to the ER for a pregnancy test. With her Medicaid, she must have thought that health care was free.

IV drug abusers can get free Narcan to give to their friends if they overdose.

Somebody always pays.

Losing lawyers try to re-litigate cases against a hospital that they have already lost.

To play World of Warcraft. The computer game company obliges.

David Catron looks deeper at this statistic frequently quoted in the media.

Parts four and five from Sid Schwab. A great read.

They're offering to cut funeral costs in the Netherlands for organ donors.

Yes, we have problems here in the US. But going to a single-payer system may be even worse than what we already have. It's safe to say Michael Moore didn't interview this patient:

David Malleau awoke in hospital with a gaping hole in his skull.

The 44-year-old Hamilton truck driver had suffered a devastating car accident in 2004 that forced doctors at Hamilton General Hospital to ...

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Some die young, some age gracefully.

alli "honesty"

John Mack looks at GSK's campaign for alli (OTC orlistat).

It was available on their own website. In effect, Dr. Nissen used GSK's own data against them:

As it turns out, the first posting Glaxo made involved the same 65 Avandia studies that Nissen analyzed. "It was a treasure trove," the Cleveland Clinic cardiologist tells The New York Times.

Not surprisingly, Glaxo is none too happy. Ron Krall, Glaxo's chief medical officer for Glaxo says the drugmaker recognized ...

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