Peter Rost and others are leading the charge, and Big Pharma is being forced to take them seriously:

This blog and others are a real problem for drug companies. It is clear, that among the many thousands of drug reps and other insiders, there are many willing to report questionable behavior. Actual internal memos are released which makes it hard to deny the behaviors criticized. Drug companies are going ...

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Alli is here

OnThePharm thinks it should be located near the adult diapers.

BusinessWeek asks if Big Pharma is addicted to lifestyle drugs:

Try as they might to distance themselves from the lifestyle drug sector, pharmaceutical companies can't seem to kick their addiction to these lucrative products. Even as consumers and government regulators grow more alarmed over drug safety, an examination of four popular lifestyle categories"”weight loss, hair loss, sleep, and sexual dysfunction"”shows that the pharmaceutical industry is by no means shying away ...

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Michael Moore's latest has been leaked on the web. (via a reader tip)

Update:
Michael Moore is happy about the piracy of his movie and approves the downloads, leading some to believe he did it on purpose:

Personally, I think it's likely Moore himself put it on the web. He used You Tube to put out the call for stories about health care and to promote the film's ...

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The Cheerful Oncologist with a little perspective.

Rozerem doesn't satisfy the "American public's desire to take a pill and be knocked out, quickly." (via WSJ Health Blog)

Scary story from Sid Schawb:

There was a scandal a few years ago when it was made known that salespeople for orthopedic prosthetics (hips, I think it was) were actually doing major parts of some operations -- fitting and inserting the joints because the surgeons weren't familiar with them.

Nothing more I could add to that. (via plasticized.com)

The patient is being called a "bed-blocker".

Not smart, and he deserved to be reprimanded.

Strange research from the UK:

Expectant fathers can suffer from pregnancy symptoms, UK research shows.

Morning sickness, cramps, back pain and swollen stomachs were all reported by men whose partners were pregnant . . .

. . . In more extreme cases, men developed swollen stomachs that looked like a "baby bump".

Ten things that will be sure to break your ER doctor's day.

What to do about the chronic back pain patient who repeatedly returns to the ER?

So now I let them down early. Yes it's disappointing but I think it's healthier for them (and me), in the long run. "You've had this for x years, you've seen about a dozen specialists; as a general rule, if a bunch of specialists cannot figure it out in their offices with all the ...

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Michelle Au on seeing the attending when visiting a teaching hospital:

But then when it comes time for my family to come into the hospital, or if my child gets sick, I don't want to buy into the system of which I myself am a part. I want to skip to the top. I want the attending. And not even just any attending, I want the senior attending. I ...

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Healthcare 100

eDrugSearch with the official announcement:

My hope is that the Healthcare 100 will serve to increase the influence of ALL health and medical blogs by making it easier for bloggers, blog readers and the media to find us "” and to see what a thriving corner of the blogosphere we are when viewed as a single, if diverse, community.

As I explain here, the Healthcare 100 ranking system is ...

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A couple of physicians write in support of Dr. Nissen and Avandia. (via The Health Care Blog)

College students are willing subjects for all kinds of studies:

A graduate student told the AP that his study of the "Cocktail Party Effect" wouldn't be possible without the ample pool of cheap volunteers. In the cocktail-party study, students were paid a measly ten-spot to spend an hour in a soundproof booth listening to five-digit numbers in one ear and gibberish in the other. The study aims to find ...

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keagirl gives an example of an inappropriate call:

Do patients think that on-call physicians stay up all night long by the phone in clinic, eagerly awaiting the next page? (and for free for that matter since we don't bill for any of our telephone calls). Do they not realize that when calling late at night, you are waking someone who has a full work schedule the next day, and ...

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