The Angry Pharmacist speculates: ". . . does anyone else see something wrong with believing a study that was funded by the COMPETITORS of GSK?"

The transition to EHRs is causing some physicians to lash out and seek psychological help:

According to Polles and to several physician-executives I spoke with after the session, some practicing physicians are getting so frustrated trying to figure out how to use EHRs that they're lashing out at their peers, co-workers and staff"”so much so that they need to seek professional help at places like Pine Grove. Said one physician-executive ...

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Lybrel

No more periods for women. However, that may not be a selling point:

Some 60% of these women indicated they are, at the least, "interested" in the idea of putting their periods on hold. Many women unburdened themselves with complaints about that time of the month. The most common gripes were "cramping" and "changing pads/tampons."

But Wyeth has also found that many women aren't likely to become ...

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Wondering who's behind the misspelled domain names like "google.cm" and "paper.cm"? This former physician has found a more lucrative venture.

Another physician blog getting negative mainstream media attention for posting patient cases.

Plaintiff attorney Eric Turkewitz on what goes on behind the scenes.

In light of recent events, Scalpel revisits patient privacy and medical blogging.

Take a look at Italy:

Lorenzo Moja (Italian Cochrane Centre, Milan, Italy) and colleagues say that Italian doctors still rely heavily upon the pharmaceutical industry for their information needs. For example, a recent survey showed that general practitioners in Italy receive eleven visits per week by drug company sales representatives, and that many doctors believe that the information they receive from these reps is complete and sufficiently reliable.

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The deck is stacked against physicians working in nursing homes:

All of this results in a significant amount of uncompensated care. Meanwhile, my elderly patients are living in their homes and independent living settings longer these days. That means the patients in nursing homes tend to be sicker and less medically stable, making more uncompensated work and more liability risk for the doctor . . .

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Bob Centor and #1 Dinosaur respond to Panda Bear.

Another recent study slams the US health care system. Here are some of the numbers that are somewhat less publicized by major media (emphasis mine):

Hidden away in these charts might be indications of why the national health plan idea has been politically unpopular in the United States. Chart #60 shows the percentage of "sicker adults" who had to wait more than four weeks to see a specialist: ...

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Medication refills

Any rhyme or reason? OnThePharm thinks not.

Some are saying the AMA's "opt-out" clause for physician prescribing patterns is too subtle. With millions of dollars at stake, the AMA is caught in the middle.

Apparently he was a sound sleeper.

They're not happy with the portrayal of Canada's health care system in Sicko:

Moore started with a stunningly stupid statement that essentially told these socialized medicine ingrates to quit their whining about 18 month-long waits for gallbladder surgeries because it means they apparently live three years longer...somehow. Moore lashed out at these legitimate questions about his habit of propping up an unrealistic portrayal of a socialist utopia (or ...

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A Florida physician is guilty for providing material support to terrorists.

A report wondering if they are linked:

The debate has now largely moved on and the focus is now on outcomes and experiences in the mental health system.

For example, regardless of the higher rates of psychosis, it seems that when in contact with mental health services, outcomes for Afro-Carribean people are much worse than white people.

This is where the subtlety in the debate lies. Higher ...

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PhRMA defends itself from the heat surrounding its relationship with physicians:

Who better to know about the scientific complexities of prescription medicines than the companies that create them? Pharmaceutical experts are a key source of information for healthcare providers on side effects and new studies regarding medicines they may prescribe. Clearly, patients benefit from these exchanges. Picture the opposite. What would a patient's reaction be if a doctor shrugged ...

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