On February 18, 2014 the Food and Drug Administration indicated their consideration to allow pharmaceutical companies to shorten the list of possible side effects seen by millions everyday and night in pharmaceutical ads and commercials. In recent years, citizens -- patients and consumers -- have been bombarded with numerous and lengthy televised commercials in which pharmaceutical companies push their medicinal wares. It's called "direct-to-consumer" advertising (DTC). Such DTC efforts work for detergents, ...

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Because someone rammed her SUV half-head-on into my car, this physician-surgeon has, of late, been a patient at physicians’ offices and outpatient surgical centers; and while medical sights, sounds, and sharp scalpels don't scare me, one thing I've discovered about electronic medical records does.  They may not be accurate. I love my profession. I am a stickler for accuracy, and I like reviewing patient charts. I always secure a copy of ...

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