Litigious risks to your health
"In 2002, the entire global vaccine manufacturing industry had roughly $6 billion in sales. But that same year, trial lawyers sought $30 billion in damages against the industry in just one lawsuit. The damages sought by the lawyers were fivefold the entire industry's net income. And now more than 350 similar lawsuits are pending.
So the trial bar has destroyed ...
shrinkette talks about an episode with threatening patient, influenced by substance abuse.
Man, 82, with Alzheimer's abandoned
I think Spain needs better case managers.
I have added JournalClub to my blogroll, featuring insight into recent medical studies by a cardiologist.
Vioxx, the implosion of Merck, and aftershocks at the FDA
"Investigations by the Wall Street Journal have revealed e-mails that confirm Merck executives' knowledge of their drug's adverse cardiovascular profile-the risk was "clearly there", according to one senior researcher. Merck's marketing literature included a document intended for its sales representatives which discussed how to respond to questions about Vioxx-it was labelled "Dodge Ball Vioxx". Given this disturbing contradiction- Merck's ...
Some interesting back and forth going on in the comments from this thread. An excerpt:
I'm just sick of seeing people like my second cousin (30 years old)-- a guy who makes $140K per year, dines out at the finest restaurants each week for $400, has an extensive wine collection valued at $60K, two plasma TV's valued at $16K, a summer home in the Hamptons worth $1 million ...
Doctors Don'Â’t Agree on Bextra Risk
The evidence behind the risk of Bextra isn't nearly as conclusive as Vioxx, so far. This story details the preliminary nature of the data.
Doctors: Oxycontin Getting Bad Rap
"For every person who abuses these drugs you don't hear about the tens of thousands of people who are suffering with persistent pain which is not adequately treated."
Elizabeth waited too long
"Elizabeth Edwards admits she did not get a mammogram for four years - an oversight that may have allowed her breast cancer to remain undetected."
Emphasizing the importance of breast cancer screening.
Biopsy finds Elizabeth Edwards' breast cancer has not spread
Good news indeed.
New Study Links Pfizer's Bextra, Similar to Vioxx, to Heart Attacks
"This is a time bomb waiting to go off."
The data is retrospective, and thus not nearly as robust as the Vioxx data, which was randomized. That being said, a black box warning adds to the bad day Bextra is having, for an association with Stevens-Johnson syndrome.
Pfizer defends the allegations, but ...
Canada Warns It Cannot Be the Drugstore to U.S.
"It is difficult for me to conceive of how a small country like Canada could meet the prescription drug needs of approximately 280 million Americans without putting our own supply at serious risk."
High doses of vitamin E may be risky
The study wasn't sure of the cause of this increased risk. Many people take additional vitamin E supplements for the prevention of heart disease. There is strong evidence against this practice. Many of the "beneficial" studies were observational studies, often the poorest form of evidence. A randomized trial showed no evidence that vitamin E prevented any cardiovascular ...
Long-term success seen in obesity drug
The next big thing - a medication for obesity and smoking cessation. However, before everyone jumps on the bandwagon, remember prior cautionary tales (Fen-phen and Vioxx to name a couple).
Diary of a death
Illustrating the importance of patient support that is not always provided by physicians.
Arafat Dead, Say Palestinian Sources Amid Confusion
Hard for me to understand what's going on in Paris. Death really shouldn't be a diagnosis that is debatable.