Drug exports threaten supply, group warns
Growing Canadian resistance for "allowing the U.S. to raid our medicine cabinet".

Newsweek: Bad Medicine
Newsweek with a critical look at our health care system. It comments that neither candidates' proposals gets to the root of the problem:

But that doesn't address the real driver of medical inflation: your demand for more and more care, especially high-tech treatments.

Knowledge is Health
Much has been written here about banning direct-to-consumer advertising. This article presents an alternative view.

Vaccines, lottery-style
I know it's the fairest thing to do, but it's sad that it had to come down to this.

Vaccine liability
Carey Cuprisin writes more on the tort system being one of the factors causing the flu vaccine shortage.

Hospital using liens to collect from patients
It seems mercenary and places both the hospital and patients in a difficult position. However, if the hospital can't collect and the patient can't afford the bills, who pays for the medical care?

What primary care needs now
A look at addressing the problems in primary care.

Lessons from the withdrawal of rofecoxib (Vioxx)
BMJ with their view.

Why did Chiron Flu Crisis Affect USA more than England?
Some observations:

Last August UK officials, with the same information the US officials had, decided something had to be done in case the Chiron supplies, 14% of UK supplies, went belly up. The US officials decided to believe Chiron and gamble 48% of their supplies on an assurance that everything would turn out fine despite some worrying set backs.

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NY Times: With Few Suppliers of Flu Shots, Shortage Was Long in Making
A detailed look at the flu vaccine shortage.

What to do if you are taken hostage
BMJ with some tips for physicians who want to work in dangerous areas. An interesting read.

Dr. James Baker with a psychiatrist's opinion on the black-box antidepressant warning by the FDA yesterday.

Where there’s smoke

Keeping a close eye on this: Pfizer Warns of Risks From Its Painkiller

Gaining attention

Almost a month ago, some Maryland physicians protested a 33 percent increase in malpractice premiums. It seems like they have brought about some action:

Maryland leaders raised hopes yesterday for a special session of the General Assembly next month that would focus on curbing insurance rate increases for doctors, but they acknowledged that key details -- including how to pay for new initiatives -- remain unresolved.

Don’t believe it

With the popularity of anti-bacterial soaps and cleansers, I have been asked - do they really work? No.

No sharing

Canada isn't sharing their flu vaccine supply: "The stuff that's sitting in my fridge isn't for them."

Update:
Waiting some four hours for the flu vaccine caused someone to collapse and die.

You can blame the lawyers for the flu vaccine shortage (via Medpundit):

Whether doctors are quitting the profession because of an out-of-control tort system, whether malpractice premiums are the cause of health care increases--such ...

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BMJUSA with a comprehensive look at the role of email consultations (in two parts).

Drug importation

The NY Times writes a price on how drug importation from Canada isn't a cure-all.

A reader responds to the recent WSJ story on the effects of non-economic caps:

I have become a pediatric patient safety advocate, not by my own choosing. I have received several emails from grieving parents over the past few months asking me for advice. They can't get answers why their child died - because of the archaic and accepted disclosure policies most hospitals insist upon - nor an attorney ...

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A report came out today focusing on the dangers of osteoporosis:

Americans of all ages must do more to protect their bones now to protect themselves from fractures and other related problems later in life, U.S. health officials warned on Thursday.

About 10 million Americans ages 50 and older already have the bone-weakening disease osteoporosis, and another 34 million risk developing it. By 2020, 14 million older adults ...

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