Multi-Mex Distributor Inc. Announces Recall of Dietary Supplements
Multi-Mex Distributor, Inc. has recalled dietary supplements that may be labeled and packaged to look like antibiotics readily available over-the-counter (OTC) in Mexico and possibly familiar to Hispanic consumers. (mais…)
Financial Ties Bind Medical Societies to Drug and Device
Billboards from a medical device company near Moscone Center in San Francisco, site of a Heart Rhythm Society convention. Photo by Robert Durell for ProPublica.
SAN FRANCISCO — From the time they arrived to the moment they laid their heads on hotel pillows, the thousands of cardiologists attending this week’s Heart Rhythm Society conference have been bombarded with pitches for drugs and medical devices. (mais…)
Read Gov’t Report Showing 1 in 7 Hospitalized Medicare
Beneficiaries Harmed by Care
One out of every seven hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries experiences an “adverse event,” which means the patient is harmed as a result of medical care. That’s according to a study released today  by the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general.
The “adverse events” contribute to an estimated 15,000 patient deaths  each month and add at least $4.4 billion  to the government’s annual Medicare expenses, the report projected. These findings were based on a nationally representative random sample taken from the nearly 1 million Medicare beneficiaries discharged from hospitals in October 2008.
The report’s findings were “consistent with previous studies” but “nonetheless disturbing ,” Carolyn Clancy, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, said in a written response to the report.
Medicare and Medicaid chief Donald Berwick, in a separate response, said that his agency is working to improve care not only for hospitalized patients, but is also trying to address “issues in dialysis centers and ambulatory and long term care settings.” (mais…)