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DOLLARS FOR DOCTORS – Reports Detail More…

Dollars for Doctors

Reports Detail More Drug Industry Ties to Medical Societies

by Nicholas Kusnetz
ProPublica

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At the Heart Rhythm Society convention in San Francisco in early May, key cards to hotel rooms were sponsored by St. Jude Medical at the price of $45,000-$70,000. Other news outlets have since chimed in to report on apparent conflict-of-interest issues involving medical societies. (Photo by Robert Durell for ProPublica) (mais…)

HEALTH – RECALL DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS AND OTHERS

OTC Amoxilina and Other Dietary Supplements Recalled Due to Packaging Mix-up With Antibiotic

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…)

DOLLARS FOR DOCTORS

Dollars for Doctors HOW INDUSTRY MONEY REACHES PHYSICIANS

Financial Ties Bind Medical Societies to Drug and Device

Makers

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.

by Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber
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…)

Brain Wars – How the Military Is Failing Its Wounded

Critical Shortage of Army Neurologists for U.S. Troops in Iraq

and Afghanistan

by T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, and Daniel Zwerdling, NPR

.The Army is facing a “critical” shortage of neurologists, partly because of recent policy changes designed to improve diagnosis and treatment of mild traumatic brain injuries, according to a new military medical memorandum.

The policies, issued last June, require soldiers who have suffered three or more mild traumatic brain injuries in a year to receive a comprehensive evaluation by a neurologist or similarly qualified doctor. The military also set up a clinic in Afghanistan last year specifically to treat traumatic brain injury and mandated rest periods for soldiers exposed to blasts. (mais…)

Dollars for Docs / What Drug Companies are Paying Your Doctor

Dollars for Docs Adds Payouts from HIV Drug Maker

by Charles OrnsteinTracy Weber and Dan Nguyen
ProPublica

A firm that specializes in HIV medications has become the eighth pharmaceutical company to disclose the payments it has made to U.S. health professionals for speaking and consulting. (mais…)

DOLLARS FOR DOCS

Drug Firms Say They’ll Take Closer Look at the Docs They

Pay

 

(Kate Kunath/Getty Images)

Several of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical companies said they plan to tighten screening of physicians who promote their drugs after ProPublica reported last month that more than 250 of them had been sanctioned for misconduct.

Eli Lilly and Co. said that next year, for the first time, it would hire an outside firm to search for state disciplinary actions against its hired speakers and advisers. Lilly, the seventh-largest company by U.S. prescription sales, did not previously conduct such screening and was unaware of the dozens of actions ProPublica found against its speakers. (mais…)

ADVERSE EVENTS – HEALTH AND CARE

Read Gov’t Report Showing 1 in 7 Hospitalized Medicare

Beneficiaries Harmed by Care

Health

by Marian Wang
ProPublica

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 [1] by the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general.

The “adverse events” contribute to an estimated 15,000 patient deaths [2] each month and add at least $4.4 billion [3] 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 [4],” 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…)

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