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California Moving Too Slow On Patient Safety Progress

Since 2006, California lawmakers have passed laws to improve patient safety, yet the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been moving at turtle speed to enforce these laws.

Categories: Doctor Accountability, Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors, MRSA
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What Vytorin/Zetia Ads Don’t Tell You

Last Sunday a panel of cardiologists told more than 5,000 people that high cholesterol patients shouldn’t take Vytorin and Zetia except as a last resort. Made by Merck and Schering-Plough, these widely prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs are taken by about four million Americans.

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Free drug samples hardly help the poor

If you are poor, uninsured, non-English speaking, or an ethnic or racial minority, you are less likely to receive free drug samples, according to a first of its kind study by Harvard researchers at the Cambridge Health Alliance.

Categories: Doctor Accountability, Drugs
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Statin drug may be approved for over the counter

Merck will be presenting to an FDA advisory committee tomorrow in an effort to get their Statin drug Mevacor approved for over-the-counter.

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A huge victory — and a huge thanks

Your emails, phone calls and visits to legislators helped win new drug safety protections for all Americans

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Brilliant biochemical chutzpah

Heartburn meds Nexium and Prilosec have been in the news lately because of the possibility they may increase risk of heart attack. While the jury’s still out on this, it’s fascinating look at the amount of money that’s been poured into the marketing of these drugs.

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Conflict of Interest

Doctors with Drug Ties Chosen for Avandia Panel

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Pfizer white coats, why not?

At a U.S. Senate Aging hearing today concerns were raised on doctors’ financial ties to drug companies ($19 billion in ties). One witness even said, “we have reached the point where it would be more convenient for speakers to simply wear NASCAR-style jackets emblazoned with their sponsor’s logos.”

Categories: Drugs, Uncategorized
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Another prestigious institution bans Pharma swag

In what the NY Times calls “a growing movement among academic institutions,” Stanford University Medical Center will ban gifts — even small ones like pens — from pharma sales reps to physicians who work there.

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