Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
Friday, May 23, 2008
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On May 22, 2008, FDA launched the Sentinel Initiative with the ultimate goal of creating and implementing the Sentinel System--a national, integrated, electronic system for monitoring medical product safety.
The Sentinel System will enable FDA to query multiple, existing data sources, such as electronic health record systems and medical claims databases, for information about medical products. The system will enable FDA to query data sources at remote locations, consistent with strong privacy and security safeguards. Data sources will continue to be maintained by their owners.
This historic new system will strengthen FDA's ability to monitor the performance of a product throughout its entire life cycle, thus enhancing the protection and promotion of public health. Such a system could also ultimately facilitate data mining and other research-related activities.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
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The Massachusetts Medical Society yesterday sought to derail a two-year-old plan under which physicians are ranked for cost and quality measures by health plans associated with the Group Insurance Commission, the agency that oversees health insurance for thousands of public employees at state and local levels.
In a lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court, the society - which represents the state's doctors - alleges the commission's plan hurts physicians and patients.
Monday, May 19, 2008
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Zimmer, one of the world’s biggest makers of orthopaedic implants, is reviewing its contracts with hundreds of US surgeons in a move that could take the company’s bill for clearing up a legal case last year to more than $450m.
Under procedures intended to make its dealings with surgeons with whom it has consultancy relationships more transparent, Zimmer is considering terminating its royalty contracts with many of these doctors.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
America’s Horse, May 1, 2008 – Five individuals and three horses will be inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame during the 2009 American Quarter Horse Association Convention, March 6-9 in San Antonio, Texas.
The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame was established in 1975 to honor people and horses instrumental in the development of the breed and the American Quarter Horse Association. Induction into the Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors bestowed by AQHA...
Make It Do
Make It Do was born in 1964. A six-time winner on the track, the sorrel gelding who was nicknamed “Peanuts” would use his speed to chase down steers in the rodeo arena and end up in two Halls. Peanuts was purchased off the race track in 1968 and went on to be a rodeo legend. In 1977, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association awarded a trophy for the first time to the season’s best steer wrestling horse. The top 30 money winners in the event were up for the award and the winner in 1977-78 was Peanuts, who was owned by C.R. Jones of Lakeside, California. Peanuts was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1979.
If it's possible to have a crush on a horse, then I had certainly had one on Peanuts! My Uncle Stan (Immenschuh) trained Peanuts as a racehorse, before he went onto rodeo arena glory. Congratulations, Peanuts!
Per Policy D-600.992, AMA Board and Council reports are being posted here as they have become available for “review by all physicians and the public and comment by AMA members.”
Readers should note that these reports refer only to items to be considered by the AMA House of Delegates during its 2008 Annual Meeting (June 14-18). No action has been taken on these items, and all reports should be considered informational at this time. Only items which have been acted on finally by the House of Delegates can be considered official, with final results reflected in the Proceedings of the House of Delegates...
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Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
The AMA’s Division of Continuing Physician Professional Development will hold its annual Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, June 14 (1:00 – 2:30pm, Comiskey Room) in conjunction with the AMA Annual Meeting. Topics included will be updates from the Council on Medical Education, ACCME accreditation criteria, the AMA's Initiative to Transform Medical Education, the AMA PRA 40th Anniversary, and other emergent AMA issues related to CME/CPPD. This meeting is open to all individuals with an interest in learning more about AMA CPPD issues and the AMA PRA credit system. For more information about this meeting, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Click here to go the AMA's website.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Many of the changes relate to even greater transparency, and include:Click here to access the ABPI's press release. Click here to access the code. Hat tip to Pharmalot.
- Companies will have to make publicly available a short description of their support for patient organisations for both financial and significant indirect support.
- Sponsorship declarations must accurately reflect the nature of the company’s involvement.
- It will be a breach of the code to fail to disclose details on ongoing clinical trials.
- Companies will need to have a contract for health professionals and others employed as consultants, and are strongly encouraged to require consultants to declare this as an interest.
- Companies are also encouraged to make publicly available information about donations and grants to institutions etc that support healthcare and research.
Friday, May 09, 2008
Just as delays in transmitting information about a drug’s safety can lead to poorly informed medical decisions, the same phenomenon applies when it comes to information about a drug’s effectiveness.Click here to access the article.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Stupak delivered the following statement:Click here to read the entire statement (and article). I say we blame it all on Joan Lunden.
Nearly 10 years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relaxed its rules related to direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertisements for prescription pharmaceutical products.
Since then, spending on DTC ads has increased from about $1.1 billion in 1997 to about $4.2 billion in 2005.
This nearly 300 percent increase in DTC ad spending dwarfs the 86 percent spending increase in advertisements to physicians and the 103 percent spending increase in research and development over the same period.
When was the last time you were bribed by a piece of pizza or a logo pen with five days worth of ink?Click here to read.
Saturday, May 03, 2008
CME Best Practices
Professional Practice Gaps
Physician Survey Results
Respondents included accredited and non-accredited providers and "neither." If you'd like to add your two cents to this survey:
Friday, May 02, 2008
In one-on-one interviews with 700 Americans, roughly 23 percent reported loaning their prescription medications to someone else, and 27 percent reported borrowing prescription medications.Click here to access the article.
The survey also showed that Whites (23 percent) and Hispanics (26 percent) were more apt to share prescription pain medicines than were African Americans (14 percent). Women were more apt than men to share antibiotics (24 percent vs 12 percent).
Direct-to-Consumer Advertising: Marketing, Education, or Deception?Click here to access the link to this hearing.
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Hearing
10:00 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building
Thursday, May 01, 2008
The program is designed to supplement the care provided by on-site nurses during overnight shifts in intensive care units by equipping them with instant links to critical care physicians -- specialists known as intensivists -- based at a command center at a Wilmington, Del., hospital.Click here to access.