Friday, June 25, 2010

Are docs out of touch with the whole physician-industry relationship media thing?

The results of a survey on physician attitudes about the marketing practices of industry has just been published in the Archives of Surgery and might provide some insight.  Click here to access the article (free full text!).  Hat tip to FierceHealthcare.

ACGME proposes new recommendations

From the FierceHealthcare article:
...first-year residents would be more closely supervised by experienced doctors, and the maximum length of their work shifts would be cut from 24 hours to 16 hours. In addition, all residents and their supervisors would be required to explain their roles to patients, making it clear that supervisors are ultimately in charge of their care.
Click here to access the FHC article.  Click here to access the NEJM article.

European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations releases "Leadership Statement on Ethical Practices"

Click here to access the EFPIA press release.

PharmedOut Conference Happening Today!

PharmedOut is at this very moment conducting their conference "Prescription for Conflict: Should Industry Fund Continuing Medical Education?".  Click here to access the conference agenda.  Click here to read Policy and Medicine's blog posting on this conference.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

University of Michigan just says no to commercial support of CME

From the New York Times article:
Dr. James O. Woolliscroft, dean of Michigan’s medical school, said leading faculty members “wanted education to be free from bias, to be based on the best evidence and a balanced view of the topic under discussion.”
The debate over whether the medical profession should develop an industry-free model of postgraduate education is a delicate one. A conference at Georgetown University on Friday, called “Prescription for Conflict,” will highlight the arguments on both sides through presentations by federal health officials, professors from leading medical schools, hospital executives and a Senate investigator.  
Click here to access the NYT article.

ACCME to host town-hall meeting for medical specialty societies

on Monday afternoon, June 28th in the Windy City.  Contact Marcia Martin at ACCME for more information.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Yep, most things are multifactorial...surgical care processes certainly are

From the JAMA article "Adherence to Surgical Care Improvement Project Measures and the Association With Postoperative Infections":

Our results are consistent with previous findings regarding public report of process-of-care quality data. Based on our findings, the individual item performance rates reported publicly do not fulfill their stated purpose of pointing consumers toward high-quality hospitals. However, when taken in aggregate, improved performance on our global all-or-none composite measure is associated with improved outcomes at the discharge level. Therefore, while the individual items may not imply quality differences, the overall ability to demonstrate adherence to multiple SCIP processes of care may. Improved methods for identification of quality of care are necessary to be able to define improvements in patient outcomes, and to justify the massive investment of time and money in tracking these processes of care.

Click here to access the JAMA article.  

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Medical device consultant and company "divorce"

From the New York Times article "Surgeon vs. Knee Maker: Who's Rejecting Whom?:
IT was a long, fruitful medical marriage that is fast becoming an angry public divorce, one that offers a rare look at a clash between a top-shelf consultant and his corporate patron over patient safety.
Amid the booming use of artificial joints in the United States, the breakup between Dr. Berger and Zimmer highlights what experts say is a troubling situation for patients and doctors: when disputes arise about orthopedic implant safety, there are no independent referees or sources of information because no one tracks the performance of the devices.
 Click here to access the NYT article.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

CDC reports big jump in ER visits due to abuse of prescription painkillers

From the Reuters article:
Emergency department visits involving the nonmedical use of pain drugs such as oxycodone rose to 305,885 in 2008, from 144,644 in 2004, according to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"We urgently need to take action," CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in a statement, noting that trips to the emergency department for nonmedical use of prescription pain drugs are now as common as those for use of illicit drugs.
 Click here to access.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Another off-label investigation

From the FiercePharma article:
Is U.S. Rep. Edolphus Towns the new Big Pharma watchdog? The chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is already spearheading an investigation into Johnson & Johnson's recent consumer-drug recalls. And now, he's launched a probe into Wyeth's marketing of the transplant drug Rapamune.
Click here to read more.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Secondhand smoke and mental health (or lack thereof)

 From the New York Times article:
 Nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke were 1.5 times as likely to suffer from symptoms of psychological distress as unexposed nonsmokers, the study found, and the risk increases the greater their exposure to passive smoking.
Click here to access the NYT article. Click here to access the Archives of General Psychiatry article (free text).

Friday, June 11, 2010

June issue of Medical Meetings magazine now available

Be certain to check out CHECKUP WITH EDITOR SUE PELLETIER!  A good read, as they say, for a Friday here to access CHECKUP.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Will these nurses face...consequences?

From the North County Times article:
Tri-City Medical Center's chief executive said Monday that he intends to fire five employees, and discipline a sixth, who allegedly discussed patient information on an Internet site.

In a statement released by the hospital, CEO Larry Anderson said Tri-City will pursue termination hearings for the five employees who "used social media to post their personal discussions concerning hospital patients."

Tri-City has not specified what kind of patient information was posted online, but Anderson said no patient names, photographs or similar identifying information appear to have been used.
Click here to access the NCT article.  In this age of social media, this is one to follow!