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Archive: October, 2010

Can Doctors Trust Pharma's Data?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 10:52 AM
By guest blogger Daniel Hoffman: Last winter the federal government’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Studies (CMS) eased funding for physicians to adopt electronic medical records (EMRs), even as the agency also announced reimbursement penalties for those who refuse to make the conversion... Read more

Deceitful scofflaw or skilled caregiver? Dueling views of abortion doctor Steven Brigham

Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 6:16 PM
UPDATE: Reported by Inquirer medical writer Marie McCullough in Trenton: Abortion doctor Steven Brigham was portrayed as a dangerous scofflaw and a skilled and conscientious care giver in dueling presentations at the start of a hearing in Trenton to determine whether he will keep his New Jersey Medical... Read more

NJ medical board refuses to dismiss abortion doctor case

Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 3:56 PM
UPDATE: The start of the Brigham hearing was delayed. After the hearing began The Associated Press filed the following: TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The New Jersey attorney general’s office says an abortion doctor was “grossly negligent” for transporting some patients to Maryland to take... Read more

FDA warns of facture risk from osteoporosis drugs

Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 3:31 PM
The Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it would require label changes to bisphosphonates – the class of drugs prescribed to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women – to warn of an apparent increased risk of rare thigh fractures from the medications. The FDA noted... Read more

Breast feeding protects babies from infections

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 12:35 PM
Infants who are fed only beast milk for the first six months of life are less likely to develop common childhood infections compared to babies who are formula fed or get a mix of formula and breast milk, according to a study published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. Greek researchers... Read more

Faith’s power to heal

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 9:15 AM
A lot can be said for a positive attitude in life and apparently strong religious faith can work wonders in the hospital, according to a study in the October issue of Liver Transplantation. Researchers from the University of Pisa in Italy studied 179 patients who were candidates to get new livers... Read more

License hearing today for N.J. abortion doctor

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 5:11 PM
On Wednesday, Steven C. Brigham, the New Jersey doctor who runs a chain of abortion clinics in at least three states faces a hearing where he must show why the state board of medicine shouldn't take away his medical license. Inquirer medical reporter Marie McCullough has been covering the Brigham... Read more

Rising drug shortages posing serious risk to patients

Monday, October 11, 2010, 9:06 AM
By guest blogger Michael Cohen: You may recall that I wrote about a growing national drug shortage problem back in July. We’ve always had occasional problems with temporary unavailability of certain medications, but what we were hearing from colleagues around the country was much more than the... Read more

NJ abortion doctor responds to charges

Saturday, October 9, 2010, 9:20 AM
New Jersey abortion doctor Steven Brigham, 54, responded to charges by New Jersey and Maryland on Friday. In legal filings, Brigam said that neither state had grounds to discipline him for medical negligence or misconduct, Inquirer staff writer Marie McCullough reported in Saturday’s newspaper... Read more

Diet drug Meridia pulled off market

Friday, October 8, 2010, 12:41 PM
Abbott Laboratories on Friday pulled it's diet drug Meridia off the market in the US at the request of the Food and Drug Administration because the medicaiton increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. “Meridia’s continued availability is not justified when you compare the very modest... Read more
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Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
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