Sentencing in the case against Synthes executives
Fourth ex-Synthes executive is sentenced
Calling the conduct "fundamentally wrong," a federal judge Tuesday sentenced the last of four former Synthes Inc. executives to eight months in prison for his role in a scheme to illegally promote and test bone cements used by doctors in back operations, three of which ended with patients dying on the operating table. Read the article.
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Synthes' deal with Kensey Nash seems OK with feds
Synthes sells Norian to Kensey Nash
J&J and Synthes agree on $21.3 billion merger
Manufacturer pleads guilty to improper use of bone cement
Legal troubles for local billionaire
Synthes exec pleads guilty in bone-cement case
Synthes' relationship with surgeons questioned
Feds: Area firm tested bone cement on patients
McNeil Consumer Healthcare
An ailment in the house
McNeil Consumer Healthcare's manufacturing plant in Fort Washington was shut down after repeated recalls with drugs that were made there. A musty or moldy smell was detected in bottles of liquid medication. Metal particles were found in bottles of pills. The 2010 annual report says the McNeil recalls cost parent Johnson & Johnson $900 million.
Dartmouth's focus on health-care delivery
Dartmouth College began an innovative masters program to teach health care-oriented professionals, including one from Philadelphia, to look differently at how health care is delivered, so the outcomes for patients are better and the costs are lower. Dartmouth president Jim Yong Kim, who pushed the formation of the program, is a medical doctor and used to guide the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS program. Read the article here.
- Using checklists for surgeons in operating rooms, as pilots use in airliners.
- Keeping up-to-date and thorough electronic records to be used by everyone involved in a patient’s care to avoid medication errors.
- Using community health workers to call or visit patients to remind them to take medication so they don’t have to return for expensive emergency room care.
- Having better conversations with patients about the risks, rewards and costs of decisions about care.
In the videos at right, Michael Lachenmayer, who is enrolled in the Dartmouth program and is director of business process optimization for Amerihealth Administrators, talks about juggling classwork and life at home.
Al Mulley, director of the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, talks about the excitement of launching the first class in the master's program.
Paul Danos, dean of Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business, speaks about the challenge of combining a business school and med school for a joint program.
And Katherine Milligan, director of Dartmouth's new health-care delivery science master's degree, talks of why this job was appealing to her.
A call for health-care priority
Dartmouth College president Jim Yong Kim gives an address on the problems in American health care and Dartmouth’s new master's program emphasizing health-care delivery. Watch the video