The New York Times had an important story that “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. …Those with the most to lose are the hundreds of thousands of people who receive an orthopedic device each year.”
The Wall Street Journal Health Blog wrote that “The FDA is proposing new rules on consumer prescription drug ads aimed at making the information about side effects more understandable. (Off the top of our heads, we’d just suggest they slooooooowwww down when discussing all the rare, but often-horrific sounding side effects of a given medication.)… The comment period ends Monday (June 28).“
Blogger Brian Reid offered one more important followup about news coverage of the big American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting earlier this month. In so doing, he referenced George Carlin’s 7 words, as I’ve been known to do. Excerpt:
“But during the meeting, the national media — the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the broadcast networks and the Associated Press — wrote on only seven studies, a tiny snippet of what was presented. These seven stories, in turn, were pulled from the small number of studies promoted by the ASCO communications department with press briefings.”
And, if you missed it, the New York Times reported that the University of Michigan did what its Big 10 counterpart Minnesota couldn’t:
“In the latest effort to break up the often cozy relationship between doctors and the medical industry, the University of Michigan Medical School has become the first to decide that it will no longer take any money from drug and device makers to pay for coursework doctors need to renew their medical licenses.”
A committee (on which I served) recommended to the Minnesota med school that it eliminate corporate funding of CME within 5 years, but that recommendation was rejected by the administration. Score one big one for the Wolverines over the gutless Gophers on this one.