Tag Archives: Institute of Medicine

What We Have Here Is a Failure to Communicate

Preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. We’re talking about 250,000 lives lost, trailing only heart disease and cancer. If you think these errors are confined to hospitalized patients, you’d be wrong. About half of them are the result of mistakes in the outpatient setting (read: doctors’ offices). By […]

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A Victory for Women’s Health!

Congratulations, ladies!! You may finally have won freedom over your own bodies! Earlier this week I wrote that the Institute of Medicine was making recommendations about whether birth control should be considered preventive care and, thus, be free to consumers under the new healthcare law. The Institute has recommended that beginning in 2014 or earlier […]

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Stop Taking Drug-Maker Money!

Taking money and gifts from pharmaceutical companies is nothing new. I remember back in the 80s, as a newly appointed faculty member, many lavish dinners and Christmas Parties at country clubs that were paid for by drug manufacturers. I still remember the chairman of medicine raising his glass of expensive Bordeaux and toasting “here’s to […]

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