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U.S. to Force Drug Firms to Report Money Paid to Doctors

To head off medical conflicts of interest, the Obama administration is poised to require drug companies to disclose the payments they make to doctors for research, consulting, speaking, travel and entertainment. Many researchers have found evidence that such payments can … Continue reading

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Westport Plastic Surgeon Fined $25,000

A Westport plastic surgeon was fined $25,000 by the Connecticut Medical Examining Board on Tuesday for operating a clinic that inspectors found had sloppy record-keeping and rusty and dirty equipment.  Read more….

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Secrecy protects doctors with long histories of problems

Buried deep in a federal database is Practitioner No. 222117, perhaps the most frequently disciplined doctor in America. This doctor has been accused of violating drug laws, prescribing unauthorized medications, providing substandard care and obtaining licenses through fraud. From 2002 … Continue reading

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Bill Would Require More Monitoring of Implants

Amid growing problems with artificial hips and other medical implants, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the Senate on Wednesday that would force manufacturers to track the performance of such products after they were approved for sale. The bill would allow … Continue reading

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Dr. Don Berwick’s 5 principles for change in healthcare

Berwick outlined five principles to guide change in health care: Put the patient first. Among those, put the poor and disadvantaged first, “those in the beginning, the end, and the shadows of life. Let us meet the moral test.” Start … Continue reading

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31 Organizations Call for Safe Drug Manufacturing Reforms – Nov. 29 2011

CTCPS joins 30 other organizations in a call for Safe Drug Manufacturing Reforms Late yesterday, thirty advocacy organizations, representing seniors, labor, providers, patient safety advocates, cancer patients, and consumers joined Community Catalyst in calling for Congressional action to improve the … Continue reading

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peer review/publishing/corrupted science

Peer review is the process that decides whether your work gets published in an academic journal. It doesn’t work very well any more, mainly as a result of the enormous number of papers that are being published (an estimated 1.3 million papers in 23,750 journals in 2006). There simply aren’t enough competent people to do the job. The overwhelming effect of the huge (and unpaid) effort that is put into reviewing papers is to maintain a status hierarchy of journals. Any paper, however bad, can now get published in a journal that claims to be peer-reviewed.

Peer review is the process that decides whether your work gets published in an academic journal. It doesn’t work very well any more, mainly as a result of the enormous number of papers that are being published (an estimated 1.3 million papers in 23,750 journals in 2006). There simply aren’t enough competent people to do the job. The overwhelming effect of the huge (and unpaid) effort that is put into reviewing papers is to maintain a status hierarchy of journals. Any paper, however bad, can now get published in a journal that claims to be peer-reviewed. Continue reading

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Analysis of flawed medical examining board

For years, outside critics have lashed out at the board, saying it is too lenient with doctors, and has allowed some physicians to keep their licenses after having committed egregious violations.

Critics have been equally harsh toward the Department of Public Health’s investigatory and legal staff, which looks into claims against doctors, hands often-truncated findings to the board and recommends

resolutions.

Patient advocates believe the board and DPH are failing to protect the public against the few bad apples who abuse their medical privileges.

Board members themselves — past and present — told Greenwich Time they believe the system is flawed. Continue reading

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Connecticut's A Haven For Doctors In Trouble

courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-ed-physicians-discipline-1224-20101224,0,1572509.story Negligent Physicians Connecticut Medical Examining Board needs to toughen up December 24, 2010 What do you do if you’re a physician in Massachusetts, Rhode Island or New York and have been disciplined by authorities — maybe even lost your … Continue reading

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The public does care and paying attention

  Look at the legs Pro-Public’s Dollars for Docs grew.  They will be adding three more pharmaceutical companies to their data bank next year. The Pro-Publica Treasure Trove: Payments to Physicians and Why Conflict-of-Interest Policies, Gift Bans, and Sunshine Laws Matter  ProPublica, a center for … Continue reading

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