Undoing: BU aging study, MA disclosure laws

The take-down of the BU study began Wednesday and continues. More here on Nature Network Boston. Also, the Mass House of Representatives voted to repeal the state's disclosure law, which requires drug makers to report donation to researchers. From AP via the Globe: House leaders defended the vote to repeal the ban, approved just two … Continue reading Undoing: BU aging study, MA disclosure laws

Radio Boston: The Influence of Pharma on Docs

WBUR's Radio Boston takes on the ever-present issue of the influence of drug makers on docs. Listen on their web site or today at 3. Guests include: Jerry Avorn, M.D., PChief of the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and author of Powerful Medicines: The Benefits, Risks and … Continue reading Radio Boston: The Influence of Pharma on Docs

Academics, industry, health reform and medical devices

The NYTimes business section has an update on academic/industry partnerships and explains new transparency rules in the Senate reform bill. Massachusetts has had a state law on this but it's only been in effect for a few months. A group of doctors who oppose the law held a meeting in Boston this summer. Also, read on and … Continue reading Academics, industry, health reform and medical devices

Lilly funds 60 Boston docs

From The Boston Globe: At least 60 Massachusetts doctors collectively have earned more than a half-million dollars this year as speakers paid by pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co. - including two Boston Medical Center physicians whose participation is being reviewed for possible violation of a hospital policy against marketing activities by its doctors. After … Continue reading Lilly funds 60 Boston docs

FDA doc takes heat for strict standards on new cancer drugs

 I had a long wait for the Red Line and a gratis NY Times from the BU Comm school. So, I read this piece about the FDA doc who is trying to protect patients from marginally useful cancer drugs. Dr. Richard Pazdur, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s cancer drug office "has helped to … Continue reading FDA doc takes heat for strict standards on new cancer drugs

BHN Exclusive: Mass gift ban takes a beating from ACRE

Thursday’s inaugural meeting of the Association of Clinical Researchers and Educators drew a full house to the Bornstein Amphitheater at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Members of the group believe that disclosure rules and gift bans for doctors – like the one that just went into effect in Massachusetts –  are too strict.  The meeting program describes the issue this … Continue reading BHN Exclusive: Mass gift ban takes a beating from ACRE

Stossel, conflicts and the new Health Wonk Review

First, check out this week’s edition of the Health Wonk Review, hosted by The NewHealth Dialogue Blog. Paul Testa goes for the carnival theme.  “It's time to let your inner wonk wander through a spectacle that's as uniquely American as apple pie and health reform.” Then check out the Globe story on docs who are … Continue reading Stossel, conflicts and the new Health Wonk Review

Health news from and about The Boston Globe

 My weekly news review for MassDevice.com bemoans the potential loss of our daily broadsheet as a source of health news. Here's more evidence to support my case.  Beth Israel faulted for staph outbreak in mothers, babies Over the past six months, 18 mothers and 19 newborns have become sick with a dangerous bacterial infection soon … Continue reading Health news from and about The Boston Globe

Wednesday Bloody Wednesday in MA for drug and device makers?

 (Sorry, U2 played in the tiny Somerville Theater last night.) State regulators yesterday approved the final details of a new regulation limiting gifts from drug companies to docs. Liz Kowalczyk of the Globe explains it here. The regulations, approved by the Public Health Council, are intended to implement a law passed last summer to restrict interactions … Continue reading Wednesday Bloody Wednesday in MA for drug and device makers?