Friday, December 31, 2010
From 2004 to 2008, the third-largest performer of spinal fusions on Medicare patients in the United States was Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Norton Hospital also happens to employ five highly paid consultants to Medtronic, the leading manufacturer of the hardware used for spinal fusion. In just the first nine months of this year, Medtronic paid the five surgeon over $7 million. Another medical scam? Perhaps, especially when you consider that spinal fusion is a highly controversial procedure when it is performed on patients with degenerative disk disease. But the Wall Street Journal, which investigated Norton Hospital, is barred from revealing how many of the fusions were performed on such patients. Read about it here.
Posted by Carl at 10:29 AM
Thursday, December 16, 2010
According to a new report in PLoS One, the smoking cessation drug Chantix and the SSRI antidepressants lead a list of drugs likely to increase violent behavior.
Posted by Carl at 5:46 AM
Monday, December 13, 2010
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Minnesota Public Radio Part 1
Minnesota Public Radio Part 2
Twin Cities Daily Planet Part 1
Twin Cities Daily Planet Part 2
Pro Publica has checked its records of pharma payments to doctors against those of the Minnesota pharmacy board, and the Minnesota records have a lot of mistakes. Read more here.
Posted by Carl at 9:04 AM
Friday, December 10, 2010
here, at The Guardian.
Posted by m. wolston at 9:48 PM
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The Faculty for the Renewal of Public Education (FRPE) is calling for an investigation of the suicide of Dan Markingson. The group has sent a letter to the Board of Regents, supporting an earlier letter from Center for Bioethics faculty members. The FRPE letter can be found here.
Posted by Carl at 8:12 PM
Monday, December 6, 2010
A group of eight University of Minnesota faculty members affiliated with the Center for Bioethics has asked the Board of Regents to investigate a death in an industry-sponsored clinical trial at the university. Dan Markingson committed suicide in an AstraZeneca antipsychotic study in 2004. The letter and background information can be found here. Andy Mannix reports on the case for City Pages, while Thomas Lee's article for Med City News is here. Susan Perry also reports for MinnPost.
Posted by Carl at 7:10 AM