June 27, 2017

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What Is Your Left Ball Worth $$$???

Surgery

$870,000. As shown in this article, that is what a patient received in compensation for a surgical error that resulted in his left testicle being removed when it was the right one that should have been. But that includes $250,000 in punitive damages, so maybe the real value is only $620,000!!! Guys? Ladies? What do you think???

Bottom Line. Luckily, such surgical errors are extremely uncommon, and techniques exist for further minimizing the risk. When I had my cataract surgeries several years ago, I discovered that only one eye gets done at a time with the other eye being done about three weeks later. AND. I also discovered that in order to keep things straight, my surgeon had one operative day on which he ONLY did right eyes, and one on which he only did left eyes. 

That sort of struck me as tactical overkill at the time, but having read the wrong testicle report, it seems that anything that can be done to reduce the risk of surgical problems probably should be done.

Actually, isn’t that true of a lot of the things that we do?

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June 26, 2017

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The Mind Boggles!!!

EpiPen

Check out this piece. Apparently, all it takes is a good pricing scandal to get a competitor for EpiPen to market.

I know that the URL above only gets you to the first paragraph of the WSJ article unless you are a subscriber. BUT. That’s really all you need to learn:

  • That a generic alternative for the EpiPen is finally going to be available.
  • That no specific pricing information is being publicized at this time.
  • That the trade name selected for the product, Symjepi, has got to be one of the strangest I have ever seen. (I am sure it is just because I don’t understand . . . )

Bottom Line. With the amount of ire that has been raised about EpiPen pricing, and specifically price increases, over the past year, it should be very interesting to see what happens in this market once the generic hits the street. Maybe (?) we will finally get some indication as to what the public thinks is a fair price for a life-saving drug that you usually don’t have to take. We know $400 a year was seen as too high, but . . . 

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June 23, 2017

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Amazon Buys Whole Foods! So?

I frankly don’t know what to make of this. But I am betting Jeff Bezos does! Check out this post. In it, you will see the blogger opine that through this acquisition, WF will have the opportunity to function as a broader-based delivery system for healthy foods for America, rather than as a gentrified store for […]

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June 22, 2017

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The Insurance Companies Did It!!!

Check out this piece. In it, you will read that healthcare became such a mess because of the machinations of insurance companies and, behind them, the political workings of the AMA. You will also see the perspective that Obamacare and the latest Republican attempts at a healthcare bill are doomed to fail because they don’t […]

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June 21, 2017

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Not Funny!!!

You know ZDOGGMD. I’ve frequently shared his videos, which display his rapping style used to communicate important medical messages. Typically, they are both profound and humorous. But this time there is no humor. The “incident” that ZDOGG is reporting here, in narrative rather than rapping style, is the recent story of a nurse who was […]

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June 20, 2017

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Doctor???

We have previously written, probably ad nauseam at this point, about the raging battles in many healthcare fields concerning the rights and roles of “care extenders.” Dental Therapists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, etc. BUT. Here is an especially cogent piece specifically addressing Nurse Practitioners.  Read it.  I think that there are at least three major […]

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June 19, 2017

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I Hate My Job!!!

Here is a really depressing piece that lists, in good old David Letterman (remember him?) fashion, the 10 reasons that people don’t like working in the pharmaceutical industry. Given the critical importance of the Bio-Pharma space to healthcare, I find this list to be both accurate and especially troubling. And here is the worst part! […]

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June 16, 2017

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Speak Your Mind, But…

Check this out. Here you will find a blog post from a Canadian physician that sort of speaks for itself (pun intended.). The question wrestled with here deals with the extent to which medical professionals are “free” to speak their minds on social media.  Interestingly but not surprisingly, the blogger reported that those who are […]

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June 15, 2017

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Prioritization

Check this out! What you will see are guidelines for creating healthcare apps that people will love. More difficult, the blogging physician believes, than one would think. Why? Priorities! For example, many apps for hospital use are created with the priorities of the clients, i.e.,  hospital administrators, in mind. Their priority? Efficiency! Unfortunately, these apps […]

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June 12, 2017

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How 101 Words Helped to Fuel the Opioid Crisis

Check this out. What you will see is a fascinating analysis of how only a few sentences, under certain circumstances, can take on a life of their own and wreak major havoc. More specifically, what you will see is the impact felt from a 1980 Letter to the Editor of NEJM. Just a few sentences […]

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