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Government Website Created for Physician Sunshine Act

By on February 20, 2013 - Comments off

For years, the pharmaceutical industry has targeted physicians and teaching hospitals to help them market their products. Drug companies provide free samples of their product for physician’s to use and offer lucrative opportunities for those who promote their drug, including gifts, dining and entertainment, lecturing opportunities in resort destinations and other forms of payment. This relationship helps the pharmaceutical company and the physician but not necessarily the patient. A physician who is being paid to promote a product may not be objective when determining the most effective medication for a patient.

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FDA Announces Proposed New Regulations for Metal Hip Implant Devices

By on January 21, 2013 - Comments off

Undergoing hip replacement surgery is demanding of the body and requires weeks, months, or up to years, of recovery and rehabilitation, but the final result of improved mobility and well-being usually makes the process worth it. Unfortunately, according to The New York Times, about 500,000 patients who received metal-on-metal hip replacements have reported hip implant failure. In many of these cases, a patient will need corrective surgery, but this is typically after already having to endure physical pain, emotional grief, and other risks, such as the release of metal particles into the body and bloodstream.

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