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Physician Conflicts of Interest

Physicians occupy a special place in our society.  They are respected and honored.  They are often well-compensated for their efforts.  We trust our doctors.  Very few patients ever think that the doctor who is recommending surgery or a particular treatment … Read More

Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Fee for Service, Fraud, health, Health Care Costs, Hip Replacement, Hospitals, joint replacement, Medical Devices, medical ethics, Orthopedics, PODS, Secrecy |

The Never Event.

In 2001, the concept of “never events” was introduced.  The idea was that a never event was one which was identifiable, caused serious injury or death and was almost always preventable.  The original list has grown and there are now … Read More

Posted in Birth Injuries, blood infections, disclosure of medical mistakes, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Medical Devices, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medicare, Medication Errors, never events, Nurses, Pharmacy Malpractice, Prescription Errors, retained surgical instruments, Secrecy, Surgical Errors |

The Continuous Glucose Monitor and Type 2 Diabetes.

The latest marketing campaign directed at Type 2 diabetics is intended to sell them continuous glucose monitors (CGM’s).  Since there are estimated to be over 30 million Americans with Type 2 diabetes, there are a lot of potential customers. For … Read More

Posted in drug companies, General Health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Medical Devices, Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes |

The Medtronic Insulin Pump Lawsuits Are Beginning.

If you read these posts with any regularity, you know my 10 year old grandson is a Type 1 diabetic.  He just “celebrated” his “diaversary,” marking 7 years since his diagnosis on the Labor Day weekend in 2013.  He manages … Read More

Posted in General Health, health, healthy living, Medical Devices, science news, Type 1 Diabetes |

Defective Surgical Staplers And The FDA.

The surgical stapler is an important tool.  Rather than spend substantial time sewing body parts together during abdominal, thoracic or bowel surgeries, surgeons can use a stapler to close up wounds and attach body parts.  Removable staples are also used … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, health, Hospitals, Medical Devices, medical mistakes, medical research, Secrecy |

Hip Replacements.

One consequence of our lengthening life spans is that we are wearing out our original equipment.  Our knees and hips were not intended to last 60 or 70 years.  They certainly weren’t intended to support the heavy bodies so many … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Blood Clots, blood infections, Board Certification, Doctors, heart attack, Hip Replacement, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, joint replacement, Medical Devices, Medicare, Nurses, Obesity, Orthopedics, Pulmonary Embolism, Sepsis, Surgical Errors |

Change Is Coming To The Hospital.

According to an excellent piece which recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the coronavirus pandemic has upset the way in which hospitals have arranged their businesses. In hard hit areas, ICU’s have filled up and other departments in the … Read More

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Our Drug Development Model and Drug Supply Chain Are Broken.

One of the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic is that our drug development model and drug supply chain are broken.  Our western capitalist system has served us well for many years.  It provided products at a low price, which allowed … Read More

Posted in drug companies, Fraud, health, Health Care Costs, Lawsuits, Medical Costs, Medical Devices, Medicare, Pharmacies, Secrecy, Vaccines |

Physician Conflicts of Interest

One of the very first of the ethical rules promulgated by the American Medical Association requires doctors to place the welfare of the patient ahead of the doctor’s own self-interest or obligations to others.  As life grows ever more complicated, … Read More

Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Informed Consent, Medical Devices, medical ethics, medical research, PODS, Secrecy |

A New Problem For Hospitals – And Patients

When you go to the hospital for an operation, you expect that the hospital will have the surgical instruments and medical devices the surgeon will need to perform the procedure.  With rare exceptions, that has not been a problem in … Read More

Posted in health, Hospitals, Infection, Medical Devices, science news |