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The Land of the Gagged and the Home of the Complicit: Domestic Abortion Gag Rule is Unethical

05/22/2018

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

On his fourth day in office, Trump reinstated the Mexico City Rule. The MCR was originally declared by Ronald Reagan in 1984 to prohibit U.S. federal funds from going to non-governmental health organizations if they provide, promote, refer, or mention abortion services unless abortions were given at a separate facility. Last week, Trump announced that he was going to issue a domestic gagrule that would prohibit health care providers who receive federal funding from performing or mentioning abortion as an option to women.…

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05/23/2018
F.D.A. Names and Shames Drug Makers to Encourage Generic Competition Washington Post

On Thursday, the F.D.A. took a new tack and began posting a list of makers of brand-name drugs that have been the target of complaints, to persuade them to “end the shenanigans,” in the commissioner’s words. Dr. Gottlieb calls it transparency, but this approach is better known among ethicists as naming and shaming.

05/22/2018
Experimental drugs poised for use in Ebola outbreak Nature

International health organizations are in discussions with the Democratic Republic of Congo about how and whether to deploy treatments in addition to a vaccine.

05/21/2018
Medical Experts Blast U.S.C.’s Silence Over Gynecologist Scandal The New York Times

For decades, allegations of misconduct dogged the primary gynecologist in the student health center at the University of Southern California. There were reports that he inappropriately touched students during pelvic exams and made sexual comments about their bodies.

Yet even after university officials suspended the doctor, George Tyndall, in 2016 and forced him to step down a year later, they did not report the accusations to the California Medical Board. When their internal investigation was complete, officials said that the findings were a personnel matter and that there was no legal obligation to notify the state oversight board, which investigates doctors accused of misconduct.

05/21/2018
It’s the Guns The Atlantic

Americans of high-school age are 82 times more likely to die from a gun homicide than 15- to 19-year-olds in the rest of the developed world.