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03/04/2015

Will the US Ever Control Drug Prices Like the Rest of the World?

<p class="MsoNormal" style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"><span style="line-height: 22.3999996185303px; font-size: 11.1999998092651px;">Probably not. It’s just not the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1991/05/24/business/why-drugs-cost-more-in-us.html">American way</a>.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">And, it is true that <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22392823">Americans pay more</a> out-of-pocket for prescription drugs than citizens in other developed countries. Other nations use <a href="http://lawdigitalcommons.bc.edu/iclr/vol26/iss2/8/">government cost controls</a> and aggressive cost containment strategies to regulate prescription drug costs. Historically, the US Congress has deliberately and consistently <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Taking-Your-Medicine-Regulation-United/dp/0674867254">refused to regulate</a> prescription drug pricing directly.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 22.3999996185303px;">The American pharmaceutical industry often has been accused of gouging consumers and profiteering. Its investor return on equity is <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28212223">usually much higher</a> than other industries. And prescription <a href="https://host1.medcohealth.com/art/pdf/kap19Medications.pdf">drug pricing differentials</a> have always been difficult to understand, whether at the local pharmacy or within similar hospitals in the same locale.</p> <p><strong style="color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">The Alden March Bioethics Institute offers a Master of Science in Bioethics, a Doctorate of Professional Studies in Bioethics, and Graduate Certificates in Clinical Ethics and Clinical Ethics Consultation. For more information on AMBI's online graduate programs, please visit our <a style="color: #000099; text-decoration: underline;" href="http://www.amc.edu/Academic/bioethics/index.cfm">website</a>.</strong><span style="color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"> </span></p>

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03/03/2015

McMath Family Sues Oakland Children’s Hospital; Alleges Jahi is Alive

The case of Jahi McMath is infamous around the world for the remarkable claim that she is no longer dead.   In December 2013, federal and state courts in California determined that Jahi was legally dead.  While the courts issued temporary re...

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03/03/2015

And the Ban Played On

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Have you taken the “Celibacy Challenge?” This satirical national campaign is in response to a proposal from the FDA that would amend the lifetime blood donation ban of men who have sex with men (MSM) to only a one-year ban. The hitch is that the men would have to refrain from sex with men for one year. They could have sex with women during that year, just not men.

This proposed one-year celibacy ban is in line with the rules of other nations. Both the U.K. and Australia have one-year bans on male-male sexual contact before donation.…

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03/03/2015

The Key to Winning a Pulitzer? Don’t Take Time To Think!

Bret Stephens won a Pulitzer Prize for his foreign affairs column  in the Wall Street Journal op-ed page. Only in his early 40s, Stephens can already boast of an enviable number of accomplishments. He has already been Editor-in-Chief of the … Continue reading

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03/03/2015

The Lost Art Of Not Ordering A CAT Scan

She didn’t talk like a stroke victim. “I…I…I…k…kkk…can…can…can’t…t…t…t…talk.” She struggled with her words, struggling on early syllables, only to then spurt out full and correct words. “N…N…N…No.” Recognizing this unusual speech pattern, the neurologist Allan Ropper, author of Reaching Down … Continue reading

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03/03/2015

Brain Death & Futility at ICCEC

I blogged about the upcoming ICCEC this weekend.  Here are a few sessions that caught my eye.

Panel - Comparing Israeli and American Experiences: Families’ requests for continued physiologic support of patients deemed dead by neurological criteria -- 

Anne Lederman Flamm, Jonathan Cohen

Do Everything!” – New aspects of a never-ending story -- Kurt W Schmidt


Decision-Making for the Unbefriended Patient: A model approach facilitated by the Ethics Consult Service -- Joan Henriksen Hellyer


Physician Attitudes Toward Proactive, Triggered (Unsolicited) Clinical Ethics Consultation for the Unrepresented Patient -- Barrie J. Huberman


Panel - Worse than Futile: Medically non-beneficial treatment in the setting of complicated grief --  Annette Mendola, Vicki Cannington, Lynnette Osterlund, Caroline Vogel


The deployment of law in the clinical setting: Strategies for hospital ethics committees to address concerns surrounding clinician citation of the law -- Anya Prince


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03/02/2015

Why Bioethics Matter

I recently had a conversation with a mentor and friend, that encouraged me to contemplate on what it means as professional to be engaged in the issues of bioethics. So rather than address a particular issue or news item this week, I decided to share a few of my thoughts on why bioethics matter and why we should engage in these issues. First, bioethics matter... // Read More »

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03/02/2015

Left Out: Undocumented Immigrants and the American Health Care System

Hamline University is hosting a compelling CLE event on March 25:  "Left Out: Undocumented Immigrants and the American Health Care System."

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03/02/2015

Cognition Enhancement and Technological Unemployment

Michele Loi

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03/02/2015

In Drug Trial, Parents Weigh Life and Loss

[WSJ/MSN] —While waiting for an infusion of a drug that might save his life, 15-year-old Andrew Marella gripped the controls of an NFL videogame, the hand-held version of a sport he played when he could still run without fear. Andrew is in a clinical drug trial of cyclodextrin, a sugar-based substance that scientists hope will […]

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