Legislature should not get in the way of important educational opportunities for California medical professionals

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The California Assembly is currently considering a bill, Senate Bill 790, which would put in place severe restrictions around gifts or other financial benefits that pharmaceutical companies can give to medical professionals as part of marketing activities. Not only will the bill limit physician access to important information about new treatments, but it also insults the integrity of every physician … Read More

Health Care in 2014

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Published in the Orange County Register: December 26, 2013 Who would have imagined that in our America something as basic as our choice of doctor could be in jeopardy? For millions of Americans, that is precisely the case. As of Jan. 1, 2014, many of our sickest patients who have had a long, trusting relationship with a physician will find … Read More

Pharmacist Kickback Hurts Patients

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Published in the Orange County Register: May 21, 2013 A little-known loophole in California law has created dangerous financial arrangements between health insurers and pharmacists, placing the health of many California patients in jeopardy and raising questions about just who is in charge when it comes to health care decisions. California health insurers are currently allowed to provide a financial … Read More

my letter to the editor: WSJ

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Medicare Reform Requires that Americans take Personal Responsibility I am thrilled that there is bipartisan discussion about Medicare reform.  Paul Ryan and Ron Wyden should be commended for their efforts.  But, as big as this reform may seem, it does not transform Medicare or our healthcare delivery system.  It is not the solution to the question, “How do we create a … Read More

Regulators and doctors must work together to ensure safety of biologic medicines

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Regulators and doctors must work together to ensure safety of biologic medicines By Dr. Marcy Zwelling-Aamot, chairperson of the Board of the American Academy of Private Physicians (AAPP) – 12/15/11 04:41 PM ET The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is holding an important public meeting today on its proposed biosimilar user fee program recommendations.  This meeting is a major step … Read More

Medicare’s Economic Reality: Not Sustainable

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It’s December and once again Congress must decide how it is going to pay America’s doctors.  The Sustainable Growth Rate, the formula the government uses to formulate the payment rate has been found to not be sustainable at all. This is only one problem with financing our healthcare delivery system but every year in December, it becomes a pressing issue. … Read More

The Need For Better Tools.

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Health information technology is here to stay. But, is it really a good thing for the medical industry? Does it really improve patient care? The government would have us believe so. The government has put its foot forward with a huge investment in the electronic health record. The stimulus package included billions of dollars to induce doctors to purchase an … Read More

Privacy again is at issue

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From Medscape Medical News Ban on Use of Prescriber Data for Marketing Ruled Unconstitutional Robert Lowes November 29, 2010 — A Vermont law that prevents pharmaceutical companies and their sales forces from obtaining data on a physician’s prescribing behavior without his or her approval is “an impermissible restriction on commercial speech” and therefore unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled last week. … Read More