DOJ Stepping Up Prosecutions Of Medical Providers Who Abuse Prescribing Authority

NPR interview, 11 December 2017
Host: Robert Siegel
“It’s believed that 80 percent of people addicted to heroin today started with prescription painkillers. The over-prescription of opioids in the U.S. has been well documented. NPR’s Robert Siegel speaks with U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about how the Department of Justice is ramping up prosecutions of medical providers who abuse their prescribing authority when it comes to opioids.”
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GMC begins High Court appeal over suspension of paediatrician convicted of manslaughter

BMJ 2017; 359: j5718
Author: Clare Dyer
“A medical practitioners tribunal erred in deciding only to suspend a doctor convicted of gross negligence manslaughter from the UK medical register rather than strike her off, the General Medical Council has said in the High Court.”
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Langton v Western Sydney Local Health District

Decision date: 23 November 2017
“PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – Jurisdiction of Courts (Cross-vesting) Act 1993 – application to transfer – whether transfer in the interests of justice.The substantive proceedings concern claims of medical negligence in the neonatal care and treatment of Ms Georgia Langton after her birth in Blacktown Hospital on 1 July 1997.  Ms Langton claims personal injury damages for the alleged medical negligence.  The other two related proceedings are separately brought against the same defendants by each of Ms Langton’s parents, claiming damages for psychiatric injury alleged to have arisen from the negligence.”
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ACCC sues Voltaren makers GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis for misleading consumers

SMH, 6 December 2017
Author: Esther Han
“Two pharma giants have been taken to the Federal Court for allegedly misleading osteoarthritis sufferers into paying 33 per cent more for a “more effective” product that offers “targeted relief”, when this was not the case.”
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Why a Lot of Important Research Is Not Being Done

NYT, 4 December 2017
Author: Aaron E Carroll
“We have a dispiriting shortage of high-quality health research for many reasons, including the fact that it’s expensive, difficult and time-intensive. But one reason is more insidious: Sometimes groups seek to intimidate and threaten scientists, scaring them off promising work. Lawsuits have an intimidating effect on an already difficult enterprise.”
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Health Care Complaints Commission v Menz (No. 2) [2017] NSWCATOD 172

Decision date: 30 November 2017
“PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – Health Practitioner – whether practitioner not a suitable person to hold registration. WORDS AND PHRASES – meaning of “substantial risk to the health of the pubic”. COSTS – principles applying to awarding costs under Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (NSW).”
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The no correlation argument: can the morality of conscientious objection be empirically supported? the Italian case

BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:64
Authors: Marco Bo, Carla Maria Zotti, Lorena Charrier
“The legitimacy of conscientious objection to abortion continues to fuel heated debate in Italy. In two recent decisions, the European Committee for Social Rights underlined that conscientious objection places safe, legal, and accessible care and services out of reach for most Italian women and that the measures that Italy has adopted to guarantee free access to abortion services are inadequate. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Health states that current Italian legislation, if appropriately applied, accommodates both the right to conscientious objection and the right to voluntary abortion.”
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