FDA plans new compounding pharmacy policy, agency head says

Reuters, 16 September 2017
Author: Nate Raymond
“The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday the agency is working on a new policy that would encourage more compounding pharmacies to register under a law enacted in the wake of a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak linked to one such company.”
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Ethical practice in Telehealth and Telemedicine

JGIM, 2017, 32(10), 1136-1140
Authors: Danielle Chaet, Ron Clearfield, James E. Sabin, Kathryn Skimming, on behalf of the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs American Medical Association
“This article summarizes the report of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) on ethical practice in telehealth and telemedicine. Through its reports and recommendations, CEJA is responsible for maintaining and updating the AMA Code of Medical Ethics (Code).”
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‘His death still hurts’: the Pfizer anti-smoking drug ruled to have contributed to suicide

The Guardian, 15 September 2017
Author: Andrew McMillen
“When the retired Queensland schoolteacher Phoebe Morwood-Oldham started an online petition following her son’s suicide in April 2013, she could not have known that her insistence on asking hard questions of one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies would lead to an Australian-first finding by a state coroner.”
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France to prosecute its drug regulator and Servier in scandal over diabetes drug

BMJ 2017; 358: j4231
Author: Owen Dyer
“France’s drug regulator and one of its leading drug companies, Servier, will stand trial as legal persons over the marketing of the antidiabetes and weight loss drug benfluorex (marketed in France as Mediator), which is believed to have killed between 500 and 2300 people before being pulled from the market in 2009.”
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Oral surgeon whose misconduct was “serious, persistent, and shocking” is struck off

BMJ 2017; 358: j4255
Author: Clare Dyer
“A consultant maxillofacial surgeon who harmed patients by carrying out inappropriate surgery—including using an experimental material to rebuild bone—without obtaining informed consent has been struck off the UK medical register.”
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The Nuremberg Code 70 Years Later

JAMA. 2017; 318(9): 795-796.
Authors: Jonathan D. Moreno, Ulf Schmidt, Steve Joffe
“Seventy years ago, on August 20, 1947, the International Medical Tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, delivered its verdict in the trial of 23 doctors and bureaucrats accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity for their roles in cruel and often lethal concentration camp medical experiments. As part of its judgment, the court articulated a 10-point set of rules for the conduct of human experiments that has come to be known as the Nuremberg Code.”
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Zaphir v Health Ombudsman [2017] QCAT 193

Decision date: 16 June 2017
“PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS – HEALTH PRACTITIONERS REGULATION NATIONAL LAW GENERALLY – where the practitioner was an unregistered health practitioner – where the Health Ombudsman took immediate action by issuing an interim prohibition order in relation to the practitioner under s 68 of the Health Ombudsman Act 2013 (Qld) – where the interim prohibition order prohibited the practitioner from any employment (paid or otherwise) in a clinical or non-clinical capacity which relates to the provision of any health service – whether the Tribunal believes the action is necessary to protect public health or safety.”
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