The ethics behind the world's most expensive medication Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 17 June 2019 11:52

Robert Pearl, MD, in a KevinMD post dated June 14, 2019, states:
With the recent FDA approval, Zolgensma <Novartis AG> became the  world's most expensive medication. Priced at $2.125 million per patient, the one-dose gene therapy is a potential life-saver for children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Now, the treatment is at the center of an intensifying debate over the rising price of medications

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Last Updated on Saturday, 22 June 2019 16:01
Physician Burnout Takes Center Stage Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Thursday, 06 June 2019 00:00

Physician burnout has been a hot topic in the news media lately and now a new report from the Annals of Internal Medicine puts a dollar figure on the issue: $4.6 billion. (NPR does a great analysis of the report HERE.) This is, according to the authors, a conservative estimate. Clearly, our overburdened health system can't afford this level of waste. 

Daniel Marchalik, a surgeon, contributes an excellent essay on the topic from a physician's perspective in a recent Washington Post article. (Soft paywall; login may be required.) Not surprisingly, Dr. Marchalik puts the blame squarely on EHRs. This new requirement of onerous data entry plus consolidation in the health sector, which reduces physician autonomy, appear to be the main drivers of the epidemic. Meanwhile, a Kissimmee, FL based physician has just written a book on burnout. 
So, there is lot of anecdotal evidence of the growing problem as well an enormous cost estimate delivered by a prestigious medical journal. But what is being done?

Lots of organizations are working on potential solutions. Stanford University just announced a collaboration that attempts to address the issue and research is being done on AI applications. Now that a dollar figure has been assigned, more help is surely on the way.
And it can't come soon enough. According to  practice management consultant Oyinkansola "Bukky" Ogunrinde, MHSA, "Physician burnout is not only financially costly to healthcare systems, but it also has implications in the quality of care rendered to patients which can result in compounding legal and immeasurable cost to health systems and affected patients respectively."
"Now that the World Health Organization has categorized burnout as a syndrome listed in the International Classification of Diseases - ICD-11, perhaps this will catalyze many organizations' efforts to combat the problem," she adds. "If not, the industry can expect governmental intervention by way of workplace laws and healthcare regulations - dictates that often result in additional and disproportionate cost."

Last Updated on Monday, 10 June 2019 17:41
Ultra-Processed Foods and Weight Gain Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 May 2019 19:59
Less-expensive, easier-to-prepare ultra-processed foods can make you fat, a new study says. People limited to a diet of primarily highly processed foods ate more calories and gained more weight than when their diet mostly consisted of minimally processed foods, finds the study, published May 16 in the journal Cell Metabolism.
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Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2019 20:03
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Friday, 31 May 2019 00:00
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