Pregnant Health Care Workers Can Get COVID-19 Vaccines Despite Lack of Safety Data Says CDC

Pregnant Health Care Workers Can Get COVID-19 Vaccines Despite Lack of Safety Data Says CDC

The supply of emergency use authorization (EUA) COVID-19 vaccines in the United States is initially expected to be limited and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided recommendations to federal, state and local governments about who should be vaccinated first.1 The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended that healthcare […]

Many Health Care Workers Concerned About Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines

Many Health Care Workers Concerned About Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines

Story Highlights Many health care workers are hesitant to get the experimental COVID-19 vaccines. One of the most common reasons given by health care workers for not getting the vaccine is a lack of data on the long-term effects of the vaccine. The CDC reported that addressing vaccine hesitancy among health care workers is their […]

Diagnostic Errors are Leading Cause of Medical Malpractice Claims Says Report

Diagnostic Errors are Leading Cause of Medical Malpractice Claims Says Report

Story Highlights A recent report by Coverys Inc. found that diagnostic errors were the most common reason for medical malpractice claims from 2013 to 2017. An estimated 40,000 to 80,000 people die each year from diagnostic failures in American hospitals. Most medical diagnostic errors occur in outpatient settings and emergency departments. A recent report released by an […]

Doctors in India and U.S. Get Big Money and Gifts from Pharma

Doctors in India and U.S. Get Big Money and Gifts from Pharma

The Madras High Court in India stated that 8,667 pharmaceutical companies have claimed income tax deduction on the freebies they give to doctors as “sales promotion expenses” and “gifts” in their tax return for the year 2019-20.1 In January 2020, the Court had taken suo motu cognizance (when courts in India take a case on […]

Medical Errors Harm Up to 25 Percent of Patients in Outpatient Care

Medical Errors Harm Up to 25 Percent of Patients in Outpatient Care

A white paper released in January 2020 by the Foundation for the Innovation and Development of Health Safety shows that 20-25 percent of patients are harmed by medical errors in primary and ambulatory care (outpatient) in both developed countries like the U.S. and Europe and in developing countries. Primary and ambulatory care is one of […]

Medical Errors Kill Five People Per Minute, 2.6 Million People Every Year

Medical Errors Kill Five People Per Minute, 2.6 Million People Every Year

A new report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 2.6 million people die annually in low-and middle-income countries from medical errors, and that most of those deaths are related to misdiagnosis and administration of pharmaceutical products. According to the WHO, “Four out of every ten patients are harmed during primary and ambulatory […]

Medical “Experts” Were Wrong About the Safety of Opioids

Medical “Experts” Were Wrong About the Safety of Opioids

Story Highlights Addiction to and death from prescription painkillers is now a public health crisis in the United States. In the early 1990s, medical “experts” and “thought leaders” made claims convincing the medical community and the public that prescription painkillers were non-addictive when used in the long-term. Financial conflict of interest between opioid manufacturers and […]

Big Shortage of Doctors for Chronically Ill Americans

Big Shortage of Doctors for Chronically Ill Americans

Story Highlights A recent survey released by Merritt Hawkins reveals that not only are American hospitals and clinics facing a shortage of primary care physicians but also a shortage of medical specialists. The survey attributes this to an aging population. However, the report also reveals that there is a shortage of pediatric subspecialties indicating a […]

U.K. Pediatricians Refuse Money from Baby Formula Companies

U.K. Pediatricians Refuse Money from Baby Formula Companies

Story Highlights The United Kingdom’s Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has moved to stop accepting any funds from manufacturers of infant formula. The formula companies have a long history of questionable marketing ploys, particularly targeting poor and uneducated women in developing countries. The benefits of exclusively feeding babies with breast milk for […]

Medical Marketing in the U.S. Increases to $30 Billion

Medical Marketing in the U.S. Increases to $30 Billion

A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows that expenditures on medical marketing in the United States significantly increased between 1997 and 2016. The study showed that spending on medical marketing rose from $17.7 billion in 1997 to $29.9 billion in 2016.1 Health care spending in the U.S. is […]