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"Some of the nation's worst drug dealers aren't peddling on the street corners, they're occupying corporate suites. Overdosed America reveals the greed and corruption that drive health care costs skyward and now threatens the public health. Before you see a doctor, you should read this book." - Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food NationBuy on Amazon | Buy on Barnes & Noble
Doctor Oz Pharmaceutical Companies Exposed; 4 Things Drug Companies Don’t Want You To Know About. rug Companies Under Estimate Dangerous Side Effects, Drug Companies Control Much of the Information Your Doctor Gets About A Drug, You’re Often Prescribed Drugs You Don’t Need, Drugs Target the Symptom Not the Cause;... See story.
February 22, 2011
To the Editor:
“States Aim Ax at Health Cost of Retirement” (front page, Feb. 14) describes steps taken by cities and states to control employee health care costs. One city, Wauwatosa, Wis., requires its employees to undergo “colonoscopy at age 50, to help forestall cancer and potentially high treatment costs,” you report.
Colon cancer screening with colonoscopy — viewing the entire colon — has almost completely replaced more limited sigmoidoscopy, which costs as little as one-tenth as much. Yet studies have repeatedly failed to show that colonoscopy reduces the risk of death from colon cancer more effectively than sigmoidoscopy.
Indeed, two national multidisciplinary task forces state that sigmoidoscopy is just as effective. Nonetheless, the American College of Gastroenterology recommends colonoscopy over sigmoidoscopy, and national health care legislation mandates that new coverage include screening colonoscopy.
And therein lies a clue to controlling health care costs. To do that, we need the discipline to apply scientifically based medical knowledge, without commercial interference.
Ipswich, Mass., Feb. 15, 2011
Prescription medications for healthy people
Broadcast: Midmorning, 04/08/2010, 10:06 a.m.
The Food and Drug Administration's decision to approve the expanded use of the cholesterol-lowering drug Crestor is being hailed by some cardiologists, but critics say they're concerned about promoting medications for healthy people.
* Steven Nissen, MD: Chairman of the department of Cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.
* John Abramson, MD: Clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and author of "Overdosed America."
Investigative Reporting on Medical Science: What Does It Take to Break Through the Commercial Spin?
By John Abramson
‘… it is almost impossible to get the story right when the fundamentally commercial goals for which the study has been done are covered up with so much industry-sponsored expertise.’