Doug Farrago

Tech Savvy Fluff from Medical Schools and the AMA

Here’s a fluff piece for you: The first graduating classes from some of the 32 medical schools to participate in the American Medical Association’s pioneering curriculum modernization initiative are now ready to take their tech savvy to hospitals and practices nationwide. Really?  I wonder if people of real significance in history ever said they were…

How Drug Companies Block Generics

Did you ever wonder why generic drugs never seem to come out or are still expensive?  Well, I discussed some collusion and price fixing before here.  Now the FDA is “making public a list of 52 brand-name medicines that generic-drug companies have had trouble getting samples of, due to restrictions from the manufacturers. Generic companies…

Narco by Stephen Vaughn MD, Ph.D

I came across a story today, shocking and all too common.  Some individual in Texas has apparently been running a medical billing racket.  If it’s true, he hurt lots of people. A task force investigating his guy announced Monday that “he was being indicted in a fraud case involving $240 million in claims that were…

A Little Hysteria Never Hurts Anyone by Pat Conrad MD

An Indianapolis woman died last week from necrotizing fasciitis, a truly sad story.  Following a vacation to Florida, she noticed a sore on her buttock.  Two visits to her primary doctor for antibiotics and heating recommendation, then to the hospital when it worsened.  Between news accounts and some pretty sloppy journalism, it’s tough to tell…