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FDA and Drugs Used in Executing the Death Penalty

The FDA regulates drugs and devices to make sure they are safe and effective for their intended use. Its regulatory authority to achieve that goal is broad.  For years, the FDA took the position that it did not have authority to regulate drugs used for executions – or...

Man Bites Dog

If a dog bites a man, that is not newsworthy. When a man bites a dog, it makes news.A patient sues a doctor. Not newsworthy. Doctor sues a patient. That’s a headline.Dr. Leonard Hochstein, star of the reality TV series “The Real Housewives of Miami” is suing two...

A Good Deed Ends in Arrest

Casey Smitherman is superintendent of a small school district in the Midwest. The town, Elwood, Indiana, has 8,500 people and struggles with serious poverty. Many of its students do not have adequate resources.   Ms. Smitherman had helped a specific student in the...

A “Serial Malpracticer”

I had never heard of the phrase “serial malpracticer.” It seems to apply to Dr. Spyros Panos, an orthopaedic surgeon who surrendered his medical license six years ago. An arbitrator awarded $140 million to resolve 255 medical malpractice lawsuits...

Press Ganey Scores and Unicorns

A unicorn is a mythical creature. It does not exist.  Which brings me to Press Ganey scores.  For those of you entirely immune to the numeric patient satisfaction benchmarks, Press Ganey is eponymous with HCAHPS scores mandated by CMS. HCAHPS was initially rolled...

Why Facebook Advertising Can Be Dangerous for Doctors

Facebook has been with us for fifteen years. In three years, it will old enough to vote. What an invigorating thought.   In those fifteen years, Facebook has distinguished itself as one of the most powerful advertising platforms on the planet. It has also made a name...