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Archives for September, 2009

The new drug is called iloperidone; the brand name in the USA will be Fanapt.  It is yet another antipsychotic that blocks D2 and 5HT2 receptors.  Although there is no universally accepted way of classifying drugs into families, it will be referred to as an atypical or second-generation antipsychotic.  This designation will indicate a loose…

Tamiflu Dosing Errors in Kids

Practitioners are warned that it is astonishingly easy to make dosing errors with the oral suspension of Tamiflu (oseltamivir).  This is a product that is mostly given to kids, although it could be used for adults who have difficulty swallowing, or for anyone if there is a shortage of the capsules. The reason: usually, doctors…

Rethinking Alzheimer’s Disease

A recent report refers to the increasing number of Alzheimer patient an “emergency.”  Yet, despite an enormous amount of research, and a handful of drugs, we are not particularly close to having a robust intervention for this condition. Perhaps the reason is that we have been looking in the wrong place.  Traditionally, brain disease tend…

Discrimination Case: Religion

This is kind of strange: a post about an insurance company, that has nothing to do with health care.  Guideone Mutual Insurance Company recently settled a lawsuit in which religious discrimination was alleged.  This had to do with a “product” called FaithGuard, which was a kind of homeowners’ insurance.  In 2006, the U.S. Department of…

The people of Obama are selling jellyfish candy.  Really. The photo shows a diver next to a specimen of Nomura’s jellyfish, Nemopilema nomurai.  These creatures occasionally swarm off the coast of Japan, where they are a nuisance.  Some creative souls have responded by finding ways to eat them.  Now, schoolkids in the Japanese town of…

Interesting Parallel

There is an interesting parallel between the fight over rural electrification, in 1935, and the current health insurance debate. (HT dangerousmeta) How FDR Enacted his “Public Option” By Bob Simmons, Crosscut.com, Guest Writer, 9-13-09

The SEIU website makes an astonishing claim: But, in DC and nine other states, including Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming, insurance companies have gone too far, claiming that “domestic violence victim” is also a pre-existing condition. Words cannot describe the sheer inhumanity of this claim. It…

Buy Joe Wilson a Beer

I understand as well as anyone, that the health care finance reform process has been dispiriting so far.  Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina has brought the process to a new low.  So low, in fact, that his website is down for maintenance (at the moment, anyway), and the WIkipedia page about him has been…

Poets On Prozac

Poets on Prozac is the short title of a book by psychiatrist-poet Richard M. Berlin, MD.  The full title is: Poets on Prozac: Mental Illness, Treatment, and the Creative Process.  Berlin was an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; now he’s in private practice, and a Senior Affiliate at U…

Pfizer Fine in Perspective

The odd thing about the Pfizer story is that it is old news.  Fierce Pharma wrote about it on 26 January 2009, and Neuron Culture posted about it, on 27 January 2009.  Yet it just appeared in the New York Times: Pfizer Pays $2.3 Billion to Settle Marketing Case By GARDINER HARRIS WASHINGTON — The…