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photo: Philip Todeldano for the New York Times Part of any real healthcare reform will be improving practices in hospitals, and — as Obama’s proposed commission on comparative effectiveness would do — identifying what works and what doesn’t. Knowing what works and why people get better or not is vital to good medicine. But amid…

A key component of health-care reform — and saving our ass from going bankrupt and sick from spending too much on lousy treatments — is establishing comparative effectiveness measures, otherwise known as “actually knowing WTF works and what doesn’t.” This idea terrifies companies who don’t want such objective measures. It also generates a lot of…

What’s wrong — but horribly expected — in this picture? One week the CEO of Lilly attacks the idea of a public health insurance plan because it might reduce consumers’ “ability to choose, in an informed way, from all the available alternatives.” The next week, PhRMA, the trade group this CEO’s company is a part…

A roundup of wonderful stuff I won’t get to. Then again, many of these need no help: “Come tomorrow and sort this hell hole out. Dinner and drinks, 4 p.m. Bring wine and caviar only.”. Woman emails party invitations while asleep. Hat tip: BoingBoing Obviously, the drug and medical device industry is not looking forward…