The New York Times is reporting that Obamacare, I use the term with approbation, is on the cusp of helping patients avoid unscrupulous physicians and their Big Pharma paymasters. I hope the Obama administration new health-care law with the backing of the intrepid and purposeful Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa will stop the pay to play scheme where drug companies bribe, pay and seduce avaricious physicians to sell their products and even falsify their research for self-enrichment. I don’t know actually if they pay them to fake their research but Dr Timothy Kuklo never would have done so with his lies about the efficacy of Infuse if he had not been on the payroll of Medtronic. I will put it that way. Dr Kuklo was receiving lavish funds from Medtronic and falsified his research and invented the existence of co-authors who were unwitting army medical officers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. While at Walter Reed, he used his injured patient grunts from Iraq as his guinea pigs to perform plagiarised or cooked up data in a refereed article. The article was later withdrawn by a British publication too stupid to penetrate the absurdity of the data in the first place.
Patrick McCarthy, MD. the Northwestern University Bluhm cardiovascular-surgeon star was charged by a cardiologist of inserting in the chests of his patients one of his patented Edwards Lifesciences products, Myxo Ring, without clinical approval by the FDA. The party claimed non-approved devices were surgically implanted that were altered in shape and basic properties. Dr McCarthy denied any significant changes were made. These Myxo Rings are used in mitral-valve surgery to correct valvular disease in patients. It is certainly to be hoped, it is certain to be needed, that the medical profession create greater transparency between Big Pharma that prospers from the greed of capitalistic for profit medicine and their physician acolytes who enrich themselves at the expense of their patients. Patients become fodder for human experimentation for big bucks, palatial estates and the comfort of being served and cared for by for profit corporate criminals.
While Obamacare is a step forward toward greater transparency from Big Pharma, it should require physicians to inform EACH patient if they are prescribing either medication or a medical device that they have a financial interest in. I don’t give a damn whether they get doughnuts as the article suggests; I do care if they get financial or other significant gifts or perks that could influence a decision not in the interest of the patient. Dr Kuklo should be in prison along with the Medtronic CEO and board members. Capitalism corrupts. Hippocrates of Cos did not envision such an execrable system would be the biggest threat to his oath and undermine medical ethics in the United States of America. It is the evil of capitalism from Bank of America to corporate medicine with their big shining towers of status on Michigan Avenue or Kingshighway.
U.S. to Force Drug Firms to Report Money Paid to Doctors
By ROBERT PEAR
Published: January 16, 2012 in New York Times
WASHINGTON — To head off medical conflicts of interest, the Obama administration is poised to require drug companies to disclose the payments they make to doctors for research, consulting, speaking, travel and entertainment.
Many researchers have found evidence that such payments can influence doctors’ treatment decisions and contribute to higher costs by encouraging the use of more expensive drugs and medical devices… see full article in the Times.