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The 8th Annual Alexander Awards: The Best Tox Reading of 2017

Alexander Gettler Once again, last year’s outstanding examples of long-form journalism dealing with topics related to medical toxicology were dominated by coverage of the opioid crisis, its origins and the resulting carnage. The must-read article of the year was “The Family That Built a Empire of Pain,” Patrick Radden Keefe’s massive history of the Sacklers, one of America’s richest clans, much of whose wealth comes from their ownership of Purdue Pharma and the marketing and distribution of Oxycontin. The article, which appeared in the New Yorker, notes that the clan’s patriarch, Arthur Sackler, worked his way through medical school in the 1940s by serving as a copywriter for a New York ad agency that targeted targeted physicians and medical workers. He was so successful at melding the then disparate worlds of Marcus Welby M.D. and Don Draper that ultimately he took over the entire company: “Until then, pharmaceutical companies had not availed themselves of Madison Avenue pizazz and trickery. As both a doctor and an adman, Arthur displayed a Don Draper-style intuition for the alchemy of marketing. He recognized that selling new drugs requires a seduction of not just the patient but the doctor who writes the prescription.” Sackler began using medical thought leaders to endorse specific products. Keefe quotes psychiatrist Allen Frances: “Most of the question practices that propelled the pharmaceutical industry into the ...
Source: The Poison Review - Category: Toxicology Authors: Tags: Medical 2017 Alexander awards opioids Purdue Pharma Sackler Source Type: news

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Authors: Ginanjar E, Yulianto Y Abstract The purpose of this case repots are to evaluate the role of ST elevation in aVR lead and to make analysis between both cases. There are some atypical electrocardiogram (ECG) presentations which need prompt management in patient with ischemic clinical manifestation such as ST elevation in aVR lead. In this case study, we report a 68-year old woman with chief symptoms of shortness of breath and chest discomfort. She was diagnosed with cardiogenic shock, with Killip class IV, and TIMI score of 8. The second case is a 57-year-old man with typical chest pain at rest which could n...
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Source: Libyan Journal of Medicine - Category: General Medicine Tags: Libyan J Med Source Type: research
Authors: Cazzato RL, Garnon J, Caudrelier J, Rao PP, Koch G, Gangi A Abstract AIM: To investigate the analgesic properties and the safety of low power bipolar radiofrequency ablation (RFA) performed with internally cooled electrodes and vertebral augmentation for the treatment of painful spinal malignancies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Consent was waived for retrospective study participation. Review of electronic records identified 11 consecutive patients (6 females; 5 males; mean age 61.3 ± 11.6 years) with one-index painful spinal tumour, who were treated between June 2016 and October 2...
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