Conference on Drug Pricing Inject New Statistics Into Debate, Few New Insights (Part 2 of 2)

The first part of this article described the upward pressures on costs and some of the philosophical debates over remedies. This section continues the discussion with several different angles on costs. Universal access and innovation It’s easy to call health care a human right. But consider an analogy: housing could also be considered a human right, yet no one has the right to a twenty-room mansion. Modern drug and genetic research are creating the equivalents of many twenty-room mansions, and taking up residence means the difference between life and death for someone, or perhaps between a long productive life and one of pain and deformity. Universal access, often through a single-payer system, is in widespread use in every developed country except the United States. Both universal access and single payer are credited with keeping down the costs of health care, including drugs. It makes sense to link single-payer with lower drug costs, because of the basic rules of economics: size gives a buyer clout, as we can see in the ways Walmart lords it over their suppliers (documented in a 2006 book, The Wal-Mart Effect, by Charles Fishman). At the conference, Sean Dickson from the Pew Charitable Trusts gave what he called an “economics 101 course” of health care and how the industry diverges from an ideal market. (He did not come out in favor of single-payer, though.) How much fat can be cut from pharma? My guess is a lot. As we saw in the previous section, profits ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Healthcare Reform Medical Economics Personalized Medicine Precision Medicine Drug Pricing Healthcare Costs Medication Pricing Source Type: blogs

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Postoperative management of hallux valgus varies widely. Setting preoperative expectations is an important aspect of attaining a successful outcome, but this is not routinely reviewed in the literature. This chapter offers suggestions on successfully navigating this area of patient care. Current concepts focus on pain control, immobilization, and return to activities. This chapter also reviews the current literature in these areas and sets out the authors ’ preferred management in the postoperative setting.
Source: Foot and Ankle Clinics - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 23 January 2020Source: Journal of Minimally Invasive GynecologyAuthor(s): Prathiba M. De Silva, Ayesha Mahmud, Paul P. Smith, T. Justin ClarkAbstractObjectiveTo identify the most effective analgesia for women undergoing office hysteroscopy.Data sourcesMedline, Embase, CINAHL and the Cochrane library were searched from inception until August 2019 investigating the effect of different analgesics on pain control in office hysteroscopy.Methods of study selectionRandomised controlled trials were included that investigated the effect of analgesics on pain experienced by women undergoing diagnos...
Source: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 23 January 2020Source: Journal of Minimally Invasive GynecologyAuthor(s): Whitney Trotter Ross, Jordan M. Newell, Richard Zaino, Allen R. Kunselman, Gerald J. Harkins, Andrea S. BentonAbstractStudy ObjectiveTo evaluate the diagnosis of appendiceal endometriosis in coincidental appendectomy specimens using a standard versus modified histopathologic analysis.DesignProspective analysis of 300 consecutive patients undergoing coincidental appendectomy at time of a primary gynecologic procedure.SettingAcademic tertiary referral hospital in the Northeastern United States.PatientsWomen ages 22 to...
Source: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
We report that IMF clock angle at low latitude does not have influence on Pc4 occurrence. Based on the characteristics of these events, detected in latitudinally distributed stations from low and mid-latitudes from northern and southern hemisphere, we infer that modes were compressional, which could be driven by K-H instability or solar wind dynamic pressure, as compressional modes can propagate to low latitude with little attenuation.
Source: Advances in Space Research - Category: Science Source Type: research
Abbott Laboratories has been wildly successful with its FreeStyle Libre continuous glucose monitor (CGM) since winning FDA approval in 2017, but it seems some investors and patients may be getting restless as the U.S. market waits for the second-generation of the blockbuster technology. We first noted some signs of impatience for Libre 2 in our coverage of Abbott's third-quarter earnings call in October. One reader commented on that article that "I don’t particularly care about investors becoming impatient, as a Freestyle Libre user I am growing impatie...
Source: MDDI - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Business Source Type: news
CONCLUSIONS: acromegaly may be associated with more polyps in SB. PMID: 31960686 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Revista Espanola de Enfermedades Digestivas - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Rev Esp Enferm Dig Source Type: research
We present the case of a 74-year-old man, with a history of residual schizophrenia, who underwent abdominal-pelvic CT with intravenous contrast, due to abdominal acute pain, that showed a stenosis at the origin of the celiac trunk and a large aneurysm of the hepatic artery, secondary to a mediam arcuate ligament syndrome, of the diaphragm was observed. PMID: 31960685 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Revista Espanola de Enfermedades Digestivas - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Rev Esp Enferm Dig Source Type: research
Postoperative pain is not adequately managed in greater than 40% of surgical patients and is a high priority for perioperative research. In this meta-analysis, we examined studies comparing postoperative opioid consumption and pain scores in surgical patients who received methadone by any route vs those who received another opioid by any route. Studies were identified from PubMed, Cochrane, Web of Science, EMBASE, and Scopus from January 1966 to November 2018. Pooled odds ratios were calculated for a primary outcome of postoperative opioid consumption and secondary outcomes of time-to-extubation, time-to-first postoperativ...
Source: Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Source Type: research
There has been an explosion of interest in the utility of cannabinoids as potential analgesics. This systematic review critically synthesizes the evidence for cannabinoid analgesic effects on quantitative sensory testing outcomes in both healthy adults and patients with chronic noncancer pain. Our systematic review protocol is preregistered on PROSPERO (CRD42018117367). An electronic search was made in PsycINFO, Cochrane, Google Scholar, Embase, and Pubmed of all literature published until August 2018. Of the 1217 studies found from the search, a total 39 placebo-controlled studies that met the eligibility criteria were sy...
Source: Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Source Type: research
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Source: Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Topical Review Source Type: research
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