Comarow On Quality


June 2007


Black Box for Avandia?

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Oh, great. It turns out that the Food and Drug Administration was far more concerned than it has publicly let on about the heart risks posed by the diabetes drug Avandia. And not just Avandia but Actos, the only other medication on the market that works the way Avandia does to control blood sugar ...

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FDA
prescription drugs
diabetes

Whipsawing Avandia Patients

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The Food and Drug Administration wouldn't approve a drug without strong evidence of its safety, would it? No. It wouldn't. And once a drug is approved, the FDA tracks it to make sure, doesn't it? Well, sort of.

Today the FDA was on the hot seat on the Hill over one of those sort-ofs--the diabetes ...

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FDA
prescription drugs

The Hunt for Health Report Cards

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We Americans do love report cards, don't we? Where to live, which HDTV to buy, which hot dog tastes best. And experts who think about healthcare policy are hopeful that we'd eagerly snap up report cards on individual doctors, medical groups, hospitals, and nursing homes, shopping for good ...

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TAGS:
hospitals
medical quality

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