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Now here’s the best of what YOU had to say:
Pharma, device firms kill conflict of interest rule, win accelerated approval. “Over the angry protests of consumer groups, Congress is moving rapidly – and in bipartisan fashion – to give drug and medical device companies an easier path to Food and Drug Administration approval for some products in exchange for sharply higher user fees to fund the agency.”
The top 5 complications of medical device trials. “For pharmaceuticals, trials can be relatively simple. A company makes the drug, the drug is administered to the trial patients and the effects are monitored. There are very few moving parts involved. Medical devices, which can be complex machines in and of themselves, will require training and retraining of all parties that are involved with implementation and monitoring of the device’ there are numerous moving parts and numerous opportunities to fall out of FDA compliance.”
BYOD makes mobile security more complicated. “BYOD management is a journey. Server side tools that inspect personal devices and only allow synchronization of corporate data such as email when settings are consistent with policies seem like a cool solution.”
Patient priorities: Love of golf is more powerful than fear of cancer. “I remember a particular patient from 20 years ago for a very different reason. I recall him clearly because he rejected my medical advice to him with aplomb. Although I haven’t seen him for two decades, I will never forget him. He taught me a lesson, which is not surprising since patients are our best teachers. There are no CME credits for these lessons, but I’ve learned more from them than I have at many medical conferences or from medical journals.”
Supreme Court decision on ACA will determine the future of employer-based health insurance. “Despite its drawbacks, 170 million Americans depend on employer-based coverage. What will happen if they lose it in the next two years, thanks to PPACA? The law was actually designed to discourage employers from covering their workers, as the penalty for not meeting the employer mandate is quite small, while the ’minimum essential coverage’ will be very expensive.”