October 7th, 201111192We all like to see worthwhile charities get funding so they can do their work and assist those who need help. However there is an old adage that he who pays the piper calls the tune. These are, in my opinion, serious ethical dilemmas.
September 16th, 20110952After many years in medicine you have seen most things. Then one day something takes you by surprise. This was a person who was on 19 different medications. We confuse prescribing with care. This is particularly the case in the elderly.
August 12th, 201121560Cholesterol has been demonized and is far less of a problem than it has been made out to be. The public also has a right to know the extent to which the pharmaceutical tail wags the medical dog.
July 15th, 201101067Medicines are trialed over relatively short periods of time but can then be taken for five, ten or even twenty years. Trials done over two years will of course not reveal problems that may only arise after five years of use.
March 25th, 201112039Each year there is a push for people to be vaccinated against the flu.Last year there were major complications in children. Yet we do not really know if the flu shot is of any use to the vast majority of people.