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Archive for November 23rd, 2010

Excellent step toward more transparency in medicine

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Nicholas Kusnetz reports for ProPublica:

This week, Massachusetts became the first state to post an online database of payments from drug and medical device companies to the state’s health care providers. The searchable database covers reports from more than 280 companies and subsidiaries.

The new database, detailed on Monday by the Boston Globe — one of our Dollars for Docs partners — is a result of a 2008 state law regulating industry conduct. The database lists nearly $36 million spent from July through December of 2009 for speaking, consulting, food, educational programs, marketing studies and charitable donations.

Minnesota has for years posted similar payments in that state, but has not compiled each company’s reports together into one database. Minnesota’s list also does not include medical device manufacturers.

Dollars for Docs, our ongoing project examining the relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and physicians, captures payments for drug promotion and marketing across all states from seven major drug companies. The reports in Minnesota and Massachusetts are just snapshots of the national picture and, in the case of Massachusetts, a limited snapshot at that.

Massachusetts’s law requires . . .

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23 November 2010 at 1:42 pm

The party of "organized vandalism"

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Steve Benen has a good post following up on the "sabotage" post:

I don’t intend to belabor the point too much more, but I’ve been encouraged this week by the broader discussion after my "sabotage" post from Saturday.

To briefly recap, I’d noticed some commentary of late suggesting an uncomfortable point about congressional Republicans: they may be tempted to keep the economy down on purpose to advance partisan goals. Matt Yglesias, for example, said the Obama White House should be prepared for "deliberate economic sabotage" from the GOP.

I made the case that this is worthy of discussion, which hasn’t gone over well with conservatives (Michael Gerson thinks I’m an "idiot"), but which nevertheless generated some noteworthy coverage at outlets such as The Week and The Atlantic. . .

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23 November 2010 at 1:39 pm

Posted in Congress, GOP

Megs has excellent approach to dark, cold, rainy morning

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23 November 2010 at 11:10 am

Posted in Cats, Megs

Neuroscience and free will

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More information here, including a link to a 90-minute lecture on the topic.

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23 November 2010 at 10:32 am

Swimmers, note: Original Swedish goggles

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Read about ’em. $4.

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23 November 2010 at 10:29 am

Posted in Daily life, Fitness

Kevin Drum goes too bat for the TSA

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23 November 2010 at 10:25 am

TSA and enhanced security procedures

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Two excellent posts worth clicking through to read:

James Fallows: ‘Like a Full-Body Massage’: Thinking about the TSA

Glenn Greenwald: Government yells "Terrorism" to justify TSA procedures

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23 November 2010 at 10:17 am

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