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At the recent AMA meeting medical students, led by Benjamin Mazer, submitted a proposal for guidelines on the ethics of physicians who use the media to disseminate questionable information.
The proposal, (here) which was a reaction to the questionable advice on the Dr. Oz Show and the Doctors, aims to
study existing and potential disciplinary pathways for physicians who violate ethical responsibilities through their communication on a media platform.
I hope there is a special level of hell for those who make fake real medications. Fake real medicines kills people. Lots of people.
Each year, it’s estimated between 100,000 and 1 million people die from using counterfeit drugs.
It includes medications used to treat malaria, antibiotics and HIV medications and they are mostly sold in the third world:
According to a 2000 World Health Organization report, almost one-third of identified counterfeit drugs contained no active ingredient; and more than 20 percent either had incorrect quantities of active ingredients or contained the wrong ingredients. Other fraudulent practices included false packaging and high levels of impurities.
Unfortunately, in public discourse science and reality do not necessarily triumph over pseudo-science. Last year, New York passed a bill to allow
rogue doctors (to) be able to shill their non-evidence-based treatments without worrying about intervention.
prohibits the state Office of Professional Medical Conduct from investigating a licensed physician based solely upon the recommendation or provision of a treatment that is not universally accepted by the medical profession.
Those protections include, but are not limited to, treatments for Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.
Boy was Julia Sweeney wrong. I didn’t know it before. But now? She was off by an order of magnitude.
I am, if you did not know, an Infectious Disease doctor. My career started with the HIV epidemic. It has been an amazing course, from the awful days before we knew the cause of AIDS or how best to treat the complications. So many deaths. The discovery of HIV and understanding its pathophysiology. The start of the ART era, initially a disappointment and now I rarely see an AIDS patient in the hospital.
We have converted a rapidly fatal illness into an often chronic illness by understanding the pathogen and how to interfere with it with its life cycle. It has been a triumph of medical science.
I like to say pus is my life, mostly as it bugs my children. My license plate says ‘pus’ and he hates it when I pick him up at school. In reality pus is a theoretical construct that others collect and analyze and I decide what to do with the results.
Fevers are probably a more important aspect of my professional life, although I did not want ‘fever’ as a license plate. Too much like hot. But almost all my patients have a fever at one time or the another. Understanding fevers is part of my professional expertise.