International Variation in Drug Usage
A new RAND study explores the range of possible causes that might explain observed international variations in the usage of medicines for selected disease areas: dementia, osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes, and hepatitis C.
Eric Schneider to Join The Commonwealth Fund
Eric C. Schneider, MD, senior principal researcher and distinguished chair in health care quality at RAND, and director of its Boston office, will join The Commonwealth Fund as senior vice president for policy and research on February 2, 2015.
Alarm Hazards Remain Top Safety Concern in Hospitals
Medical technology hazards remain a top safety issue for hospitals and can come in many forms. However, for the fourth year in a row, alarm hazards topped the annual Top 10 Health Technology Hazards list from the ECRI Institute.
Civil Unrest in Ferguson Tests St. Louis Area Hospitals
Hospitals in the St. Louis area braced for another violent night Tuesday after at least 25 people were injured in riots triggered by a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
Amgen's Rilotumumab Fails...Again
The monoclonal antibody,a c-Met inhibitor, was being tested in advanced gastric cancer patients following it's revival 2 years back.
FDA Update on the Use of Power Morcellators
In the update, the FDA is now asking the device manufacturers to include a black box warning and contraindications, to warn both providers and patients of possible health risks with the procedure.
Seeking the Right to Try
Laws allowing terminal patients to try drugs not approved by the FDA have passed in five states, but experts question their efficacy.