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Upcoming National Grand Rounds Event: “Agents of Change: Empowering Students to be Leaders in Conflict of Interest Policy Reform”

Posted by February 24, 2014 at 8:24 PM

FREE WEBCAST live online from the American Medical Student Association Conference in New Orleans. Tune in from your home or office for this free, live webcast session designed to inform and inspire medical students to act as leaders in the movement to reform medical school policy on Conflict of Interest (COI) in medical education. Join […]

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Posted by February 19, 2014 at 7:34 PM

I welcome the chance to tell NPA members a bit more about my health news watchdog service, NPA President Dr. Jim Scott and NPA Vice President of Communications Dr. Mark Ryan have welcomed this post given the common goals between the work of NPA and our work. I’ve been a health care journalist for […]

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Warning from Texas: Action Needed on Abortion Rights

Posted by February 13, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Written by Bich-May Nguyen, MD, MPH, a family physician practicing in Houston, TX and a 2013 NPA Copello Health Advocacy Fellow. As a woman and a family physician in Texas, I have found this past year disappointing. The state legislature continues to disrupt families’ lives with efforts to insert political ideology into the physician-patient relationship. […]

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Please Thank CVS/Caremark!

CVS Quits

Posted by February 12, 2014 at 1:02 PM

In a bold, historic move, CVS/Caremark announced that they will stop selling tobacco products in their stores by October 2014. Our nation’s largest drugstore chain is setting an example for pharmacies across the country. CVS will also roll out a program this spring to help people quit smoking. This is change to celebrate! The NPA […]

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What is a Health Enrollment Navigator?

Posted by February 6, 2014 at 5:24 PM

NPA board member Rachel DeGolia serves as a health navigator in Ohio, helping consumers understand and access their insurance options. On February 3rd, DeGolia spoke at a news conference in Cleveland with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson to help raise awareness of enrollment navigators and to underscore […]

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Chi-raq: My Op/Ed in the Chicago Sun-Times

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director January 17, 2014 at 4:47 PM

The excerpt below is from an op-ed written by NPA Copello Fellow Kohar Jones, MD and cross-posted from her blog Prevention Not Prescription.  “Last summer, I learned about the epidemic of violence in Chicago through the eyes of high schoolers through my work with the University of Chicago Medicine’s Summer Service Partnership. All three neighborhood […]

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Modern Medicine and Ancient Religion

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD January 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Written by NPA Member E. James Lieberman, M.D. Last July, as he signed a Texas bill that prohibited abortion after 20 weeks and set new rules for physicians and clinics, Governor Rick Perry said “I am pro-life!” That claim is broad enough to be made by a champion of capital punishment: since 2001 he has […]

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J & J’s Monster Settlement – Join the Discussion

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director January 6, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Click Here to RSVP Join NPA’s upcoming conference call presentation Holding the Industry Accountable: Covering Pharmaceutical Industry Marketing Practices Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 9:00 to 10:00pm (EST) Featured Speaker: Ed Silverman Pharmalot, Past Editor Ed Silverman is a prize-winning journalist who has covered the pharmaceutical industry for the past 18 years.  Prior to his […]

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GlaxoSmithKline Stops Physician Payments to Reduce Conflict of Interest

Posted by December 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM

In a bold move, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced that it will make big changes in its marketing practices by no longer paying physicians to promote its products.  You read that right.  Under its new policy, GSK will no longer pay physicians to speak on its behalf to medical professionals at conferences and other events. The […]

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Moving Conflict-of-Interest Policies up a Notch

Posted by December 13, 2013 at 4:13 PM

It’s no secret that medical device and pharmaceutical companies have had long-standing relationships with medical schools and teaching hospitals.  While fruitful research collaborations have their place, marketing-related relationships are deeply problematic.   Although many schools have significantly strengthened their conflict-of-interest policies that govern these relationships, industry still brings biased information into our nation’s medical education training […]

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