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September 26, 2012
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News for physicians caring for the seriously ill

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  • Cal State system creates Palliative Care Institute
    The California State University system is using $2.4 million in grants to create the Palliative Care Institute at Cal State San Marcos to support the training of clinicians, social workers and others who care for patients and families during a chronic or serious illness. The goal is to expand the program to other CSU sites. Trustee Roberta Achtenberg said palliative care is "the future of health care in California." San Diego Union-Tribune (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Patient preference has little impact on chemotherapy, study finds
    Duke Cancer Institute researchers reported that 90% of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer were given chemotherapy even when they felt it would not extend their lives. The survey, published in the journal Cancer, also showed 90% got chemotherapy even when they stated a preference that care focus on comfort only. The researchers said that treatment decisions in a palliative setting "were not always congruent with stated preferences and beliefs." (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Watson recalls painkiller because of potential high dosage
    Watson Pharmaceuticals voluntarily recalled two lots of its combination painkiller containing hydrocodone and acetaminophen because of the potential that the pills have too much of the active ingredients. The company received a patient report that the pills appeared thicker and darker than usual. Reuters (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • IOM recommends measures to prevent health care waste
    With unneeded services, fraud and excessive costs accounting for 30% of health care expenses in 2009, the Institute of Medicine has recommended doctors and other health care providers take part in a learning system that adopts a team-based approach to medical care and utilizes payment models that tie performance to outcomes and novel clinical support tools. The organization also highlighted the importance of technology adoption among health professionals to bolster patient care. American Medical News (free content) (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA sees almost 50% drop in drug shortages this year
    The FDA observed approximately 100 drug shortages this year, almost 50% fewer than last year, said Valerie Jensen, associate director of drug shortage at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Jensen cited improved quality from drugmakers, which led to reduced FDA action and recalls. The FDA also increased communication and work with drugmakers to stop or prevent shortages, Jensen said. MedPage Today (free registration) (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Providers are urged to set policies for drug shortages
    Duke University Medical Center researchers have proposed a model for health care providers to use in dealing with drug shortages. The model is based on policies for distributing donated organs and considers patients' need and the potential benefits of treatments. HealthDay News (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • HPM FAST Psychiatry and Cognition
    Interested in assessing your level of knowledge in psychiatry and cognition? Test your knowledge in this new edition of HPM FAST™, an online practice module with explanations and up-to-date references. CMEs are available. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HPM FAST Pediatrics
    What do you know of pediatrics, adolescents and developmentally appropriate care? Test your knowledge in this new edition that includes 25 questions. Great tool to prepare for the HPM board exam. CMEs are now available. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength."
--Corrie ten Boom,
Dutch writer

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