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Physician urges FDA not to lift restrictions on drug makers’ claims about their products

July 3, 2015

Drug regulations and a governing body to mandate them is a necessity for patients’ safety and health care providers’ peace-of-mind, according to a recently released commentary in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

“As a prescriber, I have been willing to give up my freedom to prescribe any chemical I choose to patients, and I am willing to have drug manufacturers give up some of their right to tell me whatever they may want me to hear. For all of us (including patients) to hand over some liberties to a Hobbesian Sovereign, such as the FDA, offers a different kind of freedom — knowing that the medications we use are probably, at least as a first approximation, reasonably safe and have some evidence that they work,” Jerry Avorn, MD, Harvard School of Medicine, wrote in his paper.

In the Journals

Transfer from pediatric to adult care occurring later than recommended

July 3, 2015
The transfer from pediatric- to adult-focused primary care is occurring later than recommended — with gaps in care of more than 1 year, according to study results…
In the Journals

Body temperature not an accurate indicator of serious bacterial infection

July 2, 2015
The accuracy of an infant’s temperature measured at presentation at the emergency department is not a reliable indicator for severe bacterial infection, according…
Lori C. Jordan, MD, PhD In the Journals

ED rapid response plan helps diagnose pediatric stroke symptoms

July 2, 2015
Among children presenting to the ED of a single center with brain attacks when a pediatric acute stroke protocol was activated, 40% had a stroke or other neurological…
FDA News

FDA approves Orkambi for treatment of cystic fibrosis

July 2, 2015
Today, the drug Orkambi was approved by the FDA, as well as granted orphan drug designation, for the treatment of cystic fibrosis in children aged 12 years and older…
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Original Article

Is Inferior Oblique Overaction Associated With Astigmatism?

Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Online Advanced Release, June 15, 2015
To study the relationship between inferior oblique muscle overaction and astigmatism, and to explore any change in…
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Pediatric Annals June 2015

Pediatric Rheumatology: June 2015

Keck School of Medicine of USC and Pediatric Annals

Of all the areas of pediatric practice, none can seem more daunting or require a higher index of suspicion than…
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New mothers preferred to receive vaccine information from pediatrician vs. obstetrician

New mothers preferred to receive vaccine information from pediatrician vs. obstetrician

May 12, 2015
SAN DIEGO — Sean O’Leary, MD, MPH, from the department of pediatrics at the University of Colorado…
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