Editorial: Feds fumble on law aimed at doctors

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  • Updated: October 10, 2011 - 5:29 AM

Sunshine Act will make physicians' ties to industry transparent.

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clownbasketOct. 9, 11 8:34 PM

are there sunshine laws for bankers and lawyers and wall street traders and teachers and union leaders and politicians? This country already gets most new medical devices last (other than japan) why not reform the FDA and leave the doctors alone?

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SupervonOct. 9, 11 8:49 PM

There is nothing like a "low cost" law from the Federal government that turns into never ending pits of people hired to follow others around and check up on them. Can't you just wait until you have YOUR government supervisor assigned to YOUR life? Hey! if you're important you can have two! Lucky you!

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venturerOct. 9, 1110:00 PM

No doctors will want to work to invent new medical products and processes. The far left liberals will be happy to have their products developed by plumbers.

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mplssellOct. 10, 1112:26 AM

Sorry venturer; your pacemaker, insulin pump, & artificial hip has been recalled. The parts are defective & had a faulty design, you'll need to have them all replaced. Darn those Liberals! Darn them all to heck!

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furguson11Oct. 10, 11 9:00 AM

19 months to study an issue? And that's unusual how?

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alansonOct. 10, 11 9:00 AM

We just had an opinion piece by David Brooks bemoaning the stagnation of the American innovative spirit. You don't have to look any farther than the "Sunshine Act" to understand the decline of innovation in this country.

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Brad57Oct. 10, 11 1:11 PM

You wouldn't need a government agency to write regulations if the law was written in plain English to begin with. If the thing is such an important law, you would think the lawmakers could have it say it like it is rather than using legal mumbo jumbo. The problem with politicians is they are all attorneys with a legal language only they can understand.

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jdm511Oct. 10, 11 6:15 PM

I'm an academic physician and this just bugs me. This HAS to be driven at some higher level by those interested in controlling the cost of medicine by muzzling innovation, and not patients concerns that "we don't have their best interests at heart." As rightly pointed out by other comments, the same standards to not apply to university economic consultants who serve on the boards on financial institutions and advise us on economic policy. Who really believes that their doctor would hurt them out of financial interest? The worst scenario I could imagine would be a physician choosing between treatment A and B, and there is no difference to the outcome of the patient other that cost. Our level of evidence required to dictate treatment in America is unparralleled in the word. Look at what's going on with prostate cancer treatment right now. You get the evidence, make sure it is solid, then swallow the bitter pill and do the right thing. I argue that we police ourselves better than any other white collar profession. Physicians will not be the whipping boy.

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bort0023Oct. 10, 11 7:50 PM

Ha, ha, a politician trying to write a law because there might be a conflict of interest? Now that's rich! Grassley lets start with you and all your cronies before you attempt to point a finger at the one's leading the forefront of innovation and saving lives. Physicians police themselves more than any other profession. Why don't you start with law makers and judges, then go to one hundred other professions revolve around "conflict of interest", and then get back to me about those "evil" physicians.

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tomfoolery61Oct. 11, 11 1:11 PM

Why is it so problematic for Doctors to announce their ties to the medical products industry? It shouldn't be a big deal and yes most other licensed professionals are already doing it........Doctors are no better or worse than the general population - some are good, and some are bad.

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