Here are a few other posts worth reading:
- Is "symptom remission" a realistic or even desirable goal when treating depression? A very interesting battle of letters in the American Journal of Psychiatry receives excellent coverage at Furious Seasons.
- Roy Poses at Health Care Renewal demolishes an op-ed piece by Robert Goldberg (from the infamous Drug Wonks site). Also check out an incredible tale of kickbacks to a physician from multiple companies. If your hunger for bizarre tales in healthcare is not yet satiated, read about CellCyte, a company whose main product is apparently fraud.
- Are medical journals asleep at the wheel regarding problems with Zetia? Aubrey Blumsohn seems to think so, and I think he might have a point. It would not be the first time that a medical journal dropped the ball.
- Paxil for life. Go ahead, try to quit. What, you can't quit? A large group of individuals suing GlaxoSmithKline believe they've had difficulties quitting Paxil without significant problems. Worry not, friends, GSK said: "We believe there is no merit in this litigation... Seroxat has benefited millions of people worldwide who have suffered from depression.'' Read more about Paxil/Seroxat's special benefits. H/T: PharmaGossip.
- While you can catch up on the national presidential derby from many sources, there is little coverage of the race for American Psychiatric Association president. Daniel Carlat (who is popping up everywhere these days, which is a good thing) provides his take on the upcoming APA election. To nobody's surprise, some have noted an issue with one candidate's potential conflicts of interest.
- Pfizer = McDonald's + Estee Lauder?