The availability of free medication samples in dermatology offices appears to change prescribing practices for acne, a common condition for which free samples are often available.
Michael P. Hurley, M.S., and colleagues from the Stanford University School of Medicine, California.
Free drug samples provided by pharmaceutical companies are widely available in dermatology practices.
How the Study Was Conducted:
The authors investigated prescribing practices for acne vulgaris and rosacea. Data for the study were obtained from a nationally representative sample of dermatologists in the National Disease and Therapeutic Index (NDTI), a survey of office-based U.S. physicians, and from an academic medical center where free drug samples were not available.
Individuals posing as patients covered by private insurance were more likely to secure a new-patient appointment with a primary care physician compared to individuals posing as patients covered by Medicaid or uninsured.
JAMA Internal Medicine
Karin V. Rhodes, M.D., M.S., of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, and colleagues.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands insurance access, which is intended to improve access to care for the newly insured. But it is unknown whether the primary care system can handle the increased demand.
For the fourth straight session on Thursday, Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) got improvements. It has recently breaks the barrier of all time high level, i.e. 28,000 points. Even today, before Jummah Prayer, the index was high than Thursday.
According to experts, this level of intense investor participation came after June of last year. In the earlier three days, foreign investment heavily came that increased the confidence of local investers. Moreover, positive GDP growth, controlled inflation and stabilized rupee value are among the factors of improved investment. On a further note, improved country weightage in MSCI index has also improved the confidence of investors.
The Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) is Pakistan’s largest stock exchange located at the Stock Exchange Building on I. I. Chundrigar Road, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It was founded in 1949.
KSE is one of the oldest stock exchanges in South Asia by market capitalization. It is also one of the largest tax payers in Pakistan and in the fiscal year 2006-2007, it contributed over Rs. 4 billion towards the national exchequer. It has over 580 listed companies, which are providing over 10% of total revenue collected by the Government of Pakistan. On average, KSE brokers pay over 50% of their profit before tax as presumptive tax. Investors pay over 10% tax on dividends. Read more…
Study Examines Potential Conflict of Interest for Leaders of Academic Medical Centers Serving on Pharmaceutical Boards
About 40 percent of pharmaceutical company boards of directors examined had at least one member who held a leadership position at an academic medical center, with annual compensation for these positions averaging approximately $300,000, according to a study in the April 2 issue of JAMA.
“Financial relationships between the pharmaceutical industry and physicians have come under increased scrutiny. Less attention has been paid to relationships between industry and the leadership of academic medical centers (AMCs), who wield considerable influence over research, clinical, and educational missions. When AMC leaders serve on pharmaceutical company boards, they hold a fiduciary responsibility to shareholders to promote the financial success of the company, which may conflict or compete with institutional oversight responsibilities and individual clinical and research practices,” according to background information in the article.