Diagnosis & Disease Information

Survey: Error-Reporting Systems Need Work

Doctors want to learn from each others’ mistakes, but concerns about confidentiality and retribution make them leery about formal reporting systems, according to a recent survey. As a result, “much important information remains invisible to institutions and the health care system.”

Contracts Would Replace Malpractice Suits

The think tank that developed the Health Savings Accounts is proposing that contracts replace lawsuits to compensate injured patients. These contracts would disregard fault and mandate full disclosure, while accounting for patient compliance and varying degrees of risk.

Agency to Review Study Data on Cholesterol-Lowering Drug

The FDA issued an Early Communication regarding its ongoing review of Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) based on preliminary results from the recently completed ENHANCE (Effect of Combination Ezetimibe and High-Dose Simvastatin vs. Simvastatin Alone on the Atherosclerotic Process in Patients with Heterozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia) study on this cholesterol-lowering drug.

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