Today not one but three new articles on the widespread problems facing our budget, our country and our health and care continue to emerge.
First there was this articles on the conflicts of interest regarding prescription drugs and those who make them and those who prescribe them. The Medicare D plan, a boondoggle and windfall to the Big Pharma section of the Trifecta of Terror, is part of the current excessive costs and issues surrounding Medicare and its own longevity.
Because our DSHS system is one that is both Federal and State managed you have many Chiefs and no Indians actually supervising, regulating or doing much of anything when it comes to ensuring that our medical system is running like the trains of Italy - on time and on budget. Wait, that was Mussolini right? Ohh that did not turn out well at all. Well look at Italy today.. bunga bunga!
Here is the basic gist of the current state of affairs with regards to our Country's health and budget...
Daniel R. Levinson, the inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services, said the federal Medicare agency had not clearly defined “conflict of interest” and did not enforce standards meant to prevent such conflicts from influencing coverage decisions by the panels, known as pharmacy and therapeutics committeesThe full text of the article it here and again if you are wondering if ACA or "Obamacare" deals with these issues, No. What they are trying to do at this point is hope for that wonderful concept of "self management" that up until this point has been an utter joke. But hey people change and so do tires and times. Whatever.
A separate study by university researchers found similar problems in many state Medicaid programs. The study, published this month in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, described “inadequate management of conflicts of interest” among the panels that recommend drugs for coverage under Medicaid.
Next up is the issue of generic drugs. A hotbed of controversy for many facts. As again Big Pharma faces losses of money when the drug they trademark expires it opens the door for generics. So if they can't beat em, join em. And many manufacturers of name drugs are buying or in fact creating their own generics. The catch is that generics are exempt from federal regulation and in turn litigation.
The story of this woman - here - should tell you that once again the conflicts of interest, the corruptibility and sheer ineptitude of medical care is more at fault than the drug itself. No one who actually cares for an Patient should give them a drug they have not enough information on, nor should any Pharmacist substitute drugs as dictated by either Insurance or practice. And yet this is another new idea on the Medical gurney to have more PA's and Pharmacists take on primary care giving. Nothing says I will rely on Aspirin and gauze more thanks!
And there is more. A study found huge discrepancies in the performance of Cesarean births. Shocking that most had nothing to do with need. Well the Doctor needed to do this expensive and intrusive and utterly unneeded procedure. So yes there was need. Or the one on the FDA actually putting the brakes on two hot flash medicines. Gee us women were getting so hot under the collar regarding the violation on all of are other vaginal rights, this seems rather odd as we may need it!
And lastly is an issue of which I deeply care about. An article claiming a baby was cured of AIDS. Really and another article where the human lab rats in the secret test lab of the Gates Foundation and their "interests", conflict free aside, regarding AIDS prevention in Africa. A devastating disease and as one who witnessed many many dear friends die of AIDS and some today living with it I have to wonder if this is for real and what it really means. Money I am afraid and that is the cost of doing business today. What it costs for those in the Matrix and more importantly those outside of it.
A lot to digest today. Well there are always some type of drug for that. I prefer a cold Martini, shaken.