John L. Capps, M.D., an internist in Gastonia, N.C., has been collecting "stupid drug rep gifts" and highlighting them on his Web site at www.medicaltoons.com.
His first prize goes to a small beanbag leopard toy from Knoll Pharmaceutical Company in Mt. Olive, N.J., maker of Vicoprofen. "Perhaps they are going after the pediatric pain patients," Capps writes.
Second goes to all those squeeze toys doctors get. "I do play with them until they start ripping apart."
Third goes to a plastic note holder that is the same size and shape as the Imitrex nasal inhaler from GlaxoSmithKline in Research Triangle, N.C.
Go to Dr. Capps' Web site to submit nominations.
The one and onlyHealthcare technology company Xtria Healthcare Systems of Frederick, Md., touts its new X-HIPAA Web-based compliance assessment and training service as "the only tool that enables healthcare organizations to achieve HIPAA compliance."
Now they tell us--after we sent a whole team to Atlanta to meet with scores of HIPAA "solutions" vendors at the recent Healthcare Information Managers & Systems Society conference.
What were we thinking?