Information technologyGenetic testing fumbles, revealing 'dark side' of precision medicine | STAT
Enthusiasm for precision medicine, from the White House down to everyday physicians, is at an all-time high. But serious problems with the databases used to interpret patients' genetic profiles can lead to “inappropriate treatment” with “devastating consequences,” researchers at the Mayo Clinic warned on Monday.
Medical devices and equipmentFDA faults hospitals for failing to report safety problems with medical devices | NPR
Federal regulators said 12 U.S. hospitals, including well-known medical centers in Los Angeles, Boston and New York, failed to promptly report patient deaths or injuries linked to medical devices.
PharmaceuticalsDrugmakers turn cheap generics into expensive pills | The Wall Street Journal
Treximet is just one of many drugs whose active ingredients are generic drugs that can be purchased separately at a fraction of the cost. Others include acne cream Acanya, Duexis for rheumatoid pain and weight-loss pill Qsymia, according to data compiled for The Wall Street Journal by GoodRx, a group that compares pharmacy prices for prescription drugs.
PhysiciansKentucky doctor convicted of performing hundreds of unneeded heart procedures | Lexington (Ky.) Herald Leader
A well-known Ashland, Ky., heart doctor has been convicted of fraud in a case in which he was accused of performing hundreds of needless procedures to get payments from Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers.