January 31, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 4
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SUPERDRUG'S INTERNET PILL U-TURN
The British drugstore chain Superdrug has been forced to at least
temporarily halt its plan to offer the morning-after pill
Levonelle over the Internet. The halt came after complaints by
the British Department of Health and the Royal Pharmaceutical
Society. Under new guidelines introduced in January, the
morning-after pill is available over-the-counter in Britain to
women age 16 or older.
Source: BBC News - Jan. 26, 2001
GM TO PUT MORE HANDHELDS INTO DOCTORS'
Some 5,000 U.S. physicians who treat General Motors employees
will receive handheld computers under a deal announced between GM
and Medscape. GM will pay for the handhelds, which the doctors
will use to prescribe drugs and access patient health records.
Source: CNET News.com - Jan. 25, 2001
DATA TO GO WITH PATIENTS
Three cardiovascular surgeons at St. John Hospital and Medical
Center in Detroit have created an electronic system that puts
patient records on floppy disks. The goal is to give physicians
faster access to medical records.
Source: Detroit Free Press - Jan. 25, 2001
SHOP TALK: GAZOONTITE'S ON THE MEND
A new owner has obtained the Gazoontite name, its Web address,
and three physical stores, and thinks there's a healthy future
for the allergy products he sells. The Web site will be
relaunched later this year, but unlike before will be only a
small piece of the operation, which will focus on opening more
Source: Red Herring - Jan. 30, 2001
SHOULD E-TAILERS DROP NASDAQ BEFORE NASDAQ
A number of e-commerce companies, including e-health firms, have
been informed their stocks will soon be delisted from the Nasdaq
Composite Stock Index because they no longer meet listing
requirements. Some experts say this is the death knell for a
company, while others say it's possible to bounce back.
Source: E-Commerce Times - Jan. 29, 2001
GUIDELINES AIM TO PROTECT MEDICAL RECORD
A group created by the American Medical Association has issued a
report that outlines performance expectations for protecting the
privacy of medical records. The report will be used to develop
measurable performance standards.
Source: Reuters Health - Jan. 31, 2001
COMPANY SHOWS WEB-BASED HEALTH PROGRAMS
A new program that allows patients with congestive heart failure
to submit their symptoms and vital statistics over the Internet
cuts hospitalization rates, shortens hospital stays, and saves
money, according to the company that created it. The disease
management program was developed by LifeMasters Supported
SelfCare Inc. of California.
Source: Reuters Health - Jan. 31, 2001
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