July 11, 2001
Vol. 2, No. 23
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PROZAC MAKER REVEALS PATIENT E-MAIL ADDRESSES
More than 600 people who signed up to receive e-mail reminders
from drug manufacturer Eli Lilly and Co. had their e-mail
addresses divulged to everyone else on the list. Lilly said the
mistake, which disclosed the e-mail addresses of many people
being treated for depression, bulimia, or obsessive-compulsive
disorder, resulted from a computer programming error. Ironically,
the message containing the addresses announced the shutdown of
the reminder service.
Source: Washington Post - July 4, 2001
FREE ACCESS TO MEDICAL JOURNALS TO BE GIVEN
TO POOR COUNTRIES
Six major medical publishers have agreed to provide medical
schools, research laboratories, and government health departments
in poor countries with free or low-cost electronic access to
about 1,000 journals. Previously, many of the recipients have
been able to subscribe to only a small number of journals because
of the publications' high costs. The initiative is being
spearheaded by the World Health Organization.
Source: Washington Post - July 9, 2001
CALIFORNIA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO
SELLING FAKE AIDS CURE
On his Web site, a California man peddled a mixture he called
"EXP" and claimed it could cure AIDS. But federal investigators
found that the substance, which sold for $50 per bottle, was just
tap water with tiny particles of silver. The man recently pleaded
guilty in federal court to four misdemeanor counts of selling a
mislabeled dietary substance.
Source: Reuters - July 10, 2001
PRIVACY AT STAKE IN NEW ANTIABORTION STRATEGY
Antiabortion Web sites have posted the medical records and a
blurred photograph of a woman who had to be hospitalized because
of complications during an abortion. At least one site also is
posting photographs of women entering abortion clinics, and it
promises to soon offer streaming video of the women.
Source: Los Angeles Times - July 6, 2001
DOCTORS LAUNCH WEBSITE ON PATIENTS' EXPERIENCES
A new British Web site is focusing on the experiences of people
who are diagnosed with serious illnesses. The site offers answers
to common questions, factual information about specific
illnesses, and video clips of people discussing their illness and
its impact upon their life.
Source: British Medical Journal - July 7, 2001
YOU CAN'T SAY CRANBERRIES ARE GOOD FOR THAT
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on food
companies that use Web sites to make health claims for their
products that the agency says are unsubstantiated. Food marketers
contend that the FDA lacks jurisdiction in cyberspace, and that
any efforts to regulate online claims violate the marketers'
First Amendment rights.
Source: Business 2.0 - July 10, 2001
DRKOOP.COM SETTLES CLASS ACTION, DERIVATIVE SUITS
As it continues struggling for survival, the online health firm
drkoop.com has announced a tentative settlement of two legal
actions filed by shareholders. Under the agreements, the
shareholders will receive $4.25 million in cash and four million
warrants to buy drkoop.com stock for $2.50 a share.
Source: Reuters Health - July 9, 2001
A HIGH-TECH LINK TO BOSTON
AIDS VINEYARD STROKE VICTIMS
The island of Martha's Vineyard has very limited medical
resources. But a new telemedicine project allows people who
suffer strokes on the island to be examined almost immediately by
stroke specialists at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
The quick treatment helps identify patients who qualify for the
clot-busting drug TPA, which must be administered within three
hours of the attack to be effective.
Source: Boston Globe - July 10, 2001
UK HEALTH SERVICE TOLD TO PREPARE FOR 'E-HEALTH'
Britain lags behind the United States in implementing electronic
healthcare technology, according to a report commissioned by the
British government. Britain's National Health Service will have
to make major organizational changes if it wishes to take
advantage of technological opportunities to improve healthcare,
the report said.
Source: Reuters Health - July 4, 2001
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