Current Events

  • March 10 – Newsweek published a web-exclusive article about how social-networking sites created for physicians are becoming a benefit for drug manufacturers and investors.
  • March 12 – The New York Times reported on the undercover, apparent Congressional ‘sting,’ operation at Coast IRB related to a fraudulent medical device protocol sent from review. (Read the initial press release from Coast IRB here.)
  • March 12 – In’s White Coat Notes blog, Steven Joffe, frequent PRIM&R contributor, commented, on a new poll of doctors who perform stem cell transplants that use cord blood cells, the results of which suggested storing a newborn baby’s cord blood as a form of biological insurance against a future illness is rarely advisable.