Recent Posts by Dr. Patrick Neustatter

First Law to Stop Drug Price Gouging

A short piece on the inside page of our local newspaper caught my attention.   “Judge: MD. Can Act Against Drug Price-gouging.” [caption id="attachment_2432" align="alignnone" width="912"] Ever more greenbacks[/caption]   A judge in Annapolis had refused the injunction of the Association for Accessible Medicines to block a law allowing the Attorney General of Maryland to…
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We Still Need to Think Ahead About How We Die

The need to discuss end of life plans still seems as acute as ever.   I wrote about The Conversation Project for our local newspaper, The Free Lance-Star back in February 2014 (which I paste below). But in yesterdays Health section they have an article from Kaiser Health News with the same message - talk…
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Drug Company Deception on Drug Prices

A new study challenges the justification drug companies make for why they charge so much for medications. For cancer drugs especially.   The cost of drugs is way higher in the US than other countries. Reuters reports on average cancer drugs in the US are three times what they cost in the UK – which…
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Importance of Medical History Taking and Fascimomas

You can’t beat a good medical history. [caption id="attachment_2415" align="alignnone" width="555"] The Doctor Needs to Know the History[/caption]   At the risk of pontificating, this was a lesson reinforced by visiting local neurologist, D. P., and him telling me how the history he took from patient John lead him to the conclusion that the orthopedic…
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