Mark Bloom





Physician Groups Press Congress to Override SCHIP Veto

October 03, 2007

WASHINGTON -- The AMA said it was "deeply disappointed" with President Bush's veto of the SCHIP reauthorization, and the American Academy of Pediatrics called the action "hurtful to children."

Human Thrombin Gets FDA Approval

August 28, 2007

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The FDA today allowed a human thrombin (Evithrom) on the market after the risk of transfusion-transmitted viral infection kept it on the sidelines for more than a half-century.

Survey: Would you refer a patient overseas for treatment?

August 17, 2007

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Survey: Did the FDA Jump the Gun?

August 10, 2007

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FDA Reveals and Quells Concern Over Proton-Pump Inhibitors

August 09, 2007

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- After nine weeks of internal worry about the cardiovascular safety of two prescription proton-pump inhibitors, Prilosec and Nexium, the FDA has issued a limited all clear.

Chief Justice Roberts Suffers Seizure

July 30, 2007

ROCKPORT, Me. -- Chief Justice John Roberts had a benign idiopathic seizure today at his summer home near here and was hospitalized as a precaution, according to the Supreme Court.

Bush Adenomatous Polyps Determined Benign

July 23, 2007

WASHINGTON -- The White House said today that pathology on five adenomatous polyps discovered during a colonoscopy performed on President Bush over the weekend were all benign.

BREAKING NEWS: British Analysis Does Not Confirm Rosiglitazone (Avandia) MI Risk

June 05, 2007

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, England, June 5 -- An interim analysis of the 4,447-patient RECORD trial did not confirman increased risk of myocardial infarction or cardiac death in patients taking rosiglitazone (Avandia) for treatment of type 2 diabetes, although the data suggest an increased risk of heart failure. So reported the New England Journal of Medicine online today, one day before a Congressional hearing on the safety of rosiglitazone.

BREAKING NEWS: Meta-Analysis Finds Increased Risk of MI with Rosiglitazone (Avandia)

May 21, 2007

CLEVELAND -- A meta-analysis of 42 randomized trials released online by the New England Journal of Medicine today found a 43% increase in the risk of myocardial infarction among type 2 diabetics treated with rosiglitazone (Avandia), although the absolute number of events was small. A journal editorial says FDA action is warranted, and a congressional inquiry is expected.

ASCO Abstract Book May Covertly Reach Wall Street Insiders

May 18, 2007

NEW YORK -- The Wall Street Journal suggested today that the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) may be tempting its members to buy low or sell high, on the sly, by sending them advance confidential copies of its annual meeting abstract book.