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Insane Pricing of Medical Products Will be the Death Panels


On NPR,this morning,they had a story on the pricing of tiny medical products that are routinely used in cardiac surgery.IT IS TOTALLY OUTRAGEOUS the prices that are paid for these simple items….60 dollars for 3 inch plastic tubing(catheters)….2000…yes 2 thousand dollars for an 1,1/2 mesh basket called a stent.The reporter goes onto say that thousands,upon thousands of these things are thrown in the garbage everyday…i shit you NOT.Want the real kicker ANGIOPLASTY the operation this was invented to use this STUFF.has been deemed,NO BETTER THAN PILL THERAPY for patients with Diabetes.

WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

June 8, 2009 — For people with diabetes and stable heart disease, drug therapy works just as well as immediate bypass surgery or angioplasty to open clogged arteries, a study suggests.

The results show that such patients were no more likely to die or to have a heart attack or stroke over a five-year period if they took medications to control blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels than if they underwent prompt bypass surgery or angioplasty with or without stents.

But for some patients, immediate bypass surgery may cut the risk of heart attacks, the study shows.

Results also suggest that diabetes drugs that lower the body’s resistance to insulin, such as metformin, Avandia, and Actos, work just as well and are just as safe as drugs that increase the amount of insulin in the body.

"This should provide reassurance to patients," since some studies have suggested that drugs like Avandia may be harmful to the heart, says researcher Trevor Orchard, MD, of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

The study was presented at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 69th Scientific Sessions in New Orleans and simultaneously published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

The results do not apply to people who get bypass surgery or angioplasty because they are in the midst of a heart attack or whose chest pain or other symptoms suddenly gets worse, doctors stress. For them, prompt intervention to open or bypass clogged arteries is a proven lifesaver.

So the waste and profiteering marches on.

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