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Q&A with Dr. Daniel Carlat: Finding an independent voice in a pharma-sponsored world

Even in his infamy, Dr. Daniel Carlat, founder of The Carlat Psychiatry Report, is popular with drug companies. Carlat was invited recently by Schering-Plough to help promote a new drug.

Doctors Behaving Badly: Body count tripped up prolific prescriber of painkillers

The medical examiner called Dr. Bernard N. Bass with some bad news: one of his
patients had been found dead. Bass refused to sign the death certificate.

Disease associations might not operate as advertised

A reporter gets a call from the hypothetical Council for Making Sick Kids Smile about an event being sponsored on an otherwise sleepy Sunday. The reporter heads out to the event, hoping for a quick local page filler, and comes back to the newsroom with a great-sounding story with quotes from a well-spoken university professor and a teary mom and a photo of a sick and smiling child holding balloons nuzzling with a baby koala bear.

What reporters in this situation rarely ask is: who founded this council and why?

Q&A with Dr. Daniel Carlat: Biting the pharma hand that fed him

Dr. Daniel Carlat is a medical curiosity.

Doctors Behaving Badly: Dentist accused of molestation blames Parkinson’s drugs

In the end, the dirty dentist didn't get away with it.

A Collier County Circuit Court judge last week sentenced David Rees Sperry to 10 years in prison for lewd and lascivious battery after Sperry attacked a 14-year-old boy at a beach near Naples, Florida, and forced the boy to perform oral sex on him.

Q&A with Myron Levin: Holding regulators accountable for safety lapses

My former colleague at the Los Angeles Times, Myron Levin, played an important role in unearthing new information about cell phone use and car accidents.

Doctors Behaving Badly: Florida cardiologist gets caught fibbing in federal case

Medical malpractice cases can live or die on the testimony of an expert witness. Defense
attorneys will go after the expert's credentials with every tool in their kit.

One would think that plaintiff's attorneys suing the federal government on behalf of a
patient would make sure they had a doctor with impeccable experience ready to take the stand and bolster the patient's case.

Instead, they hired Dr. Alex T. Zakharia.

Drug maker bends space-time continuum!

Johnson & Johnson — maker of tearless baby shampoo and sugarless sugar — has devised another innovation: the time-traveling scientist.

This may sound astonishing, true believers, but read on!

Court records Show Jackson's Doctor Acting More Like a Dealer

Let's assume that Dr. Conrad Murray did not kill Michael Jackson.

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