Although many ob/gyns believe they already work on an interdisciplinary team, most don't really apply the principles of teamwork on labor and delivery. This Harvard team has discovered that applying the concepts used by military and commercial flight teams—an approach called Crew Resource Management—can improve patient safety and reduce the epidemic of lawsuits plaguing the specialty.
It seems that making emergency contraception (EC) available over-the-counter (OTC) changes nothing except where such contraception is obtained.
A new continuous OC that eliminates menstruation throughout the entire year has been shown to improve dysmenorrhea in a 1-year clinical trial presented at this year's ASRM meeting in Montreal.
Adding hyperthermia to standard chemoradiotherapy for advanced cervical carcinoma seems to boost the positive effects of treatment without adding any negative effects, according to analysis of three phase 2 studies.
A decision on Barr Lab's application for over-the-counter (OTC) status for Plan B has been postponed by the FDA, which previously had promised action by September 1.
Many readers may be surprised to learn that in 1965, 30 states had laws prohibiting or restricting the sale and/or use of contraceptives.
The scientific evidence to date—including the authors' recent RCT—says no. Were EC to be available over-the-counter, it would not encourage risky sex nor increase rates of STI.
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) introduced a bill that would require all health plans that cover prescription drugs to include coverage of FDA-approved forms of contraception.
Ob/gyns have welcomed the expanded role of pharmacists in providing quality care to women. The detailed instructions that pharmacists give when dispensing medication reinforce the information we give in the office.