Senior reporter at @ProPublica, past president/current board member @ahcj, hopeful Detroit Lions fan, Columbia journ prof. charles.ornstein@propublica.org

New drugs promoted most to doctors rarely breakthroughs

seattletimes.com — Originally published Friday, January 23, 2015 at 3:01 PM For more than five decades, the blood thinner Coumadin was the only option for millions of patients at risk for life-threatening blood clots. But now, a furious battle is under way among the makers of three newer competitors for the prescription pads of doctors.

Data on payments from drugmakers to doctors is marred by error

staradvertiser.com — You'd think drug and medical device makers would know how to spell the names of their own products. But when companies submitted data to the federal government last year on their payments to doctors, some got the product names wrong.

Data on Payments From Drugmakers to Doctors Is Marred by Error

nytimes.com — You'd think drug and medical device makers would know how to spell the names of their own products. But when companies submitted data to the federal government last year on their payments to doctors, some got the product names wrong.

Why Pharma Payments to Doctors Were So Hard to Parse

propublica.org — You'd think drug and medical device makers would know how to spell the names of their own products. But when companies submitted data to the federal government last year on their payments to doctors, some got the product names wrong.

How To Investigate Doctors

projects.propublica.org — Each state's medical board has different procedures for investigating doctors' infractions and disciplinary records. We compiled the chart below to show which states allow you to verify a doctors's license for free online and which medical boards provide disciplinary details and documents.

How To Investigate Nurses

projects.propublica.org — Each state has a different process for investigating and disciplining nurses and for making licensing information available to the public. We compiled the chart below to show you how to verify a nurse's license online and get any related disciplinary documents. Unless otherwise noted, disciplinary information can be obtained on the license verification page.

“I saw my husband die before my eyes”

salon.com — This story was co-published with the New York Times. Anita Chanko could not sleep. At 4 a.m., on an August night in 2012, she settled onto the couch in her Yorkville living room with her dog, Daisy, and her parrot, Elliott, and flipped on the DVR.

Methodology of Calculating Company Payments to Doctors

nytimes.com — The pharmaceutical and medical device industries, even when required by the federal government, have not made it easy to track their expenditures on doctors and teaching hospitals. It has taken ProPublica several months to spot and fix errors in the Open Payments database, which the federal government released at the end of September.

Methodology for Calculating Company Payments to Doctors

propublica.org — The pharmaceutical and medical device industries, even when required by the federal government, have not made it easy to track their expenditures on doctors and teaching hospitals. ( Explore our Open Payments news app.) It has taken ProPublica several months to spot and fix errors in the Open Payments database, which the federal government released at the end of September.

The Drugs That Companies Promote to Doctors Are Rarely Breakthroughs

nytimes.com — For more than five decades, the blood thinner Coumadin was the only option for millions of patients at risk for life-threatening blood clots. But now, a furious battle is underway among the makers of three newer competitors for the prescription pads of doctors across the country.
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Feb 01, 2015

RT @doctorwes: @charlesornstein The ABIM, it's relation to National Quality Forum, and their Foundation's $2.3M Condo would be interesting! #healthnewsgems

Feb 01, 2015

Not sure what to think of this. RT @nytimeswell: A Trip to the Mail Box, Not the Orthodontist nyti.ms/1EXUxgq

Feb 01, 2015

Dear friends/colleagues, my investigating health care class starts to do. Help by tweeting #healthnewsgems -- deep dive health stories.

Feb 01, 2015

"They just start doing things" Medical Costs Rise as Retirees Winter in Florida nyti.ms/1vmjfa5 #healthnewsgems

Feb 01, 2015

RT @reftpt: "Many of the states where doctors earn most are those which most limit what nurses can do." @DeanBaker13 @charlesornstein

Feb 01, 2015

RT @powellnyt: Terrific Piece @BarrettNation: Silver's gang: How longtime friends of disgraced Assemblyman got power positions nydn.us/1KfctEh

Feb 01, 2015

Still in the news. Hospital chain Prime Healthcare faces a fight to grow fw.to/sQRBNNI

Feb 01, 2015

Seriously, will it stop? @picardonhealth: Boy, 3, reaches for iPod, finds gun; wounds mom and dad with a single shot usat.ly/1COf8UX

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