Our new Gabapentin Series is a journalistic exposé of deceptive Neurontin research. A real-life case illustrates Pfizer's symbiotic marketing strategy with GPs. The Early Clinical Trials and Phase IV Seeding Trial are probed. Gabapentin Watch catalogs the chaotic views found in top medical journals, consumer sources, and Regulatory Agencies. The original Gabapentin patent concedes its only action is soporific. Then Pfizer bought Parke-Davis, and the Neurontin Franchise was born …
Jeffrey Segal retired his Gag Contract and now favors rating sites. Did he reinvent himself, or just become more artful? His Medical Justice malpractice plan is now tooled with a Patient Survey to collect reviews right at a clinic. Segal shamelessly coaches MDs to cherry-pick which patients to ask. Any review less than 5-star can get spiked. Segal avers: Your Account Manager studies every review you collect and if we catch something unfavorable, we'll notify you so you can take defensive action. Other wiles exist. Read our advice to patients …
Apple takes an active (not passive) role in NSA PRISM data-mining. Apple Support reps now pressure customers for telephone contact as an end in itself, while tech questions fall by the wayside (evidence: Chat Transcripts). Why the single-minded pursuit of phone calls when metadata is barren? Just this: Smartphones contain voice-recognition software that can analyze and store your voiceprint on company servers. This biometric is a unique identifier, similar to a fingerprint.
The Canadian Medical Protective Association offers malpractice insurance to MDs. The CMPA defends doctors sued in civil court for negligence, and with equal vigor defends doctors charged under the Criminal Code for crimes ranging from financial fraud to felony assault. Led by John. E. Gray, the CMPA uses scorched earth tactics to vanquish patient complaints. But historical documents reveal a more disturbing trend: For a century the CMPA has been stacking the judicial bench.
At the Medical Arts Building in Saskatoon, a clinic of four family doctors – Nayar, Khan, Dangor, and Datta – perpetrated a brazen medicare fraud. From 2003 to 2007 they billed $2,892.00 for 134 appointments which never took place. That was for just one patient. Just how far did the fraud extend among their caseload of several hundred patients? Saskatchewan Health remains silent.
Under an electron microscope, a peripheral nerve looks like beads on a string: The axon is the string; myelin segments are the beads; and Nodes of Ranvier are the gaps between beads. Signals travel rapidly inside myelin, but slow when crossing a gap. After Guillain-Barre, your myelin segments are shorter than before, and the Nodes more numerous. So … more gaps to jump, more places to slow down. This source of post-GBS fatigue is very real.
A Bone Scan (three-phase bone scintigraphy) is useful to diagnose Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. Expect different results during the three stages of RSD. Stage I (left) brings increased vascularity and diffuse increased uptake of the radioactive tracer. Note peri-articular uptake around the toe joints. This case of RSD was a complication of a surgical biopsy performed by Dr. Jeff McKerrell.
Pain pioneers Wall and Melzack of McGill University developed a method to precisely pinpoint the quality and degree of a patient's pain. Their McGill Pain Questionnaire was so accurate and practical it became a worldwide standard. Next came the McGill Pain Index, a bargraph to quantify pain and remove subjectivity. On the Index, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy measures 42 out of a maximum 50. RSD is the most painful chronic disease known.
Dr. Yelland eagerly told me Neurontin would alleviate the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy in my right foot. Dutifully I tried this medicine 3 times over a month. It did not improve my RSD pain at all, but did cause a side-effect of a constant diffuse headache. When I explained this, Yelland became waspish. Here is why: Pfizer's marketing tactics were symbiotic, offering profit to the doctor as well as to Pfizer. When the written Rx ceased, Yelland's financial kickbacks from Pfizer ceased.
Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon was home to rheumatologist Dr. Kenneth Blocka when he botched a referral to the Mayo Clinic. When his negligence was held to account, Blocka embarked on a malicious, prolonged backlash which in modern legal terms is called stalking by proxy. Sworn Affidavits place the events on record in court file Q.B. #514/87. Dr. Blocka was issued with a Restraining Order.
Over 3 years that Dr. Yelland was my GP, I observed his personality disintegrate. The College failed to warn the public. At that time, sans computer, my web access was at the library where I scoured MedLine for current treatments for my disease. Not once did it cross my mind to search for details about the doctor. If I and others had, we would have learned of the Klassen tragedy, and that Judge Baynton impeached Yelland for ‘clouded judgement and irrational thinking.’
The 20 doctor-rating sites flourishing on the web are a storehouse of facts and shrewd observations that skewer privilege and dissect clinical skills. After weathering the gag waivers of Jeffrey Segal, these sites inspired growth. The B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons ‘approves of patients rating doctors’ and recently launched an official Patient Survey. Patient feedback will be a part of the annual mandatory revalidation process for each MD.
Dr. Richard Kluft analyzes seven varieties of abusive behavior by doctors. Unethical MDs may: 1) act as agents of social control; 2) subvert medical prerogatives for illicit purposes; 3) exploit the power of their profession to gratify personal needs; 4) allow their medical judgement to be co-opted by others whose intent is abuse; 5) provide suboptimal health care; 6) dehumanize medical care; and 7) abuse their trust to leverage sexual goals.
An underage victim phoned Bracken under police supervision to tape his admission of assault. When the tape was played in Provincial Court, Bracken pleaded guilty. A former police officer, Bracken was sentenced to 9 months in prison; his DNA is on record; he is prohibited from owning firearms for 10 years; and he retired to evade Internal Affairs discipline. Witness his hollow remorse: After all this, Bracken still views vulnerability as an aphrodisiac, an invitation.
Any Canadian citizen has a duty and a right to be present at a court proceeding where they are a named party. But if you are physically disabled, expect a battle. My experience over seven years mirrors the experience of others. In Saskatoon courts, your physical disability will not be accommodated. Rather, it will be exploited. The Canadian Charter of Rights seeks to redress this history of exclusion.
A Statement of Claim for malpractice must be filed within a strict limitation period. Another hurdle is a Motion to Strike your claim. A claim can legitimately be struck if it is unarguable in law, frivolous, or vexatious. If your claim is none of those, the MD may still use a Motion to Strike as a strategy to wear you down. Learn the concepts, precedents, and rules of court which form the bedrock of the claims process. Arrive in the courtroom armed with the knowledge to protect your claim.
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