Archive for January, 2013

HPV vaccine

The HPV vaccine, which showed greater than 90% efficacy in preventing the development of certain kinds of cervical cancer, was approved by the FDA in 2006. Both Australia and the UK made vaccination compulsory and administered the vaccinations through schools. This case explores the variation in US guidelines on vaccination and screening for cervical cancer.

Health-Information Technology and the Use of Computerized Records in Medicine

Lucy Sawyer is a 65-year-old diabetic with a history of hypertension. She is joining a new primary care practice, and her physician has taught her to navigate through the patient portal feature of the hospital’s recently implemented electronic medical system. Ms. Sawyer uses the portal to view lab results, learn about her medical problems, schedule…

End of Life Care

In recent years, assisting patients with advanced care planning has become an important aspect of caring for seriously ill patients. This case provides a brief overview of prominent legislation related to the end-of-life and its introduction into the clinical setting. It also describes several topics relating to the care of patients with serious illnesses –…

Drug Development and Regulation

The FDA is charged with ensuring the efficacy and safety of a drug before allowing its distribution to the American public. This case investigates the development of Provenge, immunotherapy for prostate cancer, and the challenges it faced in passing FDA approval, choosing an appropriate price and meeting demand.

Complementary and Alternative Medicines

Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) are widely used. A National Health Interview Survey in 2007 revealed that 38% of American adults and 12% of children used some type of CAM in the prior 12 months. This case discusses common perspectives of CAM within the medical community and decisions made by the insurance companies when deciding…