Virtual Mentor

Virtual Mentor. April 2014, Volume 16, Number 4: 235-324.

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April 2014 Contents

Third Parties in the Clinical Encounter

Ethics Poll

Physicians often give patients free samples of drugs supplied to them by the manufacturer before prescribing that drug or a similar one. Which of the following statements about this practice do you agree with?
The practice primarily benefits the pharmaceutical company whose drug is sampled by getting patients “hooked” on their expensive drug rather than any available alternative.
The practice is a beneficial way to get patients started immediately on a free trial of the drug.
The physician can prescribe a less-expensive generic alternative later if the physician or patient sees fit.
None.
Read a discussion of this practice in the April issue of Virtual Mentor.

Do you think that parents who have an asthmatic child and smoke cigarettes in the house are guilty of child neglect?
Yes.
No.
Don't know.
Read a discussion of this question in the April issue of Virtual Mentor.

A number of states have laws that require physicians to perform an ultrasound on a woman before an abortion, and some require that the woman view the ultrasound before she can have the abortion. Do you think it is acceptable for states to compel physician involvement in attempts to discourage patients from having abortions?
Yes; the state’s interest in protecting life justifies intrusion into the patient-physician encounter.
No; the state’s interest in protecting life does not justify mandating physicians to participate in attempts to change patients’ decisions about legal treatments.
Don't know.
Read a commentary on this practice in the April issue of Virtual Mentor.

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From the Editor

Outside Influences on Medical Practice
Kimberly Swartz
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:237-239.

Educating for Professionalism

Ethics Cases

Mandated Ultrasound Prior to Abortion
Commentary by Jen Russo
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:240-244.

Drug Samples: Why Not?
Commentary by Ly Le Tran
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:245-251.

Is Parental Smoking Neglect of an Asthmatic Child?
Commentary by Bahareh Keith and Kimberly B. Handley
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:252-256.

The Code Says

The AMA Code of Medical Ethics’ Opinions on Physicians’ Participation in Clinical Research
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:257-260.

The AMA Code of Medical Ethics’ Opinions on Physicians’ Relationships with Drug Companies and Duty to Assist in Containing Drug Costs
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:261-264.

Journal Discussion

Legislating Abortion Care
Jody Steinauer and Carolyn Sufrin
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:265-269.

State of the Art and Science

The Benefits of Online Health Communities
Lauren B. Solberg
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:270-274.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Professional Self-Regulation in Medicine
William D. White
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:275-278.

Policy Forum

OxyContin, the FDA, and Drug Control
Gary M. Reisfield
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:279-283.

Physician “Gag Laws” and Gun Safety
Mobeen H. Rathore
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:284-288.

Medicine and Society

Consent and Rights in Comparative Effectiveness Trials
Collin O’Neil
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:289-294.

Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

Inappropriate Obstructions to Access: The FDA’s Handling of Plan B
Susan F. Wood
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:295-301.

Correspondence

American Society for Reproductive Medicine Updates Consent Forms for Egg Donation
Susan L. Crockin and Judith Daar
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:302-303.

Decision on Mandating Coverage for ART Must Begin with Accurate Data
Jason S. Yeh and Jennifer L. Eaton
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:304-307.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:308-322.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:323-324.