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‘I Feel Like He Took Advantage of Me’: What We Heard This Week

“These young people are hooked on vaping, and their worried parents, physicians, and the public health community are searching for tools to help them quit.” – Scott Gottlieb, MD, FDA commissioner, on studying whether cessation therapies approved for adults can help youth who have become addicted to nicotine through vaping.

“I feel like he took advantage of me in a really vulnerable situation where I was looking for someone who I took to be an expert in a facility I took to be world-class care.” — Marissa Hoechstetter, a plaintiff in a lawsuit against Columbia University, describing a former ob/gyn accused of sexually assaulting 17 women.

“Indeed, it is likely that nothing the FDA does to advance tobacco dependence treatment for adolescents will be as powerful or effective as addressing the availability of flavored e-cigarette products that are attracting and sustaining youth use.” — Susanne Tanski, MD, speaking for the American Academy of Pediatrics, on the FDA’s decision to delay regulatory oversight for e-cigarettes until 2022.

“I don’t think I need to convince you that this treatment is very effective.” – Heinz-Josef Lenz, MD, of the University of Southern California Norris Cancer Center in Los Angeles, on a precision-medicine treatment strategy for a rare but aggressive biliary tract cancer.

“This study is a call to action that we need more research in this population.” – Sarah Song, MD, MPH, of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, on study results showing that Asian-Americans had more severe ischemic strokes, were less likely to receive intravenous tissue plasminogen activator, and had worse functional outcomes.

“You’ll pay four, five, six times more for something that comes in a container you’re more familiar with.” – President Donald Trump, expressing surprise that anyone would buy a more expensive brand-name drug if they could pay much less for a generic.

“Hospitals say they want to help with physician satisfaction and burnout, but at the same time the message is to produce more. You just can’t win!” — Cindy Grines, MD, of Northwell Health in Hempstead, New York, on work-life balance under the RVU model.


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