Wednesday, April 23, 2014

$10 Million inconvenience?! - "the ex-head of UCLA's orthopedic surgery department, who says the medical school allowed doctors to take industry payments that may have compromised patient care. " receives $10 mil settlement.

Is it an inconvenience- or is it that they just don't want the information to come out?
see LA Times on this- UC OKs Paying Surgeon $10 Million In Whistleblower-Retaliation Case

In 2012, the surgeon sued UCLA, the UC regents, fellow surgeons and senior university officials, alleging they failed to act on his complaints about widespread conflicts of interest and later retaliated against him for speaking up.
UCLA denied Pedowitz's allegations, and officials said they found no wrongdoing by faculty and no evidence that patient care was jeopardized. But the UC system paid him anyway, saying it wanted to avoid the "substantial expense and inconvenience" of further litigation.

and
As department chairman, Pedowitz testified, he became concerned about colleagues who had financial ties to medical-device makers or other companies that could unduly influence their care of patients or taint important medical research.
He also alleged that UCLA looked the other way because the university stood to benefit financially from the success of medical products or drugs developed by its doctors.

and
"These are serious issues that patients should be worried about," Pedowitz said in an interview. "These problems exist in the broader medical system and they are not restricted to UCLA."

and
Mark Quigley, an attorney representing Pedowitz, said the case could have been avoided if the UC system enforced the policies it already has in place.
"What good are all the policies if they protect the wrongdoers and fail to protect the actual whistleblower?" Quigley said. "The university wanted to cover it all up."

and...
Daily Bruin coverage on it here

Chron Higher Ed coverage here

and AP coverage here

and Patch coverage here

University Diaries on some of the other items earlier
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Geffen quote in this be 'optimistic' campaign -more on it here- his current? CEO is awaiting confirmation as a UC Regent still


ps would they all self describe as optimists? would their employees, co-workers call them that? optimisitic vs pragmatic - or something else?

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