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Gavin: Bad Pharma: This Is What We're Up Against 09/20/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 900 | 0 | Popular with Legal
We all know that lobbyists exist. We all know the role they play in American politics, however frustrating that fact might be to us. We all know that pharmaceutical companies have plenty of them, and they appear to be pretty good at their jobs.  ...Read More

Gavin: FDA and Off-Label Drug Use: Danger Ahead 09/13/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 246 | 0
The Food and Drug Administration has scheduled hearings for November (and a public comment period that will extend to January) regarding the agency's current approach to the marketing of off-label uses of FDA-...Read More

Gavin: Health Literacy and Pain Management: How to Do Patient Education 08/17/2016
State: NY | Segment: Top | 414 | 0
Whether or not opioid pain medication might actually worsen pain is a legitimate clinical discussion and an important claims management topic. While the phenomenon is researched and written about in medical journals, talked about at various conferences and acknowledged among physicians, I ha...Read More

Gavin: Nuance Is Necessary in the Naloxone Debate 08/08/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 393 | 0
American Medical Association white paper headline: "Help save lives: Increase access to naloxone" New York Times headline: "Naloxone Saves Lives, but Is No Cure in Heroin Epidemic" ...Read More

Gavin: What Will $180 Million Buy Us? 08/01/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 227 | 0
The U.S. Senate in mid-July voted 92-2 to pass a piece of legislation, one already passed by the House 407-5. Can you remember the last time you saw a vote tally like that in Congress?  ...Read More

Gavin: Lawmakers Dictate to Doctors: New Legislative Approaches to Opioids 07/14/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 258 | 0
Amidst all the talk of seven-day initial opioid script limits in New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire (with New Jersey, Connecticut and others likely not far behind), we appear to have missed a piece of legislation that, in my view, represents the single most stringent legal construct f...Read More

Gavin: The Biopsychosocial Model: Challenges in Application 06/24/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 287 | 0
Hardly a day, a conference, a meeting or a case goes by without a serious discussion about the need for a "biopsychosocial" approach to injury resolution. In fact, I've recently heard griping in some circles that the discussion has run its course. "We get it ... can w...Read More

Gavin: A Tax on Opioids: Who Pays? And Why? 06/07/2016
By: Michael Gavin
State: NA | Segment: Top | 380 | 0
A new bill was introduced last week by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia). The bill calls for a tax on opioids to the tune of 1 cent per milligram. This tax will fall primarily to the payer community. ...Read More

Gavin: ProPublica and Drug-Seeking Irony 05/20/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 382 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Say the name "ProPublica" in a work comp meeting these days and watch what happens. It's like a pinata at a little kid's birthday party: Everyone takes a swing, only a precious few actually connect (but when they do connect, we all get candy, or something like that). ...Read More

Gaston: Out of Joint: Texas Joint Employer Liability for Franchisors 04/25/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 254 | 0
In response to the NLRB’s pronouncement of joint employer status between two distinct business entities in Browning-Ferris Industries, a handful of state legislatures, including Texas, have passed legislation to protect the franchise industry from exposure to lawsuits for franchisees&r...Read More
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