I’ve got to admit that I’ve really enjoyed reading Health Blog from the Wall Street Journal. Short, pithy, and great bites about health/pharma stories that make it into one of the best sources for news in the US (its op-ed page notwithstanding).
So, I was tickled on Friday to see Health Blog interview AggravatedDocSurg. Little did I know that the Aggravated One was a general surgeon in APB’s former stomping grounds of The Centennial State.
Here was the quote that made the interview from one of his public service announcements.
We’ve got advertisements on TV continuously for Plavix. It’s not a benign drug. But patients don’t think about what they should do when they’re taking it. We have a whole slew of folks in the summertime who get their first motorcycle, ride for two days up in the mountains and then get into an accident. It’s usually folks in their 50s and 60s. Often it’s people who were on Plavix for questionable reasons. Who really needs to be on the medicine? That post was borne out of frustration from what I see in the hospital.
This interview was part of the WSJ Health Blog “Doctor for the Day” feature that I hope will become a weekly fixture.