A national conversation about the evidence behind health care and health policy options is an “ethical imperative,” but values conflicts are likely to arise. Dr. Mille Solomon and scholars from the Hastings Center propose a way forward in an article in Health Affairs.
Center faculty members Dr. Spencer Hey and Dr. Aaron Kesselheim examined a lawsuit filed by Amarin Pharmaceutical in May 2015 that sought permission to distribute "truthful and non-misleading" statements relating to an off-label use of its product Vascepa, a pill derived from fish oil. The authors conclude that "informativeness," understood as asserting scientific facts--beyond mere logical truth--"ought to be the standard for regulating commercial speech about pharmaceuticals".
Patients with ALS have a uniformly fatal disease, and one might worry that ALS patients are even more prone to the therapeutic misconception. In this video, panelists discuss evidence for therapeutic misconception in ALS trials.
Neurologists who treat epilepsy face substantial difficulty distinguishing "true" seizures caused by abnormal electrical discharges from seizures that are caused by psychological factors (psychogenic nonepileptic seizures, or PNES).