An Update from Our Firm about COVID-19

Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner remains fully operational and committed to serving our clients and colleagues throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. As we follow the CDC guidelines and practice social distancing, we remain available for phone consultations and scheduled in-person meetings with both current and prospective clients and colleagues. Please contact our office by email or by calling 713-222-7211 with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Study finds widespread conflicts of interest for cardiologists

Heart diseases are the leading cause of death in the United States and account for a large proportion of acute medical care provided by doctors across the country. But a recent study raises concerns that the majority of the doctors writing practice guidelines for cardiology practice are being paid one way or another by the medical device and drug manufacturers. Many doctors also own stock or give speeches on these companies' behalf.

The widespread financial ties between doctors and medical manufacturers not only raises concerns about doctor's objectivity and the level of care they provide but also raises concerns for those who may have been the victims of medical malpractice. The practice guidelines and other journal articles or studies published by these doctors on behalf of the manufacturers are often used in medical malpractice trials to define what constitutes the proper standard of care.

The practice guidelines issued by groups including American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. These guidelines provide instruction on when certain procedures or devices are recommended.

For example one cardiological guideline states that defibrillators are 'indicated' for patients suffering a decrease in pumping ability because of a prior heart attack, and that the device 'may be considered' when the decreased pumping capacity is from another cause, but that heart defibrillators are 'not indicated' for patients that are not likely to survive. Of the 34 doctors who constituted a 2008 panel to develop defibrillator guidelines, 27 had some financial ties to medical product or pharmaceutical company.

While these companies say that the fast pace of medical technology and complexity of their products requires that they work closely with doctors to educate the medical community, it is hard to ignore potentially dangerous impact from these potential conflicts of interest. The problem does not necessarily arise in the case of one doctor making one questionable decision but the net effect of having the majority of doctors who determine what constitutes good health care being financially reliant on medical companies.

Source: The Wall Street Journal "Study Cites Cardiology Conflicts" Thomas Burton, March 28, 2011

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • $50+ Million Fire & Explosion

    The firm successfully represented nearly 100 victims who suffered personal injuries and damages to property from a large fire and explosion resulting in a settlement of more than $50 million. The firm served as lead lawyers on the steering committee in this litigation.

  • $80 Million Plant Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs, taking a lead role in the plaintiffs’ steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

  • $50+ Million Plant Fire & Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 45 personal injury victims in a plant fire and explosion, serving on the plaintiffs steering committee, concluding with a settlement of more than $50 million.

  • $22+ Million Worksite Accident

    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm’s client.

  • $12 Million 18-Wheeler Collision

    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

  • $48 Million Catastrophic Burns

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $48 million.

Our Record Of Success

When you are hurt and you choose a law firm to represent you in court or at the negotiation table, you need to carefully consider the firm's record.

Read More Success Stories

Let Us Help You Request a Free Consultation Today

Get Help Now

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Back to top