December 6, 2004 |
The American Medical Assn., holding its annual meeting in Atlanta, is weighing whether to support importing prescription drugs from outside the U.S. "We owe it to our patients to advocate for safe importation of drugs," Stephanie Stanton, a voting AMA delegate and medical student from the University of Minnesota, said at a meeting of the House of Delegates. "This is all because of our patients, and it is driven by our patients."
December 5, 2001 |
Despite calls from some of its member doctors, the American Medical Assn. on Tuesday stopped short of supporting smallpox vaccinations for all Americans. Instead, the AMA called on federal health authorities to continue planning and studying the repercussions of a mass inoculation. The AMA is holding its winter meeting in San Francisco. "There are huge, complex issues involved and due deliberation is needed," said Dr.
August 30, 2001 |
The American Medical Assn. is spending $1 million to tell doctors not to accept big gifts from drug companies--in an education campaign funded mostly by drug companies. Critics expressed amazement about the AMA's use of industry funding. "Whoever is making decisions over there seems to be just brain-dead," Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of the consumer-oriented Public Citizen Health Research Group, said Wednesday. "This is just prostitution." The AMA said a spokesman was not immediately available.
December 6, 2000 |
Stepping into a morally charged debate Tuesday, the American Medical Assn. called on the Food and Drug Administration to consider making the "morning-after" pill available over the counter. The AMA's policy-making House of Delegates approved the resolution without discussion during a convention here. The AMA has 293,000 doctors as members. "This is a wonderful decision by the AMA. This is a terrific resolution," said Joan Coombs, senior vice president of Planned Parenthood.
March 26, 2000 |
Doctors with the Wellness Plan, a 140,000-member HMO in Detroit, voted to organize under the American Medical Assn.'s bargaining arm, making them the first physicians to join the union. Physicians for Responsible Negotiation was formed last year by the AMA in response to what it described as increasing workload and financial pressures being placed on doctors by HMOs and other managed-care companies. Dr.
December 8, 1999 |
The American Medical Assn. changed its ethical guidelines Tuesday to let doctors notify the motor vehicle departments in their states about patients with medical conditions that could make them unsafe drivers. The new policy, which would not be legally binding, makes public safety a priority over the confidentiality of patients with conditions such as senile dementia or alcoholism. "We all know that some people are driving when they shouldn't be," said Dr.