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Thursday, March 8, 2007

On the blogs: patient safety, candy

It's state Sen. Richard T. Moore's turn at WBUR's CommonHealth. He makes the case for patient safety as another goal of the state's new health care law.

"If the quality of health care that is delivered puts patients at risk of injury or even death, we would not be doing our uninsured residents any favors by expanding access to health insurance," he wrote.

M. William Lensch, a scientist at Children's Hospital Boston who blogs on Nature Network, muses about Novartis labs now occupying space in Cambridge where the Necco candy factory used to be.

"Is it just me or is it somewhat ironic to have a drug company inside of a former candy factory?' he asks. "Maybe itís brilliant. After all, they may share some common goals. Each wants people to eat lots of tiny, sugar-coated blobs. The chemistry of whatís inside the blobs differs (hopefully), but I feel that a certain confluence between pharmaceuticals and candy has come about in recent years, at least as far as marketing strategy goes."

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 11:11 AM
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