‘Many Doctors Are Involved in These Schemes’: What We Heard This Week

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“Many doctors are involved in these schemes. …Oh my god. I mean, I’ve seen it over and over and over again.” — Robert FitzPatrick, a multilevel marketing (MLM) expert, on doctors peddling products to patients as part of an MLM program.

“Reinfections are expected, not a failure of vaccines.” — Sarah Long, MD, of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, discussing the CDC’s advisory committee vote to unanimously recommend that children 6 months and older receive COVID-19 vaccines.

“I’ve had children. I know what overactive bladder is.” — Renee Dahring, MSN, APRN, CNP, of Minneapolis, describing an atypical patient seeking a prescription for oxybutynin as the abuse potential of noncontrolled medications grows.

“I’m vaccinated. I’m doubly boosted. And I believe if that were not the case, I very likely would not be talking to you, looking as well as I look.” — Anthony Fauci, MD, chief medical adviser to President Biden, describing his recovery from COVID after having taken nirmatrelvir/ritonavir (Paxlovid).

“That price is too high.” — William Schaffner, MD, of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, on the concept of allowing herd immunity to develop via natural infection in the early days of a new pandemic.

“Considering the genome characteristics of this type of virus, no more than one or two mutations are likely to emerge each year.” — João Paulo Gomes, PhD, of Portugal’s National Institute of Health in Lisbon, on the current strain of monkeypox involved in the current global outbreak.

“Unless I see another trial involving this combination probiotic for infectious diarrhea, I will not change my practice.” — Bhaskar Gurram, MD, of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, commenting on a trial yielding mixed results for a multispecies probiotic preventing children’s antibiotic-associated diarrhea.

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