Friday, February 27, 2009

Adhesion Barrier return on investment


As IHRT contemplates the desperation of consumers to have adhesion barriers provided in their surgeries and industries willingness to provide them, we are disheartened.
Patients aware of adhesion barriers or indeed adhesions are a slim minority.
Adhesion Barrier Market to Skyrocket to Over $550 Million by 2013PR Newswire (press release), NY - Feb 2, 20092 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Millennium Research Group's (MRG's) US Markets for Surgical Hemostats, Internal Tissue Sealants, and Adhesion Barriers 2009 ...
As we reflect on this headline, one wonders where this number comes from?
IHRT then looks at the source of this press release.
IRONICALLY, Millennium Research Group is based in Waltham, MA, home of Confluent SprayGel and SprayShield !
If an effective adhesion barrier were found and put into use….the number would be enormous!
Here is an example of a guess on what that number might truly be.
Cesarean Fact Sheet -
Some facts about cesarean sections from ... The latest statistics indicate that 967000 cesareans were performed in the US in 1989. - 16k - Cached - Similar pages
Lets say each of these c-sections had and adhesion barrier applied at the cost of $200.00 per procedure. We feel that this would be a very conservative estimate. The cost would be $193,400,000 for just one procedure in which the number of c-section has increased dramatically since this statistic was reported…
Take the history of Spraygel to it’s current incarnation as SprayShield TM.
All IHRT can think to say is, “return on investment”.
Here is an example to see.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Falling apart over Omrix
When I added Omrix Biopharmaceuticals Ltd. (Nasdaq:OMRI) to my portfolio, tracked by "Globes", I noted that it was a profitable biotechnological company in a most interesting niche - biosurgical sealants for the prevention of hemostasis in surgery - and that it was not an all or nothing company, like Pharmos Corp. (Nasdaq: PARSD), for example, where one failed trial can wipe almost an entire investment.
The founder of Confluent Surgical knew his product would not pass FDA standards so the product was taken out of clinical trials….
Somehow, with fraudulent information SprayGel got it’s CE mark and was used throughout the world as an anti-adhesion barrier. Those in the United States remained safe.
IHRT was founded by the victims of ongoing study of Spraygel until we realized we were being experimented on and paying for the pleasure. In of all places Germany!
The gig was up and Confluent was sold to Tyco which was then sold to Covidien.
As IHRT continues to watch Covidiens stocks fall we become more concerned about them seeking a quick return on their investment!
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It looks like Covidien may have learned to save money by moving it all offshore just as Confluent did.
Is it the old lets see if it works ON THEM and then go to the FDA?
The same scenario is happening again with of all people, Kruschinski and Mettler. In of all places Germany!
Kruschinski D, Homburg S, D’Souza F, Campbell P, Reich H.
Adhesiolysis in severe and reccurent cases of adhesions related
disorder (ARD) - a novel approach utilizing lift (gasless)
laparoscopy and SprayGel™ adhesion barrier. Surg Technol Int.

Mettler L, Audebert A, Lehmann-Willenbrock E, Schive-Peterhansl
K, Jacobs VR. A randomized, prospective, controlled,
multicenter clinical trial of a sprayable, site-specific adhesion
barrier system in patients undergoing
Somehow the bogus science in the above studies are being used once again to tout a product and way after the fact are we learning how the bogus studies of SprayGel made thing worse for us for all of us. Victims of this fraud would tell you there are things worse than death....

It is IHRT’s opinion that until there are actually surgeons learned enough to perform an adhesiolysis that needs no barrier, these products are just a panacea…

Skill is what’s needed and compensation for the time it takes to perform a successful adhesiolyis.
Until then we fell everyone’s just kidding themselves and no product can compensate for, quick or ultra conservative surgery.
So think hard and do your research, be careful of patients who claim this is the best or only way.
...and then you have Karen Steward!!!! Beware!
How many doctors (surgeons) encourage those who are sick to contact his former patients? No doubt, Dr. Kruschinski has raised the bar of excellence when it comes to "treating" a patient. See: Patient List

Thanks Dr. Kruschinski. Our daughter has regained her life due to your brilliance, commitment and compassion for those who suffer from this dread disorder.

This is what IHRT calls “Harvesting” a dreadful practice that can lead a person to an unwanted intervention.
Remember that these biomedical companies and surgeons are expecting a return on their investments and patients are a dime a dozen. We must remember always “people are willing to profit from others pain”. Our capitulation to the adhesion barrier craze just seems to make us “a return on investment”

Saturday, February 14, 2009

No health insurance? Get help here

From CNN
Click below for full story.

Negotiating with doctors and hospitals is just one thing you have to learn how to do when your insurance disappears, says Steve Luptak, executive director of an assistance group called Healthcare Advocacy. "I've had so many people who've just been laid off coming to me for help because they've lost their insurance. They're so stressed, they're so depressed, they feel like it's the end of the world," he says. "But there are things you can do. It's not a futile situation," he says. Watch for more tips for the uninsured »
If you want to try to get new, affordable insurance, or find programs that offer you financial help for doctor's visits, prescription drugs and more, follow these steps:
Step 1: Get good advice
When you get laid off and lose your health insurance, you may need someone in your corner. Several places specialize in helping people find new, affordable insurance and free care:
Healthcare Advocacy
Patient Advocate Foundation
Patient Services Incorporated
Step 2: Search for affordable insurance
With advice from experts at the groups above, begin your search for affordable insurance. Start with COBRA, which means you continue with your employer's insurance, except now you're paying the entire premium on your own. You can learn about COBRA at the Department of Labor's Web site.
If you can't afford to go on COBRA, you're in good company; a recent study by the Commonwealth Fund found that only nine percent of people who are offered COBRA actually use it. Sometimes it's less expensive to buy your own insurance policy rather than going on COBRA. You can compare prices at
Step 3: Get your child on SCHIP
Even if you have too much money to qualify for Medicaid, your children may qualify for SCHIP, the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Here's a state-by-state directory of SCHIP programs.
There are other government programs, too. Your entire family may qualify for insurance from a state high-risk pool if you live in a state that has one.
If you think you might quality for Medicaid, see this state-by-state Medicaid directory.
Step 4: Get help with prescription drugs
If you can't afford health insurance -- or if your insurance doesn't include good prescription drug benefits -- look for $4 generic drugs at many major supermarkets and drug stores. Also, your state may offer a discount drug program (after you click, scroll down to see Table 2). You can also check these private groups that offer prescription assistance.
HealthWell Foundation
FamilyWize discount drug card
Needy Meds
Rx Assist
Rx Hope
Chronic Disease Fund
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
The Access Project
Step 5: Find financial assistance for your particular disease
Many diseases have specific foundations that offer financial assistance.
Heart Disease: Heart Support of America
Kidney Disease: American Kidney Fund
HIV/AIDS: The Access Project
Hepatitis: The Access Project
Cancer: see this Empowered Patient for a list of services
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, Chronic Granulomatous Disorder, Huntington's Disease, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, and Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: Caring Voice Coalition
Other rare diseases: National Organization for Rare Diseases
Vision Care: EyeCare America and Vision USA
Step 6: Find free clinics
Federally funded health centers offer free care in both urban and rural areas. Put in your address here and find one near you.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Adhesion Barrier Market to Skyrocket

Time to do more homework. Time to be extra careful.

Adhesion Barrier Market to Skyrocket to Over $550 Million by 2013PR Newswire (press release), NY - Feb 2, 20092 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Millennium Research Group's (MRG's) US Markets for Surgical Hemostats, Internal Tissue Sealants, and Adhesion Barriers 2009 ...

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Hysterectomy death case back in court

Hysterectomy death case back in court


AN expert in the field of pathology was still in the witness stand when the trial of two PE doctors, accused of negligently causing the death of hysterectomy patient Ilse Malherbe, resumed in the Port Elizabeth High Court yesterday.

The case started again after a two-month adjournment.

The St George‘s Hospital doctors on trial are GP anaesthetist Mike Botha and specialist gynaecologist Marcus van Heerden.

Malherbe underwent a routine hysterectomy at the hospital in 2004 and died a few hours later.

She was the wife of radiologist Daan Malherbe.

When the case resumed Prof Jan Botha was under cross-examination by senior state advocate Johan Bezuidenhout.

Defence advocate Graham van der Spuy will re-examine Botha when the case continues today.