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Vax Skeptics Eye Hospital Board Seats; A pharmacist refuses the morning after pill


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Vax tenure skeptics aim to run Florida hospital

Four conservative candidates — three of whom are known to be skeptical of COVID vaccine mandates — are campaigning to join the board of a public hospital in Florida, highlighting how elections for obscure offices are becoming the vanguard of political battles in the wake of the pandemic, according to a report by the Washington Post.

The candidates, who are running for positions on the board of directors at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, a safety hospital in the Tampa area, are campaigning on a platform of “medical freedom.” The term has been favored by conservative movements and propagates the idea that patients do not have enough control over their medical care. Proponents believe the lack of access to drugs touted by politicians but rejected by doctors, such as ivermectin, and COVID vaccine mandates are examples of how patients have lost autonomy over their health.

“Calling it a vaccination is a joke,” said Victor Rohe, a longtime Republican activist and one of the board nominees. Job. “All it really is is a government-mandated gunshot to inoculate people that the government owns your body, not you.”

The other nominees are Joseph S. Chirillo, MD, a retired physician, and nurses Patricia Maraia and Bridgette Fiorucci.

While health policy experts believe the conservative candidates are unlikely to win the Sarasota Hospital Board election, their campaign still bears witness to how ideologies around medical issues like that COVID, abortion and vaccines have fallen on party lines – and how local elections could become the next battlefront.

“All you have to do is watch how [school boards] have now become very political … and how school boards have ignored the science of education,” said Michele Issel, PhD, professor emeritus of public health at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. “There is this new disregard for the professional training that doctors have, and a disregard for the science of what is best for the population. »

Jury sides with pharmacist who refused to give morning after pill

According to a report by BNC News.

Andrea Anderson, a patient living in small town Minnesota, sued pharmacist George Badeaux in 2019 after she said she was forced to travel 100 miles round trip to fill her prescription for an emergency contraceptive. Badeaux, who worked at the only pharmacy in town, refused to fill Anderson’s prescription because it would violate his beliefs. Anderson therefore had to drive for hours in the middle of a snowstorm to get his medication, his complaint said.

“I can’t help but wonder about other women who may be turned away,” Anderson said in a statement responding to the ruling. “What if they accept the pharmacist’s decision and don’t realize that this behavior is wrong? What if they have no other choice? Not everyone has the means or ability to go through hundreds of miles to get a prescription filled.”

Although the jury ruled that Badeaux did not violate Anderson’s civil rights, they decided that his actions inflicted emotional harm and Anderson was entitled to $25,000 in damages.

Badeaux’s attorney, however, says she is unlikely to receive any money because the jury did not find that he discriminated against Anderson on the basis of the sex.

“We are extremely pleased with the jury’s decision,” attorney Charles Shreffler said in a statement. “Health professionals should be free to practice their profession in accordance with their beliefs.”

A pioneer in gene therapy research presides over a toxic workplace

Jim Wilson, MD, PhD, a researcher who has led the field of developing gene therapies for rare diseases, for years led a toxic work environment at the highly acclaimed gene therapy program at the University of Pennsylvania, a STAT investigation found.

Current and former program staff – many of whom requested anonymity for fear of reprisal – said STAT that Wilson and other members of the management team tolerated an abusive workplace where bullying and harassment were commonplace. Wilson himself, they said, could be intolerant and dismissive, and at times yelled at or belittled staff members who rebuffed his demands.

Workplace culture had consequences, including a case in which key growth plans for at least one research program were derailed, the investigation found. Moreover, it has led to a massive exodus of talent. Between 2017 and 2020, 126 employees resigned or were terminated from the gene therapy program, a number that represented about half of all staff.

Jennifer Royal-Fitch, a former recruiter for the program, said STAT she resigned in March 2021 after seeing “with my own eyes how people have been abused” by Wilson and other executives on her management team.

The University of Pennsylvania conducted an investigation of Wilson’s lab last year, which confirmed some of the harassment and bullying allegations. However, the STAT report found that internal investigations shielded Wilson from some liability. In response, the university said its investigation was conducted appropriately and it was taking steps to improve conditions in Wilson’s lab.

In a statement in response to STAT‘s, Wilson said he did not initially “enjoy the challenges of managing the phenomenal growth of our organization”.

“I sincerely regret that some of our staff were uncomfortable working in this environment,” he said.

  • Amanda D’Ambrosio is a reporter on the business and investigative team at MedPage Today. She covers obstetrics and gynecology and other clinical news, and writes about the US healthcare system. Follow