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Snyderman’s MSNBC show is canceled

Pia Christensen

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Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

In a little bit of news that may have gone unnoticed over the holidays, “Dr. Nancy,” a health program on MSNBC featuring Nancy Snyderman, M.D., has been canceled in the cable channel’s latest changes to its lineup. The show launched on June 29, 2009. See earlier posts about Snyderman’s show.

Snyderman previously worked for ABC, which suspended her for a week after she made a radio commercial for Tylenol. She later left ABC to become vice president of medical affairs for Johnson & Johnson – maker of Tylenol.

Bioethicist: Health workers must get H1N1 vaccine

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Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

On MSNBC.com, University of Pennsylvania bioethics professor Arthur Caplan takes a tough stand on flu vaccines for health professionals, imploring them to stop “whining” and “moaning.” “Doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, nurses’ aides, and anyone else who has regular contact with patients ought to be required to get a flu shot or find another line of work,” Caplan writes. According to Caplan, a 100 percent workers’ vaccination rate can cut patient flu deaths and worker sick days by about 40 percent, and thus health workers who claim mandated flu shots are an infringement of their rights are forgetting a key ethical tenet of their profession, that they put the interests of the patient above their own.

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It’s the idea of rights infringement that really sets Caplan off:

Excuse me? What rights might those be? The right to infect your patient and kill them? The right to create havoc in the health care workforce if swine flu hits hard? The right to ignore all the evidence of safety and efficacy of vaccines thus continuing to promulgate an irrational fear on the part of the public of the best protection babies, pregnant women, the elderly and the frail have against the flu? Those rights?

Caplan’s a fellow and former associate director of the Hastings Center, a nonpartisan bioethics think tank.

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A just-released survey conducted by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists finds that health workers are asking pharmacists the same questions (PDF) that patients are asking:

  • Is the H1N1 vaccine safe? (Patients: 52%, Hospital Employees: 54%)
  • Do I need to get the H1N1 vaccine? (Patients: 33%, Hospital Employees: 43%)
  • Will there be enough H1N1 vaccine to around? (Patients: 27%, Hospital Employees: 27%)

The ASHP also says that “While pharmacists are authorized to administer vaccinations to adults [in most states], the survey also finds that most hospitals are not planning to utilize pharmacists for this service. ” The organization – made up of 35,000 members who include pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy students – is encouraging hospitals and health systems to use  pharmacists to administer vaccines to increase vaccination rates. The survey also looks at other H1N1 influenza preparedness issues as well.

Blogger’s open letter criticizes Snyderman

Pia Christensen

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Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Daily Kos contributor JDWolverton posts  his critical open letter to Dr. Nancy Snyderman, the host of MSNBC’s new midday health show, and pleads for her to cover health care reform from the perspective of the average consumer.

Wolverton also says she does not “quote peer reviewed sources,” has not revealed to viewers that the frequently quoted Lewin Group is owned by United HealthCare, and has issues with how she describes the current U.S. health care system and the options for reform.

The 1,000-plus word letter ends with the request that Snyderman “Do a real health care oriented show that does more than fluff pieces” and has four specific ideas for improving the show.

Snyderman previously worked for ABC, which suspended her for a week after she made a radio commercial for Tylenol. She later left ABC to become vice president of medical affairs for Johnson & Johnson – maker of Tylenol.

NBC’s Snyderman to host daily health news show

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Nancy Snyderman, M.D., chief medical editor for NBC News, will anchor a one-hour daily show about health news and issues that will air on MSNBC beginning June 29.

According to the press release, Snyderman “will tackle everything from health and wellness tips and medical breakthroughs to in-depth looks at health policy as it makes its way through Washington.”

“The abundance of medical and health information means that we have more news than newscasts at NBC. This program will give us a chance to integrate medical news with politics, health policy, and the health concerns of our consumers,” said Snyderman.

The show, which apparently doesn’t yet have a name, will air at noon on weekdays.

Snyderman previously worked for ABC, which suspended her for a week after she made a radio commercial for Tylenol. She later left ABC to become vice president of medical affairs for Johnson & Johnson – maker of Tylenol.

Just one review of her work is posted at HealthNewsReviews.org but it met only one of 10 criteria the site lays out for responsible health reporting. The piece was deemed to be “disease-mongering.”