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March 3, 2021 34 min
In this edition of Physician’s Weekly, Paul Schmidt spoke with Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MPH, an associate professor of health care policy and medicine at Harvard Medical School and a hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center about how the COVID-19 pandemic has brought renewed attention on the debate over physician licensure and telemedicine. [1] And Bryant Ryes spoke with Dr. Medlaw about liabilities related to the use of telemedicine in the clinic

Also in this edition of Physician’s Weekly
-A recent study published online in the journal Tobacco Control from Researchers from the Department of Health Management and Policy of the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, Michigan, confirms that menthol cigarettes were responsible for 10 million smokers extra smokers, 378,000 premature deaths, and a cumulative total of 3 million years of life lost in the United States between 1980 and 2018.[2]
-Rachel Giles, MD, spoke with Marc P. Bonaca, MD, MPH, about gender issues related to cardiovascular disease in women. [3] They also spoke about Peripheral Artery Disease and the results of the Voyager PAD study (NCT02504216). Bonaca is the Director of Vascular Research and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the inaugural holder of the William R. Hiatt Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Research.

Clinical Trials
Efficacy and Safety of Rivaroxaban in Reducing the Risk of Major Thrombotic Vascular Events in Subjects With Symptomatic Peripheral Artery Disease Undergoing Peripheral Revascularization Procedures of the Lower Extremities (VOYAGER PAD) - NCT02504216

Rivaroxaban (XARELTO®; Janssen Pharmaceuticals/licensed from Bayer HealthCare) [ ][US Prescribing Information: ]
Clopidogrel bisulfate (PLAVIX®; Bristol-Myers Squibb/Sanofi Pharmaceuticals Partnership) [US Prescribing Information: ]

[1] Mehrotra A, Nimgaonkar A, Richman B. Telemedicine and Medical Licensure - Potential Paths for Reform. N Engl J Med. 2021 Feb 25;384(8):687-690. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp2031608. Epub 2021 Feb 20. PMID: 33626604.
[2] Le TT, Mendez D. An estimation of the harm of menthol cigarettes in the United States from 1980 to 2018. Tob Control. 2021 Feb 25:tobaccocontrol-2020-056256. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2020-056256. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33632809.
[3] Bonaca MP, Bauersachs RM, Anand SS, Debus ES, Nehler MR, Patel MR, Fanelli F, Capell WH, Diao L, Jaeger N, Hess CN, Pap AF, Kittelson JM, Gudz I, Mátyás L, Krievins DK, Diaz R, Brodmann M, Muehlhofer E, Haskell LP, Berkowitz SD, Hiatt WR. Rivaroxaban in Peripheral Artery Disease after Revascularization. N Engl J Med. 2020 May 21;382(21):1994-2004. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa2000052. Epub 2020 Mar 28. PMID: 32222135.
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