Friday, January 27, 2012

Patt Morrison for Monday, 1/30/2012


Monday, January 30, 2012

1-3 p.m.




1:00 – 1:30



1:30 – 2:00

Why is it so difficult to adopt a pet?

You want to adopt a pet but instead of answering a few questions about your home and schedule, you find yourself in the middle of what feels like the Grand Inquisition. That’s the situation many pet-owning-hopefuls find themselves in nowadays as shelters enforce high standards for pet adoption. Should full-time workers, apartment-dwellers, people with children be barred from adopting rescue animals? Patt talks with the President and CEO of the Humane Society about the high standards for pet adoption and whether those high standards could be encouraging people to buy pets from stores, or even puppy mills. She also gets his pick for the winner of Animal Planet’s Super Puppy Bowl this Sunday.



Wayne Pacelle, president & CEO of The Humane Society of the United States; author of “The Bond: Our kinship with animals, our call to defend them”



2:00 – 2:30

Why is my doctor recommending this pill? The relationship between doctors and drug manufactures is about to become more transparent

Have you ever wondered if your doctor recommended a particular drug because it’s the best product for your medical condition or if he or she has some relationship with the drug manufacturer?  According to the New York Times, doctors across the country have financial arrangements with drug and device manufacturers and can receive “hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars in exchange for providing advice and giving lectures.” Can the relationship affect the recommendations the doctor provides the patient?  The Times found that doctors who take cash payments are more likely to “prescribe drugs in risky and unapproved ways, such as prescribing powerful antipsychotic medicines for children.”  The Obama Administration, as part of the new health care law, is requiring drug companies to disclose how much money they give to doctors, and the drug companies could be subject to a $10,000 penalty for each payment they fail to report.  If a company knowingly refuses to disclose a payment, it could be subject to a $100,000 fine.  Both PhRMA and the Advanced Medical Technology Association support transparency, but have concerns about how the new requirements  will be implemented and the affect it may have on innovation and improving care.   If your doctor has a financial relationship with a drug or device manufacturer, will you want your doctor to explain what the relationship is and how it impact patient care?



Allan J. Coukell, a pharmacist and consumer advocate at the Pew Charitable Trusts



Matthew D. Bennett, a senior vice president of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America



Christopher L. White, general counsel and executive vice president of the Advanced Medical Technology Association



  • He is concerned that doctors “may no longer want to engage in consulting arrangements, and such reluctance could chill innovation.” They endorsed the proposal and support disclosure.



2:30 – 2:40



2:40 – 3:00

Remembering Daniel Pearl: his life and legacy

Ten years ago this month millions became witnesses to the kidnapping and murder of the journalist Daniel Pearl at the hands of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, an Al Qaeda operative also alleged to be behind the 9/11 attacks. Pearl had recently been named the South Asia Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal; he was in Pakistan retracing the steps of the so-called “shoe bomber,” Richard Reid, when he was kidnapped.  Pearl thought he was heading for an interview with Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani. On today’s show, Daniel’s parents, Ruth and Judea Pearl, join David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, to assess the life and legacy of the San Fernando Valley kid who became a symbol and an inspiration.


PATT: Tonight at 5pm David Remnick will deliver the 2012 Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture at UCLA’s Burkle Center for International Relations.



Judea and Ruth Pearl, parents of Daniel Pearl; Mr. Pearl is president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation; the couple are co-editors of the book "I am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl," winner of the 2004 National Jewish Book Award for Anthologies, which provides a panoramic view of how Jews define themselves in the post 9/11 era.



David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker




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