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October 24, 2015

dave

Many of you were probably aware that 10/20/15 was “Back to the Future Day,” the date that Doc Brown set for Marty McFly to go to the future. There were all kinds of programs and advertisements for this day. In Saint Petersburg you could get 1 year for $20 at the Metropolitan Museum, and other cities had parties and even parades. Newscasters did stories on what has come true since then and this morning at breakfast I was taken in by a spoof in USA Today. The front page had an article about eating high cholesterol to cure cancer.  The study was conducted by giving two groups of rats either a low fat diet or a diet consisting of bacon cooked in lard. The results were so outstanding in the saturated fat group that they were going to study the same effects in french fries and hash browns.

I immediately thought it must be the low carbs and not the saturated fat. I was ready to look up the study when I noticed a picture above about a robbery and then I realized the spoof.

Check out http://www.channel3000.com/news/great-scott-usa-today-pays-tribute-with-back-to-the-future-edition/35959284 to see how I was fooled

 

This week we have an item about a new product for diabetic foot ulcers(see item 2). This new product called Granulox, contains purified hemoglobin and in a recent study showed improved diabetic ulcer healing in patients who had not been able to heal otherwise.

What is interesting is the name, and why they decided to choose it. When I first saw it I immediately thought of the old spray Granulex which has been around for over 35 years and is also for diabetic ulcers and wound healing. This spray contains trypsin, Balsam Peru and Castor oil and has the same indications as the Granulox.  Granulex costs about $20 for a 4 ounce spray can and the new Granulox will be considerably more. The real questions are, how many patients will get the wrong medication because of the spelling and why would the FDA let them have such closely related names?

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Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief