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Patricia Salber, MD, MBA, is the founder and host of The Doctor Weighs In.  She is a board certified internist and emergency physician.    She is currently Principal at PRS Healthcare Consultants, focused on helping organizations get ready for the post-health care reform world with a special emphasis on population health improvement.

Guest Blog: Niseritide, the 'Lost Decade', and the Pinto

Patricia Salber | July 21, 2011
Eric Topol, MD wrote an interesting commentary in the July 7, 2011 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, titled 'The Lost Decade of Nesiritide.' Nesiritide is a drug for heart failure symptoms (e.g., shortness of breath) that was approved by the FDA in 2001. Since that time, according to Dr. Topol, 'well more than $1 Billion was wasted on purchasing the drug.'