Evan Levine, M.D.

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Dr. Evan Levine

Dr. Evan Levine
March 17
Author of What Your Doctor Won't (or Can't) Tell You - Penguin Publishing. Fellow of American College of Cardiology and practicing cardiologist in Bronx and Westchester New York. Today Show Interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63cWvtGPonU Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vanlev


NOVEMBER 14, 2010 4:55PM

Natrecor, the True and Final Story.



Almost a year ago I posted this blog about the inappropriate marketing ,and what I claimed was the overutilization, of an unproven, very expensive, and potentially harmful drug, Natrecor.  I certainly did not make any friends by posting my opinion, still recieved a few caRead full post »


     Androgel may make men stronger and it may make them better lovers but there is recent evidence, especially in men older than 65, that it may kill them.  These were the results of the recent TOMS trial that was so dramatic and alarming that the study wa/Read full post »

JUNE 28, 2010 6:28PM

They Prey on the Elderly

They Prey on the Elderly


This article was published in syndicated column called “Real Medicine by Evan Levine” in 2005.


Shortly after publishing this article I dissolved my affiliation with the covering doctor.  I believe he and his cronies continue to “Prey on the/Read full post »

In 2010 I removed this post because some ass, some doctor, some quack, someone interested in selling an unindicated service, threatened legal action if I did not remove post.  While I maintain that screening Coronary CT scans are not indicated  and that both the American Heart Associat… Read full post »

Caveat Emptor
I first encountered the Latin phrase, Caveat Emptor, during a Brady Bunch episode in which Mike Brady advised Greg about the meaning of, Let the Buyer Beware, as Greg goes off to purchase his first car.
And as timeless as this advice is, it is something many of us n/… Read full post »




Since 2006, many insurers have hired a company called Carecore to help your doctor decide whether or not you, the patient, really need the test that your doctor thinks you should have.  If your doctor wishes you to have a nuclear stress test he can order it only/Read full post »

Cadillac Meds for the poor while the rest of us accept cheap imitations.
Expensive brand-name drugs like Lipitor, Crestor, Nexium are having a difficult time maintaining market share because most patients, even those patients with  health insurance, cannot afford them. Co-pays now are
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MARCH 30, 2010 9:47PM

A Drug Rep's Story Part II




Sam the drug rep:



"Though it is getting harder

to find ways to give gifts to

docs -even docs who know

how to play the game--

there are still

 lots of ways to get docs to

prescribe medications they

really shouldn'tRead full post »

MARCH 16, 2010 11:02PM

A Drug Rep's Story

                                         Part One - A drug Rep's Story
&n… Read full post »

Emergency Room Patients  http://www.televisiontunes.com/Rawhide.html

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I want you to listen to the familiar theme song of the old television show, “Rawhide,” as you read the following words.


Forgive me if for the sake of argRead full post »

FEBRUARY 21, 2010 5:20PM

Murder in The Hospital

I’m not here to define the difference between malpractice, negligent homicide or out and out murder, but the story I am going to tell you is nothing less than murder; murder that took place in a hospital about twenty years ago and occurred not because of malice or stupidity but because

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FEBRUARY 8, 2010 10:05PM

A Tale of Two Doctors

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age where arrogance and duplicity made you rich and selflessness and honesty made you poor.

His name is Rick. He didn’t pretend or care to be a good student and with barely a B average i
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Save thousands of lives for under a penny a life!

No, this is not some rehashed Sally Struthers-hosted commercial describing how to feed a child for a few pennies a day.
This is the real deal.
This is a way one can help save some 90,000 lives a year with the use of
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Since those who run Washington cut my reimbursements for Medicare  by as much as 36% on some of my procedures, I want to know how come dentists  are immune to having big brother dictate what  they can charge? Why is it that my uncle just shelled out $2700 d
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Almost a year ago I posted this blog about the inappropriate marketing ,and what I claimed was the overutilization, of an unproven, very expensive, and potentially harmful drug, Natrecor.  I certainly did not make any friends by posting my opinion, still recieved a few calls froRead full post »

Saving Billions on Prescription Drugs

 A Look at the Treatment of Hypertension 


I want to make a bet with anyone who reads this post. I want to bet that if you are paying more than $4 a month for a prescription drug to treat your high blood pressure then youRead full post »


Two years ago , after the results of a large trial called ENHANCE and a smaller trial known as the SEAS trial showed that although Zetia lowered bad LDL cholesterol quite well ( by about 11%) it seemed not to reduce vascular plaque and might increase cancer, I gave
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Every doctor knows that you don't get paid more for doing a good comprehensive exam than for doing a quickie, but you do get paid more, perhaps three or four times more, if you perform certain tests on your patient as well.
But what if you, the doctor, have no idea
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NOVEMBER 3, 2009 9:52AM

In Medicine - Crime Does Pay

Crime Does Pay
By Evan S. Levine
Two years ago the Magazine for the American College of Cardiology published my editorial.  I essentially said that there was a minority of duplicitous cardiologists doing unnecessary studies on patients and, since no one seems to care about policing the/… Read full post »
OCTOBER 27, 2009 2:03PM

Emergency Rooms - The Untold Story

Walk into an Emergency Room on a busy day. The doctors are generally very good, but they are overwhelmed, and there are patients perched in every nook and cranny. Patients are stuffed into hallways and corners (sometimes while they are lying on gurneys.) Three or four patients may be placed in… Read full post »

 Why Some Doctors Leave Hospitals

The Shocking stories of backroom deals between doctors and hospitals


 I’ve invited my friend, Dr. Lee Karr, a retired psychologist now living in Florida, to join me in producing this column. We will kick our ideas back and forth via the interneRead full post »

Sexual  Harassment -- What Big Pharma Keeps Secret
During the  last two years I’ve asked most of the female reps who come to my office the same  question. (I refer to the pharmaceutical sales people who call on physicians to tell them of their company’s offeringsRead full post »
How some doctors and big Pharma are screwing you!
There is so much money wasted in healthcare that it would be impossible to review every single problem in these few paragraphs. One that particularly concerns me, because it is so easy to remedy, is the money wasted by
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