Posted 8/7/2009 7:30 PM (GMT -6)
Ok, so I know I said I'd watch this on Tuesday, but then things got crazy and I didn't. I'm just watching it today. And so far, what I think is this: the presentors are great, but the panel has already made up their minds.
If you listen to the questions at the end of the presentations of the speakers who support ILADs guidelines, the panel is not asking questions because they are open minded. They ask very pointed questions- sometimes to the point of being more of a statement than a question- designed to support the status quo.
While this hearing was great, because it allowed us (and the public) to hear some of ILADs research, I have no confidence that the IDSA will change their guidelines. Lorrain Johnson was spot-on when she stated that she was concerned about bias within the panel. Those physicians had their minds made up before the first speaker said a word.