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BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 28 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b323

Death penalty for two men over baby milk scandal: Two men who traded melamine used in infant formula milk have been sentenced to death in China. At least six children died and nearly 300 000 became sick after drinking the contaminated milk last year. Tian Wenhua, the chairwoman of the Sanlu Group, which was at the centre of the incident, was given a life sentence.

US rewards doctors for e-prescriptions: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid are paying doctors a bonus to e-prescribe to reduce costs. The bonus amounts to 2% of charges billed to Medicare in 2009, and will decline to 0.5% by 2013; doctors who …

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