ALSO NOTED: ERISA could block health reforms; FDA accused of lax clinical trial oversight; and much more...

> It's beginning to look like the federal benefits law known as ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) could block state efforts to mandate employer health coverage. Article

> A new report charges that the FDA is doing little to protect subjects participating in clinical trials. Article

> The leaders of a failed takeover bid for a Washington, D.C. hospital may have forged the support letter they allegedly received from a partner. Article

> Banking company Wachovia Corp. is offering new technology designed to let patients make point of sale payments for care. Article

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