Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com February 1, 2011 at 5:21 am 2,958 26 Comments

Arlington Docs Take Money from Drug Companies –– Big pharmaceutical companies have paid tens of thousands of dollars to Arlington doctors over the past two years, raising questions about possible conflicts of interest, according to the Arlington Connection. One doctor who talked to the paper had received more than $63,000 from one drug company over the past two years.

Arlington Eateries on TV — Metro 29 Diner (4711 Lee Highway) was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives program last night, as Twitter user Joe L. pointed out. Meanwhile, MTV was seen filming a segment for the documentary “True Life: I’m Allergic to Everything” at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington last week, according to Shirlington Village Blogspot.

Iota’s Breakfast Not Catching On, Yet — It’s too bad nobody knows that Iota Club & Cafe in Clarendon (2832 Wilson Blvd) now serves breakfast, says a reader. “Iota in Clarendon has just started serving espresso coffee, pastries, and full breakfast starting at 6:30am. Free wifi too. I just went and the coffee’s good and the place is empty,” Patricia said yesterday via email. Previously: We Love DC.

Flickr pool photo by Philliefan99

  • g_clifford_prout

    Where’s that eagle nest?

    • alebt

      I am curious too. It’s a beautiful photo. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Rosslyner

      In the treetops between the north and south bound lanes of GW Parkway. Heading south, it’s visible (w someone else at the wheel) just after the Spout Run exit. There are/were 2 eaglets. The river itself is another good vantage point. From a rented kayak, we saw one of the adults grab a decent sized fish and head back to the treetops. This photo may have been taken from the trail behind Fort Bennett Park http://www.rosslynva.org/map/fort-bennett-park-and-palisades-trail.

    • charlie

      PLEASE do not share this information with everyone.
      While it isn’t a secret, it is important they enjoy their privacy.

      • Pope Lando

        Ah, go ahead and share it. They’ve been there for four years without problems (2 chicks in year one, and one more each season thereafter) and you can’t get anywhere near the nest because it’s between two lanes of a major highway.

  • Radar

    That Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives show last night was not a new episode. It first aired back in November.

    • I kind of feared that this was the case. But the show’s web site is so crappy that it was impossible to tell.

      That said, it doesn’t really change the story.

  • OX4

    I’m not a fan of the renovated Iota. I really miss the restaurant section. It had these great dark orange walls and awesome antique mirrors. Now it’s just another black-walled diner. I’m not sure knocking down the front wall to create an open seating area was such a great idea, either. Those tables will be empty for 4 months out of the year now.

    Thank goodness the quality of the food hasn’t changed…still a great place with great food.

  • Hikin’ the pike

    If only Iota had put a sign out front….

    • Sunny617


  • Clarendon Resident

    I went to Iota this past weekend for a latte and can confirm the availability of elbow room. But the beverage I received was tepid. It wasn’t ‘made to order’ from fresh espresso; instead the coffee had been made earlier and had been keeping warm in a hotpot. So I really couldn’t linger over my coffee, as I had planned, but had to chug it down before it was completely cold.

    The service I received was extremely pleasant, so I’ll give it another try. It would be nice to have a coffee spot where one could go without fighting for a table, so I want Iota to succeed. But at the end of the day, it’s still about the coffee. If I can’t get a nice hot cup, I’ll have to go elsewhere.

    • OX4

      Thanks for the info. Seeing as how there are places around the city that really know their coffee (Northside and Chinatown coffee come to mind), Iota better get good at making coffee real quick! Otherwise those who know coffee won’t go, and those who don’t know coffee will go to Starbucks.

    • SoCo Resident

      Now that we know Iota is open for breakfast, we will go there. And, breakfast places whould serve starting at 6:30AM not 9AM like so many.

      Bayou Bakery opens at 7AM. And soon the lines form!

  • KalashniKEV

    Today’s Morning Notes would totally win in a fight with yesterday’s Morning Notes…

  • charlie

    IOTA is awesome. Food is amazing.
    not a big fan of the new decor and stuff, but so what.

  • Arlwhenever

    If it didn’t start out small it wouldn’t be IOTA.

  • LyonSteve

    Can we get a list of Doctors taking money, how much, and from which drug companies?

    I’ve sometimes wondered if my doctor had ulterior motive when trying to prescribe brand name drugs for which generic were not available, but where older, mature drugs with generics would do equally as well.

    • mehoo

      How do you know the older drugs would do just as well though?

      • Take the ratio of the old/new drug effacacy and compare it to the scripts written.

        • mehoo

          I’m asking if LyonSteve actually did that, or looked it up.

    • Burger

      Yes, those ulterior motives are treating you.

      Seriously, this is so far down the list of worries it is mind boggling.

      • LyonSteve

        Are you serious? The drug prescribed made me extremely sick. It turns out later that a black box (the strongest warning) label was added to this drug. After my initial treatment, which made me ill, I was treated with a generic commonly available drug, which cured me.

        • mehoo

          Of course I’m serious.

          Are you saying the doctor knew you’d get sick? And that the new drug has been proven in a study to be no more effective than the old one? Was the black box there when you got sick or added later?

          • Burger

            Exactly. unless, the doctor said “I’m glad that drug company gave me money to get LyonSteve sick” you don’t have much of an argument.

            For example, everyone talks about generics being cheaper and should take them over brand names. Well, generics are not the same drug but bioequivalent. That means after testing most people will react to the generic as they will the brand name. Doesn’t mean they are the same and some people will react differently when on the generic v. the brand but that is only a small number.

            So, like I said. whether a doctor is being paid is so far down on my list of worries It isn’t even on the 10th page.

  • missy

    yes, publishing a “drug” doc list would be great !!

  • Tastee 29 kicks Metro 29’s ass


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