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Where will pharma land when US healthcare comes apart?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 11:18 AM
The Affordable Care Act has now successfully withstood the slanders and subversions of the reactionary-right to become a permanent part of the American health care system. At the same time, recognition seems to be growing that it will do little if anything to correct the system's fundamental problem... Read more

Accidental childhood poisonings happen when medicine is not where it’s normally stored

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9:06 AM
A recent study provides parents with insights regarding accidental child poisonings with medicines. The purpose of the study was to identify the deep-rooted causes of accidental poisonings with medicines. To do this, the researchers conducted interviews with caregivers who reported child poisonings... Read more

Don’t confuse WartSTICK with lip balm!

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 12:29 PM
Many people are familiar with over-the-counter wart treatments. They're typically available in small bottles of a liquid with an applicator or are packaged in an aerosol container with a special application tip. But did you know there is also a wart remover that uses a formulation in the form of a... Read more

Pharma's drug development ignores narrowing formularies

Monday, August 18, 2014, 5:30 AM
For more than 50 years the me-too element of pharma was an integral part of its business model. The process involves a company developing and launching a compound that produces almost exactly the same clinical results as other products already available in that therapeutic class. In itself this me-too... Read more

Happiness is . . . postive technology

Monday, August 11, 2014, 12:06 AM
Editor’s note: Diane R. Girardot, a writer and psychotherapist in private practice in Chadds Ford, filed this dispatch from the American Psychological Association conference in Washington, D.C. Aug. 7-10. I can’t resist: Clap along if you know what happiness is to you. Because I’m... Read more

How to prevent suicide and other gun deaths

Friday, August 8, 2014, 3:22 PM
Editor’s note: Diane R. Girardot, a writer and psychotherapist in private practice in Chadds Ford, filed this dispatch from the American Psychological Association conference in Washington, D.C. Aug. 7-10. At age 18 and severely depressed, Jordan F. Burnham jumped from his ninth-floor apartment... Read more

Breast milk mix-ups at daycare facilities

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 5:30 AM
Many breastfeeding mothers who return to work utilize daycare providers to care for their breastfed babies. Those who want to exclusively breastfeed their babies will need to plan for the transition ahead. In some circumstances the mother can come into the daycare facility to breastfeed at arranged... Read more

Controlling drug cost, part deux

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 10:13 AM
In this space a couple of weeks ago, we made the point that restrictive formularies represent a useful approach to controlling drug prices. It was especially instructive to then see an article written by two researchers from CVS/Caremark in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that... Read more

Restrictive formularies: The path to more affordable drug prices

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 11:49 AM
At the end of June the New York Times examined how pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), hope to force price competition among pharmaceutical companies. PBMs act as agents for payers — private insurers and employers — to negotiate drug purchasing contracts and manage formularies. The plan... Read more

Following through on medicine safety concerns

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 10:27 AM
The mother of an 8-month-old girl was given a prescription for her baby for amoxicillin 400 mg twice daily. Amoxicillin is an antibiotic commonly used to treat various ear, nose, throat, chest, and skin infections. When dropping off the prescription at the pharmacy, a pharmacist asked the mother for... Read more
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Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. President, Pharmaceutical Business Research Associates
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