Sunday, August 2, 2015

Another act of gynecological maleficence: The Essure Female Sterilization Coil

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 12:33 PM
On September 24, 2015 the Food and Drug Administration is planning to convene another hearing of the OB/Gyn Device Panel. Again, a harmful medical device in question is a gynecological one – a permanent female sterilization device, known as Essure. You can view the announcement here. Essure... Read more

Pharma distorts the facts to keep Medicare from negotiating drug prices

Monday, July 27, 2015, 10:40 AM
In 1967, Richard S. Harris wrote a four-part series for The New Yorker, describing how Medicare came to be enacted. The leading opponent of that legislation was the American Medical Association. The AMA's central argument against this valuable piece of legislation was its contention that government-supported... Read more

Congressman Fitzpatrick (R-PA) vs. Burgess (R-TX): Industry protectionism triumphs over patient safety in Congress?

Monday, July 13, 2015, 3:22 PM
On July 10, 2015, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, remained steadfast as the lone voice of reason and ethics regarding a severe public health hazard in the medical device regulatory space in the United States. A popular bipartisan bill, known as "21st Century Cures" (H.R. 6), passed through... Read more

Pharma Weakens FDA Oversight as the Price of Letting Congress Increase NIH Funding

Monday, July 13, 2015, 3:03 PM
Last Friday, July 10, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 6 by a vote of 344-77. Pennsylvania Congressmen Barletta, Boyle, Brady, Cartwright, Costello, Dent, Doyle, Fattah, Kelly, Marino, Meehan, Murphy, Pitts, Rothfus, Shuster, and Thompson all supported its passage. The bill, known... Read more

Congressman Burgess (R-TX): Power Morcellators not recalled by FDA, “SO BE IT”!

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 10:19 AM
On July 8, 2015 the House of Representatives Rules Committee killed the Fitzpatrick Amendments to a major healthcare bill, known as “21st Century Cures”, scheduled for a general assembly vote on July 9, 2015. You can watch the killing of Fitzpatrick’s amendments on this video, at... Read more

Pharma's specialty drug pricing can torpedo US health care

Thursday, July 2, 2015, 3:39 PM
This past February CVS/Caremark issued a report that forecast a new class of cholesterol drugs, the PCSK-9’s, will cost the U.S. health care system as much as $150 billion a year. Some observers dispute the size of that projected cost, but at the same time the pharma companies are also preparing... Read more

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA): A call to federal arms in defense of public health

Thursday, July 2, 2015, 9:55 AM
On June 17, 2015 a congressman from Pennsylvania delivered a five-minute speech before the general assembly on the floor of the United States House of Representatives. We ask that you watch this speech with care at this link. Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, well recognized as a solid, pro-industry... Read more

Gynecological surgery: Second rate training for second rate patients?

Friday, June 26, 2015, 11:53 AM
Gynecological surgery training in the United States suffers from a dangerous deficit – one, which represents a threat to the health of 50% of the population: women. Over the years, professionals in diverse fields in the United States have appreciated the value of a broad-based and liberal education... Read more

Live: Healthy Futures Chat

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 4:02 PM
On June 23, 2015, the Philadelphia Inquirer hosted a morning-long conversation with local and national experts about Philadelphia’s healthy future and the initiatives that are changing the city. More info at Read more

Why pharma can't adapt to the changing health environment

Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 12:48 PM
In nearly every sector of health care, competing companies are acting aggressively to position themselves for prospering in a rapidly changing environment. Consider first the provider segment. Hospital-based systems are gobbling up physician practices to the point where investment bank Credit Suisse... 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
Hooman Noorchashm, M.D., Ph.D. Cardiothoracic surgeon in the Philadelphia area
Amy J. Reed, M.D., Ph.D. Anesthesiologist and Surgical Intensivist in the Philadelphia Area
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