Thursday, May 7, 2015

Drug pricing: The problem and some band-aids

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 12:53 PM
Two stories surfaced this week that provide more examples of how increasing drug prices have gotten totally out of hand. In the first one, a study in the medical journal Neurology tracked prices for multiple sclerosis (MS) medications during the past dozen years and uncovered an "alarming rise" that... Read more

American exceptionalism or America, Inc.?

Monday, April 27, 2015, 1:24 PM
In the year 2015, our federal government and her agencies have strayed from their intended purpose. The founding purpose and mission of the United States federal government was to protect the people from any establishment tyranny over the human spirit - from unfair usurpation of earned property and... Read more

A Citizen's Letter to Congressman Joseph Pitts of PA: Will Pitts protect patients across the nation from FDA's "mission-corruption"?

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 1:23 PM
Honorable Congressman Pitts, I understand that your colleague, Congressmen Fitzpatrick of PA, has informed you about a severe nationwide public health hazard caused by the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). I also understand that as a chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee... Read more

Self-dealing physicians and a bad trade deal

Monday, April 20, 2015, 10:35 AM
The costs of health care and affordable access to it are made worse by high drug prices that keep rising many times faster than the cost living. The pharmaceutical industry deserves the big share of blame for drug prices, but prescriptions account for only a little more than 10% of this country's total... Read more

Medicine missteps

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 9:00 AM
When it comes to medicines, you may already know how essential it is to exactly follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider or on over-the-counter (OTC) Drug Facts labels. But you may be overlooking some habits or beliefs that can keep you from getting the full benefit of your medicines... Read more

The death of medical ethics in America: “Ye cannot serve God and mammon”

Monday, April 13, 2015, 9:59 AM
On April 10, 2015 a group of American physicians at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine published a manuscript. This manuscript exemplifies the depth of ethical corruption possible in our contemporary medical establishment. Let us be specific. In this gynecological specialty... Read more

Health costs are moderating, but most of us don’t feel it

Friday, April 10, 2015, 10:26 AM
You may not have noticed, but health care costs are rising more slowly than they used to. The rate of growth started to decline during the Great Recession, and the trend has continued since then. Costs rose by an average of 6.5% between 2005 and 2007, just before the recession began, and by an average... Read more

Two questionable ways to develop new drugs

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 10:33 AM
A substantial and growing number of people working in pharma R&D are painfully aware that the industry's “strategic partnering” approach to drug development requires more time and money to bring new products to market. Yet despite this reality of a naked emperor, pharma remains resolutely... Read more

The just war: For the health and wealth of our nation

Monday, April 6, 2015, 10:07 AM
There is an unjust war being waged in our healthcare establishment today. It is an assault on medical ethics and empathy by the forces of corporate medicine - and the casualties of this war are unsuspecting patients and the idealistic young doctors who chose their profession for noble reasons. It... Read more

Can polio cure cancer? If it's one dose and done, will pharma try it?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 10:03 AM
This is definitely a week when the media's spotlight has been shining on cancer. Each evening between Monday and Wednesday, PBS has been running a compelling Ken Burns documentary on the long, arduous efforts to develop successful treatments for this deadly, ancient scourge. On Sunday, 60 Minutes ran... Read more
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Portions of this blog may also be found in the Inquirer's Sunday Health Section.

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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