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Does this new medicine replace one of my current medicines?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 5:00 AM
When your health condition changes, or when new treatments become available, your healthcare providers may recommend changes to your medicines. If this happens, it’s important to know whether the changes affect the use of other medicines you are already taking. It’s also important to make... Read more

Pharma offers opportunity for progressive change

Monday, December 9, 2013, 10:04 AM
In 2009 pharma cut a deal with the Obama administration that called for the industry to refrain from opposing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and subsidize the prescription drug coverage of seniors under Medicare Part D. Prior to ACA, Medicare recipients faced the full "donut hole" burden that required... Read more

Pharma goes to court to defend high prices, deceptive marketing

Monday, December 2, 2013, 6:00 AM
Earlier this month the online pharmacy information company,, compared prices on fifteen of the top-selling brand name medications made in the U.S. (see here). They found that U.S. consumers can save an average of 76% on these domestically produced products by buying them from verified... Read more

Avoid getting ear drops in your eye

Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 11:49 AM
You’d be surprised how many people accidentally put ear drops in their eyes instead of their ears. When eardrops are accidentally instilled in a patient's eyes, it's usually obvious. Patients quickly know that something is very wrong. They immediately complain of burning and stinging. Then later... Read more

How do I control my blood sugar but still enjoy my Thanksgiving meal?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 11:48 AM
Q: How do I control my blood sugar but still enjoy my Thanksgiving meal? Melissa Barry is the clinical nutrition manager and a registered dietitian at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby. The traditional Thanksgiving dinner can contain 105 to 135 grams of carbohydrate (seven to nine carbohydrate... Read more

I'm having trouble balancing my checkbook. Is it dementia, Alzheimer's, or just a "senior moment"?

Thursday, November 21, 2013, 11:07 AM
I'm having trouble balancing my checkbook. Is it dementia, Alzheimer's, or just a "senior moment"? Donna Raziano is chief medical officer of Mercy Home Health and Mercy LIFE, which promotes care in the home and community settings. A: Many people experience lapses in memory, especially as they age... Read more

Pharma not prepared for changing health care landscape

Thursday, November 21, 2013, 6:00 AM
Public attention for the last few weeks has rightly focused on the inexcusable mistakes that accompanied the Affordable Care Act's rollout. While the pharmaceutical industry spent several years preparing for the ACA, managements at most of the companies remain flatfooted amidst a few other trends... Read more

Enjoy the holidays, but keep kids safe from accidental poisonings

Friday, November 15, 2013, 5:00 AM
For many of us, the holidays will include traditional family gatherings that are heartwarming and joyous occasions. However, your holiday cheer will quickly fade if a child at your family gathering gets into any unsecured medicines and requires a trip to the emergency department (ED). Don’t... Read more

Useful insight into Pharma’s current status emerge

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 1:23 PM
A useful insight into pharma’s current status emerged this week when Goldman Sachs lowered its rating on Eli Lilly & Co. from Neutral to Sell. Quite apart from Eli Lilly, that downgrade was interesting, if only for the fact that sell-side analysts rarely rate a Big Cap pharma as a Sell.... Read more

Launch failure of provides useful lesson for Pharma

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 11:19 AM
The abysmal launch failure of the federal government’s website should provide a useful lesson for pharma. This week Aarti Shahani of National Public Radio spoke to several Silicon Valley CEOs (listen here) about why the signup website for the Affordable Care Act failed and what... 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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