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Is it normal to leak urine when I cough or sneeze, or when I think about going to the bathroom?

Monday, October 14, 2013, 2:19 PM
Is it normal to leak urine when I cough or sneeze, or when I think about going to the bathroom? Dr. Diane Robinson is a gynecologist with Mercy Women's Health Care at Nazareth Hospital, Northeast Philadelphia. Millions of women experience involuntary loss of urine called urinary incontinence (UI)... Read more

Orally dissolving film strips could pose hazard to kids

Monday, October 7, 2013, 10:01 AM
Have you seen or even purchased one of the commercially-available thin film strip products intended for use as mouth fresheners? Products like Meltz Super Thin Mints and Listerine PocketPaks are packaged in a small container that allows removal of one flavored strip at a time. They’re about the... Read more

Merck layoffs reveal fundamental problems

Thursday, October 3, 2013, 2:25 PM
This week Merck finally confirmed a persistent rumor when it announced an additional 8,500 layoffs spanning marketing, R&D and administration. The action has spurred a wave of jitters across Big Pharma and a small segment of the financial community. Already one analyst claims that as many as... Read more

Critically important anesthetic faces drug shortage if used in a Missouri execution

Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 1:55 PM
Concern is building among health professionals around the U.S. about the possibility of a severe shortage of one of the most widely used anesthetics in medicine. If Missouri carries out a plan later this month to execute a prisoner using propofol, there’s a good chance that exportation of the... Read more

A Response and an observation to big pharma scandal

Thursday, September 19, 2013, 6:00 AM
An astute reader shared his view of last week’s posting that discussed the scandal involving pharma companies allegedly bribing Chinese physicians and administrators. He made the point that in most industries, paying marketing-sales people on the basis of sales volume will make them eventually... Read more

Give birth to the end of hepatitis B

Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 6:00 AM
People may not realize that an infected mother can pass on the hepatitis B virus to her newborn. This is a serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the hepatitis B virus can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring)... Read more

Some big Pharmas step in duck sauce

Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 6:00 AM
Over the past several weeks GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has contended with a major scandal at its national affiliate in China. Chinese Justice officials obtained testimony from numerous GSK employees, including some managers, that the company regularly paid bribes to physicians, hospital administrators... Read more

A fast way to cut health care costs

Thursday, September 5, 2013, 6:00 AM
By this point it is widely understood that health care costs represent the largest single factor behind growing federal budget deficits. During 2009 and 2010 the Obama administration argued for passing the Affordable Care Act by claiming it would substantially slow this drain on federal spending.... Read more

New warnings for common antibiotic class

Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 10:07 AM
FDA is requiring a label update to warn of the risk of nerve damage from a very important class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. These are 6 commonly used antibiotics that include Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox, Noroxin, Floxin and Factive. The warnings are for oral or injectable quinolones, not eye... Read more

Two updates on pharma news

Thursday, August 29, 2013, 9:19 AM
Earlier this month we discussed how a major device manufacturer, Medtronic, blazed a trail for pharma by purchasing Cardiocom, a company that provides disease management and monitoring data for heart patients. Medtronic is well aware of the challenges facing device makers and the company decided to... 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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