Thursday, September 3, 2015

Major cuts coming to Pharma's business-side workforce

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 2:17 PM
Nearly everyone reading this who lives in the Philly metro area has a family member, friend or neighbor that works for pharma. A substantial number of pharma employees live in Montgomery, lower Bucks and Chester counties. But a major change now taking place means that within a decade, most of the... Read more

Pharmacy automatic prescription refills can contribute to medication errors and waste

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 10:26 AM
When you have a prescription filled regularly for a chronic condition like high blood pressure or diabetes, chances are your pharmacy will ask you to opt in for a service that allows them to automatically refill the prescription before your medication runs out. Once you agree, you will be notified... Read more

Pharma keeps shedding jobs, abandoning employees in Philly area

Monday, February 9, 2015, 11:05 AM
In 2010 and 2011, pharma led all commercial sectors of the economy in terms of the absolute number of layoffs. Only government and non-profits put more people on the streets. What do all these layoffs and closures mean for the tens of thousands of people in the Philly metro area, many of whom spent... Read more

Medical device tax repeal: A bipartisan dereliction of congressional duty

Monday, February 9, 2015, 9:40 AM
An unfathomable bipartisan violation of congressional duty to assure the safety of the American public and its health is now underway. The United States Congress is poised to provide a 2.3 percent tax advantage to the medical device industry. This tax break is likely to become a reality despite congressional... Read more

A modern-day wolf in sheep’s clothing: FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 10:13 AM
The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) stated mission as a federal agency in the United States is: “protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics... Read more

Our nation's health is in our government's founding roots

Monday, February 2, 2015, 10:15 AM
Over the past several years it has become vividly clear that a severe patient safety hazard exists in the inner workings of the medical device industry in the United States. It is frightening to know that the hazard to patient safety is primarily the result of defective federal regulations governing... Read more

Possibilities and obstacles in controlling health care costs

Friday, January 30, 2015, 10:33 AM
Good news and bad news on health care typically pile on top of one another in the same way that snowfalls have come to the northeast in rapid succession this winter. So it was that last week there appeared in the news at least a direction for controlling provider costs in health care, even as President... Read more

The faces of harm by a deadly failure of medical device safety legislation

Monday, January 26, 2015, 9:55 AM
It comes as a shock to most Americans that the vast majority of medical devices used in hospitals across the nation do not undergo any clinical trials, safety testing or surveillance for harmful outcomes. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a piece of legislation commonly referred to as “510(k)”... Read more

A letter to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander on 510(k): Fix it or scrap it!

Friday, January 23, 2015, 10:19 AM
Today, 1/22/15, I had the privilege of delivering a message to Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and his senior staff on Capitol Hill. Senator Alexander is the chairman of the United States senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee, responsible for oversight and regulation... Read more

Remedies for lowering drug prices: From mild to aggressive

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 5:30 AM
At last the mass media have turned their attention to the reality of excessively high drug prices in the U.S. It wasn't that reporters and editors, during the past several decades, failed to notice how drug prices here are double and triple those of other advanced countries. In fact, for twenty years... Read more
About this blog

Check Up is a blog for savvy health consumers, covering the latest developments, discoveries, and debates from the Philadelphia area and beyond.

Portions of this blog may also be found in the Inquirer's Sunday Health Section.

Charlotte Sutton Health and Science Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
Tom Avril Inquirer Staff Writer, heart health and general science
Stacey Burling Inquirer Staff Writer, neuroscience and aging
Marie McCullough Inquirer Staff Writer, cancer and women's health
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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