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Archive: June, 2012

Both sides can cheer the Supreme Court

Friday, June 29, 2012, 10:52 AM
by Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. OK. I was wrong. I predicted the Supreme Court would strike down the mandate in the health reform law. But at least I was in good company. Few people expected the mandate to get a clean pass. However, on another key aspect of the ruling, many observers (this... Read more

Pharma: 99% or 1%? Which way will it go?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 2:40 PM
A few days ago Andrew Witty, GlaxoSmithKline's CEO, gave vent to the industry's consternation over the fact that European countries, in their efforts to control drug costs, have resorted to more "reference pricing." Plainly stated, that means the Europeans are basing the allowable prices within their... Read more

Chat transcript: Translating the Supreme Court's ruling on health care

Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 2:12 PM
In a major win for the White House, the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision upheld President Obama's overhaul of the nation's health care system. The court said that a central feature of the plan, that individual Americans purchase insurance or be subject to a penalty levied by the IRS, was constitutional... Read more

Powder in your oral liquid antibiotic bottle?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 12:51 PM
by Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. Oral liquid antibiotics tend to have short stability periods. So drug manufacturers often provide their products in powdered form and give pharmacists instructions that specify how the powder should be made into a liquid that can be swallowed. Pharmacists normally mix or... Read more

Handicapping Thursday's Supreme Court ruling

Friday, June 22, 2012, 8:02 AM
by Robert I. Field, Ph.D., M.P.H., J.D. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on President Obama's health care package Thursday morning. Predicting the outcome is the hottest game in the health policy world. As anticipation grows, the rising tension is palpable. What’s the inside line? The... Read more

I have acne on my bottom. What is the best way to treat it?

Thursday, June 21, 2012, 12:03 PM
Mark Abdelmalek, M.D., is chief of the division of laser and dermatologic surgery at Drexel Dermatology, and assistant professor in the department of dermatology at Drexel University College of Medicine. In many ways, acne on your cheeks is the same as acne on your, uh-hum ... "cheeks." It's basically... Read more

Cancer caregivers misled by name of protective garment

Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 9:07 AM
Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. Pharmacists and nurses that prepare and administer cancer chemotherapy drugs are at constant risk of exposure to toxic substances that can harm them personally. When these drugs are spilled or sprayed by accident they can be absorbed through the skin or the vapors can be inhaled... Read more

Pharma strategies for 2020 take a hit

Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 8:18 PM
by Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. A study by the federal government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported last week that by 2021, health care spending will consume 20 percent of this country's GDP. Even people with good health insurance that includes a prescription drug benefit should not... Read more

I'm in my 20s and my toe nails are thick and discolored. What's going on? Can I get rid of it?

Thursday, June 14, 2012, 4:37 PM
Al D’Angelantonio III, D.P.M., Foot & Ankle Surgeon in the Department of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Don't worry. Developing thickened, discolored toenails is a common concern for men and women of all ages. Although there are many reasons that this can happen... Read more

Alcohol in medicines can affect some kids

Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 9:51 AM
by Michael R. Cohen Many cough and cold liquids and other over-the-counter products contain some alcohol. In the formulation, this helps to dissolve certain ingredients or preserve the product. Most people wouldn’t give this a second thought, and rightly so, but now and then the amount of alcohol... Read more
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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
Don Sapatkin Inquirer Staff Writer, public health, infectious diseases and substance abuse
Justin D'Ancona
David Becker, M.D. Board certified cardiologist, Chestnut Hill Temple Cardiology
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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