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Archive: July, 2011

Politics Drives the Rush for Supreme Court Review of Health Reform

Friday, July 29, 2011, 6:00 AM
The Constitution’s commerce clause is 224 years old. It gives Congress its most important source of authority to regulate business. Over the years, the Supreme Court has been called upon to interpret it many times. The legal challenges to health reform have now raised an interesting new issue... Read more

The down side of anti-depressants

Thursday, July 28, 2011, 2:02 PM
Evolutionary psychologist Paul Andrews has an unusual take on depression and anti-depressants. Andrews, an assistant professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., thinks that depression, miserable as it is, serves a positive role, much as fever does in fighting infection. He argues that... Read more

What Pharma is Reading These Days - Part 2

Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 6:00 AM
Pharma is a diverse industry with hundreds of occupations and its own social structure. For that reason, people who work there pay attention to different storylines in the news. Last week, we mentioned that people in our convenience sample who are involved with neuro-psychiatric products have... Read more

Penn raises $10 million for 'orphan' disease effort

Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 8:00 PM
Donations totaling $10 million, mostly from a single anonymous donor, will allow the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine to create an interdisciplinary center focused on finding and disseminating treatments for orphan diseases, the school announced Tuesday. Each "orphan" disease... Read more

To Cut Hospital Costs and Improve Patient Health ... a Nudge

Monday, July 25, 2011, 7:29 PM
It took more than a week for doctors and nurses to get Pierre Trombert's congestive heart failure under control and send him home from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. But the trickier part, in some ways, was making sure he didn't come back. Enter Joanne Heil, professional nudge. She gave... Read more

FDA acts on pair of commonly confused drug names

Monday, July 25, 2011, 6:00 AM
The Food and Drug Administration recently alerted the public about reports of mix-ups between risperidone (Risperdal) and ropinirole (Requip). Some of the reported incidents involved patients who required hospitalization. FDA evaluated 226 errors involving confusion between these drugs, all of which... Read more

Who Will Pay for Medicare Cuts? Possibly You and I

Friday, July 22, 2011, 6:00 AM
Any deal to tame the federal deficit will have to cut Medicare. Its costs keep growing like weeds in summer. Eventually, it could eat up more tax dollars than any other government program. And like a weed, it will start to crowd out everything else. Most members of Congress on both sides of the aisle... Read more

What Pharma is Reading These Days - Part 1

Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 7:31 AM
Last week a small, unscientific sample of people working in pharma responded to our questions about which industry stories they've been following. Their comments may reflect the pervading mood in the industry these days. No one mentioned scientific breakthroughs apt to hit the popular press this... Read more

Top 10 reasons to suspect a pharmacy dispensing error

Monday, July 18, 2011, 6:00 AM
When you get a prescription filled at the pharmacy, if the medication you receive doesn’t look right, there’s always the possibility that an error has made. Yet, sometimes people ignore the clues. A 56-year-old man with diabetes went to the pharmacy to refill his prescription for Glucophage... Read more

Once Again, Medicaid Proves Its Worth

Friday, July 15, 2011, 8:11 AM
Could American health care survive without Medicaid? Possibly not. Medicaid is the government program that covers health care for the poor. It is run by each state, but the federal government picks up over half the tab. Obamacare will expand it dramatically by opening its rolls to almost 16 million... 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
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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