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Archive: July, 2012

Beware of the practice EpiPen

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 11:06 AM
by Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. Patients who keep an EpiPen on hand in case of a severe allergic attack need to know about a potentially dangerous mix-up between the actual pen and a similar looking training pen. EpiPen is an auto-injector that looks like a pen. It contains the medicine epinephrine (adrenalin)... Read more

Pharma earnings and the implicit deal

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 8:57 PM
One might think that in both pharma and the equity markets, reality usually prevails over hyperbole and wishful thinking. In pharma, outcomes data constitute the prime mover. Likewise on Wall Street, the business is premised on the notion that accepted measures of margins, growth and profitability... Read more

The medical-industrial complex at work

Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 12:45 PM
by Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. It isn't often that the toils of daily journalism permit a single story to specifically demonstrate how a major social institution works. Occasionally when it does happen, however, the learning opportunity can be spectacular. That sort of fortuitous circumstance occurred... Read more

Traveling safely with your medications

Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 8:52 AM
by Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. When the weather heats up, many families head out for vacation destinations. Traveling on vacation can be hectic enough without the added problem of worrying about your medications. But when you’re on-the-go, it’s important to make sure your medicine travels... Read more

Glimmers of good news relating to pharma

Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 5:13 PM
by Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. Some cheerful news related to the pharmaceutical industry emerged on at least a couple of fronts last week. The first item involves the fact that the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the EU's counterpart to America's Food and Drug Administration, said it would begin requiring... Read more

One Great Idea: A health care town hall

Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 1:54 PM
Our One Great Idea series features a health care suggestion this week. The suggestion comes from Alexander R. Vaccaro, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Attending Surgeon of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and is the Vice... Read more

Sponsored chat: Understanding minimally invasive spine surgery

Monday, July 16, 2012, 11:06 AM
This chat was paid for by Laser Spine Institute. More than 80 percent of the U.S. population suffers from neck or back pain, and this often results in missed work and activities with family and friends. In the past, patients have had to learn to live with chronic pain, or at a most drastic solution... Read more

Republicans Vote to Repeal Obamacare – Again and Again

Friday, July 13, 2012, 10:37 AM
by Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Breaking news!! The House of Representative voted to repeal all of Obamacare – for the 33rd time. In a recurring political ritual, Republicans in the chamber denounced the law as a government takeover and said that all of it has to go. Then they backed... Read more

Who benefits from corporate-sponsored clinical trials?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 5:11 PM
by Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. In the wake of GlaxoSmithKline's $3 billion fine, The Atlantic this week published a commentary that questions the integrity of a system where for-profit pharmaceutical companies design, sponsor and promulgate studies that form the basis of medical therapeutics. The issue... Read more

In Memoriam: George Di Domizio made our lives better

Monday, July 9, 2012, 9:00 PM
by Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. All too often, when we learn about the death of someone whose name we might recognize, we do not really know what they have accomplished in their lifetime. Many of us at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices have had the opportunity to interact with George Di Domizio... 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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