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Archive: August, 2012

Obamacare vs. Romneycare: Is there a difference?

Friday, August 31, 2012, 10:11 AM
by Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Mitt Romney says his Massachusetts health reform plan is much better than Obama’s. He claims it’s different in important ways. If there are big differences, it’s difficult to find them. In an interview last week with a Denver TV station,... Read more

Could hijackers hold your electronic medical records for ransom?

Friday, August 31, 2012, 3:43 PM
by Erica Cohen With data breach issues plaguing even the largest of companies, individuals are understandably concerned that their personal information could be leaked to unauthorized users. Release of personal health information is especially concerning because of the information’s private... Read more

Insulin safety for people who inject with a 'pen'

Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 5:23 PM
by Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph., M.S. With millions of Americans suffering from diabetes, there’s been tremendous growth in the use of insulin. For convenience, many insulin dependent diabetics carry their insulin in a prefilled syringe available from drug manufacturers. The device is called an insulin... Read more

Medicare just got cheaper - again

Friday, August 24, 2012, 11:07 AM
For the third straight year, Medicare spending will grow more slowly than expected. That’s the conclusion of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in a report issued this week. (See page 53 of the Report, available here.) CBO found that Medicare spending was lower than predicted... Read more

Why Pharma doesn't want Paul Ryan as V.P.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 4:12 PM
by Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. One might understandably think that Big Pharma is sitting in the political catbird's seat now that Paul Ryan is the Republican nominee for Vice President. After all, Ryan's signature issue consists of changing Medicare into a voucher system in a way that pharma's lobby... Read more

Voice guided auto-injector is welcome news for allergy patients

Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 3:54 PM
by Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph., M.S. Last week the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi announced FDA approval of their new product, Auvi-Q, a new concept in drug auto-injectors for patients with a history of a severe reaction after a bee sting, or exposure to certain foods like peanuts or shellfish... Read more

What Paul Ryan's Medicaid cuts would do to your health care

Friday, August 17, 2012, 11:50 AM
by Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. What’s the biggest change Paul Ryan wants to make to American health care? It isn’t his privatization plan for Medicare, as significant as that is. Ryan wants to make even bigger changes to Medicaid, the program that covers health care for the poor... Read more

Choosing between baldfaced political lies and Pharma's half-truths

Thursday, August 16, 2012, 5:18 PM
by Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. Last week Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson halted development of their late-stage drug for Alzheimer's, bapineuzumab, because it could not stop progression of the disease. Few people in pharma or the investment community were surprised at bapineuzumab's failure, as most... Read more

More education needed about pain patch dangers

Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 10:03 AM
by Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph., M.S. Last week we learned about an unresponsive patient whose family brought him to a hospital emergency room. The patient had earlier been given a prescription for a pain patch called fentanyl. The doctors immediately identified multiple narcotic pain patches placed all... Read more

Obamacare's opponents just won't stop

Friday, August 10, 2012, 4:59 PM
by Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Will they ever give up? House Republicans have devised yet another plan to try to undermine the health reform law. This one is an attempt at an end-run around the Supreme Court ruling that upheld it. The Court found that the law’s individual mandate to... 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
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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