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Archive: September, 2012

I've got constipation several times a week. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? Should I go see a doctor?

Friday, September 28, 2012, 11:00 AM
I've got constipation several times a week. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? Is medication necessary? Should I go see a doctor? Gary Lichtenstein, MD, professor of Medicine and director of the Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of... Read more

Safe use of medicines applied to the skin

Thursday, September 27, 2012, 9:55 AM
by Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. Most people wouldn’t think twice about the potential for harm when applying over-the-counter creams, lotions, ointments, sprays or patches to the skin. But a colleague of mine wrote to me this past week to tell me that one of his patients was hospitalized recently... Read more

Are the Joint Commission's top hospitals truly the best?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 5:18 PM
by Erica Cohen The Joint Commission, the accrediting organization for nearly all hospitals across the United States, recently released its annual list of the top performers on key quality measures. The list included 620 hospitals, more than 50 percent more than the number named in 2011. The accompanying... Read more

Figuring out why fewer were uninsured in 2011

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 9:30 PM
by Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Here’s some good news about health care for a change. Fewer Americans lacked health insurance in 2011 than in 2010 - almost a million-and-a-half of them. The Census Bureau reported last week that that the number of people without coverage fell from 49... Read more

As Obamacare dawns, Big Pharma rides into the sunset

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 7:43 AM
by Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. Pennsylvania Bio is a trade group of biotechnology, medical device, diagnostic, pharmaceutical companies and suppliers in this part of the state. The organization's president, Chris Molineaux, has been diligently holding public forums on the important topics affecting health... Read more

Identifying medications by storage location is risky

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 12:21 PM
You’d be surprised how many medication errors involve patients identify their medication based on the overall appearance of the container and where it is usually stored, never actually reading the label. Doing that is a set up for errors. A man with diabetes mixed up two different insulin products... Read more

Your doctor's iPhone could save your life

Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 4:19 PM
by Erica Cohen Smartphones are the latest craze. Nearly everyone has one. You walk down the street and see person after person tapping away on their iPhone, Droid, or BlackBerry. However, each person uses his or her smartphone differently. Some mostly browse the web, others check Facebook and Twitter... Read more

Remove ear wax safely

Friday, September 14, 2012, 1:37 PM
Michael J. Ruckenstein M.D., M.Sc., is professor, vice chairman, and residency program director in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at University of Pennsylvania Health System Ears naturally clean themselves, extruding ear wax. The best way to clean your ear is to wipe... Read more

Could an overweight physician convince you to lose weight?

Friday, September 14, 2012, 11:05 AM
Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Who could be a better guide for helping people to lose weight than their physicians? No one sees the dangers of excess weight more clearly, and no one is better positioned to spread the word. But what if the physician giving the advice could stand to lose a few... Read more

Prescription speed-ups leading to errors

Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 10:52 AM
by Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. Speed should not be a primary determinant when selecting a community pharmacy. But that's exactly what people seem to want most from their pharmacy – to get in and get out fast when they need a prescription filled. As noted in a previous blog, some pharmacy chains... 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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