Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Pharma's specialty drug pricing can torpedo US health care

Thursday, July 2, 2015, 3:39 PM
This past February CVS/Caremark issued a report that forecast a new class of cholesterol drugs, the PCSK-9’s, will cost the U.S. health care system as much as $150 billion a year. Some observers dispute the size of that projected cost, but at the same time the pharma companies are also preparing... Read more

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA): A call to federal arms in defense of public health

Thursday, July 2, 2015, 9:55 AM
On June 17, 2015 a congressman from Pennsylvania delivered a five-minute speech before the general assembly on the floor of the United States House of Representatives. We ask that you watch this speech with care at this link. Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, well recognized as a solid, pro-industry... Read more

Gynecological surgery: Second rate training for second rate patients?

Friday, June 26, 2015, 11:53 AM
Gynecological surgery training in the United States suffers from a dangerous deficit – one, which represents a threat to the health of 50% of the population: women. Over the years, professionals in diverse fields in the United States have appreciated the value of a broad-based and liberal education... Read more

Live: Healthy Futures Chat

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 4:02 PM
On June 23, 2015, the Philadelphia Inquirer hosted a morning-long conversation with local and national experts about Philadelphia’s healthy future and the initiatives that are changing the city. More info at philly.com/healthyfutures. Read more

Why pharma can't adapt to the changing health environment

Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 12:48 PM
In nearly every sector of health care, competing companies are acting aggressively to position themselves for prospering in a rapidly changing environment. Consider first the provider segment. Hospital-based systems are gobbling up physician practices to the point where investment bank Credit Suisse... Read more

An unexpected painful breath

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 9:48 AM
Do you use an inhaler? If so, always replace its cap after use. The importance of replacing caps on inhalers was recently illustrated when a woman who had asthma accidentally inhaled a small earring while using her asthma medicine. She got her uncapped inhaler from her purse. As she inhaled the medicine... Read more

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Pharma's payoff for Obamacare neutrality

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 11:08 AM
In 1993 the new Clinton administration decided to make health care reform the signature issue of its first term. Bill Clinton appointed his wife to pilot the initiative, but the entire effort was botched from the get-go. Dubbed Hillarycare by the media, the package was an unwieldy piece of Rube Goldberg... Read more

Congress set to pass repeal of Medical Device Tax: American jobs trump American lives?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 10:52 AM
The House of Representatives is again set to vote on the medical device tax repeal today. This tax repeal is likely to stimulate the medical device industry, as it has been touted. And, on the basis of its economic benefits, it is likely to pass through Congress with relative ease. However, the vote... Read more

Hospital rapid response teams can save lives

Monday, June 15, 2015, 9:51 AM
Several tragic deaths about 15 years ago were compelling factors that led to patient- and family-initiated “Rapid Response Teams” (RRT) that were mentioned in my June 3, 2015 blog. The first was a tragic death of an 18-month-old child, Josie King, who had been hospitalized for treatment... Read more

Health insurers balance long- and short-term moves but can pharma?

Monday, June 8, 2015, 10:41 AM
Commercial success for a new drug brand increasingly depends on whether and, how much, third-party payers will reimburse for it. As more physicians work for large, hospital-based networks, their decision-making role in a drug's success passes to discriminating private insurers and those provider networks... Read more
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Portions of this blog may also be found in the Inquirer's Sunday Health Section.

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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