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Restrictive formularies: The path to more affordable drug prices

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 11:49 AM
At the end of June the New York Times examined how pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), hope to force price competition among pharmaceutical companies. PBMs act as agents for payers — private insurers and employers — to negotiate drug purchasing contracts and manage formularies. The plan... Read more

Following through on medicine safety concerns

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 10:27 AM
The mother of an 8-month-old girl was given a prescription for her baby for amoxicillin 400 mg twice daily. Amoxicillin is an antibiotic commonly used to treat various ear, nose, throat, chest, and skin infections. When dropping off the prescription at the pharmacy, a pharmacist asked the mother for... Read more

To err is human… Avoid these common medicine missteps

Thursday, July 10, 2014, 9:45 AM
When it comes to medicines, you may already know how essential it is to exactly follow the instructions of your healthcare provider or directions on over-the-counter (OTC) Drug Facts labels. But you may be overlooking some habits or beliefs that can keep you from getting the full benefit of your medicines... Read more

Need patients for trials? Don't hire a promoter to find them

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 2:15 PM
Since patient recruitment is the rate-limiting factor in completing clinical trials, it's not surprising that many pharmaceutical companies hire ‘niche’ vendors to help locate willing subjects. These include marketing firms, database suppliers, ad agencies and other vendors claiming to... Read more

Drug pricing here makes Americans into patsies

Thursday, June 26, 2014, 5:30 AM
An analyst at Seeking Alpha recently wrote that U.S. drug pricing should encourage the rest of the world to call us, "The United States of Saps." He supported this disparaging view by citing an article in The Economist to show how drug pricing in the U.S. exploits the public here compared to residents... Read more

New connectors coming for healthcare tubing and catheters

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 2:15 PM
One of the most serious medical errors is when a healthcare worker inadvertently connects the wrong syringe or fluid container to patient tubing, then delivers a substance through an unintended and therefore wrong route of administration. Misconnection incidents are rare, but they do occur and can... Read more

A Head-Spinning Reversal of Views on Valeant-Allergan

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 12:01 PM
In late April, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, a company domiciled in Canada, but managed in the U.S., extended an offer of approximately $45 billion for Allergan, the company that makes Botox and a range of other products, especially in vision care. Within a month's time, Valeant raised its offer twice,... Read more

Alliance Management: The Key to Completing Trials on Schedule

Monday, June 9, 2014, 2:17 PM
A recent post made the point that efficient patient recruitment is the most important factor for completing clinical trials on time and making new medications available. While difficult study designs are a factor in recruitment, the way sponsors manage clinical operations to field those challenging... Read more

Can’t swallow pills? Here’s how to do it right

Thursday, May 29, 2014, 9:26 AM
By “pills,” I mean medications that come as tablets or capsules. There aren’t any actual pills on the US market today but people still use that term so I will too. Some children and adults have difficulty swallowing pills. People may feel too sick or be unable to swallow them or... Read more

Warning to diabetics – your insulin pens should never be shared!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 11:20 AM
Many types of insulin come in a device that, with their cap in place, looks more like a pen that an insulin syringe. These make it easier for insulin-dependent diabetics to prepare and administer each injection. Although the pens hold numerous insulin doses, each is intended to be used by one person... 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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