Monday, August 3, 2015

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

The Code of Medical Ethics: Truth or just another marketing cliche?

Monday, June 8, 2015, 9:46 AM
Engineers and scientists use a specific technique to test the integrity of the systems they design or study. This technique entails assessing the integrity and capacity of their systems under extreme conditions. Like any system, our healthcare establishment originated with a singular purpose –... Read more

When hospitalized, call a hospital Rapid Response Team to address unresolved safety or health concerns

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 9:18 AM
When people suddenly become ill or injured at home or in the community, they or their families or friends can call 911 for emergency help. But who can a patient or family member call upon once they arrive at the hospital if they feel their condition is seriously deteriorating and nobody is listening?... Read more

One week, three lessons for pharma

Friday, May 29, 2015, 12:31 PM
The past week in pharma was one of those times when just setting the news items alongside one another in the proper order can tell someone a lot about the industry. Here are a few lessons to be learned from assembling the jigsaw puzzle. 1. If anyone still doubted it, the emerging markets story is... Read more

When a pharma spokesman advocates value-based pricing

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 4:55 PM
The Forbes columnist and pharma cheerleader, John La Mattina, left Pfizer in 2008 as their R&D head with a $22.6 million package after spending $1 billion of the company's money on an HDL-cholesterol enhancer that never got past the FDA. This week he wrote an item attacking two members of the... 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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