Friday, April 24, 2015

“Irrational Exuberance”: A homegrown threat to our nation’s health

Friday, March 20, 2015, 9:56 AM
Our prevailing model of medical progress, innovation and research centers on the concept of "benefit". Doctors, in both academic and corporate medicine, are focused on developing novel therapies to benefit our patients beyond the existent standards of care. This noble intent has evolved from our profession's... Read more

Designer pain creams - profitable for compounding pharmacies but risky for patients and children

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 5:30 AM
Certain pharmacies, known as compounding pharmacies, can mix different ingredients together to produce a patient-specific product. For example, they can prepare a special formulation of a needed medication that replaces an ingredient in a commercially available product to which the patient is allergic... Read more

Layoffs and site closings more than just a reshuffle

Monday, March 16, 2015, 9:52 AM
John La Mattina worked at Pfizer for thirty years, eventually becoming their head of R&D in 2004. He held that position for four years and then started cashing in, the way most senior executives do when they run out the string in the C-suite. In La Mattina's case this has included becoming a partner... Read more

A remarkable paradigm of free-market self-regulation: UnitedHealth regulates gynecologists

Monday, March 9, 2015, 10:03 AM
Recently, UnitedHealth the largest health insurer in the United States made a very dramatic move. This insurance provider joined a chorus of others around the country by announcing its decision to sharply curtail and scrutinize its coverage of uterine resection operations performed by gynecologists... Read more

Did Sanofi pick l'homme juste?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 11:15 AM
Last month the French pharma company, Sanofi, named Olivier Brandicourt as its new CEO. Brandicourt had been the chief executive of Bayer's health care unit and while he may eventually prove to be a visionary chief executive, at least at this point the move strikes some people as a typical example... Read more

The effect of patient demands and defensive medicine on health care costs

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 8:30 AM
The Chicago-school economists and their Republican disciples in Congress argue that the answer to ballooning health care costs consists of making patients put skin in the game. By that they mean patients/consumers must accept a painful share of the costs. Their reasoning is that this will make them... Read more

The rising costs of health care premiums and drugs

Monday, February 23, 2015, 3:40 PM
In the Sunday Inquirer from February 1, Robert Calandra wrote about a Germantown couple, the Clarks, and their problems getting affordable health insurance. For 2014, with household income of $33,000, the Clarks obtained coverage within their means because they benefitted from a tax-credit subsidy... Read more

A “profile in courage”: Congressman Mike G. Fitzpatrick (R-PA)?

Monday, February 23, 2015, 10:41 AM
We live in a complex world. That means that the truth is not always immediately visible. There’s so much complexity in our world today that a lot of people have given up on the concept that there is such a thing as truth. Everything seems to be relative these days. Everything is about compromise... Read more

Language of deception in gynecology: The devil at work

Friday, February 20, 2015, 9:52 AM
The words we use matter. Our rhetorical characterizations and the language we use matter. Because they define our understanding of the reality we live and act in. Words are powerful. We have recently been immersed in a very big fight to protect women across the United States, and worldwide, from the... Read more

The medical device tax repeal: The good, the bad and the ugly

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 10:08 AM
Recently we’ve been getting some feedback from medical device industry advocates. Ironically, this feedback did not come when we started to raise an alarm about the severe patient safety hazard the device industry’s federal regulations have caused. Rather, it came when we raised a significant... 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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