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Why effective patient recruitment benefits everyone

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 11:16 AM
It remains a bedrock fact that no health care system, anywhere in the world, can accomplish its goals and make progress without a productive pharmaceutical industry. Before pharma became an industry, physicians had little in the way of therapeutic medications they could offer their patients. Some... Read more

Learning about the media by looking at Pharma

Monday, May 12, 2014, 12:08 PM
Since Thomas Hines, Carlin Romano, Phil Sheridan, Pete Dexter, David Cay Johnston, Tim Weiner and a handful of others from the Gene Roberts era left town, the best Philly writer in daily journalism is the Inquirer's Frank Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick is the historian of the sports page, the man who brings... Read more

Allergic reactions are second most frequently reported serious adverse drug event

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 10:06 AM
We recently examined a year’s worth of adverse drug reactions reported to the FDA from April 2012 to March 2013. Of nearly 150,000 reports overall, cases of drug allergy were second in frequency, trailing only gastrointestinal symptoms. Just over 4,000 of these were severe reactions involving... Read more

Let Medicare Negotiate Drug Prices

Friday, May 2, 2014, 6:00 AM
Last year total spending on prescription drugs in the US increased 3.2% to $329.2 billion. That followed a 1% spending decline during 2012 (see here). These figures were compiled by a service supplier to pharmaceutical companies that claims the increase resulted from fewer patent expirations on expensive... Read more

Prescription “take back” programs expose intolerable waste

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 9:37 AM
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is this Saturday, April 26th. It’s a good opportunity for people to properly dispose of unused or expired medications at a safe location. You can find a drop off spot here. Consumers can also find convenient access to disposal locations more than twice... Read more

Angeliq — it’s not a birth control pill!

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 11:30 AM
I wanted to remind women about an issue with the prescription product Angeliq, a hormone-based medicine used to relieve the symptoms of menopause. Unfortunately, we’re aware of errors where it’s been dispensed or prescribed improperly as an oral contraceptive. Our sister organization,... Read more

What's driving Pharma's international bribery scandals?

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 10:44 AM
Last year the authorities in China exposed a pattern of systematic corruption by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and other pharma companies. Labeled as "Chinagate" in the media, it involved senior pharma managers in China that routinely bribed physicians, hospital administrators and government officials to... Read more

Homeopathic medicines: Legally sold but is there any evidence of effectiveness?

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 5:00 AM
Homeopathic remedies can be found on the shelf in just about every pharmacy, including the large chains like CVS, Walgreen and Rite Aid. Those who advocate their use believe that symptoms of illness are a normal response in the body to regain health. If a particular substance is causing these symptoms... Read more

War of Each Against All Is a Good Thing

Monday, March 31, 2014, 6:00 AM
Last week Merck and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced they will suspend co-pay cards because, under the Affordable Care Act, these cards could constitute a possible kickback and expose the pharma companies to legal liability (see here). Therein hangs a tale. First, here's a bit of background on these... Read more

10 safety tips to follow when using liquid medicines

Friday, March 21, 2014, 9:52 AM
Three out of four people make mistakes when measuring doses of liquid medicines, particularly when using dosing cups that come with OTC medicines. More than one-third of the mistakes are large overdoses, which can be particularly serious in children. The errors are most often due to: 1) confusing... 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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