Friday, August 28, 2015

How to avoid getting someone else’s medication at the pharmacy

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 8:41 AM
After last week’s blog about possibly getting someone else’s medicine when you or a family member has a prescription dispensed at the pharmacy, I wanted to discuss steps that people can take to detect this type of error and avoid potential harm. This is based on research my organization... Read more

Deadly harm: The result of regulatory failure by FDA

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 12:34 PM
On Monday, August 10, 2015 a young mother, Viviana Ruscitto, lay dying at a New York Hospital - her abdominal cavity filled with inoperable cancerous tumors blocking her intestines. Her toddler’s life was forever changed. You can read her account here. She was another apparent victim of a gynecological... Read more

7 tips to cut your prescription costs

Monday, August 10, 2015, 12:26 PM
Last year the U.S. sustained the biggest increase in prescription drug spending since 2003, according to a report published this spring by pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts. Hefty increases in drug costs are likely to continue as pharma prepares to launch new drug classes such as PCSK-9's... Read more

The 'Fitzpatrick 12' in U.S. Congress: A bipartisan call for FDA accountability on medical device safety

Monday, August 10, 2015, 12:01 PM
On Friday August 7, 2015 a letter from the United States Congress, was delivered to the attention of the Comptroller General of the United States, Mr. Gene Dodaro – head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO). You can read this letter here. The letter was a formal request for the Comptroller... Read more

Getting the wrong person’s medicine at the pharmacy

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 9:21 AM
Giving a correctly dispensed prescription to the wrong pharmacy patient is a common error in community pharmacies. If this has never happened to you, maybe you’re surprised by this fact. But you are more likely to be among the millions of people who have gone home from the pharmacy only to find... Read more

Pharma stiffs suppliers on invoice payment times: accounting or crime?

Monday, August 3, 2015, 9:20 AM
Any supplier of services to the pharmaceutical industry is acutely aware that the drug companies now take far longer to pay invoices. In many other ways, pharma's onerous payment terms have imposed serious burdens on those vastly smaller suppliers. This seemingly humdrum matter of invoice payment policy... Read more

Another act of gynecological maleficence: The Essure Female Sterilization Coil

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 12:33 PM
On September 24, 2015 the Food and Drug Administration is planning to convene another hearing of the OB/Gyn Device Panel. Again, a harmful medical device in question is a gynecological one – a permanent female sterilization device, known as Essure. You can view the announcement here. Essure... Read more

Pharma distorts the facts to keep Medicare from negotiating drug prices

Monday, July 27, 2015, 10:40 AM
In 1967, Richard S. Harris wrote a four-part series for The New Yorker, describing how Medicare came to be enacted. The leading opponent of that legislation was the American Medical Association. The AMA's central argument against this valuable piece of legislation was its contention that government-supported... Read more

Congressman Fitzpatrick (R-PA) vs. Burgess (R-TX): Industry protectionism triumphs over patient safety in Congress?

Monday, July 13, 2015, 3:22 PM
On July 10, 2015, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, remained steadfast as the lone voice of reason and ethics regarding a severe public health hazard in the medical device regulatory space in the United States. A popular bipartisan bill, known as "21st Century Cures" (H.R. 6), passed through... Read more

Pharma Weakens FDA Oversight as the Price of Letting Congress Increase NIH Funding

Monday, July 13, 2015, 3:03 PM
Last Friday, July 10, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 6 by a vote of 344-77. Pennsylvania Congressmen Barletta, Boyle, Brady, Cartwright, Costello, Dent, Doyle, Fattah, Kelly, Marino, Meehan, Murphy, Pitts, Rothfus, Shuster, and Thompson all supported its passage. The bill, known... Read more
About this blog

Check Up is a blog for savvy health consumers, covering the latest developments, discoveries, and debates from the Philadelphia area and beyond.

Portions of this blog may also be found in the Inquirer's Sunday Health Section.

Charlotte Sutton Health and Science Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
Tom Avril Inquirer Staff Writer, heart health and general science
Stacey Burling Inquirer Staff Writer, nueroscience and ageing
Marie McCullough Inquirer Staff Writer, cancer and women's health
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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