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Archive: January, 2013

Patient #1: Using laughter to get through chemo

Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 9:29 AM
When you think of chemotherapy, images of suffering patients, clad in hospital gowns and bandanas, pop into mind. Hours into my first chemo dose, I'm still waiting for our night to tailspin into the medical nightmares you read about. Instead, it has been surprisingly good hospital food, surprisingly... Read more

Social networks among trial sites set the pace of patient recruitment

Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 9:00 AM
Last October we reviewed some KMR data, combined it with our own findings (see here) and concluded that while the industry's overall productivity at developing new drugs has not substantially changed during the past decade, the period between starting a compound's clinical trials and its registration... Read more

These drug names are too close for comfort

Monday, January 7, 2013, 1:52 PM
Look-alike and sound-alike similarity between the names of two different medications used in epilepsy might be putting children in jeopardy of getting the wrong medication. The drugs are clobazam and clonazepam. Children with a rare and severe form of childhood onset epilepsy known as Lennox-Gastaut... Read more

I've noticed a tiny bit of white discharge from my nipples, but I don't have a baby. Does this mean I'm pregnant?

Monday, January 7, 2013, 9:00 AM
I've noticed a tiny bit of white discharge from my nipples, but I don't have a baby. Does this mean I'm pregnant? John Missanelli, DO, is a gynecologist at Lourdes Health System. Discharge from the breast of any color and consistency is normal. When discovered, it can seem alarming, but it does... Read more

Patient #1: Getting the green light for chemo

Sunday, January 6, 2013, 4:00 AM
167 days. That’s how long it will be fromfirst checking into the hospitalwith flu-like symptoms and when I start the most intense, and important, treatment for Stage 4 Melanoma. For you moms out there, I am almost in the third trimester – many surely remember the feelings of anxiety mixed... Read more

Pharma facts 2012: Behind the curve on important health care changes

Saturday, January 5, 2013, 10:00 AM
Editor’s Note: All this week Check Up will be sharing one new Pharma fact a day that was an important breakthrough in the world of pharmaceuticals in 2012. Today, Check Up delves into health care changes. One of this year's memorable expressions came from a wise fellow at a major software company... Read more

Pharma facts 2012: Pharma wants the right to cry fire in a crowded theater

Friday, January 4, 2013, 10:00 AM
Editor’s Note: All this week Check Up will be sharing one new Pharma fact a day that was an important breakthrough in the world of pharmaceuticals in 2012. Today, Check Up delves into Pharma's right to promote drugs. This month the US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals (New York, Connecticut, Vermont)... Read more

Pharma facts 2012: Health Care is the Real Fiscal Cliff

Thursday, January 3, 2013, 10:00 AM
Editor’s Note: All this week Check Up will be sharing one new Pharma fact a day that was an important breakthrough in the world of pharmaceuticals in 2012. Today, Check Up delves into the worries of the new health care. Health care costs already devour 18% of America's GDP. Between now and... Read more

Pharma facts 2012: The entire approach to cancer therapy may be ineffective

Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 10:00 AM
Editor’s Note: All this week Check Up will be sharing one new Pharma fact a day that was an important breakthrough in the world of pharmaceuticals in 2012. Today, Check Up delves into Pharma’s approach to cancer therapy. For a decade or more pharma's researchers have believed that the... Read more

Overdose risk with baby’s vitamin D drops

Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 4:38 PM
For newborns and older infants who are breastfed or partially breast fed, vitamin D is essential for babies to absorb calcium and build strong bones and teeth. A mother’s milk doesn’t provide enough by itself. So the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that every breast fed baby receive... Read more
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Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
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