Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Less research training in medical school? That's actually good

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 3:41 PM
In Sunday's Health section of the Inquirer, reporter Ilene Raymond Rush interviewed the dean of Temple's medical school, Arthur Feldman. The dean tried to advance an agenda of academic empire building by bemoaning the fact that medical students today receive less research training than in the past... Read more

Which long-term road for GlaxoSmithKline

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 9:35 AM
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the British pharmaceutical company with U.S. operations in the Philadelphia area, reported 2015 first quarter earnings this morning. The numbers tell a dismal story. Sales were flat compared to the same period last year, even as revenue from prescription medicines declined... Read more

Avoid heating up a pain patch

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 9:19 AM
Before leaving the hospital, a woman with bone cancer was given a prescription for a powerful pain medicine, called Duragesic. This is a medicine “patch” or “transdermal system” that adheres to the skin and slowly releases the powerful opioid fentanyl. During her first 2 weeks... Read more

Drug pricing: The problem and some band-aids

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 12:53 PM
Two stories surfaced this week that provide more examples of how increasing drug prices have gotten totally out of hand. In the first one, a study in the medical journal Neurology tracked prices for multiple sclerosis (MS) medications during the past dozen years and uncovered an "alarming rise" that... Read more

American exceptionalism or America, Inc.?

Monday, April 27, 2015, 1:24 PM
In the year 2015, our federal government and her agencies have strayed from their intended purpose. The founding purpose and mission of the United States federal government was to protect the people from any establishment tyranny over the human spirit - from unfair usurpation of earned property and... Read more

A Citizen's Letter to Congressman Joseph Pitts of PA: Will Pitts protect patients across the nation from FDA's "mission-corruption"?

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 1:23 PM
Honorable Congressman Pitts, I understand that your colleague, Congressmen Fitzpatrick of PA, has informed you about a severe nationwide public health hazard caused by the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). I also understand that as a chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee... Read more

Self-dealing physicians and a bad trade deal

Monday, April 20, 2015, 10:35 AM
The costs of health care and affordable access to it are made worse by high drug prices that keep rising many times faster than the cost living. The pharmaceutical industry deserves the big share of blame for drug prices, but prescriptions account for only a little more than 10% of this country's total... Read more

Medicine missteps

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 9:00 AM
When it comes to medicines, you may already know how essential it is to exactly follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider or on over-the-counter (OTC) Drug Facts labels. But you may be overlooking some habits or beliefs that can keep you from getting the full benefit of your medicines... Read more

The death of medical ethics in America: “Ye cannot serve God and mammon”

Monday, April 13, 2015, 9:59 AM
On April 10, 2015 a group of American physicians at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine published a manuscript. This manuscript exemplifies the depth of ethical corruption possible in our contemporary medical establishment. Let us be specific. In this gynecological specialty... Read more

Health costs are moderating, but most of us don’t feel it

Friday, April 10, 2015, 10:26 AM
You may not have noticed, but health care costs are rising more slowly than they used to. The rate of growth started to decline during the Great Recession, and the trend has continued since then. Costs rose by an average of 6.5% between 2005 and 2007, just before the recession began, and by an average... Read more
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Check Up covers regional health news and a wide array of healthcare topics from pharmaceutical happenings to patient safety. Read about some of our bloggers here.

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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