Sunday, March 29, 2015

A letter to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander on 510(k): Fix it or scrap it!

Friday, January 23, 2015, 10:19 AM
Today, 1/22/15, I had the privilege of delivering a message to Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and his senior staff on Capitol Hill. Senator Alexander is the chairman of the United States senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee, responsible for oversight and regulation... Read more

Remedies for lowering drug prices: From mild to aggressive

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 5:30 AM
At last the mass media have turned their attention to the reality of excessively high drug prices in the U.S. It wasn't that reporters and editors, during the past several decades, failed to notice how drug prices here are double and triple those of other advanced countries. In fact, for twenty years... Read more

Demonstration IV solutions administered to patients

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 6:23 PM
Back on December 30th, FDA alerted health professionals about a patient who became ill after receiving an IV solution meant for training purposes only. Educators often utilize training products for simulations with students and want these items to look like the real solutions. However, there have been... Read more

The malevolence of all health care sectors

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 2:41 PM
The fundamental attribute of nearly all the major health care sectors is the relentless pursuit of profit without consideration of the larger social consequences. Some may call that "amoral greed," but the reader can apply his/her own terms. Add to this reality the fact that some health care competitors... Read more

A tax cut in exchange for patient safety

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 3:37 PM
Compromise is an important component of working within a complex political landscape that is constantly changing. Recently, a few distinguished United States Senators who vocally supported the Affordable Care Act, as a measure of their party loyalty and political courage, seem to be compromising.... Read more

A memorandum to the President and Congress of the United States

Monday, January 12, 2015, 10:38 AM
This memorandum is to inform the United States President and Congress of a severe public safety hazard in the legislation governing medical device authorization by FDA. The FDA, under the 1976 amendment to the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act, is responsible for clearance of medical devices for marketing... Read more

For generic Vicodin price, less is more – a lot more $$

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 11:34 AM
There’s been a lot said recently about generic drug pricing and sticker shock, but the following probably takes the cake. If doctors aren’t careful with prescriptions, patients and insurers can wind up paying exorbitant amounts - unnecessarily. As most readers are aware, a pain medication... Read more

The two horsemen of pharma's apocalypse

Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 11:57 AM
During the past decade, the pharmaceutical industry abandoned most of the distinctive virtues that originally inspired many people in the Delaware Valley to spend their careers working for it. The main reason for this devolution has been pharma's slavish abandonment of its integrity while catering... Read more

The cost of assumption in medicine

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 5:30 AM
We’ve all heard that the practice of medicine is as much an art as it is an objective science. The complexities of human biology and disease, genetic disparities and the limits of our scientific knowledge and technical abilities make this so. This reality is nowhere more apparent than in the realm... Read more

Understanding the meaning of expiration dates on drug labels

Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 11:50 AM
Drug manufacturers are required to stamp an expiration date on their products. On over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, the expiration date is often printed on the label or carton under "EXP" or stamped without ink into the bottom of a bottle, carton, or the crimp of a tube. But what does the expiration... 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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