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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

Corporate players in Health Care try to prevent a real market

Monday, March 17, 2014, 9:34 AM
A survey of 595 employers, each with 1,000 or more employees, by consultancy Towers-Watson (see here) showed that: (1) employers are shifting more costs to workers in the form of higher premiums and more out-of-pocket payments, (2) fewer and fewer employer plans will cover spouses/families, (3) subsidized... Read more

OTC liquid medicines going metric

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 5:30 AM
Over-the-counter (OTC) liquid medicines can be found in practically every household. They are commonly used for children or adults who have difficulty swallowing pills. In some cases, the medicine itself is absorbed better and faster in a liquid form, so even people who do not have difficulty swallowing... Read more

Realities Starting to Dispel Pharma's BRIC and Biosimilar Myths

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 9:13 AM
Recently there's been some discussion in pharma's higher circles that biosimilars may not offer the road to riches along the lines touted by the industry's C-suite officers. It is becoming increasingly clear that only a few companies may make substantial profits in that area and, in fact, biosimilars... 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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