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A Head-Spinning Reversal of Views on Valeant-Allergan

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 12:01 PM
In late April, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, a company domiciled in Canada, but managed in the U.S., extended an offer of approximately $45 billion for Allergan, the company that makes Botox and a range of other products, especially in vision care. Within a month's time, Valeant raised its offer twice,... Read more

Alliance Management: The Key to Completing Trials on Schedule

Monday, June 9, 2014, 2:17 PM
A recent post made the point that efficient patient recruitment is the most important factor for completing clinical trials on time and making new medications available. While difficult study designs are a factor in recruitment, the way sponsors manage clinical operations to field those challenging... Read more

Can’t swallow pills? Here’s how to do it right

Thursday, May 29, 2014, 9:26 AM
By “pills,” I mean medications that come as tablets or capsules. There aren’t any actual pills on the US market today but people still use that term so I will too. Some children and adults have difficulty swallowing pills. People may feel too sick or be unable to swallow them or... Read more

Warning to diabetics – your insulin pens should never be shared!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 11:20 AM
Many types of insulin come in a device that, with their cap in place, looks more like a pen that an insulin syringe. These make it easier for insulin-dependent diabetics to prepare and administer each injection. Although the pens hold numerous insulin doses, each is intended to be used by one person... Read more

Why effective patient recruitment benefits everyone

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 11:16 AM
It remains a bedrock fact that no health care system, anywhere in the world, can accomplish its goals and make progress without a productive pharmaceutical industry. Before pharma became an industry, physicians had little in the way of therapeutic medications they could offer their patients. Some... Read more

Learning about the media by looking at Pharma

Monday, May 12, 2014, 12:08 PM
Since Thomas Hines, Carlin Romano, Phil Sheridan, Pete Dexter, David Cay Johnston, Tim Weiner and a handful of others from the Gene Roberts era left town, the best Philly writer in daily journalism is the Inquirer's Frank Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick is the historian of the sports page, the man who brings... Read more

Allergic reactions are second most frequently reported serious adverse drug event

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 10:06 AM
We recently examined a year’s worth of adverse drug reactions reported to the FDA from April 2012 to March 2013. Of nearly 150,000 reports overall, cases of drug allergy were second in frequency, trailing only gastrointestinal symptoms. Just over 4,000 of these were severe reactions involving... Read more

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
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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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