Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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Did Sanofi pick l'homme juste?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 11:15 AM
Last month the French pharma company, Sanofi, named Olivier Brandicourt as its new CEO. Brandicourt had been the chief executive of Bayer's health care unit and while he may eventually prove to be a visionary chief executive, at least at this point the move strikes some people as a typical example... Read more

The effect of patient demands and defensive medicine on health care costs

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 8:30 AM
The Chicago-school economists and their Republican disciples in Congress argue that the answer to ballooning health care costs consists of making patients put skin in the game. By that they mean patients/consumers must accept a painful share of the costs. Their reasoning is that this will make them... Read more

The rising costs of health care premiums and drugs

Monday, February 23, 2015, 3:40 PM
In the Sunday Inquirer from February 1, Robert Calandra wrote about a Germantown couple, the Clarks, and their problems getting affordable health insurance. For 2014, with household income of $33,000, the Clarks obtained coverage within their means because they benefitted from a tax-credit subsidy... Read more

A “profile in courage”: Congressman Mike G. Fitzpatrick (R-PA)?

Monday, February 23, 2015, 10:41 AM
We live in a complex world. That means that the truth is not always immediately visible. There’s so much complexity in our world today that a lot of people have given up on the concept that there is such a thing as truth. Everything seems to be relative these days. Everything is about compromise... Read more

Language of deception in gynecology: The devil at work

Friday, February 20, 2015, 9:52 AM
The words we use matter. Our rhetorical characterizations and the language we use matter. Because they define our understanding of the reality we live and act in. Words are powerful. We have recently been immersed in a very big fight to protect women across the United States, and worldwide, from the... Read more

The medical device tax repeal: The good, the bad and the ugly

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 10:08 AM
Recently we’ve been getting some feedback from medical device industry advocates. Ironically, this feedback did not come when we started to raise an alarm about the severe patient safety hazard the device industry’s federal regulations have caused. Rather, it came when we raised a significant... Read more

Major cuts coming to Pharma's business-side workforce

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 2:17 PM
Nearly everyone reading this who lives in the Philly metro area has a family member, friend or neighbor that works for pharma. A substantial number of pharma employees live in Montgomery, lower Bucks and Chester counties. But a major change now taking place means that within a decade, most of the... Read more

Pharmacy automatic prescription refills can contribute to medication errors and waste

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 10:26 AM
When you have a prescription filled regularly for a chronic condition like high blood pressure or diabetes, chances are your pharmacy will ask you to opt in for a service that allows them to automatically refill the prescription before your medication runs out. Once you agree, you will be notified... Read more

Pharma keeps shedding jobs, abandoning employees in Philly area

Monday, February 9, 2015, 11:05 AM
In 2010 and 2011, pharma led all commercial sectors of the economy in terms of the absolute number of layoffs. Only government and non-profits put more people on the streets. What do all these layoffs and closures mean for the tens of thousands of people in the Philly metro area, many of whom spent... Read more

Medical device tax repeal: A bipartisan dereliction of congressional duty

Monday, February 9, 2015, 9:40 AM
An unfathomable bipartisan violation of congressional duty to assure the safety of the American public and its health is now underway. The United States Congress is poised to provide a 2.3 percent tax advantage to the medical device industry. This tax break is likely to become a reality despite congressional... 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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