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Archive: October, 2011

Debate on using metric vs. household measures for liquid medicine dosing

Sunday, October 30, 2011, 9:41 PM
I had some interesting responses to my blog last week about the need to go with the metric system of measurement in order to eliminate medication errors with liquid medications. In the blog, I mentioned how doctors, pharmacists, patients and parents sometimes mix up teaspoons and tablespoons, milliliters... Read more

My stomach is driving me crazy, and it’s getting embarrassing. What can I do about gas?

Saturday, October 29, 2011, 11:58 AM
James C. Reynolds, M.D., Drexel University College of Medicine The first thing you have to realize is that the concept of gas is very vague, and is what led to the field of gastroenterology in the first place. Pain in the abdomen is often attributed to gas, but it may not truly be a gas problem. However... Read more

I can’t wear dark shirts, because they wind up covered with white powder. Is there any help for my dandruff?

Saturday, October 29, 2011, 11:55 AM
Franziska Ringpfeil, M.D., Ringpfeil Advanced Dermatology, Haverford There is, but it’s not a simple answer. Dandruff, whose medical term is pityriasis simplex capillitii, can most commonly affect the scalp, but it can also affect the face and eyebrow area. It can be treated in a couple of... Read more

I sweat profusely, and no deodorant seems to help. What can I do?

Saturday, October 29, 2011, 11:36 AM
George Preti, Ph.D., Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia First off, it’s important to note that deodorant and antiperspirants are two different products. Secondly, I’d ask: have you gone to see a dermatologist? Profuse sweating is clinically manageable if you see the right physician... Read more

Reforming Health Care with Doctors Instead of Insurance

Friday, October 28, 2011, 5:15 AM
Imagine a health reform plan that has nothing to do with insurance. It adds no new regulations on insurance companies, no subsidies to help people purchase policies, and no individual mandate to force people to maintain coverage. And it does nothing to expand public programs, like Medicare and Medicaid... Read more

The Week's News Reinforces Some Points

Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 6:00 AM
Several news items from the past week reinforced some critical thinking about pharma and the industry's need to change strategic and tactical modes of its operations. A section of a study by KMPG that appeared this month corroborates views expressed here in June and again in August that pharma's... Read more

We need to go metric to prevent errors with oral liquids

Monday, October 24, 2011, 6:00 AM
Nothing riles me more than when a report reaches us through our medication error reporting program where a child accidentally gets an overdose of liquid medication due to nothing more than simple confusion between dosage units. Doctors, pharmacists and parents mix up teaspoons and tablespoons, milliliters... Read more

American Health Care Still Needs A Lot of Work

Friday, October 21, 2011, 6:00 AM
Think we have the best health care system in the world? Consider this: More people in the United States die from preventable causes than anywhere else in the industrialized world. That finding should give anyone pause. As you’ve probably noticed, our health care system has some big problems... Read more

Whether Pharma R&D Should Wither

Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 6:00 AM
Consider the fact that for most of its history, pharma's core mission has consisted of developing new drugs to advance medical care. Then consider that over the past several years, pharma's productivity at this central task has steadily declined. For example, the number of new molecular entities launched... Read more

Institute Analysis Highlights Ongoing Issues with Chantix and Multaq

Monday, October 17, 2011, 4:30 AM
In last week’s blog I provided some of our recent findings from QuarterWatch, an Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) drug surveillance program that regularly monitors all serious, disabling and fatal adverse drug events reported to the Food and Drug Administration. These reports... Read more
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Check Up is a blog for savvy health consumers, covering the latest developments, discoveries, and debates from the Philadelphia area and beyond.

Portions of this blog may also be found in the Inquirer's Sunday Health Section.

Charlotte Sutton Health and Science Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
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David Becker, M.D. Board certified cardiologist, Chestnut Hill Temple Cardiology
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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