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Archive: November, 2011

Pharma's daily news summary reads like a police blotter

Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 6:00 AM
On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the following four headline stories appeared on Pharmalot, the pharmaceutical industry's top independent blog. "Merck Pays $950M Over Vioxx Marketing Probe," "Mylan Is Warned Over Plant In Puerto Rico," "Novartis Execs, Cover-Ups And Jawbone Damage," "Former... Read more

Replace bottle stopper with childproof cap after using liquid medication

Monday, November 28, 2011, 6:00 AM
In an earlier blog I pointed out that using a household spoon to give liquid medication can provide an inaccurate dose. Household spoons (teaspoons, tablespoons, dessert spoons) are not standardized. Depending on their size, typical household teaspoons can hold between 3 and 7 milliliters (mL). That’s... Read more

I had sex with someone and then found out he had herpes. Do I have it, and does that mean life as I know it is over?

Monday, November 28, 2011, 3:33 PM
Mona Shangold, M.D., Director of the Center for Women's Health and Sports Gynecology, Philadelphia Your chance of getting herpes from a partner who has it depends on whether he was contagious at the time and whether you had immunity to protect you. Although herpes is most likely to be spread during... Read more

What Steve Jobs' career says about innovation in Pharma

Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 6:00 AM
Management consultant Steve Denning posted a provocative article in Forbes this past weekend that didn't deal with any particular industry but clearly applies to pharmaceuticals. Another author's reflection on a recent biography of Steve Jobs triggered Denning's musings. He basically wondered why... Read more

New version of infant acetaminophen can lead to mistakes

Monday, November 21, 2011, 6:00 AM
Acetaminophen is the most commonly used medication for pain and fever in infants and children. You know the drug as Tylenol, but it’s also widely sold under its generic name. Until just recently, there have been two forms of liquid acetaminophen available for children, one weaker than the other... Read more

Health Reform will not Lead to Mandated Broccoli

Thursday, November 17, 2011, 7:53 PM
It’s Thanksgiving in the year 2016. The table is set. There’s turkey, sweet potatoes, and, of course, government-mandated broccoli. Opponents of health reform warn that this scenario, or something like it, could await us if the Supreme Court upholds the health reform law. Are their fears... Read more

What Pharma Can Learn From Penn State

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 6:00 AM
Over the past week the Penn State scandal has held the top spot among media stories, outranking the Euro Zone's possible collapse, the Republican primary race, the Occupy saga, and nearly everything else. Despite some of its details, the Penn State scandal differs from sensational stories such as... Read more

I was afraid I might be pregnant but then I got my period. Am I out of the woods?

Monday, November 14, 2011, 1:52 PM
Mona Shangold, M.D., Director of the Center for Women's Health and Sports Gynecology, Philadelphia You can’t tell whether vaginal bleeding is from a delayed menstrual period, a miscarriage, a threatened miscarriage, or a normal pregnancy (during which bleeding sometimes occurs). A urine pregnancy... Read more

A dad embraces the pharmacist responsible for his daughter's death

Monday, November 14, 2011, 6:10 AM
Emily Jerry was just two years old when she died from a medication error made by a hospital pharmacy technician in Cleveland. She had undergone surgeries and four rounds of chemotherapy to treat what doctors said was a highly curable malignant tumor at the base of her spine. According to her parents... Read more

Should the Government Require that Cigarette Packs Make You Sick?

Thursday, November 10, 2011, 7:10 PM
The government wants buying cigarettes to make you sick. Not smoking them. Buying them. The Food and Drug Administration has ordered tobacco companies to cover cigarette packages with graphic images of the health effects of smoking. The pictures are truly gruesome. They include depictions of diseased... 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
Tom Avril Inquirer Staff Writer, heart health and general science
Stacey Burling Inquirer Staff Writer, neuroscience and aging
Marie McCullough Inquirer Staff Writer, cancer and women's health
Don Sapatkin Inquirer Staff Writer, public health, infectious diseases and substance abuse
Justin D'Ancona
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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