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Archive: November, 2012

Let the Market Decide? Not if Pharma Can Help It

Monday, November 26, 2012, 12:09 PM
By Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. The Right's reflexes on matters of drug therapy are consistent with the way they feel about everything else. Trumping even considerations of whether or not the bible offers specific guidance, the Right claims that an unregulated market represents the best way, in fact... Read more

Less acetaminophen in each tablet of Vicodin

Monday, November 26, 2012, 12:07 PM
By Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. There are more than 600 different prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines that contain acetaminophen (Tylenol). The drug is often found in pain relievers, fever reducers, and sleep aids as well as cough, cold, and allergy medicines. These medicines are safe and... Read more

Eat with ease, need and desire for food co-exist

Sunday, November 18, 2012, 2:18 PM
Diane Girardot is sending dispatches from the Renfrew Center Foundation's 22nd Annual Eating Disorder Conference in Philadelphia. By Diane R. Girardot, MA, LPC Let them eat cake! I’m not referring to Marie Antoinette’s famous remark as starving peasants demanded sustenance. These... Read more

Ten tips for measuring over-the-counter liquid medications safely

Monday, November 12, 2012, 1:19 PM
Over-the-counter liquid medications can be found in practically every medicine cabinet. Surprisingly though, there’s not a standard way to measure liquid medicines doses. All too often we resort to measuring liquids with household measuring devices like teaspoons or tablespoons, but these... Read more

Controversy and collaboration. Exactly what does that mean?

Saturday, November 10, 2012, 9:27 AM
Diane Girardot is sending dispatches from the Renfrew Center Foundation's 22nd Annual Eating Disorder Conference in Philadelphia this weekend. by Diane R. Girardot Controversy and Collaboration. Exactly what does that mean? This year’s Renfrew Center Foundation Eating Disorders Conference... Read more

Resolving ethical issues faced by clinicians treating eating disorders

Saturday, November 10, 2012, 9:09 AM
Diane Girardot is sending dispatches from the Renfrew Center Foundation's 22nd Annual Eating Disorder Conference this weekend. by Diane R. Girardot Did you know the word “should” denotes a conflict right from the start? Should I attend the next conference session about men and eating... Read more

Have We Bitten Off More Than We Can Chew?

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 5:04 PM
By Diane R. Girardot On November 9th, the Renfrew Center Foundation will host its 22nd Annual Eating Disorder Conference. Diane Girardot will be blogging for us daily during the conference, giving us extensive coverage of how presenters and attendees will attempt to sort out the moral dilemmas of... Read more

Reponses to a Reader Who Wants to Get Serious

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 4:58 PM
By Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. Last week a reader, "Hjeff," replied to my posting in a rather exasperated tone, claiming he wanted a serious discussion about the big issues of health care. Since writers for publication are typically flattered when their musings inspire readers to serious thinking, I... Read more

New legislation would help users identify source of a compounded drug

Friday, November 2, 2012, 9:58 AM
By Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. In response to the national outbreak of fungal meningitis, it makes sense for healthcare providers to seriously consider whether they have an ethical and legal obligation to inform end users when they dispense high risk sterile products prepared by a compounding pharmacy... Read more

Electing a President Means Choosing Your Health Care

Thursday, November 1, 2012, 11:40 AM
By Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. This week The New Yorker's financial writer, James Surowiecki, persuasively made the case (see here) that the single, most important basis for casting next Tuesday's presidential vote involves medications and health care in general. "Health care," according to Surowiecki... 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
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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