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Archive: December, 2011

Health Policy’s Five Biggest Accomplishments of 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011, 6:00 AM
Last week, I presented my candidates for the five worst health policy ideas of 2011. Fortunately, the year also saw several positive developments. To end 2011 on a positive note, here, in reverse order, is my list of the five most important health policy accomplishments. 5. Expanding the... Read more

New acetaminophen for infants creating problems

Monday, December 26, 2011, 6:00 AM
When a child dies, the family’s anguish is palpable and may touch us close to home, especially if we have children. A few years ago, a man whose 10-year-old nephew lay dying in a hospital sent me this in an e-mail: “His precious little body is intubated and poked and catheterized in more... Read more

Health Policy’s Five Worst Ideas of 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011, 6:00 AM
It’s the time of year for countdown lists, and I’ve compiled mine for health policy. This week, my candidates for the five worst ideas of 2011. Next week, I’ll end the year on a more optimistic note with the five biggest accomplishments and good ideas. Here, in reverse order of perniciousness... Read more

How Pharma is Subservient to Numbers

Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 10:03 AM
Educators use the term "innumeracy" when they discuss the fact that American schoolchildren achieve lower scores on math exams than their counterparts in Asia. Whether the phenomenon is real or just a catchphrase for some larger social trend, the fact remains that by the time Americans reach adulthood... Read more

What happens when a 2-year-old swallows a diet pill

Monday, December 19, 2011, 11:29 AM
I remember it like it was yesterday. My wife and I were with some friends and family at our shore house in Ventnor when we decided to go out to dinner at the nearby Euro Gourmet Café on Ventnor Avenue. Among the group was a 2 year old who was sitting in a high chair at an outdoor table when... Read more

Panel Examines Health-Care Reform

Sunday, December 18, 2011, 7:26 PM
Some 20 months after the historic passage of the federal Affordable Care Act, where are we? A panel of experts gathered at The Inquirer on Wednesday to review the impact of the law so far, and speculate about its future. The media, of course, tend to focus on political squabbling and efforts to... Read more

Young Adults are Early Winners Under Health Reform

Thursday, December 15, 2011, 11:16 PM
Health reform already has one clear group of winners. Two and half million young adults have been able to go back on their parents’ insurance policies. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics. Without health reform, most of them would probably... Read more

Pharma Better Off Ignoring Some Biz-School Gurus

Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 6:00 AM
When Roche CEO Severin Schwan spoke at a London conference last week about the industry's "perfect storm," his comments contained no news or insight beyond what is already well known. He merely recited a list of familiar factors such as the dearth of compelling new products, expiring patents, payers... Read more

How health reform is faring in the states: A public event

Monday, December 12, 2011, 6:05 AM
The health care overhaul law passed by Congress in 2010 sets out national goals and requirements. But many of the key decisions implementing the law are left to the states. So what’s happening in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and other states to implement exchanges and other aspects of the... Read more

Look-alike drug names can lead to medication errors

Monday, December 12, 2011, 6:00 AM
Without a doubt, one of the most common types of medication errors we hear about is when a patient gets the wrong drug. And one of the leading reasons for this is look-alike drug names. This problem is especially prevalent when the two names are spelled similarly and also share the same dosage strength... 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
Hooman Noorchashm, M.D., Ph.D. Cardiothoracic surgeon in the Philadelphia area
Amy J. Reed, M.D., Ph.D. Dual Board Certified Anesthesiologist and Surgical Intensivist
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