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Archive: March, 2012

Is health reform on the constitutional ropes?

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 8:05 AM
After the arguments before the Supreme Court this week, is health reform on life support? Unless the court issues a sweeping ruling that dramatically changes existing law, there is a good chance the answer is no. The odds that the Supreme Court will leave health reform’s individual mandate... Read more

Some drugs in short supply are trashed unnecessarily

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 10:43 AM
Despite the severe prescription drug shortage that’s been sweeping the nation over the last year, the results of a national survey released last week by my group, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), show that government regulations are forcing pharmacists to discard some injectable... Read more

Misleading on health insurance premiums

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 10:25 AM
By Lori Robertson, Both the Republican National Committee and the Obama administration are making misleading claims about health insurance premium costs. An RNC ad falsely implies that the federal health care law is responsible for all of the $1,300 average increase in family coverage... Read more

Sanofi sketches a mid-range strategy for some pharmas

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 10:12 AM
Never more than five years behind the conventional wisdom, an expensive consultancy last week issued the results of a humdrum survey in which several pharma executives admitted that the industry's business model is broken (see here). Perhaps these savants will next announce that Elvis is dead and... Read more

It’s health reform’s birthday. Should we celebrate?

Friday, March 23, 2012, 7:31 AM
The Affordable Care Act turns two today. That makes this a good time to take stock. Who should be celebrating? A lot of people. Like the more than 3-1/2 million seniors who pay less for prescription drugs under Medicare. ACA is gradually shrinking the infamous “doughnut hole” that denies... Read more

Pharma needs truth tellers, not preferred vendors

Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 10:50 AM
Karen Tibbals worked for many years as a market researcher for some large pharma companies. She recently left pharma and marketing research to enter divinity school. At the same time, she started her own blog. For her first post, Tibbals discussed the need for innovation in marketing research. ... Read more

Time to fix the drug shortage crisis

Monday, March 19, 2012, 11:39 AM
Over the past two years, our country has been dealing with the worst drug shortage situation I have seen in over 40 years of practicing pharmacy. I first wrote about the situation in July 2010, after hearing from colleagues around the country who were having trouble obtaining needed medications. Nearly... Read more

Some medical insight into Chase Utley's balky knees

Monday, March 19, 2012, 8:42 PM
When Chase Utley left Phillies camp Monday to see a specialist for his chronically injured knees, it raised questions about his short- and long-term prognosis. At various times in the past, the Phillies have said Utley is dealing with two conditions - patella tendonitis and Chrondromalacia patella... Read more

Live free or die uninsured

Friday, March 16, 2012, 10:25 AM
New Hampshire’s oft-quoted motto may soon take on a new meaning. Last week, the legislature took the first steps to help residents live free of health insurance. The lawmakers were trying to make a statement about Obama’s health reform law, the Affordable Care Act, but their actions went... Read more

When doctors - not pharmacists - dispense meds

Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 1:13 PM
There’s a bit of a trend in the last few years for more and more doctors to dispense medications directly to patients rather than send them to their pharmacist with prescriptions in hand. A number of companies sell turnkey setups that resemble a mini-pharmacy, with prepackaged medications, office... 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, nueroscience and ageing
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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