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Archive: May, 2010

FDA announces another recall of kids’ medicines

Monday, May 31, 2010, 11:03 AM
Four cold and cough medicines for children have been recalled that were sold under the PediaCare brand by Blacksmith Brands Inc. of Tarrytown, N.Y., the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced. The company said it was voluntarily recalling all lots of the medications because they had been made... Read more

Battery swallowing injuries rising in kids

Saturday, May 29, 2010, 11:36 AM
A study in the journal Pediatrics this week had me checking on my various battery operated contraptions to make sure the lithium button batteries were securely installed. It turns out, more and more kids are being seriously injured after they swallow “button” batteries. So parents, make... Read more

How Big Pharma has to change

Friday, May 28, 2010, 2:36 PM
By guest blogger Daniel Hoffman: Even casual observers of the pharmaceutical industry know that it is in a trough of new product development especially over the next three years. What remains unappreciated, even within the industry, is that pharma's entire customer base is undergoing enormous change... Read more

UPDATED: VA opposed to ‘Veterans’ Health and Radiation Safety Act’

Thursday, May 27, 2010, 2:45 PM
The VA is opposing a bill sponsored by Rep. John Adler (D., N.J.) that seeks to correct the snafus that led to nearly 100 veterans getting incorrect radiation doses at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center over six years. “We appreciate the intent to H.R. 4062 but for a number of reasons we do... Read more

FDA warns of increased fracture risk from heartburn drugs

Thursday, May 27, 2010, 12:17 PM
The Food and Drug Administration warned consumers, doctors and other health professionals this week that certain antacid drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) increase the risk of wrist, spine and hip fractures. The medications available over-the-counter (Prilosec, Zegerid, and Prevacid) and by... Read more

Diet drug dangers lead to label change, FDA announces

Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 1:15 PM
The Food and Drug Administration announced that the over-the-counter diet-drug Alli by local pharmaceutical powerhouse GlaxoSmithKline has changed its label to warn consumers that the medication has been linked to reports of severe liver injury. Alli helps overweight people lose weight by decreasing... Read more

Of lbs, LDLs and EMRs

Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 8:10 AM
I got the lab results from my recent annual physical this morning. I had been eagerly awaiting my cholesterol numbers since last year when my doctor warned that if I didn’t bring my levels down, he would be putting me on a cholesterol-lowering medication called a statin. The problem he told... Read more

Target: Reducing costly hospital readmissions in SE PA

Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 8:12 AM
On Wednesday a group of hospital administrators, doctors, nurses, nursing home workers and others will gather at the Union League in Philadelphia to launch an initiative aimed at reducing costly readmissions by 10 percent in over the next 18 months. The Partnership for Patient Care, collaboration... Read more

NRC finds problems with radiation use in VA health system

Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 3:27 PM
The Department of Veterans Affairs is back on the hot seat for the failures of prostate cancer programs in a dozen of its hospitals – including the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which oversees the medical use of radioactive materials, issued a preliminary... Read more

Advice to help prevent drowning deaths in children

Monday, May 24, 2010, 4:20 PM
With Memorial Day weekend almost here and beach and pools season upon us, the American Academy of Pediatrics has put out updated advice for parents to prevent drowning. The academy noted that drowning is the second leading cause of death for children aged 1 to 19 years old. Teenaged boys and toddlers... Read more
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Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
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