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Archive: May, 2011

Will reconfiguring big pharma research revive the drug sector?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 6:00 AM
Postings in the blogosphere during recent weeks have discussed changing the organization of Big Pharma companies to increase drug development productivity. For example, the author of one posting considers it mandatory for various companies to become active competitors in biosimilars. Even as Pfizer's... Read more

Improve the packaging of narcotics and sedatives to help reduce prescription drug abuse

Monday, May 9, 2011, 6:00 AM
By Michael R. Cohen, President Institute for Safe Medication Practices Although it’s not within our purview as a federally certified patient safety organization (PSO), healthcare consumers sometimes send us complaints about their pharmacy shorting them on the number of tablets or capsules they’re... Read more

Don’t Cut Public Health – It’s Saving Our Lives

Thursday, May 5, 2011, 7:49 PM
Do you know anyone who died because they drank a cup of water? If you live in America, probably not. But hundreds around the globe die every day because they did just that. Do you know of any children who died from measles, whooping cough, or polio? Again, as an American, you almost certainly don’t... Read more

How Pharma Can Improve Its Public Image

Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 6:00 AM
In a 2007 survey, the public rated the pharmaceutical industry less favorably than IT, electronic goods, food & beverages, waste collection/recycling, medical devices, telecom, automotives, and personal/beauty products. The only industries that the survey's 1,200 respondents viewed more unfavorably... Read more

To prevent medication errors, trust but verify

Monday, May 2, 2011, 6:35 AM
One of the benefits of consumers seeking to become more informed about their health care is that many of them have also stepped up efforts to become more directly involved in error prevention. I’m convinced that patient involvement is an absolutely critical component of patient safety. As health... 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
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