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Archive: June, 2011

Pharma, Free Markets and Free Speech Go Together Like Oysters and Buses

Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 7:21 AM
Free market. The term is one of those oxymorons that are self-contradictory in both logic and fact. While its advocates claim that a market economy exalts freedom, skeptical observers note that it often leaves many people free to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. Decades... Read more

When a computer isn't enough: Why patients need to doublecheck a doctor’s electronic prescription

Monday, June 27, 2011, 7:18 AM
The good news from our standpoint as a medication safety organization is that prescriptions that are handwritten are quickly becoming a thing of the past. According to a report last month form the nation’s leading router of electronic prescriptions, Surescripts, the number of doctors who now... Read more

American-Style Health Care is a Dirty Word in England

Friday, June 24, 2011, 6:00 AM
The leader of a great democracy wants to make his mark by reforming health care. He fears that if left untouched, the system could become so expensive that it will bankrupt the country. Others before him have tried for comprehensive reform but failed. Political resistance to his plan is fierce. He... Read more

What Are ACOs - and What Can They Mean for Pharma?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 6:00 AM
The Obama administration wants to encourage the growth of accountable care organizations (ACOs) as a means of changing the revenue incentives for providers and the cost exposure of insurers. The thinking is that different incentives would end the choice between high quality, accessible care on the... Read more

Safety Standards Needed for Measuring Liquid Medications

Monday, June 20, 2011, 6:00 AM
My wife is a registered nurse and I’m a pharmacist. Working with other health professionals in the Philadelphia area, we founded the nonprofit Institute for Safe Medication Practices, the nation’s only organization of pharmacists, nurses, and doctors devoted entirely to safe medication... Read more

Medicaid Deserves More Respect

Friday, June 17, 2011, 6:00 AM
If you’re on Medicaid and your child needs a pediatric specialist, good luck finding one. You are up to five times less likely to get an appointment than someone with private insurance. That is the finding of a study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine . (See last Thursday’s... Read more

Faulty Clinical Trials Just Symptomatic of a Bigger Social Problem

Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 6:00 AM
Last week pharma blogger Ed Silverman interviewed former NPR reporter Snigdha Prakash about her new book, ‘All The Justice Money Can Buy,’ an account of litigation against Merck's Vioxx. Silverman asked Prakash what surprised her most during the many months that she was "embedded" with... Read more

Angeliq drug samples mistakenly provided as birth control pills

Monday, June 13, 2011, 6:00 AM
Most people are thankful when they leave the doctor’s office with samples of a newly prescribed medication. When your doctor wants you to try a new medicine, he may be able to give you a small supply of samples to take home. This way, he can make sure that you tolerate the medicine and that it’s... Read more

Psy Apps: They're Not Therapists But Hey, What do You Want for 99 Cents?

Sunday, June 12, 2011, 6:05 AM
Much has happened in the world of pop psychology since "Don't Worry, Be Happy" zoomed to the top of the charts in 1988. Smartphones, for example. They have psychology apps aplenty. Most are a waste, as reviewers' comments make clear. Some are nifty, like Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's free 3D Brain... Read more

Is High Health Care Spending Good for Us?

Friday, June 10, 2011, 9:40 AM
Does all the money we spend on health care actually make us healthier? One group of researchers says definitely yes. Their study looked at Medicare costs for over 17,000 beneficiaries and compared it with their health status and survival after three years. Those with higher bills showed better 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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