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Archive: July, 2010

Saying much more than mama and dada

Monday, July 19, 2010, 7:59 AM
When my oldest daughter forgets to say please or is heading to the whiny I want, I rub my stomach with my stomach with my right hand and sometimes pull her back from the brink. “Can I please have…” The please sign is a vestige of our teaching her a little sign language starting... Read more

FDA issues warning for weight-loss pill

Monday, July 19, 2010, 3:06 PM
The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers who use the weight loss supplement Slim-30 Herb after an agency lab analysis found it contained substances could endanger some patients with histories of heart disease, heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke. Marketed as a natural supplement... Read more

West Nile Virus 'mosquito pools' found in SE Pa.

Friday, July 16, 2010, 10:28 AM
The Pennsylvania Department of Health said that 20 of 25 “mosquito pools” to test positive for West Nile Virus were located in Delaware County with additional pools found in Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, and Lancaster Counties. “This year, mosquito sampling is showing earlier... Read more

Poor R&D results exacerbate dangers for Pharma

Friday, July 16, 2010, 8:36 AM
By guest blogger Daniel Hoffman: This spring the independent equity analysts at Sanford Bernstein & Co. held a conference to assess how well the pharmaceutical industry is doing at creating new opportunities and cushioning the impact of the impending “patent cliff.” The patent cliff... Read more

Hospital of UPenn among nation’s best, magazine says

Thursday, July 15, 2010, 9:23 AM
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania once again made the “honor roll” in U.S. News and World Report's rankings of the nation’s top medical centers. That placed the hospital, known locally simply as HUP, among an elite groups of 14 top institutions out of the nearly 5,000... Read more

Now FDA must act on GSK’s Avandia

Thursday, July 15, 2010, 8:18 AM
A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 20 to 12 Wednesday to keep GlaxoSmithKline’s controversial diabetes drug Avandia on the market in the U.S., albeit recommending with stronger warnings about the increase risk of heart attacks, heart failure and stroke for those taking the medication... Read more

Drug shortages threaten patient safety

Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 11:47 AM
By guest blogger Michael Cohen: Severe drug shortages are on the rise and leading to serious patient safety issues and frustration among health care workers. The lack of availability of prefilled epinephrine (adrenaline) syringes for example has lead to patient injuries and deaths. In one report... Read more

Decision day on GSK's Avandia

Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 9:17 AM
After a day of conflicting testimony on the safety of GlaxoSmithKline’s diabetes drug Avandia, a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel will vote Wednesday on whether to recommend the medication be taken off the market. Glaxo representatives at the meeting in suburban Washington, D.C. defended... Read more

Beware of the salsa and guacamole, CDC warns

Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 8:33 AM
Whenever I get the chance to visit my favorite little taqueria near the Italian Market, I am hard-pressed not to fill up on the salsa and chips that they put on the table before you order. But an analysis of outbreaks of food-borne illnesses in restaurants from 1998 to 2008 by a researcher at the Centers... Read more

FDA panel vote deals blow to GSK’s Avandia

Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 4:06 PM
By a large majority an Food and Drug Administration advisory panel examining the safety of GlaxoSmithKline’s diabetes drug Avandia voted that the medication should face restrictions on sales or be withdrawn from the U.S. market. According to the New York Times website 12 of the panel voted that... 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. Anesthesiologist and Surgical Intensivist in the Philadelphia Area
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