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Archive: September, 2010

An obesity virus?

Sunday, September 26, 2010, 12:34 PM
Could a common strain of virus that causes acute respiratory symptoms in children be behind the surge on childhood obesity in this country? Researchers at University of California–San Diego took blood samples and determined the body-mass-indexes of 124 children between 8 and 18 years of age... Read more

Dump drugs on DEA

Saturday, September 25, 2010, 8:31 AM
Still have some of those muscle relaxants in the medicine cabinet from the time you strained your back a couple years ago? How about the Percocet left over after you recovered from delivering your now four-year-old child? These old, expired pills are more than just space wasters, according to the... Read more

Do heartburn drugs increase risk of heart attacks?

Friday, September 24, 2010, 2:42 PM
Researchers from Denmark seeking to understand whether proton-pump inhibitors – heartburn drugs like Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid and Protonix – used in combination with the blood thinner Plavix (Clopidogrel) after heart attacks increase patients’ risk of another cardiovascular “event... Read more

FDA officials explain Avandia decision

Friday, September 24, 2010, 11:27 AM
Three U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials, including FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg, explained their decision, announced Thursday, to significantly limit access to GlaxoSmithKline’s type 2 diabetes drug Avandia and two other related medications. The officials said the FDA sought to... Read more

What Can Massachusetts Teach Us About Health Reform?

Friday, September 24, 2010, 8:11 AM
By guest blogger Robert Field: Call it “Romneycare”. In 2006, then Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney championed a major overhaul of the state’s health care system to expand access. Three years later, it served as the model for designing “Obamacare”. Experience with... Read more

Glaxo’s diabetes drug Avandia restricted in US, off market in Europe

Thursday, September 23, 2010, 12:48 PM
The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it has decided to “significantly restrict” the use of rosiglitazone, the GlaxoSmithKline diabetes drug sold under the brand name Avandia. The FDA said Avandia would be available only to “patients who cannot control their diabetes... Read more

PA hospital deaths down, readmissions up

Thursday, September 23, 2010, 8:43 AM
The 2009 hospital performance report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council says general hospitals in the state have steadily improved in the 20 categories of care tracked in the previous seven years. In those categories, the death rate fell form 5.1 percent in 2002 to 4.1 percent... Read more

First oral drug for MS approved

Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 12:51 PM
The Food and Drug Administration approved Novartis’ Gilenya “to reduce relapses and delay disability progression in patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.” The medication is the first oral MS drug that is available in capsules rather than through injections or intervenes... Read more

The good and bad of sunless tanning lotions

Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 12:09 PM
Fall may be here at last, but for many people, the quest for the perfect tan will continue no matter what the weather is outside. Those efforts involve behaviors that increase ultraviolet radiation exposure and heighten the risk of skin cancer. The current issue of the Archives of Dermatology has... Read more

Deskilling the Pharma work force hurts Philly area

Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 8:50 AM
By guest blogger Daniel Hoffman: For generations it has been a point of pride that the pharmaceutical industry has made the Philadelphia region a major business hub. In fact, when foreign pharma companies want to establish a comprehensive US operation, they usually seek locations within a 100-mile... Read more
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Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
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