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Archive: September, 2011

New Health Center Proposed for Lower Northeast

Thursday, September 15, 2011, 7:48 PM
Efforts that could lead to the biggest expansion in Philadelphia’s city health centers in a half-century took a key step forward Thursday with the release of a report showing that the need for medical services far outstrips availability in and around the Lower Northeast. The report, a neighborhood... Read more

Health Care Services -- Not the Kinds of Jobs the U.S. Needs

Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 6:00 AM
America's health care system now accounts for approximately 18% of the country's GDP and the pharmaceutical industry is an integral part of it. According to the US Department of Labor (DoL), however, there is a crucial difference between pharma and health care. In terms of occupational classification... Read more

Potential confusion between Plavix and Pradaxa

Monday, September 12, 2011, 6:00 AM
Our sister organization, ISMP Canada, has received a number of medication error reports related to mix-ups between the brand names Plavix (clopidogrel) and Pradax (dabigatran). Plavix is also available in the US. Pradax is available here too, but it’s called Pradaxa in the US even though it... Read more

What’s to Blame for High Health Care Costs?

Friday, September 9, 2011, 6:00 AM
You can’t blame Obamacare for this one. During the decade before it was enacted, health care costs rose so quickly in the United States that they wiped out most of the gains in income that workers received during that time. That’s the finding of a new report by researchers at the Rand Corporation... Read more

Molecular-Based Therapies No Panacea for Ailing Pharma

Wednesday, September 7, 2011, 6:00 AM
Last week the FDA approved Xalkori (crizotinib), a new product from Pfizer, to treat a rare type of late-stage lung cancer among people who show an unusually high activity of a certain gene. Some of the equity analysts that cover pharma, always eager for news that will encourage trading, expressed... Read more

Crushing certain pills to ease swallowing can prove dangerous

Monday, September 5, 2011, 6:00 AM
One of the most common questions consumers ask in regards to medications is whether or not a certain pill can be chewed or crushed. Queries usually arise when a patient has trouble swallowing pills or when kids complain taste is unpleasant and moms want to mix the medication with jelly or some other... Read more

Will Employers Drop Coverage Under Obamacare?

Friday, September 2, 2011, 6:00 AM
What will Obamacare do for those of us who get health insurance through our jobs? Could our employers decide to drop us? Could we be forced to search for a policy in one of the new exchanges? The answer depends on who you ask. McKinsey & Company, a global consulting firm, surveyed employers earlier... 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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