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In his book Serve to Win, Novak Djokovic describes how a gluten- free diet helped make him the world's No. 1 tennis player. Can this diet help me?

Monday, November 4, 2013, 1:08 PM
In his book Serve to Win, Novak Djokovic describes how a gluten- free diet helped make him the world's No. 1 tennis player. Can this diet help me? Stephanie Moleski is a gastroenterologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. A: Serve to Win describes how, in 2010, Djokovic met with fellow Serb... Read more

Three things Pharma can learn from tech

Monday, November 4, 2013, 9:48 AM
As third-quarter earnings season moves to a close, the general impression on Wall Street is that the period was at best lackluster for Big Cap pharma. Some might claim that a series of uninspiring or even a dreary earnings reports represent a major accomplishment, given that the patent cliff persists... Read more

I'm just not in the mood. How can I improve my libido?

Monday, October 28, 2013, 11:16 AM
I'm just not in the mood. How can I improve my libido? Diane Robinson is a gynecologist with Mercy Women's Health Care at Nazareth Hospital, Northeast Philadelphia. A: Millions of people suffer from a low libido - or an inhibited sex drive - at some point. Libido can be influenced by genetics, environment... Read more

Have kids around the house? Avoid camphor products

Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 6:00 AM
A 5-year-old was accidentally given camphorated phenol liquid instead of acetaminophen (Tylenol) liquid. Camphorated phenol is meant to be applied to the skin only. The child developed seizures and was taken to a hospital emergency department (ED) for treatment. In the ED the child’s mother produced... Read more

Pharma's Tea Partiers in a lather

Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 5:55 AM
The right wing came out in force last week, expressing outrage at our proposal to stimulate the economy by tripling the multibillion fines against pharma companies that violate the law. As a group they express loud and gaseous support for the sanctity of the so-called "free market." These market jihadists... Read more

It hurts when I have intercourse. What can I do?

Friday, October 18, 2013, 10:14 AM
It hurts when I have intercourse. What can I do? Diane Robinson is a gynecologist with Mercy Women's Health Care at Nazareth Hospital, Northeast Philadelphia. A: Pain during intercourse is very common. For some women, the pain is only temporary. In many cases, a woman can experience painful sex... Read more

How Pharma can help put more money into the economy without raising the deficit

Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 6:00 AM
Ever since the current recession hit in 2008 and 2009, it was apparent that conservative, laissez faire economics wouldn't work. The right's recommendations for cutting taxes and allowing consumer and business spending to drive recovery were doomed to deepen and lengthen the recession for a decade... Read more

Is it normal to leak urine when I cough or sneeze, or when I think about going to the bathroom?

Monday, October 14, 2013, 2:19 PM
Is it normal to leak urine when I cough or sneeze, or when I think about going to the bathroom? Dr. Diane Robinson is a gynecologist with Mercy Women's Health Care at Nazareth Hospital, Northeast Philadelphia. Millions of women experience involuntary loss of urine called urinary incontinence (UI)... Read more

Orally dissolving film strips could pose hazard to kids

Monday, October 7, 2013, 10:01 AM
Have you seen or even purchased one of the commercially-available thin film strip products intended for use as mouth fresheners? Products like Meltz Super Thin Mints and Listerine PocketPaks are packaged in a small container that allows removal of one flavored strip at a time. They’re about the... Read more

Merck layoffs reveal fundamental problems

Thursday, October 3, 2013, 2:25 PM
This week Merck finally confirmed a persistent rumor when it announced an additional 8,500 layoffs spanning marketing, R&D and administration. The action has spurred a wave of jitters across Big Pharma and a small segment of the financial community. Already one analyst claims that as many as... 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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