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Challenges for Merck's Venture in Weight Loss Management

Thursday, January 9, 2014, 6:00 AM
In the week before Christmas, Merck announced (see here) that it was starting a weight loss business as a self-supporting enterprise. In the past, whenever pharmas launched businesses outside of prescription and non-prescription pharmaceuticals, they were typically "value-added" enterprises designed... Read more

A lesson from not prosecuting the banks

Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 6:00 AM
Anyone who's been awake the past five years knows that the U.S. experienced its worst economic recession since the 1930s as a result of fraudulent manipulations by investment banks and other financial institutions. Equally galling has been the lack of criminal action against these Wall Street fraudsters... Read more

A step in the right direction for Pharma

Thursday, December 26, 2013, 9:45 AM
Given pharma's way of doing business during the past decade, it’s become extremely difficult to identify emerging patterns that deserve an attaboy. That’s all the more reason to commend GlaxoSmithKline’s management for two steps they took last week. The company’s CEO, Andrew... Read more

Doing good by doing well: A career opportunity in Pharma

Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 6:00 AM
Pharma is no longer the industry it once was. R&D managers now dance to the tune of finance/accounting and lawyers on the industry’s most important function: developing new therapies. More generally, although pharma is an industry whose goal consists of creating products to improve the... Read more

Pharma offers opportunity for progressive change

Monday, December 9, 2013, 10:04 AM
In 2009 pharma cut a deal with the Obama administration that called for the industry to refrain from opposing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and subsidize the prescription drug coverage of seniors under Medicare Part D. Prior to ACA, Medicare recipients faced the full "donut hole" burden that required... Read more

Pharma goes to court to defend high prices, deceptive marketing

Monday, December 2, 2013, 6:00 AM
Earlier this month the online pharmacy information company, PharmacyChecker.com, compared prices on fifteen of the top-selling brand name medications made in the U.S. (see here). They found that U.S. consumers can save an average of 76% on these domestically produced products by buying them from verified... Read more

Pharma not prepared for changing health care landscape

Thursday, November 21, 2013, 6:00 AM
Public attention for the last few weeks has rightly focused on the inexcusable mistakes that accompanied the Affordable Care Act's rollout. While the pharmaceutical industry spent several years preparing for the ACA, managements at most of the companies remain flatfooted amidst a few other trends... Read more

Useful insight into Pharma’s current status emerge

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 1:23 PM
A useful insight into pharma’s current status emerged this week when Goldman Sachs lowered its rating on Eli Lilly & Co. from Neutral to Sell. Quite apart from Eli Lilly, that downgrade was interesting, if only for the fact that sell-side analysts rarely rate a Big Cap pharma as a Sell.... Read more

Launch failure of Healthcare.gov provides useful lesson for Pharma

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 11:19 AM
The abysmal launch failure of the federal government’s healthcare.gov website should provide a useful lesson for pharma. This week Aarti Shahani of National Public Radio spoke to several Silicon Valley CEOs (listen here) about why the signup website for the Affordable Care Act failed and what... Read more

AHA's new guidelines should leave ashes in Pharma’s mouth

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 11:17 AM
Cardiology news this week should leave some ashes in pharma’s mouth. The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology issued new guidelines for managing patients’ cholesterol. For several decades patients were prescribed medications, mainly statins, to alter their... 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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