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Michael Cohen

Beware of the practice EpiPen

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 11:06 AM
by Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. Patients who keep an EpiPen on hand in case of a severe allergic attack need to know about a potentially dangerous mix-up between the actual pen and a similar looking training pen. EpiPen is an auto-injector that looks like a pen. It contains the medicine epinephrine (adrenalin)... Read more

Traveling safely with your medications

Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 8:52 AM
by Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. When the weather heats up, many families head out for vacation destinations. Traveling on vacation can be hectic enough without the added problem of worrying about your medications. But when you’re on-the-go, it’s important to make sure your medicine travels... Read more

In Memoriam: George Di Domizio made our lives better

Monday, July 9, 2012, 9:00 PM
by Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. All too often, when we learn about the death of someone whose name we might recognize, we do not really know what they have accomplished in their lifetime. Many of us at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices have had the opportunity to interact with George Di Domizio... Read more

Tip for insulin-dependent diabetics with poor vision

Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 10:27 AM
by Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. If a diabetic patient has poor vision, as many elderly who suffer with the disease do, and they also require insulin injections, knowing when a vial is about to be empty is crucial. This hit home with us a few weeks ago when we heard about a homebound woman who was unable... Read more

Powder in your oral liquid antibiotic bottle?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 12:51 PM
by Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. Oral liquid antibiotics tend to have short stability periods. So drug manufacturers often provide their products in powdered form and give pharmacists instructions that specify how the powder should be made into a liquid that can be swallowed. Pharmacists normally mix or... Read more

Cancer caregivers misled by name of protective garment

Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 9:07 AM
Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. Pharmacists and nurses that prepare and administer cancer chemotherapy drugs are at constant risk of exposure to toxic substances that can harm them personally. When these drugs are spilled or sprayed by accident they can be absorbed through the skin or the vapors can be inhaled... Read more

Alcohol in medicines can affect some kids

Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 9:51 AM
by Michael R. Cohen Many cough and cold liquids and other over-the-counter products contain some alcohol. In the formulation, this helps to dissolve certain ingredients or preserve the product. Most people wouldn’t give this a second thought, and rightly so, but now and then the amount of alcohol... Read more

Drugs most frequently reported for adverse reactions

Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 9:45 AM
by Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. You may be surprised to learn that in 2011, the Food and Drug Administration received 179,855 reports of serious or fatal adverse drug reactions. This was an increase of 15,386 reports (9.4 percent) from the 2010 total. Reports reached the FDA through two mechanisms. Voluntary... Read more

FDA and ISMP working together help consumers prevent errors

Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 8:00 AM
by Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the organization I work for, the nonprofit Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), have long shared a common goal of helping consumers prevent medication errors. Now, to reach as many consumers as possible, FDA’s... Read more

Laundry packets tempting to children

Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 10:27 AM
by Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. I don’t usually stray too far from medication-related topics for my blogs each week. However, something crossed my desk a few days ago from the American Association of Poison Control Centers that caught my attention, and I think it’s worthwhile mentioning. The... 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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