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Archive: February, 2011

Parents of hospitalized children can prevent errors and also cause them

Monday, February 28, 2011, 7:00 AM
Parents are often given open visiting hours to be with their hospitalized child. Many parents take advantage of this option and remain with their child as much as possible. For an ill child, this can be comforting and provide an important emotional benefit, which at times might help them get better... Read more

Proponent of insurance mandate asks: How about the ER?

Saturday, February 26, 2011, 9:00 AM
Opponents of President Obama’s health-care overhaul have focused on the requirement that most people buy insurance by 2014 or face penalties if they don’t. They say Americans deserve freedom of choice, not government mandates. Fair enough, says State Rep. Mark Longietti, a Democrat from... Read more

Looking for Individual Health Insurance? Good Luck

Friday, February 25, 2011, 7:00 AM
Imagine Donna Dubinsky’s surprise when she was turned down for health insurance. The reason? She had a corn on her toe. Donna had applied for individual coverage for herself and her family, after they lost benefits through her husband’s employment. (This is coverage sold directly to the... Read more

Lead found in ceramics from Philadelphia's Chinatown

Thursday, February 24, 2011, 11:53 AM
Exploring Chinatown after moving to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital last summer, emergency-room doctor Gerald F. O'Malley noticed brightly colored ceramic cookware for sale everywhere. It triggered decade-old memories of treating Mexican children in Denver whose lead poisoning he had suspected... Read more

Why the feds are justified in taking a harder line against longer pharma patents

Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 7:00 AM
Right-wing ideologues and corporate sycophants are attacking plans by the White House to shorten the patent exclusivity of biological drugs from twelve years to seven. The National Review views this reduction of patent protection as the ultimate criticism of pharma's 2009 deal to support President... Read more

Pradaxa capsules' quick decay can surprise patients

Monday, February 21, 2011, 7:00 AM
Patients taking the new anticlotting drug Pradaxa may be in for a surprise. The capsules deteriorate quickly when exposed to humidity, and come with just a 30-day expiration date. Even some pharmacists appear not to be aware of this, and we are already hearing of patients having to throw away this... Read more

Coming soon to a state near you: Health care rationing

Friday, February 18, 2011, 7:05 AM
No one wants the government to ration health care. Least of all, many of health reform’s staunchest opponents. They warned that Obamacare is a veiled attempt to let bureaucrats decide what treatments our doctors can give us. As it turns out, we didn’t have to wait for Obamacare to take... Read more

“Triaminic” acetaminophen product could prove dangerous to kids

Monday, February 14, 2011, 7:00 AM
By Michael R. Cohen: president of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices A young mother went to her local pharmacy the other day to find medications for her small children, who were suffering from bad colds. In the cough and cold section, she saw a bottle of Triaminic liquid and decided to buy... Read more

Vote for the new Philadelphia Condom wrapper design

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 8:00 AM
When the time is right, and you’re ready to slip into something a little more, er, comfortable, would she prefer . . . a rubber ducky? While it’s always smart to plan ahead in these amorous matters, now there’s a unique opportunity to choose the wrapper design for a whole new brand:... Read more

Who created Obamacare? Free market conservatives!

Friday, February 11, 2011, 7:00 AM
You must purchase health insurance. The government says so. That is the flashpoint of health reform – the individual mandate forcing everyone to buy coverage whether they want to or not. Who concocted this idea? Was it wide-eyed liberals trying to replace the free market with a government-run... 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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