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Archive: February, 2013

Simple packaging change can reduce Rx drug diversion

Monday, February 25, 2013, 9:56 AM
We get a lot of complaints from consumers who tell us their pharmacy shorted them on the number of tablets or capsules they were supposed to get when they had their prescription filled. A report we got last week is typical. A young patient who had dental surgery received a prescription for the opral... Read more

How to make pharma companies into law abiding citizens

Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 9:00 AM
Last summer UC Berkeley professor Robert Reich reflected on the $3 billion penalty GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) paid for a whole range of violations. Their criminal behavior that led to the fine included: promoting an antidepressant approved only for adults to kids under 18; selling two other antidepressants... Read more

My girlfriend just found out that she has HPV. What is it? What does this mean for me?

Monday, February 18, 2013, 10:47 AM
My girlfriend just found out that she has HPV. What is it? What does this mean for me? Jie Xu, M.D, specializes in OB/GYN at Riddle Hospital, Main Line Health. HPV, which stands for human papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted infection and is passed on through genital contact. There... Read more

Vaccine information when you need it

Monday, February 18, 2013, 10:18 AM is the most comprehensive offering I’ve seen for patients and families interested in getting accurate, scientific, up-to-date information about immunizations. It’s like a one-stop shop for learning about diseases and how they can be prevented by vaccination. The... Read more

Sometimes I wake up and I've drooled all over my pillow. Is this normal?

Monday, February 11, 2013, 12:04 PM
Sometimes I wake up and I've drooled all over my pillow. Is this normal? Mike Cirigliano, MD, FACP, is an associate professor of medicine at Penn Medicine. Excessive drooling or nocturnal sialorrhea is not normal. The body is very good at controlling saliva and if you find your pillow wet in the... Read more

Clinical R&D deserves more due diligence

Monday, February 11, 2013, 12:01 PM
Late last month Citigroup published its 2013 overview for pharma, "Global Healthcare Road Ahead: 2013 Outlook." It constitutes a sobering counterview to the touts and boosters from those in the investment community who tried to prop up the recent earnings reports. The critical challenge for pharma... Read more

Hospitals asked to rethink use of insulin pens

Friday, February 8, 2013, 9:00 AM
A big issue that a couple of New York hospitals have been dealing with is notifying patients that they may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C through the improper sharing of insulin pens. It was announced early this year that over 700 patients at a Buffalo, New York Veterans Affairs... Read more

Doctor diagnoses first case of testicular cancer on himself

Thursday, February 7, 2013, 6:00 AM
I have been a family physician since 2003. In those nine years, despite thousands of patients, I had never diagnosed one case of testicular cancer – that was until October 3, 2011, when I diagnosed myself. As physicians, we are required to pass a board examination every eight years to remain... Read more

Patient #1: I went 3 rounds with Jose Yervoy

Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 10:18 AM
Well, it’s downhill from here – at least that’s how it feels. It won’t be that easy, for sure. I still have one remaining treatment -Yervoy dose four. Dose three was this past Wednesday, and went off without a hitch. Dose four is scheduled for February 20th, and then, like... Read more

Will health insurance cover overactive bladder drug for men but not women?

Monday, February 4, 2013, 10:49 AM
By Michael R. Cohen Late last month the FDA approved a new drug called Oxytrol for Women - the first over-the-counter treatment for overactive bladder (OAB) in women ages 18 years and older. OAB symptoms include leaking urine (urinary incontinence), having a sudden and urgent need to urinate, and... Read more
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Check Up is a blog for savvy health consumers, covering the latest developments, discoveries, and debates from the Philadelphia area and beyond.

Portions of this blog may also be found in the Inquirer's Sunday Health Section.

Charlotte Sutton Health and Science Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
Tom Avril Inquirer Staff Writer, heart health and general science
Justin D'Ancona
Stacey Burling Inquirer Staff Writer, neuroscience and aging
Marie McCullough Inquirer Staff Writer, cancer and women's health
Don Sapatkin Inquirer Staff Writer, public health, infectious diseases and substance abuse
David Becker, M.D. Board certified cardiologist, Chestnut Hill Temple Cardiology
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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