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Archive: April, 2012

Chasing epiphanies down Broad Street

Friday, April 27, 2012, 12:32 PM
A year ago, Inquirer Sports Editor John Quinn, overweight and feeling it, would never have dreamed he would be competing in the Broad Street Run on May 6. Yet, here he is, and the race is looming. In this fourth blog entry, he talks about running and epiphanies. Check out all of our Broad Street Run... Read more

Race day looms for the roomies

Friday, April 27, 2012, 10:50 AM
Beth Wallace, a dietition at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, is chronicling the journey of her and her motley group of roomates as they battle to beat each other in the Broad Street Run. In this third installment, she offers some guidelines for that final week before the race. Check out all of... Read more

Will Obamacare spell the end of employer health coverage?

Friday, April 27, 2012, 8:11 AM
Some opponents predict that companies will start dropping coverage when insurance exchanges begin operating in 2014 (assuming health reform is not overturned by the Supreme Court or repealed in the meantime). With individual policies available through these new markets along with subsidies for those... Read more

Do pharma boards meet their responsibilities?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 12:41 PM
One aspect of the drug companies worth examining concerns the way they're governed. The value of scrutinizing directors and top managers in pharma consists of learning to distinguish good from bad leadership in a research-driven industry that requires 10 years or more to develop its new products.... Read more

MS drug gets new prescribing precautions

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 1:25 PM
Fingolimod (Gilenya) is a new kind of immunosuppressant drug that has found a home as a treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) after failing in clinical trials as a drug to prevent rejection of transplanted kidneys. It provides new benefits – it’s the first disease-modifying drug for MS... Read more

Going the distance on Broad

Friday, April 20, 2012, 8:29 AM
A year ago, Inquirer Sports Editor John Quinn, overweight and feeling it, would never have dreamed he would be competing in the Broad Street Run on May 6. Yet, here he is, and the race is looming. In this third blog entry, he talks about scaling mountains. I have convinced myself that I can run... Read more

Individual mandate traced to our founding fathers

Friday, April 20, 2012, 8:12 AM
Who first came up with the idea of forcing Americans to have health insurance? That’s the key part of Obama’s health reform plan under challenge before the Supreme Court. It certainly wasn’t Obama. In 2006, three years before he devised his plan, Romney supported the idea in Massachusetts... Read more

Out of shape and feeling it

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 2:20 PM
Beth Wallace, a dietition at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, will be chronicling the journey of her and her motley group of roomates as they battle it out for supremacy in the Broad Street Run. In this second installment, she talks about trying to run faster. I am decidedly out of racing shape... Read more

Mom hopes son’s overdose spurs prevention efforts

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 11:20 AM
A heartbreaking case came before us last week when a grieving mother contacted us about the death of her son who died from an accidental drug overdose. It wasn’t something that happened with illicit drugs. Instead, the incident resulting in the death of 2-year old Blake began to unfold, of all... Read more

Can Pharma address the emerging needs of Its customers?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 3:27 PM
A major satisfaction of writing this blog comes from the occasional comments of some people engaged in actually advancing health care. For example, last week's posting discussed the possibility that pharma can rise from its current funk by addressing the needs of accountable care organizations. The... Read more
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