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Archive: April, 2013

Knowing reason for each Rx helps prevent errors

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 6:00 AM
It’s not uncommon for us to hear from consumers who’ve been given the wrong medication at their pharmacy. Sometimes patients can be given incorrect information about a drug they’re taking.  Last week we heard from someone whose father was on multiple medications for blood pressure... Read more

Pharma's informative week that was

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:48 AM
Some weeks it seems as if random events can inadvertently array themselves to reveal the pharmaceutical industry's fundamentals the way a stormy sea provides a glimpse of the ocean floor. This was just such a week. In one story that appeared within the last few days, a large consultancy reinforced... Read more

My husband said he experienced pain in his penis when he ejaculated the other night during sex. When should he go see a doctor about it?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 10:58 AM
My husband said he experienced pain in his penis when he ejaculated the other night during sex. What are some possible explanations? When should he go see a doctor about it? Scott W. Asroff MD, FACS, is an urologist at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County. The prostate gland and seminal vesicles... Read more

Pharmacies with in-store clinics shouldn’t control which drugs are prescribed

Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 9:33 AM
When you think of Walgreens or CVS you probably have a drugstore in mind. But more and more, as people seek easier and less costly access to pressing health care needs than a hospital emergency department, people are visiting chain pharmacy locations for their in-store medical clinics. This is only... Read more

What’s the purpose of GSK’s Open Office?

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 6:00 AM
GlaxoSmithKline claims the "open plan" for its new office building near the naval shipyard creates "flexible and transparent spaces" that will encourage face-to-face collaboration, thereby reducing the amount of time wasted by email communication. According to the company, the altered work pattern... Read more

I've never had an orgasm before. Is this normal?

Monday, April 15, 2013, 10:05 AM
I've never had an orgasm before. Is this normal? Samantha Plasner, DO, a family practitioner at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County. There is a condition that is known medically as female anorgasm. There are many causes for this. The female sexual experience certainly varies from person... Read more

The un-free market for prescription drugs

Friday, April 12, 2013, 9:38 AM
To no one's surprise a large, multinational study published this month concluded that the per capita price for branded drugs in the US is as much as double what other advanced countries pay. The researchers from the London School of Economics and Johns Hopkins University looked at US prices for branded... Read more

People taking their pet’s medicine?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 5:55 AM
Most people consider their pets as part of the family. But just like you wouldn’t want to take another family member’s medicines by mistake, you don’t want to accidentally take your pet’s medicine either. Who would ever make that mistake? You’d be surprised how often... Read more

I am a woman and have hair around my nipples. Is this normal and would there be a problem if I removed it?

Monday, April 8, 2013, 11:59 AM
I am a woman and have hair around my nipples. Is this normal and would there be a problem if I removed it? Samantha Plasner, DO, is a family practitioner at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County. Some females do have hair around their nipples. In certain cases this is “normal”... Read more

When the market on Pharma stocks contradicts fundamentals

Friday, April 5, 2013, 7:00 AM
Hardly a day goes by without the stock prices of one or more Big Pharma companies reaching a 52-week high. Of the nine Big Cap pharmas covered by Sanford Bernstein, they rate six as Outperform (i.e., Buy) and three as Market-Perform (amounting to Hold). Also this week Citigroup reported that in... Read more
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