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Archive: May, 2011

How to deal with hearing loss in young children

Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 5:01 PM
My parents used to think I was just a loud, boisterous kid, which I’m sure was true. But there was something else going on. One day after I rode to nursery school in a carpool, the mother who was driving called my parents and suggested that I get my hearing checked. It was a good suggestion... Read more

Errors can happen with pharmacy's automatic drug refill service

Monday, May 30, 2011, 6:00 AM
If you have a prescription filled regularly for a chronic condition like high blood pressure or diabetes, it’s likely you will be asked about signing up for your pharmacy’s automatic prescription refill program. This is most often an option where you have to fill out a form at the store... Read more

Cutting Needless Health Care Costs Should be a No Brainer

Friday, May 27, 2011, 6:00 AM
Doctors sometimes do dumb things. Like ordering antibiotics that are certain to be ineffective. Or prescribing expensive brand name drugs when cheaper generics would do. Actions like these are routine in much of primary care. They run up costs while offering no benefit to patients. In fact, they can... Read more

The Time for Pharma to Create a New Business Model is Now

Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 6:00 AM
There was a time when pharma was considered a recession-proof industry and mothers encouraged their children to make careers there because people will always get sick. As with mothers' advice about sunshine, red meat and marriage, times change. Even now, as the economy ever so slowly makes it way... Read more

ISMP QuarterWatch highlights safety issues with Chantix, Seroquel and Victoza

Monday, May 23, 2011, 6:00 AM
Since 2008, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has published QuarterWatch, a program that allows us to look at medication errors and serious side effects reported to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during specific 3-month periods each year. The primary goal of the program... Read more

More and More, Women are Opting to Have their Babies at Home

Sunday, May 22, 2011, 7:00 AM
Some trends are harder to explain than others. Home births, for example. They are increasing. A century ago, most babies in the United States were born outside a hospital, the vast majority at home. The number steadily declined to about 1 percent in the late 1960s, where it stayed for decades. ... Read more

Is Medicare Going Bankrupt? Not Really

Friday, May 20, 2011, 7:39 PM
Medicare will go bankrupt in seven years unless drastic changes are made. So we were warned – in 1969. Experts pegged the countdown to disaster at eight years in 1981 and four years in 1997. In fact, every report by the program’s Trustees, since the first one was issued in 1970, has projected... Read more

Separating Health Care from Public Health Not the Way to Go

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 6:00 AM
Robert Field's Check Up posting last week made a good point by arguing that cutting the budgets of the Centers for Disease Control and other public health programs is shortsighted and plainly dumb. What he didn't mention was that indiscriminate cuts to public health and scores of other social programs... Read more

How a breast cancer drug can get confused with one that worsens the condition

Monday, May 16, 2011, 6:00 AM
Handwritten prescriptions combined with look-alike drug names are among the most risky conditions associated with medication use. Running closely behind is the combination of sound-alike drug names and the thousands of orally communicated prescriptions heard every day in hospitals, doctor offices and... Read more

For Mitt Romney, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Friday, May 13, 2011, 6:00 AM
Pity poor Mitt Romney. His signature accomplishment as governor of Massachusetts is now his albatross. Try as he might, he just can’t seem to shake it. As governor, Romney guided passage of a revolutionary health reform plan. The effort was bipartisan and collaborative. The plan, which was enacted... 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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