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Archive: August, 2013

Two updates on pharma news

Thursday, August 29, 2013, 9:19 AM
Earlier this month we discussed how a major device manufacturer, Medtronic, blazed a trail for pharma by purchasing Cardiocom, a company that provides disease management and monitoring data for heart patients. Medtronic is well aware of the challenges facing device makers and the company decided to... Read more

My ring finger bends in towards my palm, and I can't extend it fully. Is this condition common, and will it go away on its own?

Monday, August 26, 2013, 9:38 AM
My ring finger bends in towards my palm, and I can't extend it fully. It now looks like the crooked hand of a witch - too bad it isn't Halloween. Is this condition common, and will it go away on its own? Dr. L. Scott Levin, with Inquirer staff writer Leila Haghighat The bending of a finger or thumb... Read more

My father was diagnosed with Parkinson's last year. His medication controls the tremors, but when he forgets his pills, he shuffles and suffers. Would deep brain stimulation zap his disease?

Monday, August 19, 2013, 12:07 PM
My father was diagnosed with Parkinson's last year. His medication controls the tremors, but when he forgets his pills, he shuffles and suffers. Would deep brain stimulation zap his disease? Dr. Meredith Spindler is a professor of neurology at the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center... Read more

Pharma's Denial and Rationalization Working Overtime

Monday, August 12, 2013, 11:42 AM
Evidence emerges almost every day that pharma's managers recognize the existence of serious problems threatening their industry, while at the same time most of them refuse to acknowledge the causes of this situation. Last week, for example, a provider of online marketing research released the results... Read more

My girlfriend wants me to get tested for HIV before we go to the "next level." Can I just lie to her? What about other sexually transmitted infections?

Friday, August 9, 2013, 10:01 AM
My girlfriend wants me to get tested for HIV before we go to the "next level." Can I just lie to her? What about other sexually transmitted infections? Ronda Goldfein is executive director of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania (www.aidslawpa.org). A: Whether you should share private health information... Read more

I have these white splotches all over my face. My mom is concerned it's the beginning of skin cancer. Is there anything else it could be? Is my condition permanent?

Monday, August 5, 2013, 10:31 AM
I have these white splotches all over my face. My mom is concerned it's the beginning of skin cancer, and my girlfriend says she doesn't want to date a guy with hole-punched skin. Is there anything else it could be? Is my condition permanent? Dr. Dr. J. Carlton Gartner Jr. is a professor at Jefferson... Read more

Pain patch wearers must take extra care around children

Thursday, August 1, 2013, 9:20 AM
Despite warnings from the FDA, drug manufacturers, and various patient safety agencies like ours (ISMP), we’re still hearing from grieving parents or grandparents or health professionals who’ve experienced the death of a child or who somehow got ahold of a fentanyl pain patch that someone... 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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