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Archive for May, 2009

Just Where Did That Device End Up?

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Anyone interested in healthcare reform should read Reik Read's May 2009 issue of RFID Monthly. The report, issued by Robert W. Baird & Co., shares the tale of how Greenville Hospital System University Center is reducing costs and labor by using Gen 2 RFID-enabled systems to track surgical instruments and ...

Twittering about Frittering away Money

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

If you have been following me on Twitter, you may have seen me point out some tweets from @pharmafraudnews. I have lost track, but this week along the reports of Medicare and Medicaid fraud were staggering. Here are some highlights, courtesy of @pharmafraudnews: The Newark Post reported that "Omnicare Inc., paid ...

I am a Forgetful Patient, Too

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Being the pharmaceutical-and-medical-device-packaging-focused editor that I am, you'd expect me to be a model patient. Turns out I am just as forgetful and lazy as the average patient. Recently prescribed a short course of antibiotics, I set out with all intentions of following my nurse practitioner's orders, armed with a lovely ...

Consensus Proposals to Obama Should Include Auto ID and Patient-Friendly Packaging

Monday, May 11th, 2009

President Barack Obama must have gotten an earful Monday. Several healthcare industry representatives converged at the White House today to discuss healthcare reform. Representatives from PhRMA, AdvaMed, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and more were scheduled to participate. In a formal letter, the far-reaching group says it will ...

Keep an Eye on All Supply Chains, Even the Social Ones

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

I am always shocked when I hear about people ordering prescription drugs from unaccredited Web sites. But it still happens! Come on, people--these aren't trading cards or designer jeans. Counterfeit drugs (unlike a fake Michael Jordan 1986-87 Fleer Rookie card) could kill you! I just came across this disturbing story thanks ...

Pandemic or Not, More Stockpiling Is Needed

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

FDA is warning consumers to be wary of Internet sites and e-mails promoting unapproved H1N1 virus treatments. "Consumers who purchase products to treat the novel 2009 H1N1 virus that are not approved, cleared or authorized by the FDA for the treatment or prevention of influenza risk their health and the ...

Could PVC Pharma Blisters Be Banned in California?

Monday, May 4th, 2009

California Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D-CA: 41st assembly district) is focusing on eliminating the PVC packaging waste discarded by consumers in recycling streams. Her bill, AB 1329: PVC Packaging, is sponsored by Californians against Waste. According to a spokesperson in her office, California has stopped selling its PVC waste to China ...

West Reviews FDA cGMP Rule

Friday, May 1st, 2009

West is featuring a podcast on its Web site, on the first phase of amended CGMP guidance from FDA. FDA is reviewing CGMP rules as part of its risk-based Pharmaceutical CGMPs for the 21 Century initiative. A final rule revising CGMP guidance in 21 CFR Parts 210 and 211, covering areas of ...