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Archive for July, 2009

Could Electronic Medical Records Be Used as Evidence?

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

The investigation into Michael Jackson's death hasn't had a definite packaging or labeling angle--at least until just now, when I thought of something while reading the search warrant for Jackson's doctor's Las Vegas premises. The warrant allowed authorities to search for any records belonging to Dr. Conrad Murray that pertain ...

Your Fall Shopping List Should Include Back-to-Pandemic Packaging and Labeling

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

The United States Government Accountability Office has just issued its report on gaps in pandemic planning and preparedness. With speculation that the H1N1 influenza could come back with a vengeance in the fall, I am a bit concerned. "Further actions are needed to address the capacity to respond to and recover ...

Drugs of Concern: Don’t Let Diversion Happen

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Drug diversion may often be thought of as some sort of black-market path that stolen drugs take, with drugs ending up in some shadowy place out of the mainstream. But Kristen Parker's alleged drug use shows how diversion can take place in mainstream clinics by healthcare workers, and how it ...

Please, Mr. President, No More Errors

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

The debate over President Obama's mission to reform healthcare is dominating news reports, and, of course, we are paying attention. We appreciate any efforts to increase patient safety and reduce medical errors, which reformers have pledged to do. We believe that these steps alone could reduce healthcare costs significantly. For instance, ...

Anticounterfeiting Efforts Get Physical

Monday, July 13th, 2009

FDA released the following draft guidance today: “Draft Guidance for Industry: Incorporation of Physical-Chemical Identifiers into Solid Oral Dosage Form Drug Products for Anticounterfeiting.” “Drug counterfeiting is a serious public health concern,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg in the press release. “We look forward to working with industry to help ...

Commenting on Online Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra Comments

Monday, July 13th, 2009

I just read through our spam comments on our blog today and find it incredibly ironic that a blog that calls out counterfeit risks is getting spam e-mail about online drugs. You may wonder why I wonder about the identity of the products touted in these comments. OK, perhaps I should ...

Prevention Could Reduce Costly Care, But Not Eliminate It

Friday, July 10th, 2009

I found a pretty provocative editorial on CNN Money.com yesterday from Fortune contributor Matt Miller at the Center for American Progress.  "Why Prevention won't cure health care" seemed a little shocking. Judging from the healthy debate he started--21 comments, the lucky guy!--he and his sources touched a few nerves. Miller quotes ...

To Eliminate Bias, Doctors Need MORE Drug Samples

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

My doctor must not be concerned about avoiding drug-branded items. At his office last week they were still laying out the branded examination table paper. Oh well. It did liven up the room! I cannot remember the drug name, however, so I guess it didn't make that much of an ...