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Archive for January, 2010

Covert Anticounterfeiting: Smart Strategy, or an Insult to Partners?

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Patients in the United States are very lucky that drug and medical device counterfeiting has not caused the problems other global regions have seen. But as U.S. supply chains stretch around the world, especially pharmaceutical and medical device supply chains, will U.S. patient safety remain the norm? According to a press ...

Spotting Counterfeits: A Consumer’s Best Tool

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Packaging is being called upon to help consumers identify counterfeit Alli. Could you call upon your own packaging to help in the event of a counterfeit attack on your brands? FDA updated its public health alert about a counterfeit version of Alli 60 mg capsules (120 count refill pack) being sold ...

Could MTM Be the Key to Healthcare Reform?

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) says that pharmacists play an important role in improving patient outcomes and saving healthcare costs. Could they help reform healthcare ahead of (or instead of) any legislation? Can you help them? NACDS cites the briefing paper Medication Therapy Management: Catching Errors, Saving ...

Healthcare Reform Could Now Depend on Voluntary Efforts toward Patient Safety

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

After Republican Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts, political pundits are already predicting the failure of President Obama's healthcare reform efforts. But even if the bill currently tied up in Congress fails to pass, healthcare reform does not have to end. In fact, if the bill does fail, maybe healthcare reformers ...

Do You know Where Your Packaging Materials Are?

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

McNeil Healthcare's 60-million-bottle recall shows that your responsibilities extend far beyond the package's walls. Since 2008, McNeil has received odor complaints regarding certain Tylenol products. In 2009, McNeil began recalling bottled OTC products after discovering that packaging may have been contaminated with a pallet pesticide. The recall now numbers 60 ...

Costs Dropping ahead of Healthcare Reform?

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) said today that a growth drop in drug spending coincides with "cost-saving" tools promoted by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). These tools include the use of generic medications, e-prescribing, and mail-service pharmacies. So are these programs behind the spending slowdown, as PCMA suggests? "Expenditures on prescription drugs ...