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Archive for May, 2010

Health Reform Invites Innovation

Monday, May 24th, 2010

The healthcare reform act simultaneously expands insurance coverage to millions of Americans and drives additional drug spending through discounts to others, while seeking to lower healthcare costs. New programs for evaluating cost control and improving quality of care are central features of the healthcare act signed into law by President Obama. As ...

How Vigilant Are You?

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Rx-360.org sent out an alert over the weekend about another pharmaceutical cargo theft, this time in Memphis. The grassroots group got a lead from FreightWatch International, and I am researching the story now. In the meantime, I went back and reviewed FDA's advice on warehouse and cargo thefts. The agency is ...

Are There Gaps in Labeling Security and Sampling Programs?

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

McNeil Consumer Healthcare's recent recall of certain children's products appears to be related to quality issues. And now FDA is widening its investigation. However, I read FDA's inspection report a few days ago and learned there were some packaging-related observations included, too. It is unclear whether any of these would ...

Could Patient-Centered Labels Spread beyond the Pharmacy?

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Today is the final day for comments on California's new prescription drug labeling requirements aimed to boost patient safety. Don't worry--they appear to target pharmacy-generated labels, not manufacturer-generated labeling--but I wonder how they ultimately could influence your labeling. The new rule drives a number of changes that would result in what ...

Larger the Package, Larger the Liability?

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

A jury has found Teva Parenteral Medicine and Baxter Healthcare Services partially liable in a lawsuit filed by Henry and Lorraine Chanin, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. We shared the case yesterday in our daily newsletter, and our sister publication Pharmalive.com shared the jury's decision today. The case claimed that Henry ...