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Destroying Certain Imported Drugs: A New Rule to Protect Patients

October 1, 2015 | by Howard Sklamberg and Melinda K. Plaisier | Comments

Two of the FDA's experts discuss the FDA's recent publishing of the final rule implementing section 708 of the FDASIA.


Pharma Industry Accounts for Strongest Growth in Flexible Packaging

August 6, 2015 12:46 pm | by Tom Egan, vice president, Industry Services, PMMI | Comments

The global flexible packaging segment of pharmaceuticals is projected to be worth over $11 billion by 2019.


Learning my role in my own patient-centered care

July 23, 2015 10:32 am | by Kim Blanton, Winterville, North Carolina | Comments

What started out as a bad case of the flu 14 years ago became a journey of more than 100 emergency room visits and hospital re-admissions, countless lab tests and numerous specialists. I became a case study of what happens when lack of patient engagement meets up with uncoordinated care.

Preserving the past

July 23, 2015 9:50 am | by Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of industrial automation components, European Automation | Comments

It’s an undeniable fact that at some stage in your existence, you’re going to want to change and upgrade something about your life. Whether it’s your car or your partner, it’s rarely a simple procedure and the idea of change can be a little scary sometimes.


Can technology come to the rescue of the global diabetes epidemic?

July 22, 2015 12:03 pm | by Erez Raphael, CEO, LabStyle Innovations | Comments

A recent study, published in the British medical journal The Lancet, reported a 45 percent rise in the prevalence of diabetes worldwide from 1990 to 2013. The majority the rise was in Type 2 Diabetes, the most common form of the disease ...

HHS: We’re putting people at the center of their care

July 15, 2015 9:35 am | by Nancy Beran, HHS | Comments

I went into medicine for one reason: I wanted to help people. And five years ago, my practice was fortunate enough to embark on a transformation that helped us provide our patients with greater access to higher quality care.

Who’s buying medical marijuana?

July 15, 2015 7:28 am | by Jason Lomberg, Editor, @PharmProEditor | Comments

So it turns out recreational marijuana users are more diverse than your average Grateful Dead fan. According to a recent Forbes expose, pot aficionados in Seattle include everyone from curious tourists to medicinal marijuana patients and baby boomers hoping to recapture their youth.


Beyond the hype: Making hay in the Internet of Things world

July 14, 2015 11:27 am | by Alex Blanter, A.T. Kearney | Comments

What does the Internet of Things mean for your company? Hype aside, it is now commonly held that we are entering a new era where digital smarts will be embedded in everyday devices from the clothes we wear to our cars to the lights in our homes, all interconnected by the Internet.

New bill significantly shortens the drug approval process

July 13, 2015 8:35 am | by Jason Lomberg, Editor, @PharmProEditor | Comments

It’s rare for politicos on Capitol Hill to agree on a stick of gum, let alone an overarching piece of healthcare legislation, but the House just unanimously approved a bill that should significantly streamline and hasten the drug approval process.


GOP: Appeal SCOTUS's Obamacare decision to the American people

July 9, 2015 9:12 am | by Sally C. Pipes | Comments

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court saved Obamacare for a second time by siding with the executive branch in King v. Burwell. The decision allows the Internal Revenue Service to distribute health insurance subsidies to about 6.4 million people....


It’s teamwork: Using patient data to improve outcomes

July 9, 2015 8:23 am | by Glenn Madrid, MD, Grand Junction, Colorado | Comments

It takes a village, or at least a well-coordinated team, to care for our patients. While our medical practice in Grand Junction has always tried to provide personal, transparent and coordinated care, the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPCI) ...

Stop worrying about Obamacare’s job creation (or destruction)

July 7, 2015 8:30 am | by Jason Lomberg, Editor, @PharmProEditor | Comments

It’s more than a tad redundant to call Obamacare controversial – its mere mention causes fits of insanity and more mud-slinging than talk radio. A new report over at Forbes is cautiously optimistic about the Affordable Care Act’s net job growth, but is this the best metric for success?


Lesson not learned: Tips and tricks to avoid repeat recalls

July 7, 2015 7:58 am | by Mohan Ponnudurai, Industry Solutions Director at Sparta Systems | Comments

When you feel a headache coming on, you don’t want to fact-check your aspirin bottle’s history for the latest recall announcements. You want to trust that the makers of the Aspirin have supplied you with a safe product, and that it’s going to make the pain to go away.


The basics of outsourcing in pharma

July 2, 2015 8:22 am | by Vera Pomerantseva | Comments

Outsourcing became a common trend in pharmaceutical and IT industries over the past decade. Economy globalization made outsourcing easier than ever before due to remote telecommunications, standardizations, proficiency in English across the globe ...


Ordering marijuana from the comfort of your living room

July 1, 2015 8:11 am | by Jason Lomberg, Editor, @PharmProEditor | Comments

Eaze is an app-based “on-demand weed delivery marketplace.” Essentially, the service allows anyone to receive a medical marijuana prescription for about the price of your average co-pay, purchase your cannabis of choice, and receive it in the time it takes to deliver a pizza.


Federal officials want to spend $20B on AIDS drugs, based on 45 cases

June 11, 2015 11:51 am | by Jane M. Orient, M.D. | Comments

The AIDS industry and its government allies were just waiting for evidence to justify a change in policy.



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