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Angry Over Drug Prices, More States Push Bills for Pharma to Disclose Costs

Over the past several weeks, lawmakers from several states have introduced bills to force drug makers to disclose costs in response to rising prices for prescription medicines.

What Are the Odds of Finding a Drug (And How Do You Stand Them?)

Lisa Jarvis of C&E News asked a question on Twitter that's worth some back-of-the-envelope calculation: what are the odds of a medicinal chemist discovering a drug during his or her career? And (I checked) she means "personally synthesizing the compound that makes it to market". Show More Summary

The Elizabeth Sedway case: In defense of Alaska Airlines

Elizabeth Sedway, a 51-year-old undergoing treatment for multiple myeloma, was outraged to be removed from a Hawaii-San Jose flight due to concerns about her health.  Wearing a mask to prevent infection as her immune system was compromised from chemotherapy, she requested handicapped seating and told an airline employee she felt “weak.”  The employee consulted with […]

Pharmalot.. Pharmalittle.. As the Weekend Nears, We’re Catching up on AstraZeneca, Glaxo and More!!

Once again, another working week will soon draw to a close. This is, as you know, our treasured signal to daydream about weekend plans. Our agenda is rather modest but should have a highlight or two, such as the return one of the short people from an institution of higher endeavors. Show More Summary

Automating Specialty Pharmacy Workflow #Armada15

Today’s guest post comes from our friends at Armada Health Care. They describe Armada Health Care’s new web-based software platform for optimizing specialty pharmacy operations, managing prescription workflow, and improving overall patient management. Read on for highlights. Show More Summary

MRSA pneumonia: what's the best treatment?

Is it vancomycin or linezolid? The evidence is mixed and the controversy continues but according to this review linezolid seems to be gaining the edge.Via Hospital Medicine Virtual Journal Club.

It Is Very Important To Understand That All Consultant Advice Has An Intrinsic Conflict Of Interest!

This appeared a few days ago.APS Department orders report to be re-written - 16 timesDate April 15, 2015 - 11:20AM Noel Towell Reporter for The Canberra TimesA public service department has admitted there are now 17 drafts of a report...Show More Summary

athenahealth, Epic and Medfusion Tops for Driving Patient Portal Adoption

A recent KLAS report finds vendors athenahealth, Epic and Medfusion are the most effective at helping their customers drive patient portal adoption. The recent KLAS report entitled Patient Portals 2015: Adoption beyond Meaningful Use reveals...Show More Summary

73% Of Consumers Would Not Switch to Apple Watch For Fitness Tracking

73% of current fitness tracking users would not consider switching to the Apple Watch for fitness tracking, according to a recent Treato survey of 8,700 users of fitness trackers. When asked if they would consider switching to Apple’s new Watch for fitness tracking, 48% are either extremely satisfied or satisfied with their current device. The survey findings... Read More

Big Medical Device Makers Form Their First Industry Trade Group in Asia

Some of the biggest medical device makers, including GE Healthcare, Abbott, Johnson & Johnson and Boston Scientific, are banding together to form the first industry trade group in Asia.

A brief history of the EHR

A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. So far, 2015 has been a busy year for reflecting on the use of electronic health records (EHRs). CMS just released its proposed rules for meaningful use stage 3. One might say that “MU 3” supports the belief that the sequel is never as good […]

Unity Farm Journal - Fourth Week of April 2015

This week a coyote visited the barnyard during the day. Daytime activity is not unusual for females which have an active den of hungry pups. We have fox, coyote, and fisher cat dens at Unity Farm, so there is a high predator load. What happened? The guinea fowl alarmed. Show More Summary

CareCloud Raises Another $15M, Appoints New CEO

  Cloud-based practice management EHR provider CareCloud has raised $15M in additional funding from its investors to help accelerate product innovation and operations. Additionally, the company has appointed Ken Comée, a proven leader...Show More Summary

How Murphy’s law applies to medical students

If the analogy between medical training and a fraternity is true, then medical students are the pledges. For many, the most grueling part of this pledge process is the third year surgery rotation where the modified Murphy’s Law is applicable almost daily: Anything a medical student can do wrong, a medical student will do wrong. […]

Gilead to Use a Give-Away Program in Georgia for Reducing Hepatitis C

In an unusual move, Gilead Sciences will be offering free supplies of its Sovaldi hepatitis C medicine in the country of Georgia as part of a project that is designed to convince governments and agencies the disease can be nearly eliminated with widespread treatment.

Programmable Replacement Tissue Sponges Dissolve When Needed

Growing new tissues to replace diseased ones in a guided and engineered way is becoming a practical reality. Stem cells are being harnessed to do just that, but often, and particularly with larger pieces of replacement tissue, one needs an appropriate scaffold to grow them on. Show More Summary

Juniper Pharmaceuticals Announces Formation of Scientific Advisory Board

  Boston, MA – April 23, 2015 – Juniper Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: JNP) (“the Company”), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing therapeutics that address unmet medical needs in women’s health, today announced the...Show More Summary

Juniper Pharmaceuticals Announces Formation of Scientific Advisory Board

Juniper Pharmaceuticals Announces Formation of Scientific Advisory Board   Boston, MA – April 23, 2015 – Juniper Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: JNP) (“the Company”), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing therapeutics...Show More Summary

Procalcitonin as a prognostic indicator in sepsis

P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }A:link { } From BMC Research Notes: Background Procalcitonin is useful for the diagnosis of sepsis but its prognostic value regarding mortality is unclear. This prospective observational study was designed to study the prognostic value of procalcitonin in prediction of 28 day mortality in patients of sepsis. Fifty-four consecutive

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