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FDA Delays Social Media Guidelines


[[wysiwyg_imageupload:44:]]More than a year later, we continue to wait and see. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a meeting in November 2009 to discuss the use of social media in the pharmaceuticals/healthcare space. First guidelines were expected to be announced by the end of 2010 and then in the first quarter of 2011. Well now they are delayed again! A recent Pharmalot article reports that “For the second time in four months, the FDA has apparently postponed plans to issue widely anticipated guidance on social media.” Read full post »

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – One Year Later


[[wysiwyg_imageupload:40:]]The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act had its one year anniversary on March 23.  This legislation, the most sweeping since Medicare, reaches in to every aspect of the healthcare system and is forecast to account for one in five dollars spent on goods and services in the U.S. in 2019.   Too big to fail?  Certainly too big to be ignored.

It is not surprising that the occasion of the anniversary of the law’s passage would ignite the partisan responses that have characterized the reform fight from the beginning.  Opponents of the law have used the anniversary as an occasion to call for its total repeal or for the repeal of key elements like the individual mandate.  Supporters led by advocacy groups such as Families USA are promoting the law’s benefits at a grassroots level in every state, focusing on people who have been helped by specific provisions.  Read full post »

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Eight-and-a-Half Pounds of Pharmacology?


[[wysiwyg_imageupload:34:]]I just bought the 12th edition of Goodman & Gilman’s Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics.  It weighs eight-and-a-half pounds.  This is the standard textbook of pharmacology and I own all twelve editions as part of my personal library.  When I was taking medical microbiology in college, I asked my professor whether there was any reference book I should be using to supplement the course text.  He immediately said Goodman & Gilman, but noted that the school library didn’t have the current edition, just the two older ones.  So, on my next trip home to New York, I visited the McGraw Hill Technical Book Store (two blocks from where I now work) and purchased the then current, third edition.  After I graduated, I went to work for a medical foundation, and had them buy the fourth edition, then a drug company, that I coaxed to buy the fifth and later the sixth edition. When I started in healthcare public relations, I splurged on the newly-released seventh edition and have bought the others