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Pharma’s New Cliffhanger: Protecting Corporate Reputation in the Face of a Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

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For the pharmaceutical industry, most have [[wysiwyg_imageupload:132:height=126,width=191]]
focused on the crisis of the patent cliffhanger: the loss of more than $30 billion in revenue due to patent expiration of prescription drugs once dubbed “blockbusters.”

However, a greater crisis awaits - one that impacts not only a company’s bottom-line, but also a pharmaceutical company’s greatest asset: its corporate reputation. Companies must brace themselves to handle the industry’s role in combating the prescription drug abuse epidemic.

While most major causes of preventable death are declining, drug overdoses are an exception. And, opioids seem to bear the brunt of the blame. A 2011 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that most drug-related deaths were not the result of illicit drugs, such as heroin or cocaine, but instead were the result of prescription pain medicines, mainly opioids.  Inappropriate use of opioids caused nearly 342,000 emergency department visits in 2009, according to government figures. The drugs were blamed for 16,000 deaths that year, up from 14,800 in 2008. Read full post »

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Affordable Care Act Special Edition Pt. I: The Impact

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The Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act has ensured that healthcare reform will remain a topic of interest for months and even years to come. In light of the decision – which will impact Main Street, Wall Street, K Street, and all roads in between – this special edition of Health-E Minds shares insights on the road ahead from a variety of perspectives.  Participants in this discussion include Jeff Levine, former CNN medical correspondent; and a number of Ketchum healthcare and public affairs experts.   Additionally, Ketchum recently partnered with the law firm Alston + Bird, LLP to examine potential implications of this decision prior to the Supreme Court ruling; to view a recording of this webcast, click here

The first in a three-part series, our panel members address the question: “What is the impact of this decision?”

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Affordable Care Act Special Edition Pt. II: The Future

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The Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act has ensured that healthcare reform will remain a topic of interest for months and even years to come. In light of the decision – which will impact Main Street, Wall Street, K Street, and all roads in between – this special edition of Health-E Minds shares insights on the road ahead from a variety of perspectives.  Participants in this discussion include Jeff Levine, former CNN medical correspondent; and a number of Ketchum healthcare and public affairs experts. Additionally, Ketchum recently partnered with the law firm Alston + Bird, LLP to examine potential implications of this decision prior to the Supreme Court ruling; to view a recording of this webcast, click here

The second in a three-part series, our panel members address the question: “What is the future of Healthcare Reform?” 

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Affordable Care Act Special Edition Pt. III: Public Opinion

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The Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act has ensured that healthcare reform will remain a topic of interest for months and even years to come. In light of the decision – which will impact Main Street, Wall Street, K Street, and all roads in between – this special edition of Health-E Minds shares insights on the road ahead from a variety of perspectives.  Participants in this discussion include Jeff Levine, former CNN medical correspondent; and a number of Ketchum healthcare and public affairs experts. Additionally, Ketchum recently partnered with the law firm Alston + Bird, LLP to examine potential implications of this decision prior to the Supreme Court ruling; to view a recording of this webcast, click here
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Waiting for Supreme Court Decision – Challenging Time in Healthcare

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Editor’s Note: The following post was co-authored by For more information on potential Supreme Court outcomes, you are invited to join a special webcast Ketchum is hosting on June 20 at 12:30 ET.


For health industry communicators, this is a [[wysiwyg_imageupload:128:]]
spring of high anxiety as the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the biggest piece of social legislation since Medicare, rests with nine justices on the Supreme Court.  That the ACA landed here is hardly surprising given the political controversy surrounding the law and mixed rulings in the lower courts.  While the healthcare industry is holding its collective breath about the Supreme Court decision, major players are moving forward in implementing key parts of the law.  Read full post »