healthcare, flu, vaccination
February 20, 2018

Flu Outbreak Worse This Year

This year's flu season has been unprecedentedly aggressive in comparison to recent years, causing levels of panic in the United States on the level of the H1N1 outbreak that occurred in 2009. Also known as swine flu, H1N1 caused rising levels of fear on a global level, with magazine covers publishing headlines about the epidemic and leading the World Health Organization to address the matter publicly, declaring it a pandemic. (more…)
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healthcare, ethics, vaccination
February 15, 2018

Sanofi Pasteur Wrongdoing in Childrens Deaths?

  In the Philippines, the government is currently dealing with a public health crisis surrounding the Dengue virus. After being inoculated with the Dengue vaccine known as Dengvaxia, children have fallen ill and succumbed to illness, some even falling sick to the Dengue virus within thirty days of their initial inoculation. (more…)
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Data Management, Cost Analysis, healthcare
January 22, 2018

Is Excel Holding You Back?

Is Excel a dated method of data crunching that is holding back rather than advancing your company? CFOs from Fortune 500 companies are insisting that staff stop using Excel. What does that mean for the pharmaceutical industry, and why is there push back against the popular spreadsheet software? Finance chiefs say the ubiquitous spreadsheet software that revolutionized accounting in the 1980s cannot kept up with the demands of contemporary corporate finance units. After all, just like hair metal bands, the 80s are long gone and pharmaceutical companies need to advance with the times. Spreadsheets have been a necessary and advantageous tool in a huge number of industries. Excel has revolutionized accounting and driven decision making, but as business becomes more complex and global, Excel cannot bear the expectations and demands of many companies. (more…)
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healthcare
January 12, 2018

Left Behind: Native American Healthcare

For many Native Americans, receiving healthcare can be a difficult ordeal. Poverty runs rampant on reservations throughout the United States, with one charity named One Spirit putting the number of Lakota families living under the poverty line in South Dakota at a staggering 90%. Even acquiring heating and basic living necessities is difficult for many of these families, reducing healthcare to a secondary concern. Native American people are at high risk for unnecessary death due to an intersection of unique situations such as isolation and poverty levels. (more…)
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cancer, technology, chemotherapy
December 13, 2017

Microfighters: Nanotechnology Takes on Cancer

Cancer is a devastating disease, with approximately 40% of men and women facing a diagnosis of cancer at some point during their lifetimes (based on 2010-2012 data).  In addition, cancer is a costly disease, with national expenditures in the United States reaching nearly $125 billion in 2010 and a projected $156 billion in 2020. (more…)
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autoimmune disorders, development
November 28, 2017

Autoimmune Disorder Treatment on the Horizon

Over 23.5 million Americans are afflicted with autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease affecting approximately 1.3 million Americans.  In a case of mistaken identity, the body’s immune system mistakes its own tissues for foreign invaders, such as bacteria or viruses and develops antibodies to destroy the “invaders” in the synovium.  Currently, there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis and the treatments are often saddled with a variety of side effects, some as severe as the disease. (more…)
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technology transfer
November 10, 2017

Technology & Pharma: An Unexpected Intersection

The pharmaceutical industry is currently in an era of change and in some senses is being upended by these changes, thanks to the development of new technology. Patients are rapidly becoming more empowered to do their own research and make decisions about their healthcare. One of the recent technological developments in the healthcare industry enabling this is the rise of the ‘health app’. Apple products have their own integrated health app that tracks statistics such as weight, heart rate, significant medical dates and other information. (more…)
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ethics
October 23, 2017

Online Drug Shopping Made Easy?

The names of the top pharmacies in the world will come as no surprise to most:  CVS, Walgreens, Amazon. Wait, what?  Amazon? CNBC recently reported that Amazon may be considering the sale of prescription drugs online, a lucrative market of approximately $560 billion annually. Breaking into the U.S. prescription drug market could be the start of huge financial gains for Amazon, but many people are wondering how they would manage the transition from sales of primarily unregulated items, into selling products from one of the most highly regulated industries. Analysts at Leerink Partners, an investment bank specializing in healthcare, predict Amazon will be involved in prescription drug sales by the year 2019. This idea is not new for Amazon, with a previous attempt at an online site named drugstore.com, which is no longer open. (more…)
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lawsuit, opioid crisis, legal, opioids
October 13, 2017

States in Crisis Sue Opioid Manufacturers

Mississippi and Ohio are two states that have been hit hard by the recent opioid crisis affecting the nation, with over 200,000 Ohioans addicted to opioids.  Mike DeWine, the Attorney General, filed a lawsuit in May of 2017 against 5 separate pharmaceutical companies alleging that the companies “helped unleash a health crisis that has had far-reaching financial, social, and deadly consequences in the state of Ohio”.  This makes Ohio the second state to file suit against pharma companies, with Mississippi the first state.  They allege that the manufacturers knowingly marketed opioids while minimizing the risks of addiction, while simultaneously overstating the benefits. (more…)
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benzodiazepines, addiction, benzos, harm
October 3, 2017

Do Benzos Cause More Harm Than Good?

Benzodiazepines are a commonly prescribed medication for anxiety, seizures, and a myriad of other medical conditions. However, this medication doesn’t come without its faults, of which there are many serious ones. Benzodiazepines such as Ativan and Xanax are potentially addictive after only a short period of time, and are highly sought after by drug addicts and even patients who aren’t psychologically addicted but are physically dependent on the medication. (more…)
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