As prescription drug sales decline, mail order grows

Globally, prescription drug sales grew 6.1% between 2006 and 2007. In the U.S., Rx sales grew 3.8% in the same period. This is the weakest U.S. sales rate for prescription drugs since 1996.   These stats come to you from IMSHealth, whose annual U.S. Pharmaceutical Market Performance Review found over a 50% drop in Rx […]

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The Politics of Science and Health: ScienceDebate2008.com

While the economy and the War take the top spots for American voters’ concerns in the 2008 election season, there’s a topic that touches every citizen that is getting short-shrift: science, and its relationships to health. 85% of Americans want a Presidential debate on the role of science in meeting the nation’s major challenges, according […]

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It’s tough to be a governor: managing the health care lab

The National Governors Association (NGA) is meeting in Philadelphia this week, where my City of Brotherly and Sisterly Love is witnessing some sobering discussions about health care.   On the one hand, Bill Clinton called in his opening keynote speech for the states to be laboratories of democracy.   But how much health-democracy can each […]

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Armed and engaged: a consumer health information update

It’s a universal scenario that physicians face patients carrying into the exam room Internet-based information. Manhattan Research found that 94% of doctors report having to deal with patients who bring information printed off the Internet. What’s important is that these patients get more time with their doctors in the exam room. Manhattan Research calls these […]

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Women have less $ at retirement, and health costs add to fiscal woes

Women outlive men, and garner lower wages in the workplace. Together, these trends lead to a dire discrepancy when women look to retire. An analysis from Hewitt Associates, Total Retirement Income at Large Companies: The Real Deal, addresses the fact that women live about 22 years after retirement, compared to men who live 19 years […]

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