Life Sciences and Healthcare

Are you compliant with medicare reporting for medical device credits?

In recent years, medical device credit payments have been closely examined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, as many hospitals have been found non-compliant with reporting requirements. For instance, the Office of Inspector General released a report in 2018 highlighting more than 200 health systems in the United States that did not fulfill […]

The challenge to stay competitive in the API industry

By the end of 2017, the worldwide demand for active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) is estimated to reach $92 billion, according to the European Fine Chemicals Group (EFCG).  Other analyst reports estimate the API manufacturing market to be worth more than $140 billion today and reach $186 billion by 2020. While details vary among analyst reports, […]

Disease Control in Sub-Saharan Africa: Are We Doing Enough?

Geographically comprising of 48 countries, Sub–Saharan Africa (SSA) represents the most genetically diverse region in the world, offering an imploring opportunity to tap into medical research and development.1 Without question, SSA is capable of becoming the breadbasket of the world; however this will require unification across fundamental regulatory requirements, health education, socioeconomic standards and healthcare […]

Opioid Epidemic Spawns Flurry of PBM Programs to Address Abuse

Express Scripts, other major PBMs tighten controls on opioids Abuse and overuse of opioids continues to be a hot topic as lawmakers and healthcare industry stakeholders take aim at programs to combat the epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most overdose deaths involve an opioid and deaths from prescription opioids have […]

The sodium bicarbonate shortage: Causes and tips for managing it

Currently, a staple medicine, sodium bicarbonate solution, has come in short supply, precipitated by recalls, manufacturer delays, and increased demand. Sodium bicarbonate is primarily used to rebalance the pH of patients whose blood has become too acidic. According to a recent article, “A Vital Drug Runs Low, Though its Base Ingredient is in Many Kitchens,” […]

CAR T-cell gene therapies enter the U.S. market

Ground-breaking anti-cancer immunotherapy Novartis and the University of Pennsylvania’s anti-cancer chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy Kymriah has become the first ever gene-modified therapy approved in the U.S. The therapy takes the patient’s own T cells, engineers them to express a receptor that binds to the B-cell blood cancer marker CD19, and then re-infuses them […]

Keeping the peace: considerations for a disruptive patient behavior policy

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 75% of work-related assaults reported from 2011 to 2013 took place in a healthcare or social service setting, and 80% of the incidents reported in 2013, alone, were caused by patients. As gatekeepers to patients’ access into a facility, frontline staff are not only susceptible to such […]