Category: Karen Lasser

Safety fears over faster US drug approvals

August 6th, 2014 in 2014, Karen Lasser, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Karen Lasser, School of Medicine

Drugs approved in the US since 1992, when user fees were introduced to expedite their approvals, have a one in three chance of acquiring a black box warning or being withdrawn for safety reasons within 25 years of approval, says new research…

Expert quote:

“Our findings raise concern that the FDA is rushing its review of new drugs and allowing potentially unsafe medicines onto the market. As a primary care doctor, I’m wary of prescribing brand-new drugs unless they’re really a breakthrough, since their full risks are often unknown.”

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BU study: health insurance coverage does not reduce hospital readmissions

April 1st, 2014 in 2014, Boston Business Journal, Karen Lasser, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Karen Lasser, School of Medicine

Hospitals are desperate to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions, in part because the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services is penalizing hospitals with rates the government agency deems are too high…

Expert quote:

“Among African-Americans and Hispanics, we found the odds of readmission did not decrease in Massachusetts relative to control states, and there was no change in the magnitude of the white-black and white-Hispanic difference in readmission rates.”

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Obamacare Preview? Mass. Studies Find Some Hospital Use Stays Same

March 31st, 2014 in 2014, Karen Lasser, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine, WBUR 0 comments

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Karen Lasser, School of Medicine

Today is an Obamacare milestone: the end of the first enrollment period for new insurance plans the health care law spawned. More than 6 million previously uninsured people have signed up for private plans and 4 million more for Medicaid…

Expert quote:

“We also need to reduce financial access barriers to care (e.g. copays), increase reimbursement rates for new insurance plans (so that more physicians accept these forms of insurance), implement medication reconciliation and patient coaching, improve disease management and coordination of care, and provide hospital based incentives to reduce use of inpatient services. Interventions could also tackle the shortage of primary care providers in MA.”

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The ills of smoking

March 10th, 2013 in 2013, Karen Lasser, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Karen Lasser, School of Medicine

Sean Johnson keeps a pack of Marlboro Reds in a satchel slung across his right shoulder…

Expert quote:

“A lot of patients will tell you that smoking helps calm them down, reduces their anxiety, and were they to get their anxiety treated in other ways they might be able to cut down on their smoking.”

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