December 2014 Newsletter for Dermatology Associates of Charlotte
Skin Care in Your 40’s and 50’s
Yes, it’s possible to keep your skin healthy and vibrant in your 40s and 50s. This month, we share dermatologists’ secrets, revealing how you can reduce common concerns like dry skin and adult acne. You’ll also learn how you can make your skin feel better.
What Dermatologists Tell their Patients
An effective anti-aging skin care plan starts with healthy habits. These habits include protecting your skin from the sun, getting enough sleep, and not smoking.
Your Holiday Cards Can Help Send a Kid to Camp
Your holiday greeting cards can make a difference in a child’s life. When you buy your cards from the Academy, you help fund Camp Discovery. By offering onsite medical care, kids who have a chronic skin condition can experience summer camp. They can participate in camp activities like learning how to horseback ride, paddling a canoe, and performing in a talent show.
You can view the cards and place your order at Greeting cards spread cheer, help support Camp Discovery
Our New Physician Assistant
Dermatology in the News
Tips Provided On Five Ways To Boost Skin Health
U-T San Diego (11/25) provided a list of five tips to increase skin health in addition to eating properly and staying hydrated. The tips include protecting skin from the sun, getting enough sleep, not smoking, limiting bath and shower time, and avoiding the use of harsh soaps. The National Institutes of Health, among others, has made these recommendations.
Psoriasis may increase risk of high blood pressure
3 simple things that can lead to healthier skin
Study: Generic Drug Prices Quickly Increasing Amid Decreased Competition
The CBS Evening News (11/12, story 3, 2:25, Pelley) reported that an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine has exposed “some spectacular jumps in generic drug prices.” As an example, the study evaluated doxycycline, an antibiotic, which “went from six cents a pill to $3.36 cents, an increase of more than 5,000 percent.” Additionally, the price for captopril, “used for hypertension, increased 2,800 percent.”
On its website, CBS News (11/13, LaPook) reports that the study “points to the impact of less competition in the generic drug industry” as a major driver behind the price increases. Dr. Aaron Kesselheim, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, one of the authors of the study, says “everybody just assumes generic prices are low, but generic prices are low because there’s competition,” and “once that competition goes away, you no longer have low prices and you have very expensive generic drugs.”
HealthDay (11/13, Thompson) reports that in response to this increase, “both the US Senate and the US Department of Justice have undertaken investigations into generic drug pricing.” Despite this, “Kesselheim noted that the federal response to these increases in generic prices has been limited so far,” and he “believes that there is an opportunity for action by the FDA.” He says the agency “can alert the public and physicians and other companies to the fact this is going on, and it can accelerate approvals of competing products that may otherwise be in the back of their drug development queue.”
Rising Costs Of Generics Considered.
The Wall Street Journal (11/14, Silverman) “Pharmalot” blog considered the trend of rising prices among generic drugs. The blog pointed to more conspicuous FDA enforcement of violations at production plants within recent years as a major driver of the increased costs. The more pronounced enforcement has consequently contributed to supply disruptions as drugmakers aim to correct problems, and in the most serious cases, pharmaceutical makers have discontinued production due to low margins. Additionally, the backlog of generics applications at the FDA undermines the agency’s policy of expediting reviews to combat shortage and efforts to keep prices low.