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Big Pharma

Medication Nation

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Rubinstein

Patients come into doctors' offices asking for something they've seen on TV. Big pharma's advertising blitz, coupled with its aggressive marketing to physicians (who all too often are readily seduced to prescribe), results in the ever-increasing number of prescriptions offered to patients.

Looking for Medicare Savings? Look No Further Than Big Pharma

Joe Baker | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Joe Baker

Unlike some of the most discussed Medicare savings proposals, the Medicare Drug Savings Act finds savings where there is money to be found, from a windfall the pharmaceutical industry -- not from the empty pockets of people with Medicare.

The Psycho-Therapeutic School System: Pathologizing Childhood

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Society today is far less tolerant of childish behavior -- hence, the growing popularity of the ADHD label, which has become the "go-to diagnosis" for children that don't fit the psycho-therapeutic public school mold of quiet, docile and conformist.

The Cost of Cancer Drugs and Research

Erin Havel | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin Havel

In their Intellectual property case, the pharmaceutical company Novartis was asking to block a generic form of their cancer drug Gleevec from being created and sold by India. As a writer and also a person living with chronic myelogenous leukemia, I understand both sides of the battle.

Big Pharma Pockets $711 Billion in Profits by Robbing Seniors, Taxpayers

Ethan Rome | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Here's an outrage that must be changed: Big Pharma has been systematically price-gouging the Medicare program for seniors and people with disabilities -- and raking in billions in excessive profits.

WATCH: What Doctors Don't Know About the Drugs They Prescribe

Ben Goldacre | Posted 04.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Goldacre

2013-04-05-goldacrepullDoctors need the results of clinical trials to make informed choices, with their patients, about which treatment to use. But the best currently available evidence estimates that half of all clinical trials, for the treatments we use today, have never been published.

Jillian Berman

Lawsuit Alleges Adderall Price Inflation | Jillian Berman | Posted 04.04.2013 | Business

The company that makes Adderall was artificially inflating the price of the drug for years by trying to keep generic versions off the market, a new la...

'FRANKENFOODS': What The Food Industry Doesn't Want You To Know

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 06.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

The sustainability of our planet, our health, and our food supply are inextricably linked. The ecology of eating -- the importance of what you put on your fork -- has never been more critical to our survival as a nation or as a species. The earth will survive our self-destruction, but we may not.

Strong Medicine: Why India's Rejection of Drug Monopoly is a Lesson for America

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 06.03.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

India is actually at the forefront of providing affordable medicine to its citizens, which is a vast improvement over the healthcare system in the US.

Engaging the Pharmaceutical Industry in the Fight Against Childhood Cancer - Piece No. I

Jonathan Agin | Posted 05.19.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

The fight against childhood cancer is not possible without innovative drugs that are available for delivery without significant restrictions.

Occupy Your Table: Why I'm Staging A 'Fork In'

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Our most powerful tool to reverse the global epidemic of chronic disease, heal the environment, reform politics, and revive economies is the fork. What we put on it has tremendous implications, not just for our waistlines but also for the planet and our global economy.

Childhood Cancer, My Road Map

Jonathan Agin | Posted 05.12.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

It is easy for me to write about childhood cancer in many respects. It matters to me. It touched me personally through the diagnosis and loss of my amazing daughter Alexis. Where I think the struggle lies is changing the entire landscape with respect to fighting the disease.

Obama's 'Scheme' Will End the World as We Know It, Says Big Pharma... Good!

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.20.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If you watched the SOTU, you might have missed the scheme that Obama unveiled that will ruin the Medicare prescription drug program, destroy pharmaceutical companies' incentive to develop new life-saving medicines and even imperil our country's economic growth. I know I missed it.

Fixing Medicare: Start By Eliminating Drug Makers' Sweetheart Deal, Not Benefits

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

It's no surprise that American corporations spend billions of dollars each year on lobbying, trying to gain favorable treatment from legislators. What some may find a bit unnerving is the industry that's leading the pack in these efforts.

Zach Carter

Fed Economists Urge Radical Policy To Ditch Key Obama Reform, Patents | Zach Carter | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics

Two economists at the St. Louis Federal Reserve published a paper arguing to abolish the American patent system, saying there's "no evidence" patents ...

Bipartisan Bill Would Take Back Pharma Giveaway

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives would take back a drug company favor tucked into the legislation that averted...

Drug Giant Under Fire Over Bribery Allegations

Reuters | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Co agreed on Thursday to pay $29 million to settle civil charges that its subsid...

Anti-Vaccine Vitriol: Seeking Reason

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I stand by my support for the flu vaccine. Reasonable people might disagree -- and when they do, I will listen to them and encourage others to do likewise. Not so those who renounce reason altogether, and in its place offer only vitriol.

The Syndrome Syndrome and the Rise of the New World Disorder(s)

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 02.03.2013 | Comedy
Mitch Ditkoff

Here's my guide to 14 of the most recently identified medical conditions, like PID (Premature Intervention Disorder): the hallucinated belief by war-mongering politicians that invading other countries for ridiculously long periods of time will increase national security.

There Has to Be a Better Way

Jonathan Agin | Posted 01.28.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

I am convinced that one of the biggest impediments to finding cures for childhood cancer is the way we force our kids to fight. The regulatory and institutional red tape cause many parents not to enroll their children in clinical trials.

A Portrait of Activism: How to Survive a Plague

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 01.06.2013 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

It is impossible to watch David France's documentary, How to Survive a Plague, without considering the parallels of three decades ago to today's cultural and political landscape.

Escape to the Movies This Weekend to See How We Can Create the World's Best Health System

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If you want to get a clearer understanding not only of why the U.S. health care system fails so many of us but, more importantly, how we can transform it to make it the best in the world, go to the movies this weekend.

Fighting the Wrong War on Drugs

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

2012-08-27-scblog.pngThat other drug war, which we couldn't possibly lose, is against the excessive use of legal drugs that is promoted by our own pharmaceutical companies.

Big Pharma Is Basically An Advertising Industry

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business

Big Pharma might be working a lot harder to sell you products than to develop new ones. Prescription drug companies aren't putting a lot of resourc...

"Can Tobacco Cure Smoking?" And Other Highlights Of ALEC's Meeting in Salt Lake

Mary Bottari | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Recently, as General Motors and Walgreens announced they were quitting the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC members were meeting at a "five diamond" hotel in Salt Lake City to discuss how tobacco can cure smoking.