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Chicago Is Holding Big Pharma Accountable for Their Role in Fueling the Rx Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

We are seeking to hold the pharmaceutical companies who manufacture these drugs accountable for what we now believe was a methodically-executed plan to deceive doctors and patients into over-prescribing opioids.

Putting The Mind And Soul Back Into Psychiatry

Allen Frances | Posted 02.01.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

We must get back to treating the whole person, not just his brain circuits. The brain is involved in all we do and what we are, but it is also itself influenced by our psychology and social context.

Scaling Hope

Michael Seo | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Michael Seo

The good news is that the number of Americans who are uninsured (without health insurance) dropped eight percent in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. The bad news is that this means 41 million Americans are not insured.

Medicine Is Not About Money, Except When It Is

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 01.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

We need to readjust the way we educate physicians. Young doctors need to understand money more clearly from the start (especially the $200,000 in school loans part). But they must also grasp the hypocrisy that tells them that medical businesses, like Pharma, are inherently evil.

Ebola and Public Health Versus the 'Bottom Line'

Bernard Starr | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Bernard Starr

If Ebola continued as confined outbreaks for a limited time, a patent for a drug to treat it, or a vaccine to prevent it, might not feed the corporate bottom line. So we have waited for a desperate crisis when a cure might bring enough profit to light up the bottom line.

Is Your Doctor on Big Pharma's Dole?

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

An elite few who take large sums from Big Pharma very likely sway decision making by countless other physicians, who might not even know they are getting a choreographed, yet subtle, sell-job.

Why We Allow Big Pharma to Rip Us Off

Robert Reich | Posted 12.06.2014 | Business
Robert Reich

Since private property and freedom of contract are the core of the free market, we assume drug companies have every right to charge what they want for the property they sell. Yet in reality the "free market" can't be separated from government because government determines the rules of the game.

Jeffrey Young

Big Pharma's Money Ties To Doctors Revealed. Kind Of | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.30.2014 | Business

The Obama administration unveiled a website Tuesday that will shed some much-needed light on Big Pharma's relationship with doctors. Just not quite to...

Time to Let the Sunshine In

Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D.

While not all relationships between health care providers and drug and medical device manufacturers are problematic, the implementation of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act will help ensure that provider-industry relationships finally receive appropriate scrutiny.

Doctors And Hospitals Raking In Billions From Big Pharma, Huge Data Trove Reveals

Reuters | Posted 09.30.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals received $3.5 billion from pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers in the last fiv...

The Crisis in Medical Research Portends a Tsunami of Disease

Llewellyn King | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Llewellyn King

Nothing is more damaging to research than funding instability. The universities and many research laboratories -- including those run by the government -- operate like concertinas. They expand and contract according the whim of Congress.

Why Big Pharma Probably Won't Cure Ebola

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 08.05.2014 | Business

The Ebola virus may be getting closer to Americans than ever, but don't expect big American drug companies to come to the rescue. Instead, small bi...

Drugs and Dollars

David Blumenthal | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
David Blumenthal

Tough as it is, having highly effective, but expensive, new treatments is a good problem to have. These drugs mean longer, better lives for humans the world over. We need to foster competitive markets and public policies that enable us to benefit.

America Does Not Negotiate With Drug Companies

Socheata Poeuv | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Socheata Poeuv

A few years ago, I began to buy some of my prescriptions from an online pharmacy in Canada. At my local pharmacy, my prescription was costing me abou...

Dr. Dean's Faulty Diagnosis

Ted Slafsky | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Ted Slafsky

Howard Dean may be a doctor and a gifted former governor, but it's clear he is spending more time on K Street with his drug industry clients these days than treating patients.

Pfizer Is Abandoning Controversial Plan

Reuters | Posted 07.26.2014 | Business

* U.S. drugmaker abandons takeover attempt after rejection * Move had been widely anticipated given May 26 deadline * Pf...

Why Men Aren't Meant To Have Reliable Erections Until The Day They Die

Mark Matousek | Posted 07.19.2014 | Fifty
Mark Matousek

The night when impotence first crossed my mind announced my fall from grace as a man. I was 14 years old, a blissful stranger to the histrionics of the male erection. My own was something I took for granted.

Shocker: Pretty Much No One Thinks Pfizer Takeover Is A Good Idea

Reuters | Posted 07.09.2014 | Business

* Pfizer may delay any new bid until after meeting UK lawmakers * State governors worried about losing American jobs * ...

The U.S. Is A Huge Loser In Big Pharma Deal

Reuters | Kevin Drawbaugh | Posted 04.29.2014 | Business

(Reuters) - A wave of tax-driven overseas deal-making by U.S. companies gained momentum with drugmaker Pfizer Inc's announcement on Monday that it ha...

All Psychiatry Is Personal

David Blistein | Posted 06.18.2014 | Science
David Blistein

Last week I went to a presentation by Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America. Having spent a lot of time in the pharmaceutical trenches, I think my perspective on psychiatric meds is a little different from his, but there were two things in particular that impressed me.

Viagra May Increase Risk For Deadly Skin Cancer, Study Says

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 04.08.2014 | Healthy Living

Viagra, the trusted cure for erectile dysfunction, may be linked to an increased risk for one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer, according to the ...

Stunning Verdict In Actos Case

Reuters | Posted 06.07.2014 | Business

April 8 (Reuters) - A U.S. jury ordered Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd to pay $6 billion in punitive damages and Eli Lilly and Co to pay $3 billion in...

Alternative Paths to Wellness a Political Act With Winners, Losers

Sienna Craig | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Sienna Craig

Who benefits when governments appeal to UNESCO to endorse a traditional medicine as intangible cultural heritage? Who loses and who gains when the FDA determines what can and cannot be called a "medicine"?

Ballot Measure to Divide CA Into 6 Mini-States Is Based on Idea That Smaller Government Is Always Better Government -- Not So

Peter Scheer | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Peter Scheer

The theory behind Draper's ballot measure is that subdividing California creates smaller state governments -- and that the smaller and more local the state governments, the more politically accountable and the better managed they will be.

Unlikely Allies

Sandeep P. Kishore, Ph.D. | Posted 04.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Sandeep P. Kishore, Ph.D.

We hope that all developing and developed countries alike will support the valiant efforts of South Africa and Australia in choosing to protect the lives of their people over intellectual property.