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There Is No Free Market

Robbie Gennet | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

In order for a market to truly be "free," it can't be manipulated or augmented via subsidies and tax breaks. The term "free" means "not physically res...

How Does A $214 Million Earmark Gets Votes From Paul, Bachmann?

Roll Call | John Stanton | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics

How does a policy earmark worth more than $214 million garner the votes of conservatives such as GOP Reps. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) and Ron Paul (Texa...

Why Gila Monster Spit Could Be Worth a Billion Dollars

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 08.26.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

This venomous lizard harbors a billion dollar secret: a special protein in his saliva and tail. That protein is highly effective in treatment for type 2 diabetes.

Marcus Baram

Big Pharma's Role In Overmedicating Nursing Home Patients Noted In Government Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 07.10.2011 | Home

Welcome to "The Watchdog," which will keep a close eye on regulatory agencies and how their actions impact the lives of everyday Americans. Though the...

Pharma Industry Pledges Pandemic Vaccines And Know-How In Landmark Deal

Posted 06.18.2011 | Home

Virus samples will be shared globally in exchange for vaccines produced from them under a landmark deal to improve preparedness for a flu pandemic, ...

How Much Is Enough for Big Pharma?

Cliff Schecter | Posted 06.06.2011 | Business
Cliff Schecter

Nowhere is this greed more pervasive than among those companies responsible for the health of roughly 300 million of Americans: Big Pharma.

The Saccharine Republican Ire

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Republican ire and calls to "take the country back" are confusing because for quite some time now the Right has set the agenda and has defined the parameters of what is politically possible in this country.

Oh That? Deceptive Marketing Settlement Doesn't Stop Seroquel Advertising

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Martha Rosenberg

Google the word "depression" and the first search result you'll get is for the antipsychotic Seroquel XR.

Take Two and a Half Sheens and Call Me in the Morning

Guy Nicolucci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Guy Nicolucci

Today the National Pharmaceutical Association unveiled its latest product, a drug called "Charlie Sheen" made from equal parts Tiger Blood, Adonis DNA and a special ingredient called "Winner."

The Supreme Court and the Spying-on-Doctors Industry

Jake Whitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Whitney

How much influence should pharmaceutical companies have over doctors? The Supreme Court has agreed to review a Vermont law that prohibits the use of prescription data for marketing purposes.

Obama's Budget Speaks to Wall Street, Ignores Voters

Thomas Ferguson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Thomas Ferguson

President Obama's budget proposal fails to bring US health care costs in line with those of other major countries with better records on providing adequate services to their populations.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Liz Canner on Orgasm Inc.

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Orgasm Inc is a sometimes funny and frequently provocative exposé of the corporate franchising of female sexuality.

Hormones Still Pushed, Still Dangerous

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Martha Rosenberg

The very reason progestin was added to estrogen as a menopausal remedy for women, was because estrogen inconvertibly causes endometrial cancer.

The First Test for Our Newly "Civil" Congress: The Repeal of Health Care Reform

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Congress has just gone through 10 days of reflection and grief over the tragedy in Tucson. Will we see civil discourse take place this week in Congress?

Donald Rumsfeld and the Strange History of Aspartame

Robbie Gennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robbie Gennet

Yes, that Donald Rumsfeld, the "knowns and unknowns" guy who remarkably executed some of the worst decisions in American foreign policy and got a meda...

"Med Schools Flunk at Keeping Faculty Off Pharma Speaking Circuit"

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Craig Newmark

Hey, the folks at ProPublica do true public service media, funded philanthropically and according to a strict code of ethics. The code is a really big...

The Illness Profit System and National Security, Part One

Stephan A. Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stephan A. Schwartz

If we believe a healthy nation is a national priority, why aren't we getting results?

ADHD proven to be a genetic disorder! Well, maybe not.

Daniel Goldin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel Goldin

Medical News Today recently ran a headline stating "ADHD Is A Genetic Neurodevelopmental Disorder, Scientists Reveal." They drew this headline from a ...

A Tale of Two Vaccines -- Why Price Discounts for Developing Countries Show Limits

Tido von Schoen-Angerer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tido von Schoen-Angerer

Offering a discount to the poor seems like an unequivocally good thing. But do price discounts really make medicines more affordable in developing countries?

When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease

Donna Flagg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Donna Flagg

Almost everyone I know is on one kind of prescription drug or another. And what's worse is that an awful lot of them have been brainwashed into thinking that these pills hold the key to a healthy and happy life.

GOP Message For Businesses That Worked With Obama: We Won't Forget

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Republicans have a message for the businesses that worked closely with the Obama administration over the past two years on key controversial issues: W...

How Big Pharma's Demise Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

The pharmaceutical industry relies predominately upon patent protection of intellectual property to yield profits that are critical to support research and development, but there are exceptions that demonstrate the value of open innovation.

ProPublica: Doctors Paid by Drug Companies to Promote Their Drugs

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Craig Newmark

Pro Publica just launched a big report about fees paid by pharmaceutical companies to doctors to promote their drugs. The story explains how drug companies pay hundreds of millions of dollars resulting in nearly seven billion dollars in fines so far.

Drug Companies Paying Shady Doctors For Endorsements

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Pharmaceutical companies are paying doctors with questionable records millions of dollars to endorse their drugs, Propublica reports. According to ...

Deconstructing the ADHD "Epidemic"

Daniel Goldin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Goldin

When we are close to diagnosing 10 percent of our children with ADHD, one begins to suspect that the diagnostic criteria for the disorder is overly inclusive, or that it is simply being misdiagnosed.