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The 'Reverse Payment' Drugs Case: The Most Important Economic Issue You Never Heard of -- And Why There Might Still Be Some Hope for Antitrust

Chris Sagers | Posted 08.25.2013 | Business
Chris Sagers

Branded drug companies appear to have squeezed quite a bit more money out of their products by paying off generic drug companies to stay out of their markets. Now, you might be thinking, that sounds like a violation of antitrust law.

The Green Shadow Cabinet and a Mental Health Declaration of Independence

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Bruce E. Levine

The Green Shadow Cabinet, launched in spring 2013, is led by 2012 Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein. Its purpose is to provide an ongoing op...

Pharma Giant Accused Of Paying Doctors To Push Drug

Reuters | Posted 07.25.2013 | Business

* Ista said to offer kickbacks to doctors over cataract drug * Xibrom drug said to be marketed for unapproved uses * Set...

Our Very Own West, Texas

Cliff Schecter | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

On April 25 -- Thursday evening -- American icon and humble hero George W. Bush took one small step for man, one slip-and-fall for humanity as he reen...

The Wrong Way to Dispose of Drugs

Peter J. Pitts | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Peter J. Pitts

Alameda County recently passed an ordinance that requires pharmaceutical companies to develop, manage and pay for a new local drug take-back program. There's good reason to believe very few people will participate in this program. It is also likely to result in higher drug prices and will produce few environmental benefits.

Big Pharma CEOs Rake in $1.57 Billion in Pay

Ethan Rome | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business
Ethan Rome

For people who were blown away to learn recently that the 11 largest global pharmaceutical companies made an astonishing $711 billion in profits over the last decade, here's another measure of the industry's greed.

The Patient Choice Act - Providing Choice Instead of Death

Jonathan Agin | Posted 07.02.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

As time went by during my daughter Alexis' long thirty-three month battle, we found out that her tumor was growing. We found ourselves in Manhattan seeking to gain enrollment in what looked to be a potentially promising trial. But after preliminary tests we were told that Alexis was ineligible.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.