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$3 Billion in Fines for Illegal Marketing of Paxil, Wellbutrin and Other Drugs

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 07.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Although it is encouraging to see the legal system to some degree catching up with drug company malfeasance, there are a number of problems with the criminal and civil cases brought by the Department of Justice against drug companies.

Well Look Who's Caught Up In A Drug Company Scandal

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 07.04.2012 | Business

GlaxoSmithKline agreed to pay $3 billion this week in part to settle claims it paid doctors to illegally promote its drugs. Turns out, the company was...

Zach Carter

Obama Administration Says 'No' To Global Health Fund For Developing Nations

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has alarmed global health experts by opposing a new international fund that would fight disease in the developi...

Dollars and Sense, Baby and Bathwater: The Case for CAM Research

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.07.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If we are prepared to acknowledge the widespread bullying to which both science and sense are subject at the hands of the almighty dollar, we might commit ourselves to the systematic effort of distinguishing the two.

Why Are Kids Suddenly So Sick?

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

Giving a name to difficult problems that are poorly understood provides a kind of false comfort, but the label often doesn't really add to the understanding and may carry risks of its own -- especially unnecessary treatment, stigma and wasted resources.

Drugmakers Boost Prices Despite Political Risks

www.npr.org | Posted 01.14.2012 | Fifty

One thing big drug companies generally aren't keen on is being the focus of a hot political debate. In the past, the quickest way to become Exhibit...

The Psychiatric Drugging of America's Foster Children

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 12.22.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

There were approximately 662,000 children in foster care in the U.S. in 2010. Now, there is a Government Accounting Office report confirming that foster children in five states are receiving shocking amounts of psychiatric drugs.

How Drug Advertisements Affect Our Emotions And Decisions

Big Think | Posted 12.03.2011 | Fifty

In today's technologically-driven digital age, consumers are constantly inundated with drug advertisements that encourage active engagement in making ...

Who Owns the Data?

Susan M. Love | Posted 01.08.2012 | Impact
Susan M. Love

Clinical trial data are typically collected by drug companies or academics specifically for their own trials on their own new potential medicines or pet theories. This means the data is often locked away in proprietary silos.

Drug Giant Beats Profit, Sales Forecasts

Posted 01.01.2012 | Business

Pfizer Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly results, helped by sales growth of its prescription drugs in emerging markets and its animal health...

Key Industry Throwing Its Money Behind Obama

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama has raised more money from the health care industry than Republican candidates, according to an analysis conducted by the Cente...

Zach Carter

Patent Reform Bill Signed Into Law After Years Of Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- President Barack Obama signed the long-debated patent reform bill into law on Friday, finally ending a seven-year nightmare for inn...

Zach Carter

THE SPOILSMEN COMETH: How Congress Corrupted Patent Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After months of dead-end negotiations over raising the federal debt ceiling, President Barack Obama walked into the East Room of the Whi...

Bernie Sanders Tries Some Clear Thinking on Prescription Drugs

Dean Baker | Posted 08.01.2011 | Business
Dean Baker

Many drugs in the U.S. sell for hundreds of dollar per prescription and sometimes several thousand dollars per prescription. There is a simple reason for this: government-granted patent monopolies.

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, di...

Drug Companies Set To Donate Vaccines To Poor Countries

Posted 06.15.2011 | Home

Drug companies are set to donate vaccines and antivirals to poor countries, and share patented technology under a deal to strengthen defenses against ...

Suggestions for Obama's Medicare Counterproposal

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's going to be very easy for whatever Obama comes up with to look a lot better than just handing seniors a voucher and saying: "Good luck with that medical insurance marketplace."

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.

Big Box Prescription Bargains -- Less Than Meets the Eye?

Yolanda Reid Chassiakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Yolanda Reid Chassiakos

Big box stores are in business to make money, not to subsidize your health care. Be aware of the research and study that have gone into making the attractive product displays.

Feds Broaden Big Pharma Bribery Investigation

New York Times | GARDINER HARRIS and NATASHA SINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

At least a dozen major drug and device makers are under investigation by federal prosecutors and securities regulators in a broadening bribery inquiry...

Viagra for Women? No Way

Joan Z. Shore | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joan Z. Shore

Women are aroused in more subtle ways, as well we know. A little pill is not going to be a substitute for a dozen roses, a candlelight dinner, or a passionate kiss.

Drug Companies Shrug Off Criminal Penalties As Profits Balloon

Washington Post | David Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

On the morning of Sept. 2, 2009, another Pfizer unit, Pharmacia & Upjohn, agreed to plead guilty to the same crime. This time, Pfizer executives had b...

The Mass Production of Mental Illness and What To Do About It

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Dr. Richard P. Bentall, professor and practitioner of clinical psychology in Britain, exposes the highly dubious nature of reigning presumptions about the causes and treatment of mental illness.

Ryan Grim

Pharma Deal To Be Tested On Senate Floor

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has promised to allow a vote on re-importing prescription drugs from Canada as an amendment to the health c...