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Pharmaceutical Industry

The Side Effects of Rx Advertising

Eric J. Hall | Posted 04.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

The problem is that DTC advertising can take medical decision-making out of the hands of professionals and put it into the hands of TV viewers who can easily be seduced by what they see.

Treat, Don't Traumatize

Melody Moezzi | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics
Melody Moezzi

It's not enough to simply stop unjustly and disproportionately imprisoning the mentally ill. We need better care. Mental health providers must acknowledge and work to reduce the risk of traumatization during the treatment process.

Is Bigger Medicine Better Medicine?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Taken together all these changes will probably be good for our health. But change is seldom welcome and transitions are often uncomfortable. There's are some big ones happening in medicine these days.

The Pharmaceutical Industry Still Doesn't Want You to Pay Less for Their Products

Jennifer Hoelzer | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Jennifer Hoelzer

If PhRMA was smart, it would realize a lack of trust could ultimately cost the industry more than just competition from biosimilars.

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.

Kim Bellware

These Adorable Beagles Got A Second Chance, But Their Story Is Part Of A Much Bigger Problem

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green

Few things prompt you to grab a hankie quite like seeing adorable animals taste freedom for the first time. On Wednesday, a CBS affiliate in Chicag...

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.

Antibiotics in Our Food: Chemical Warfare We Cannot Win

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 01.04.2015 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

Given current concern about the Ebola virus, it's surprising that the public isn't more alarmed about "superbugs." Superbugs are infectious bacteria that have mutated to adapt to antibiotics that were designed to kill them, making the drugs ineffective. And a major cause of the resistance problem is antibiotics administered to farm animals.

How Pharmaceutical Companies Torpedo Cannabis Legalization

HuffPost Germany | Jan David Sutthoff | Posted 11.02.2014 | World

Cannabis can make diseases more bearable. Sometimes, it can even fight them successfully. There are people who claim that cannabis is the best pain re...

Symptoms of the Problem: When Doctors Are Reluctant to Use Conventional Medicine for Our Own Families

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Doctors are people too, and we equally suffer from our own limitations, when it comes to our loved ones and ourselves. My hope is that as more and more physicians are asked to consider the alternatives that our patients request, we too will consider these alternatives more seriously.

Fear Mongering Could Keep Life-Saving Drugs Out of Reach for American Families

Jessica Stone | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Jessica Stone

Biologic creators have disingenuously argued that it's a matter of safety and "sound science" that biosimilars should have unique names. This couldn't be further from the truth.

How Can Science Respond to Ebola Epidemics? Q&A With Dr. Jean Patterson

Donna A. Patterson | Posted 12.10.2014 | Science
Donna A. Patterson

I recently had the chance to speak with Jean L. Patterson, Chair of Virology and Immunology at the Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio. She has conducted extensive research on hemorrhagic fevers (Marburg, Lassa, and Ebola viruses). Dr. Patterson tells us what role she thinks science plays in combating Ebola.

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

Why We Won't Have An Ebola Cure Or Vaccine For Years

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 10.02.2014 | Business

The world has known about Ebola for almost 40 years, yet there's no cure or vaccine on the market. That could change amid worldwide attention to t...

Jeffrey Young

Big Pharma's Money Ties To Doctors Revealed. Kind Of

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

How This Boomer Pursues His Passion Without Sacrificing His Career

John Tarnoff | Posted 11.16.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Career reinventions in and past mid-life are successful when they reflect authentic passions, commitments, concerns and issues. At this point in our lives and careers, we need to acknowledge who we are, what we're good at, and what kind of legacy we want to leave. But this does not mean that we have to necessarily turn our backs on our current careers.

20 Years After Big Tobacco, Is It Time for 'Big Pain'?

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

It's long been said that trends start in California. With one eye on the balance sheet and one on the legal history books, five of the world's largest drug manufacturers are probably hoping that's not true.

Eve's Expectations: How Bias Impacts Christian Women in Science

Emily Ruppel | Posted 11.05.2014 | Science
Emily Ruppel

If it's harder to become a scientist just because you're a girl, imagine how much harder to start on that path as a member of a religious group that's often marginalized by leading scientists in the public sphere.

Corporate Crackdown Could Quiet Cybercrime

Tom Galvin | Posted 10.26.2014 | Technology
Tom Galvin

However, it is too simple, and inaccurate, to blame the Internet for the rise of these illegal enterprises. It might be a cybercrime mastermind behind the website offering the goods, but there is nothing high-tech about the delivery of the drugs to your doorstep.

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.

What Smart People Never Buy At The Drugstore

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 07.22.2014 | Business

A 100-pill package of CVS-brand aspirin costs $1.14 on the company's website, while pharmaceutical giant Bayer's version sells for $6.99. Yet time ...

"Undetectable" HIV: A New Goal for the Global AIDS Response?

Matthew Kavanagh | Posted 09.20.2014 | Impact
Matthew Kavanagh

AIDS exists as the continuing crisis it is today because of malicious inaction by governments and power holders. But AIDS activists have also shown that overcoming political cowardice is possible.

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...