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Pharmaceutical Industry

Book Review: Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker

DJ Jaffe | Posted 11.03.2011 | Home
DJ Jaffe

What's amazing about Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic bullets, psychiatric drugs, and the astonishing rise of mental illness in America (2010, Broadway P...

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...

The Sales Rep Who Loved, and Why You Should Be Very Afraid

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 12.25.2011 | Business
Lisa Earle McLeod

People need to be paid fairly for their work. But passionate employees outperform incentive-driven employees every day of the week.

The Role Of Patents In Inflating Drug Costs: An Excerpt From 'Deadly Monopolies'

Posted 12.21.2011 | Business

This is an adaption from "Deadly Monopolies" Harriet A. Washington's new book, which explores how the corporate takeover of the medical industry is af...

We Should Stop Subsidizing the Price of Europe's Prescription Drugs

Hava Volterra | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics
Hava Volterra

An article in the Wall Street Journal caught my eye last week. NICE, the British national health care service's drug regulator, has decided it will n...

Shooting Itself In the Foot: The Broken Promises of the U.S. Trade Agenda

Tido von Schoen-Angerer | Posted 11.14.2011 | Home
Tido von Schoen-Angerer

In the Chicago trade talks, the U.S. is trying to club up with countries in a deal that keeps the cost of medicines high.

In Defense Of WikiLeaks: Looking At Cables On Pharmaceutical Drugs And Trade Pressures

James Love | Posted 11.04.2011 | Politics
James Love

What have the WikiLeaks cables given the public? For those who care about such things, we now have a much clearer and documented view of the actual policies carried out by the US government, and also by many other governments.

FDA, It's Time to Rein in Misleading Pharmaceutical Ads

Jerrold S. Parker | Posted 10.01.2011 | Healthy Living
Jerrold S. Parker

Therefore, it is up to regulators to ensure that dangerous drugs are kept off the airwaves -- as well as off the shelves. The use of clever marketing to mask the potential risks of popular products is a universal issue.

Patent Reform That Will Save Lives

William D. Delahunt | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
William D. Delahunt

The importance of the biotech and pharmaceutical industries to our economy is indisputable. Even more important than the dollars and cents, are the life-saving medicines these companies are developing.

Business Models for Five Industries in Crisis

Don Tapscott | Posted 09.10.2011 | Business
Don Tapscott

Increasingly it's becoming difficult or even impossible for companies to achieve breakthrough success without changing their entire industry's modus operandi. From the many examples, let's look at five.

Ryan Grim

Democrats Turning On Big Pharma In Debt Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats have targeted pharmaceutical profits as a means of raising revenue as part of the debt ceiling deal, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-...

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.

A Call For Public-Private Partnerships For HIV Prevention

Ward Cates | Posted 08.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ward Cates

As the world celebrates the latest scientific findings in the fight against AIDS/HIV, we are reminded that the public-private partnership involves being able to both "do good" and also "do well".

Do Parents' Rights End at the Schoolhouse Gate?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.10.2011 | Education
John W. Whitehead

Helping America's teens make positive, healthy and responsible lifestyle choices is a worthy goal, but it must start with parents within the home.

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...

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.

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.

Looking for Drugs in All the Wrong Places

Gary Liberson, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Gary Liberson, PhD

The premise of the new NIH center is to help the drug industry and society overcome 15 years of declining research productivity. Let me say right now, I don't get it.

Government To Start Billion-Dollar Research Center To Develop New Medicines

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Obama administration has become so concerned about the slowing pace of new drugs coming out of the pharmaceutical industry that officials have dec...

Is There a Vaccine Against Fear? What You Need to Know About Medicine in the Media

Judith Acosta, LISW, CCH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Judith Acosta, LISW, CCH

The only real virus we need to pay attention to is the virus of fear being seeded on every form of media.

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...

Why Some Medical Studies Can Be Harmful

Dr. Dennis Gottfried | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Dennis Gottfried

When a study is done, what we want to find out is whether a medical or surgical treatment actually benefits a patient, that is, does the patient live longer or better.

Why Aren't Big Pharma Execs Ever Punished?

David Callahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Callahan

It is bizarre that the specific individuals who perpetrate these criminal schemes are nearly never held responsible. The latest slap on the wrist for Big Pharma this week shows that nothing has changed.

Amanda Terkel

The Ghosts Of Health Care Deals Past

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The deals that the White House cut with major industries during the health care debate are threatening to come back to haunt the adminis...