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Drug Distributor Punishes Vets While Receiving Billions From VA

James P. Hoffa | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

McKesson Corp. is the nation's largest drug distributor and earns roughly $4 billion a year serving as the primary pharmaceutical vendor for the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs. But it doesn't pay employees like Claude Hickerson, a veteran himself, enough to afford health care.

If ICANN Doesn't Keep Registrars Honest, Who Will?

John Horton | Posted 11.05.2014 | Technology
John Horton

Last week, The Wall Street Journal detailed the challenges that drug safety authorities like the FDA face when tackling the illegal and unsafe distrib...

Separating Fact from Fiction in the TPP

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.24.2014 | Technology
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

Some important issues remain to be decided within the TPP that could substantially affect its ultimate positive impact. Chief among these is an ongoing debate surrounding intellectual property (IP) rights.

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.

Blood, Pills, and Black Markets

Donna A. Patterson | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Donna A. Patterson

Recent reports illuminate a growing black market trade in blood from Ebola survivors. Those with the desire and resources are buying blood in hopes of curing current infections or stockpiling for future infections.

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.

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 ...

Restoring the Heart and Art of Medicine

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

After years of frustration churning through this system myself, unable to help patients get truly better, I left the world of conventional medicine and entered that of integrative medicine, which draws from the best of conventional, complementary, and alternative modalities of healing. My own journey led me beyond integrative medicine and into a realm I call "slow medicine."

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...

Are You Drinking Drugs?

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

Because the pharmaceuticals register in such small amounts -- measured in parts per billion, in some cases -- health officials aren't worried about the risk to humans. But some are concerned about their effect on plants and wildlife, especially fish.

Patience vs. Patients

Sue Curry, PhD | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Sue Curry, PhD

The rush to medicalize social conditions is one of my pet peeves as a public health professional. Why did this column, which started with the recognition that sleep deprivation was a recent social phenomenon, end with a clarion call to the pharmaceutical industry to solve the problem?

U.S.-India Relations Will Endure Despite the Khobragade Controversy

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Ronak D. Desai

If recent headlines are to be believed, the arrest and alleged mistreatment of Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade on December 12 in Manhattan have triggered an unprecedented deterioration in bilateral relations between Washington and New Delhi.

The News About Tamiflu: It Doesn't Work

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

Forget everything you've heard about the benefits of Tamiflu, the Roche corporation's blockbuster influenza drug. A new analysis that includes previously-unpublished trials offers a fresh, and very unflattering, perspective.

Food Dyes: Red Does Not Mean GO

Christopher Gavigan | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Christopher Gavigan

Petroleum-derived colors are cheaper. Plain and simple. But they're not safe and they're completely unnecessary given modern sourcing and manufacturing. It's time to end this chapter of chemical history and say "the end" to these questionable hues.

Not Your Granddaddy's Garbage Burners: Why Burning Waste for Energy Fights Climate Change

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 08.06.2013 | Green
Shawn Lawrence Otto

American liberals and environmentalists who care about climate change need to reexamine the science and get behind expanded recycling and waste to energy programs.

Pharmaceutical Giant Sued By U.S.

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2013 | Business

* Civil fraud lawsuit alleges improper payments * U.S. says Novartis sought to boost sales of Myfortic * Novartis had no...

Time for a Humanitarian Solution to Iran Sanctions

Jamal Abdi | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
Jamal Abdi

In the past week, Iran has been struck by two earthquakes that have killed dozens of people and leveled hundreds of homes. And because of the political standoff with Iran's government, Americans are largely unable to provide any help.

The 'Rx Life' Solution

Lawrence Rosen, M.D. | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Rosen, M.D.

My promise to my patients and their families -- and to my family and to myself -- is to spend more time prescribing and living life, to honor the power of food, activity, rest and mindfulness to promote healing and prevent illness. I am fully and authentically committed to walking this walk.

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.

The Reality, Fiction and Pharmaceuticals of Side Effects

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 04.07.2013 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

I ask both men if there's a common occurrence of any sort of behavior-altering drug pushing anyone over a moral limit. "Alcohol," says Mr. Burns. But what about murder? "Alcohol," repeats Mr. Burns with a bit of a laugh.

Nanomedicine: Big Potential for Small Products

Julielynn Wong, M.D. | Posted 04.06.2013 | Technology
Julielynn Wong, M.D.

While more nanomedicine products are becoming available to consumers, big questions remain about their long-term impact on the environment and human health, experts say.

Why Using Drugs Could Improve Your Relationships

www.theatlantic.com | Posted 02.01.2013 | Weddings

George Bernard Shaw once satirized marriage as "two people under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of ...

How I Managed My Mom's Cancer Treatment Trial

Tory Zellick | Posted 02.28.2013 | Fifty
Tory Zellick

Sometimes, to be a good caregiver, we have to put our own needs and opinions aside, so as to support our loved one in making their own choice about their own life. Take the example of my mom -- three years into her battle with breast cancer -- deciding to participate in a clinical trial.

Mental Health: The Big Elephant in the Room

Eduardo Garcia | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Eduardo Garcia

Experts believe that mental health issues should be no different than other chronic conditions, and as such should receive the same level of importance.

Tight State Funds Hamper Development of New Orleans BioDistrict

Susan Buchanan | Posted 12.25.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Mid City residents living within BioDistrict New Orleans worry that health and science entities might one day encroach on their neighborhoods, while Governor Bobby Jindal's health care cuts jeopardize the outlook for a BioDistrict lynch pin.