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Book Review: Methland, The Death and Life of a Small American Town

Peter Van Buren | Posted 03.23.2014 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Methland: The Death and Life of a Small American Town by Nick Reding is one scary book. It is the only book I'm aware of that understands at a fundamental level that meth isn't a drug problem, it is a symptom of our current societal and economic problems.

A Wonderland of Prices: What Pharmacies Pay for the Drugs They Buy

David Belk | Posted 03.01.2014 | Fifty
David Belk

Doctors don't know, pharmacists barely know, and patients have almost no choice of what they're allowed to buy. Do you really think any of these bizarre prices would survive the light of day if people knew? Well, now you do know. Let's find out.

Drugmaker To End Controversial Practice

Reuters | Posted 02.16.2014 | Business

* GSK scrapping doctor payments for speaking engagements * Ending sales reps' targets globally following U.S. move * Com...

Free Trade Deal May Undermine The Internet, Environment And Public Health All At Once

Ibrahim Balkhy | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Opponents of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal reacted angrily Monday to disclosures that the Obama administration is b...

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 A new analysis that includes previously-unpublished trials offers a fresh, and very unflattering, perspective.

Jerry Stahl With the Skinny on Fatty, Republican Sun Gods, and Happy Mutant Babies

David Henry Sterry | Posted 02.02.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Jerry is one of those rare writers who goes between Hollywood screenplays and novels. He writes dark subversive stories and he somehow continues to get away with it.

United Against the Secret Trade Agreement (TPP) That Blocks Affordable Health Care -- And Much More

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

This trade agreement is essentially being negotiated by large corporations behind closed doors and -- surprise! -- does not hold much promise for retirees and the middle class.

Statin Drugs, Profits, Politics, and Compassion

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Arthur Rosenfeld

The latest guidelines for statin drugs, issued by the makers of those drugs, would have us believe that pretty much everyone should be taking them. Th...

Big Pharma Could Win International Price Monopoly, Unlimited Profits in 'Free Trade' Deal

Ethan Rome | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Big Pharma has a new tool to make turbo-charged profits and insulate itself from efforts to rein in skyrocketing health costs.

Health at an Impasse: The Case for Getting Past Collusion

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We could blame it all on the food companies that make the junk food, and the technology companies that keep inventing more ways for us to be sedentary. But as noted, the enemy is both them and us.

The Statin Insanity

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

We currently have a statin epidemic, with 25 percent of adults over the age of 45 taking the pills, a large majority of whom do not have heart disease and have not seen the numbers.

A Third Strike Against Big Pharma

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Given the influence on prescribers that the J & J and other cases reveal, there are just too many ways that care can go awry. It is thus essential that patients and families become informed and vocal advocates for their care.

Gun Lobby, Big Pharma Top Special Interest Spending

Center for Public Integrity | Dave Levinthal | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

By Dave Levinthal, Center for Public Integrity Pharmaceutical behemoths, gun advocates and corporate agriculture interests are notable outliers amo...

We Need a Revolution in the Pharmaceutical Drug Industry!

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Imagine you live in a small village in Africa and your child is dying of a treatable disease. It is brought to your attention that the drug used to tr...

Too Much Medicine Is Bad for Our Health

Allen Frances | Posted 11.13.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The evidence is compelling that we in the developed countries (especially the US) are overtesting for disease, overdiagnosing it, and overtreating.

Ryan Grim

One Man Shows Just How Corrupt Washington Is

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Billy Tauzin stepped down as the high-profile head of the pharmaceutical lobby in 2010, The New York Times penned his political obi...

When Your Medicine Makes You Sick

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 10.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Spencer Aronfeld

Once the FDA forces drug manufacturers to directly contact consumers who have been prescribed or are taking recalled medicine, it will send a strong message that patient safety is more important than corporate profit.

Howard Dean Screams Again! (For Big Pharma)

New Republic | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics

Remember when Howard Dean was a rabble-rousing progressive, the one who ran for president railing against special interests? Remember when he insisted...

Let's Rethink Alzheimer's

David Perlmutter, M.D. | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
David Perlmutter, M.D.

We should reconsider our thought process on what underlies Alzheimer's, especially as it relates to the role of beta-amyloid. Remember, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Here Comes The Sunshine Act -- And It's All Right

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Spencer Aronfeld

The Sunshine Act will curtail the incestuous love affair enjoyed by the triumvirate of pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers, and the insurance industry, by curbing any inappropriate influence on research, education, and clinical decision making.

The New Global Leader, Part III: Dr. André Domin, at the Beating Heart of the Bio Tech Revolution

O'Brien Browne | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
O'Brien Browne

"I firmly believe bio tech start-ups have to network globally -- both in a business and a scientific sense. Also, they need to work with externals -- business leaders, mentors, coaches, consultants -- to ramp up their sales, management and marketing skills."

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...