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Big Pharma

Who's Shrinking the Kids?

Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. | Posted 08.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D.

More articles like the one in the New York Times are needed to inform parents about the consequences of putting excessive pressure on their kids and readily giving them powerful psychiatric medications to improve their focus and their grades.

Patients' Voices Are Changing Medical Devices

Riva Greenberg | Posted 07.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Traditionally pharma and medical device companies design health tools for health care professionals and in clinical settings. What's been missing is any thought about the end user: the patient.

Zach Carter

Issa Leaks Secret Document To Pressure Obama On Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has taken the unprecedented step of leaking a secret U.S. trade document, in ...

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.

Toil, or Tirade? Hard Truths About Hype

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.26.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Tirades are, by their very nature, apt to gain a lot of attention and "go viral." They are dramatic. They are extreme, provocative, and full of intrigue. Hype sells. Unfortunately, much of the time -- it is wrong.

Big Pharma Company Battles To Buy Gene Science Firm

Reuters | Ben Hirschler | Posted 06.25.2012 | Science

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline said on Wednesday its $2.6 billion bid for long-time partner Human Genome...

I Wanna Be Sedated

Suzanne Hegland | Posted 06.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne Hegland

Last Friday, five months after receiving approval from the FDA, pharmacists finally began doling out the newest sleep aid to the groggy hordes.

Giant Company Allegedly Hid Risks Of Drug That Made Billions

AP | CHUCK BARTELS | Posted 06.11.2012 | Business

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary downplayed and hid risks associated with the antipsychotic drug Risperdal, a jury determined Tuesd...

Getting Clear About Voting Independent

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics
Mitchell J. Rabin

What matters is having a leader, not a politician, assume political office. And so I suggest that people look to break out of the two-party trance and take on a pro-active role in taking your government back to serve You, your family, your friends, your community.

Qnexa: Desperate Measure For Desperate Times

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.25.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

FDA approval of Qnexa will represent a rather desperate measure at a desperate time for desperate individuals of a desperate society. So be it. But our desperate need to address this problem decisively is long overdue and should be the mother of far better invention than this.

Part II: Antibiotics Injected Directly Into Eggs and Other Big Pharma Secrets

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 04.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

It was not a great surprise that the FDA's new cephalosporin livestock rules have the Agribusiness Seal of Approval. It was Big Pharma and Agribusiness lobbying that killed its stronger cephalosporin rules issued four years after.

Do These Drug Ads Offend You?

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 04.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

It's no secret that drug ads that sow hypochondria, raise health fears and "sell" diseases are often the most common -- and effective -- even when the drugs themselves are of questionable safety.

Drug Giant's Profit Plunges After Introduction of Generic Lipitor

AP | LINDA A. JOHNSON | Posted 04.01.2012 | Business

Pfizer Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit fell by half because it sold less Lipitor, the cholesterol fighter that's the biggest drug ever to go off patent, ...

Paula Deen: From Big Food to Big Pharma

Kristin Wartman | Posted 03.24.2012 | Food
Kristin Wartman

Personal responsibility and consumer choice are solutions heralded by conservatives and liberals alike--the idea being that ultimately good health comes down to what we choose to buy and eat. But it's not that simple.

A Pennsylvanian's Guide to the Rick Santorum You Don't Know

Will Bunch | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics
Will Bunch

You could say that Rick Santorum is just another politician. But that would be giving him too much credit.

7 Diseases Big Pharma Hopes You Get in 2012

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 02.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

It used to be joked that a consultant is someone who borrows your watch to tell you what time it is. These days, the opportunist is Big Pharma, which raises your insurance premiums and taxes while providing you "low-priced" drugs that you paid for.

British Drug Giant To Slash More Than 1,000 U.S. Jobs

Posted 12.07.2011 | Business

LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca is cutting nearly a quarter of its U.S. sales force in a second wave of redundancies in as many months as it seeks ...

Drug Giant To Pay Hundreds Of Millions To Settle Charge

Posted 11.22.2011 | Business

Merck & Co will pay roughly $950 million to settle criminal and civil charges that it promoted the painkiller Vioxx for an unapproved use, the U.S...

Drugmaker To Pay Huge Sum To Settle Bribery Probe: Report

AP | By The Associated Press | Posted 11.21.2011 | Business

-- Pfizer Inc. will pay at least $60 million to settle allegations by the U.S. government that the drugmaker paid bribes to win overseas business, ac...

What Can Give You Economic Misery, an Embolism, and a Backyard Full of Elephants?

Cliff Schecter | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

Although when it comes to the specific date of our mass death, Harold Camping might as well be talking Chinese nuclear development with Herman Cain, i...

Book Review: Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker

DJ Jaffe | Posted 11.03.2011 | Books
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 he...

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...

The Connection Between Big Pharma And Our Kids

Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. | Posted 11.25.2011 | Healthy Living
Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D.

I felt like I was really losing touch with my children, that there was a third force between me and them. That third force was big business, and it wasn't at all benevolent.