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Junk Medicine: An American Fandango

Dan Agin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dan Agin

To pharmaceutical companies, physicians practicing clinical medicine are sales-facilitators essentially bought the way actors are bought to wear white coats in front of television cameras while pretending to be physicians.

How One Pharma Company Is Making A Difference With Patients

Riva Greenberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

While health care providers appear slow to realize the advantages of social media -- I know one pharmaceutical company that is not. Roche.

Health: American Return on Investment

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Al only gave me a day before he called back. "So what's the scoop on health care? Are Americans the best or the worst off? All this noise about the n...

Drugmaker Schwarz Pharma To Settle Federal Fraud Suit For $22 Million

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

BOSTON — Federal prosecutors say a pharmaceutical company has agreed to pay $22 million to settle allegations that it claimed federal reimbursem...

Which Illegal Hallucinogen Is Right for You?

Mark Morford | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Morford

Let's lay it out: According to a major new overview study, all of America's beloved wonderdrug antidepressants are essentially useless and don't really work worth a damn. Wait, that's not quite right.

Big-Pharma Backed Marijuana Spray Approved As Medicine, But Consumers Of The Natural Herb Still Face Jail

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Armentano

British health regulators have approved the sale and marketing of Sativex, an oral spray consisting of natural cannabis extracts as a treatment for symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

420: Put Down That Joint and Pick Up a Pen

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Given slavish governmental allegiance to the drug war (over the course of eight presidencies), skepticism is understandable. But unwarranted.

India: Will Pharma, Trade Agreements Shut Down the Pharmacy of the Developing World?

Tido von Schoen-Angerer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tido von Schoen-Angerer

India has become "the pharmacy of the developing world." Without affordable Indian generic medicines, millions of lives saved by Doctors Without Borders and other organizations over the past decade would otherwise have been lost.

DK Matai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
DK Matai

Editor's Note: This post has been removed from the Huffington Post....

Creating Disease: Big Pharma and Disease Mongering

Dr. Larry Dossey | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Larry Dossey

There's a lot of money to be made from telling healthy people they're sick. Pharmaceutical companies are actively involved in sponsoring the definition of diseases and promoting them.

Cracker Jack Loses Rights to "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"

Ben Oren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Ben Oren

Rumors have circulated that Reese's Pieces, Captain Morgan's Rum and Kim Kardashian all placed offers to have themselves inserted into the song, but the male urination enhancement drug won out.

Big Pharma Wins Big With Health Care Reform Bill

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Chalk one up for the pharmaceutical lobby. The U.S. drug industry fended off price curbs and other hefty restrictions in President ...

Did Obama Kill the Public Option in July?

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

We know the White House cut a deal with hospitals and insurance companies last July on prescription drugs -- but as a New York Times reporter said this week, they also killed the public option.

Health Care Reform Needs Media Reform

Rory O'Connor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rory O'Connor

If you were hoping for a modicum of media reform, aimed at reducing health care costs and delivering better services in the Obama Administration's forthcoming health care reform bill, you can forget it.

FDA: Cautious on food safety - reckless on prescription drug safety

Sidney M. Wolfe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Sidney M. Wolfe

The new guard at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has brought welcome, increased focus and action to protect people from unsafe or possibly unsa...

In The Stuppak Pits

Kate Clinton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Clinton

The Oscars pay homage to violence against women, big Pharma knocks the legs out from under women, and legislators make abortion funding an annoying deal-breaker.

Happy Birthday Pill!

Elissa Stein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elissa Stein

It's almost impossible to comprehend that less than 100 years ago sending information about birth control through the mail was considered not only illicit and obscene, but was illegal as per the Comstock Act of 1873.

New White House Health Care Proposal May Destroy PhRMA Deal

Sunlight Foundation | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This morning the White House released a new health care proposal that may be used as a blueprint for a compromise between House and Senate versions of...

Is Medicare Part D A Bait And Switch?

Francine Hardaway | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Francine Hardaway

In this deal, Medicare Part D (prescription drug benefit) was passed with a right of the pharmaceutical companies to raise drug prices during the open enrollment period.

Weekly Pulse: Bayh-Partisanship=Giving Your Seat to a Republican

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium Blogger You will be shocked, shocked to hear that a Blue Dog Democrat who made a career out of undermining his...

Billy Tauzin Leaving Pharma: Top Lobbyist For Drugmakers Stepping Down

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The head of the influential trade association for drug manufacturers announced Thursday night that he is leaving his job. The deve...

Health Care Reform Business: Expect Hospital And Insurance Mergers, Less Revenue For Drugmakers

Bloomberg | Alex Nussbaum and Meg Tirrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Insurers, drugmakers and hospitals will likely slash costs and merge companies to maneuver through a U.S. health-care landscape marked by rising medic...

Drugstore Owners Look to Cash in on Health Care Reform

Hilary Kramer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Hilary Kramer

The American people need to realize that the price being paid for this health care reform is high.

Ryan Grim

House GOP Going After Health Care Deal Documents

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Republicans plan to force a difficult vote on Democrats in the Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday, pressing forward with a "resolution o...

What are Independents Thinking?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jim Taylor

The issue and candidate-driven focus of independent voters allows them to be pragmatic and flexible. But lacking a firm political ideology, it can also cause them to appear fickle, gullible, and impatient.