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ADHD proven to be a genetic disorder! Well, maybe not.

Daniel Goldin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel Goldin

Medical News Today recently ran a headline stating "ADHD Is A Genetic Neurodevelopmental Disorder, Scientists Reveal." They drew this headline from a ...

A Tale of Two Vaccines -- Why Price Discounts for Developing Countries Show Limits

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

Offering a discount to the poor seems like an unequivocally good thing. But do price discounts really make medicines more affordable in developing countries?

When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease

Donna Flagg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Donna Flagg

Almost everyone I know is on one kind of prescription drug or another. And what's worse is that an awful lot of them have been brainwashed into thinking that these pills hold the key to a healthy and happy life.

GOP Message For Businesses That Worked With Obama: We Won't Forget

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Republicans have a message for the businesses that worked closely with the Obama administration over the past two years on key controversial issues: W...

How Big Pharma's Demise Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

The pharmaceutical industry relies predominately upon patent protection of intellectual property to yield profits that are critical to support research and development, but there are exceptions that demonstrate the value of open innovation.

ProPublica: Doctors Paid by Drug Companies to Promote Their Drugs

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Craig Newmark

Pro Publica just launched a big report about fees paid by pharmaceutical companies to doctors to promote their drugs. The story explains how drug companies pay hundreds of millions of dollars resulting in nearly seven billion dollars in fines so far.

Drug Companies Paying Shady Doctors For Endorsements

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Pharmaceutical companies are paying doctors with questionable records millions of dollars to endorse their drugs, Propublica reports. According to ...

Deconstructing the ADHD "Epidemic"

Daniel Goldin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Goldin

When we are close to diagnosing 10 percent of our children with ADHD, one begins to suspect that the diagnostic criteria for the disorder is overly inclusive, or that it is simply being misdiagnosed.

Looking For Alzheimer's Answers In All The Wrong Places

Jean Carper | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jean Carper

Countless neuroscientists have concluded that Alzheimer's and diseases like it are actually a slow-developing chronic diseases, like heart disease and cancer, partly dependent on lifestyle.

Feds Broaden Big Pharma Bribery Investigation

New York Times | GARDINER HARRIS and NATASHA SINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

At least a dozen major drug and device makers are under investigation by federal prosecutors and securities regulators in a broadening bribery inquiry...

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 ...

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.

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.

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...