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Pharmaceutical Companies

Needed: Buckets of Research

Llewellyn King | Posted 12.07.2014 | Science
Llewellyn King

Two seemingly unrelated items of medical news: Ebola is devastating West Africa and may spread around the world, and the entertaining ice bucket challenge has raised $115 million for ALS research. The linkage is that both diseases have needed and still need medical research. So do hundreds of other diseases and conditions.

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.

Witness to Corruption: The Merchants of Speed or the Modern-Day ADHD Medicine Show

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

Non-drug interventions for ADHD also work. Behavioral modification techniques practiced by parents and teachers, and special education interventions (especially small-group instruction) are primary and proven therapies.

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...

Making Sense Of How Prescription Drugs Are Bought And Sold

David Belk | Posted 02.14.2014 | Fifty
David Belk

Well, we need to understand the surreal world in which prescription drugs are bought and sold in the U.S., and how they're different from just about anything else you might buy.

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 A new analysis that includes previously-unpublished trials offers a fresh, and very unflattering, perspective.

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...

A Peloton to Stave Off the Loneliness of Orphan Cancer

Rick Kaitz | Posted 09.24.2013 | Impact
Rick Kaitz

After what was described to us as "routine" surgery to remove a fibroid, my wife, Erica, was diagnosed with Myxoid, uterine leiomyosarcoma (LMS). That was the first shock. The second? The cancer is so rare, each year fewer than 100 people in the country receive such a diagnosis.

In The Public Interest : Four Reasons Lawmakers Are Scrutinizing How Companies Turn Settlements From Wrongdoing Into Tax Write Offs

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

The oil giant BP paid for cleanup and compensation for their massive Gulf oil spill, and rightfully so. But was this a "necessary and ordinary cost of doing business" that deserved a $10 billion tax break? I think most of us would respond with a resounding, "no!"

Big Pharma CEOs Rake in $1.57 Billion in Pay

Ethan Rome | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business
Ethan Rome

For people who were blown away to learn recently that the 11 largest global pharmaceutical companies made an astonishing $711 billion in profits over the last decade, here's another measure of the industry's greed.

Medication Nation

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Rubinstein

Patients come into doctors' offices asking for something they've seen on TV. Big pharma's advertising blitz, coupled with its aggressive marketing to physicians (who all too often are readily seduced to prescribe), results in the ever-increasing number of prescriptions offered to patients.

Battle Over Bad Birth Control Pills Stirs Reproductive Rights Issues

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 03.12.2013 | Business

A Georgia mother claims the pharmaceutical company that mislabeled her birth control pills should pay the $400,000 cost of raising her now year-old da...

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.

Drug Giant Under Fire Over Bribery Allegations

Reuters | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Co agreed on Thursday to pay $29 million to settle civil charges that its subsid...

Seniors Shouldn't Have to Pay More to Medicare to Pad Drug Company Profits

Ethan Rome | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Our goal shouldn't be to shift Medicare costs to seniors and make health care more expensive. It should be to make the wealthiest pay more.

Big Pharma Is Basically An Advertising Industry

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business

Big Pharma might be working a lot harder to sell you products than to develop new ones. Prescription drug companies aren't putting a lot of resourc...

Accused Criminal's Total Web Search Fail

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 08.02.2012 | Business

First rule of insider trading: don't research how to do it from your work computer.* In a complaint filed Thursday, the Securities and Exchange Com...

Zach Carter

Obama Administration Says 'No' To Global Health Fund For Developing Nations

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has alarmed global health experts by opposing a new international fund that would fight disease in the developi...

Big Pharma Is Innovating With Social Media -- Really

Rosina Samadani | Posted 04.01.2012 | Business
Rosina Samadani

When big pharma leverages technology, open data and social media to develop innovative patient-facing apps, it's a win to the fourth power.

The Psychiatric Drugging of America's Foster Children

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 12.22.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

There were approximately 662,000 children in foster care in the U.S. in 2010. Now, there is a Government Accounting Office report confirming that foster children in five states are receiving shocking amounts of psychiatric drugs.

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 ...

Uranus and Your War December 2011

Michael Lutin | Posted 02.05.2012 | Home
Michael Lutin

Somebody is going to have to intervene here. Oh, God, no! Not the military. Not marital law. That happens and you can kiss freedom goodbye. If there c...

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...

Relevancy at its Best: Vitamin Brand Bedoyecta Not Afraid of Day of the Dead

Lili Gil | Posted 12.31.2011 | Latino Voices
Lili Gil

Almost with precise foresight, Valeant Pharmaceutical's vitamin B brand Bedoyecta got ahead of AdAge and its Halloween piece on the Day of the Dead...