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$1,500 each

WINDSOR - A Superior Court judge has approved a $2.375M class-action settlement for the 1,194 victims of the diluted chemotherapy drug scandal, dashing the hopes of some patients who objected that their $1,500 share is a slap in the face.  More than 70 of the 290 cancer patients given the drugs Windsor Regional Hospital in 2012 and 2013 have since died. (PostMedia)  PREVIOUS:   Ontario's chemotherapy scandal     Review of the Oncology under-dosing incident   .pdf 

 

Superbug threat

According to the WHO, each year 700,000 people die as a result of antibiotics-resistant bacteria. It's anticipated that, by 2050, 10M people will have died at the hands of these bacteria.  (Global)   MORE:   Drug resistance through the back door   .pdf  UN meeting tackles threat   Pharma industrial waste fueling rise of superbugs 

 

Linked to heart failure

Commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory painkillers raise the risk of hospital admission for heart failure, a large European study suggests.  The drugs - typically given to relieve pain and fever - include traditional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and newer generation anti-inflammatory drugs, known as COX-2 inhibitors.  (CBC)   REPORT:   NSAIDs and risk of heart failure

 

Narcotics poisoning

YELLOWKNIFE - Seniors have the highest rate of hospitalization due to narcotics poisoning of all age groups in the NWT, says a newly-released government report.  . (CBC)  REPORT:   Review of non-intentional poisonings by narcotics

 

Common drugs may be harming

Anticholinergics stop a chemical called acetylcholine from working properly in the nervous system, which can help ease gastrointestinal, respiratory or urinary symptoms, for example.  Gravol, sleep aid Unisom, antidepressant Paxil and antipsychotic Zyprexa are among the drugs in this class. A full list of anticholinergics can be found here  .pdf.  (CTV)

 

Drug trial

RENNES - 1 person is brain dead and 5 others are seriously ill after taking part in a drug trial for Portuguese pharmaceutical firm Bial at a clinic in NW France.  (Guardian UK)   MORE:  Drug testing went wrong    Drug trial goes wrong   Brain dead man dies  

 

Misleading consumers

A court in Australia has ordered drug giant Reckitt Benckiser to stop selling some of its popular Nurofen painkiller brands after finding tablets marketed for specific complaints such as back pain or migraines contained exactly the same active ingredient.   (Guardian UK)

  

'Research chemicals'

The accidental drug overdose of a Nova Scotia man is shining a light on so-called 'research chemicals' that are making their way into the illicit drug market.    (CBC)  MORE:   'Research drugs'   ethylphenidate   methylbenzylpiperazine 

 

Health Canada secret report

QUEBEC CITY - The Canadian federal regulator refused to provide a copy of its July 2012 inspection of GlaxoSmithKlines Quebec plant. (Toronto Star)   

 

Guilty plea

MIAMI - Andrew Strempler has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud in connection with his role as owner and president of Mediplan Health Consulting Inc., a Canadian company, that also operated under the name RxNorth.com.  (CBC)    MORE:  Arrested   Andrew Strempler   

 

Half of medicines 'useless'

PARIS - Half of all medicines sold in France are either useless or dangerous, according to a book authored by two eminent French medical experts.  (AFP)     

Tapping software

TORONTO - In the battle for pharmaceutical dominance, this new tactic, deployed in software used by doctors, has allowed brand-name companies to capitalize on the moment a prescription is written.  The patient records are found in EMRs, or electronic medical record software, owned by Telus Health, a subsidiary of the telecom giant.  To drive business their way, brand-name drug companies have paid Telus to digitally insert vouchers so that the prescription is filled with their product instead of the lower-cost generic competitor that pharmacists normally reach for.  (Toronto Star)

  

Follow the money - science spin 

What get clicks?  Words like 'breakthrough,' 'game changer' and 'lifesaver.'  And that's how much of medical news is described.  But when they took a closer look at the actual drugs, half were not yet approved as safe and effective, and some hadn't even been tried on humans.  (CBC)   PREVIOUS:   Funding goes to PR campaigns   Research output and the public health burden   Ads disguised as news

 

Scientist charged

DES MOINES - Investigators say former Iowa State University laboratory manager Dong-Pyou Han has confessed to spiking samples of rabbit blood with human antibodies to make an experimental HIV vaccine appear to have great promise. (AP)    MORE:    Dong-Pyou Han  

 

Pregnancy addiction

THUNDER BAY - According to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, about 30% of babies birthed at the hospital are affected by an opioid-based dependency during pregnancy.  (Toronto Star) 

 

Pfizer kills planned merger

NEW YORK - US drugmaker Pfizer and Ireland-based Allergan Plc formally announced that they were scrapping their $160B merger, marking a big win for President Barack Obama who has been pushing to curb tax-slashing 'inversion' deals.  The announcement followed the unveiling of new US Treasury rules aimed at curbing such deals.  (Reuters)

     

Canada among top spenders

OTTAWA - The study from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) ranks Canada as the fourth-highest spender on pharmaceuticals among 29 countries when measured by population.    (Globe & Mail)   REPORT:   OECD health statistics 2015     Health bill $219B+   Canadian Institute for Health Information   National Health Expenditure Trends, 1975-2015   .pdf  Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

 

Charged for delivering packages

SAN FRANCISCO - US federal authorities charged FedEx with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering painkillers and dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions.   (AP)   MORE:   FedEx's don't shoot the messenger gamble 

 

New drug war

A new drug war is looming. As demand for drugs rises, so does concern at their price. A record $1T will be spent globally on medicines in 2014, predicts IMS Health.   (Economist)   REPORT:   Global use of Medicines     Drugmakers' paradise under attack

 

Health industry reform

More than 23M Canadians depend on private insurance to pay for their prescription drugs. Last year, $10.1B in claims were paid out by private insurers, a significant chunk of the country’s $28B prescription drug bill.  (Globe & Mail)  REPORT:   CLHIA report on prescription drug policy   .pdf  

 

No study done

TORONTO - The recall of a batch of Alesse birth control pills sold past their expiry date has raised questions about whether it's safe to take over-the-counter and prescription medications beyond their best-before marker - and just how long past?  (CP)   COMMENT:    We all are at risk of something   

   

Canada pays more

Canada had the second-highest medication costs for common conditions such as high blood pressure and cholesterol in 2015 compared to nine other affluent countries with universal health-care systems, suggests a new study calling for a national drug plan to lower prices.  (CP)

Prescription drugs in 10 high-income countries

Funding doctors

Drug prices

Ethics complaint filed over fundraising

Trudeau defends cash-for-access fundraising

Apotex sponsors BC Liberal convention  

Drug maker sues 

Drug costs should go down

Misconduct    Costco  

Access to drugs is a 'postal cored lottery'

Explosion of high priced drugs

Billions wasted

Drugmakers' supply marketing

US SC rules 'pay-for-delay' deals can face suits

FTC: pay-for-delay

Drug companies fined

'Pay-for-delay'

CIHI 

Health care costs double

BC Pharmaceutical task force

Pharmacare is not unaffordable  

IMF 2010 article IV

Residents skip meds because of costs  

Cost on prescription medication in Canada  

Generic-drug payment scheme

Drug firms' sway over Task Force

Recommendations of Task Force

Comparison of prescription drug plans

Generic Drug sector study

Non-spin health care paper  

Public priorities for Ontario's Health System

Watchdog may be scrapped

1st you raise prices

PMPRB's 2006 annual report

Drug spending since 1998

Province $5.5 M to enforce smoke-free plan

Generic drugs

Medicare Rx cost estimate zooms

Drugstores sue makers over prices

Drug costs soar before 'discount'

Prescriptions and profit

Drug prices outpacing inflation

Medicare discount cards from Hell  

$192B on health care  

Lost revenue

We have to overcharge or we can't compete

Ontario's 25% makes 50% look bad

Ontario's ruinous Medicare habit 

Part 1: Cost of Cancer drugs   .pdf

Part 2: Who is bearing the cost?  .pdf

Ruling rattles Canada Health Care

Medical bills make up half of bankruptcies

Prices for drugs rise at triple inflation rate

Major provisions of Medicare Bill

'Supply' and demand

Pharmacies suffer drug shortages  

Shortage profit motivated  

Pharma shortage 'plan'

   

Senator's daughter

WASHINGTON - Members of Congress are in an unusual position as they demand an explanation for Mylan NV's 400% price hike for the EpiPen and focus attention squarely on its CEO: Heather Bresch.  She's the daughter of Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.  Mylan has increased the price of its EpiPen from about $57 a shot when it took over sales of the product in 2007 to more than $600 for two auto-injectors. (Bloomberg)

EpiPen

Heather Bresch

$19M salary

Damage control

EpiPen & crony capitalism

Copyright

Court rules against loyalty discount

College of Pharmacists of BC

2016 BCCA 0041   

Customers or patients?  

$1 dose

Generic price gouging

PMPRB

Generics360

Incentives

Pharmaceutical greed

Another drug price hike

Mallinckrodt

Mallinckrodt board   Mallinckrodt executives 

CEO defends price increase

$750 drug recreated by students for $2     

Daraprim

Securities fraud 

Resigns as CEO    

Martin Shkreli 

Most despised man in the world

Price gouging CEO under investigation

Cost in India under 10 cents per pill

Backlash against the most hated

CEO will lower price

Bro and maximizing profit

Challenging Canada's right to regulate

David Hallal  

Alexion Pharmaceuticals

Soliris

Soliris, Alexion's orphan drug

Still paying too much

Paying more than double   

Private label generic drugs ban

2013 SCC 64

'Off-label' prescriptions

6 cheaper generic drugs

Edmonton Obesity Staging System

Ex-employee to blame 

Rise in Science's errors 

Reports highlight new medicines 

Drug patent expiration   

Extreme pricing business model

www.imprimiscares.com

US drug company sues Canada

Price surge called off 

Pitch for patent protection

Saving lives - transforming care

Generic won't be blocked  

Heath Canada too secretive

Unlocking cache of trade secrets 

Another Health Canada bummer

Healthy eating is a privilege of the rich

Court rules

Auditors to check compliance

Lab suspended

Affected products has dropped to 23

Inside drug pricing 

   

Cancer fighting drugs

LONDON - Patients should be warned about the dangers of chemotherapy after research showed that cancer drugs are killing up to 50% of patients in some hospitals.  (Telegraph UK) 

Plan to regulate oversight gap

Diluted chemo drugs update

137 ON patients die

Watered down chemo drugs

Patients warned

Manufacturer says specifications were met

Whistleblower was at PRHC

Marchese Health Care

Grey area  

Class-action lawsuits

   

Hidden income

OTTAWA - A federal probe of Canadian retail pharmacists who received gift cards, travel vouchers, pre-paid credit cards and other 'incentives' from generic drug firms has turned up more than 1,000 who failed to pay the taxes due on the unreported benefits, drawing penalties for some.   (CBC)

Pharmacy fraud investigated

Alleged kickback scheme

Ontario College of Pharmacists

Costco

Prescription death rate  

Pharmacy fraud

MB pharmacists ok 

Prescription drug bust  

   

Fake drugs

A third of malaria drugs used around the world to stem the spread of the disease are counterfeit, data suggests.   Experts say The Lancet Infectious Diseases research is a "wake-up call".  (BBC)  

FDA issues warning letters  

Chinese gangs 'behind fake drugs'

The new scramble for Africa

U of Toronto G8 information guide

   

C difficle deaths

VICTORIA - BC's health minister insists a Vancouver-area hospital is safe despite concerns raised by medical staff and an infectious disease expert about 84 bacteria-related deaths at the hospital since 2009. 

C. difficile

Negligence to blame doctors allege

Claim disputed by officials

Health Canada warning

proton-pump inhibitors

2 more deaths

Hospitals are bad for your health

Lethal germ hits hospital

   

Care homes antipsychotics use

TORONTO - A study of 604 long-term-care homes in Ontario found that anywhere from 0 to 67% of residents over the age of 65 are treated with antipsychotics after a diagnosis of psychosis, dementia or other conditions that can leave them highly agitated.  (Globe & Mail)

Looking for balance    

Drug reaction

Seniors on anti-psychotic drugs  

Anti-psychotic drugs  

Task force   

Elder abuse  

Nursing home neglect

Not to be forgotten   .pdf  

Hard core drug users

Seniors busted 

   

Article under fire

TORONTO - The 2003 article concluded there was no correlation between long-term use of Risperdal and an increased risk of certain side-effects.  The listed authors included respected experts in the pediatric field - Toronto's Dr. Denis Daneman and 2 US doctors - and 3 employees from Janssen, which makes Risperdal.   (Toronto Star)

Stepped down

Medical science gets it wrong

Most published research findings are false

Why does Pharma bury half of its studies

BMJ study 

Scans produce differing radiation doses  

Emory University

Andrew Wakefield

MMR vaccine

MMR vaccine controversy

University Health Network    

   

Report on big-pharma funding

TORONTO - The agency (CFPC) that certifies Canada's family doctors says it will keep taking drug-industry money to pay for its education programs despite commissioning a report on Big Pharma's influence, which it then kept under wraps for 2 years.  (PostMedia) 

CFPC's relationship with the industry   .pdf

Ties in 'embarrassing' report

Public Sector accountability problem 

Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences

Medical education

College of Family Physicians of Canada

ON to stop paying

Restrictions can be bad

'Culture of secrecy'

State secrets

Diclectin

Motherisk

Drug maker linked to Motherisk        

Public health care has no claim to superiority

Legally drugging kids

Atypical antipsychotics

Meds cause personality changes

Hospice turn away dying patient  

Patent rejection

Drug linked to 11 deaths

Drug patents lawsuit 

Sales reps and patient safety 

Canadian Medical Association Journal

Drug errors hurt 1 in 15

More profit than progress in research

Prescription drug deaths

Motor Vehicle Accidental Deaths

Road fatalities

Adult antidepressants suspected

Stuck on meds

Popular painkillers can raise heart risk

How much is living worth? 

Drug side effects

OD's skyrocketing  

FDA may call for antidepressant warning

Clinical drug trials 'distorted'

FDA mum on suicidal side effects

Youths risk death in drug abuse trend 

Lock up your meds

Generation Rx

The land of the medicated

Teens use medicines to get high

Antipsychotics

2007 student drug use and health survey

Your kid's drug source

Death by Prescription 

off-label

   

Millions wasted

LONDON - The UK has spent $794M on Tamiflu, which is stockpiled by governments globally to prepare for flu pandemics. The Cochrane Collaboration claimed the drug did not prevent the spread of flu or reduce dangerous complications, and only slightly helped symptoms.   (BBC) 

Flu vaccine offered little or no protection  

Lethal virus

H7N9,

Flu passes from birds to humans

New bird flu strain

60 H7N9 infections

Canada lifts hold on flu shots

Health Canada suspends flu shots

2009 flu pandemic

2009 flu pandemic vaccine  

Centre for Health Policy

Death toll predictions slashed

20,000 seasonal flu deaths in UK    

Flu fear may be good for us

Efforts to beat malaria may backfire

France sells off surplus vaccine

How vaccines became big business

The ties that bind apparent in Research

Health bosses accused of flu-mongering

What to do now

FDA wants warning on flu drugs

Another Health Canada bummer

Drugs were a waste     

Effectiveness of influenza vaccine  

WHO review  

Report condemns experts

WHO experts linked to drug companies

WHO advisors had links to drug companies 

How to screw up

Malaria deaths hugely underestimated  

Nationally representative mortality survey

Feds blasted over single supplier

Notes on a non crisis

Africa Malaria day- action or bombast?

800 seasonal flu deaths a week

Vaccine phobia runs deep

Global deaths top 700 

US to spend another $1B

West Nile virus

Canadian Premiers sound alarm

Big drop in new swine flu cases

Authorities were warned of killer drug

Oink is proving to be far worse

More harm than good

WHO contradicts UK Tamiflu policy

Diarrhea, TB more deadly

Officials urge WHO to change alert

Swine flu may be human error

Mexico to begin lifting flu curbs

Africa fighting Malaria  

GSK contract awarded in 2001 by Liberals

2009 swine flu outbreak

$1B awarded for flu vaccine

GlaxoSmithKline

Rush for gold

WHO:  vaccines for H1N1

Roche holding    

Tamiflu

Death toll drops

Potential pandemic or flu?

Cashing in on fear

China quarantines tourists

Living in a culture of fear

Report on China origin of swine flu

   

Feeding frenzy for lobbyists

WASHINGTON - The battle over healthcare entered a new, more frenzied stage, as lawmakers and powerful interest groups jockeyed for advantage now that most believe some form of an overhaul will ultimately be signed into law.  (LA Times)

Drug Industry employs 675 Lobbyists

Health care has been good for us

Bush to sign landmark Medicare legislation  

Health spending 2008  .pdf 

Full Public Citizen Report .pdf     

Payoff for Senators typical

'It's a bonanza'

Senate committee report

Membership has its privileges

Consumer protections lost in care debate

Lobbyist’s gets a seat at trough    

Health care in the US

Health care in Canada

Big money fuels health care battle

US health spending

Health has been good for us 

   

Racketeering lawsuit

WASHINGTON - A Federal Lawsuit charges Dr. Margaret Hamburg, former Commissioner of the FDA with conspiracy, racketeering & colluding to conceal deadly drug dangers - under the RICO law. The amended RICO lawsuit was filed on April 11, 2016 in the US District Court in Washington DC on behalf of 8 plaintiffs who claim they have suffered severe harm by ingesting the drug, Levaquin whose deadly risks were concealed to protect financial interests.  (AHRP)  

Former official charged

Securities fraud  .pdf

Lawsuit  .pdf

Renaissance Technologies

Talcum powder cancer case

Most admired lawbreaker

Risperidone   Chapter 2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15

Social media for marketing

pfizerstrive

Cervarix

Anti-smoking bummer 

Assisted suicide 

List  of pharmaceutical companies

Cost of doing business

Talcum powder payout

J&J loses 3rd trial    

Jury award

J&J ordered to pay 

SFBC International

Toxic drugs and 'research tax'

Faulty drugs

Settlement

$1.1B penalty

Johnson & Johnson

Amgen sued

Amgen

Aranesp 

NY AG statement

Wins for US drug industry

SCOTUS 10-779   .pdf  

SCOTUS 09-993   .pdf 

Drug firm restricts use

Lundbeck

Pentobarbital

Pfizer completes settlement

Pfizer drafting customers to lobby 

Gardasil

Pfizer settles bribery case

Pfizer faulted over drug trials in Nigeria

Drug maker knew about risks

Avandia

Drug policy review

Canadian named as ghostwriter

Why doctors can't rely on medical literature

Ghostwriters

PLoS Medicine

Risky science

Scheme to bypass watchdog

NICE

Report faults FDA on trial audits

Food and Drug Administration

Secret drug trials on children

Chantix use banned

Chantix

Safety signal seen for Varenicline risks

Pfizer settles

Smoking cessation ads

Pfizer withdraws Bextra from market

Illegal drug marketing admitted

Pfizer: Celebrex poses heart risk

Nigeria buys baby poison antidote

'Godfathers' and corruption in Nigeria

J&J pays  

Merck abandons HIV trials

Merck & co. vows to appeal judgment

With Vioxx gone, now what do I do?

Report: Vioxx linked to thousands of deaths

Patent rejected

Novartis

Glivec

Evergreening

Viagra patent not valid

Viagra

Teva Canada

Patent tossed 

Sandoz

Single supplier blamed  

Canadian hospitals scramble  

India takes away a patent

Canadian hospitals scramble  

Canada faces drug shortage  

Buy your own anti-nausea drugs  

10 on panel had ties to companies

Center for Science in the Public Interest

Another shoe drops in faked studies

Court told of plot to destroy drug critics

Merck wins reversal of Vioxx ruling

Merck to pay $4.85B

Doctors signed Merck's Vioxx studies

Imposing iability on ghostwritten articles 

Jury find Wyeth liable

Venlafaxine

Drug trials unreliable

Lax oversight

GSK knew of risks

Glaxo settles Paxil lawsuit  

Globalization of Pediatric Research  

 

Drug research spending falls short

OTTAWA - Brand-name drug makers spent $1.2B or 8.7% of their sales on research and development, marking the fifth consecutive year that the industry has failed to meet the 10%-of-sales ratio pledged when patent rules were strengthened in 1987.  

DTC research

According to Public Citizen the industry's advertising costs rose from $791 million in 1996 to $2.5 billion in 2001.

Big waste of money

Company  - Percent of Revenues Spent on Marketing/ Advertising/ Administration

Abbott Laboratories   23%

Allergan   42%

Bristol-Myers Squibb   27%

Eli Lilly and Co.   30%

Merck   13%

Pfizer  35%

Schering-Plough   36%

Wyeth   37%  

   

2.4B lack sanitation facilities

UN - Some 2.4B people - 1 out of every 3 inhabitants of the planet - still have no access to sanitation facilities, the WHO and UNICEF said.   (EFE)  

Oral rehydration therapy 

Progress on sanitation & water 2015   

Annual Report 2007   .pdf 

State of the World's Mothers 2008  .pdf

 

   

Firms boast of profits

LONDON - Drug company executives have been secretly recorded boasting that they are selling regulated prescription drugs that cost “pennies” for hundreds of pounds because NHS price controls are so weak.  (Telegraph UK)  

Pharmaceutical scandal

NHS cover-up

CQC publishes report on inspections

Drug giants accused over doctors' perks

NHS pays too much for its drugs

5 companies in NHS price fixing row

Drug firm accused

Reckitt Benckiser

Britain 'hooked on painkillers'

   

Side-effect data

OTTAWA - Health Canada will make public information it has kept secret regarding serious, sometimes fatal side-effects suspected to have been caused by unapproved 'off-label' prescriptions.   (Toronto Star)   PREVIOUS:   Dangers kept secret   Red flagged drugs   Drug reviews stay secret   Testing rules broken 

Prisoners given meds

OTTAWA - A powerful mood-altering medication with potentially life-threatening side effects was for years being prescribed in Canadian prisons for unapproved purposes.  (CBC)   MORE:   60% of female inmates on psychiatric meds   Meds prescribed by doctors, not government   Uses of meds soaring at nursing homes

   

Board's concept of success

TORONTO - Calgene Corp of Summit, NJ, agreed to permanently lower the prices it charges for Thalomid.   The offer is the result of a review of the product undertaken by the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board, an economic tribunal set up by the federal government.  (CP)    

Symptom checkers frequently wrong

In an audit that is believed to be the first of its kind, Harvard Medical School researchers have tested 23 online 'symptom checkers' and found that, though the programs varied widely in accuracy of diagnoses and triage advice, as a whole they were astonishingly inaccurate.  (Washington Post)   

   

'State of the art' sinks

TORONTO - State-of-the-art handwashing sinks installed in the intensive care unit and some patient rooms in Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital actually became the reservoir of a pesky drug-resistant bug that infected or colonized 66 patients from the fall of 2006 to the spring of 2011.  (CP)

Violating the law

OTTAWA - Health Canada has found such serious violations at two dozen drug facilities that it declared the companies - makers of everything from cancer treatments and radioactive compounds to over-the-counter medications - 'non-compliant' with the law.  (Toronto Star)  

   

SC rules against contraception care

WASHINGTON - Some corporations have religious rights, a deeply divided Supreme Court decided in ruling that certain for-profit companies cannot be required to pay for specific types of contraceptives for their employees.  (CNN)   JUDGMENT:   13-354   Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc 

Pill of goods

WASHINGTON - The US Food and Drug Administration, seized and shut down 1,677 illegal pharmacy Web sites as part of the largest Internet-based counterfeit drug sting yet.  (Scientific American)   MORE:   FDA EvaPharmacy warning letter   FDA press release 

   

Class-action lawsuit approved

VANCOUVER - The lawsuit was brought by Michael Miller against Merck Frosst Canada, makers of Propecia and Proscar, two drugs that contain the medication finasteride.   (CP)

Cancer drug linked

OTTAWA - Health Canada is warning that the cancer drug Avastin has been linked in rare cases to necrotizing fasciitis, the so-called flesh eating disease.   (CP)  necrotizing fasciitis

   

Canadian company charged

HELENA - An indictment filed in US District Court in Montana charges Canada Drugs Ltd. and its affiliates in the UK and Barbados with smuggling, money laundering and conspiracy.  (AP) 

Fresh scandal

PARIS - The amphetamine derivative Mediator was marketed to overweight diabetics but often prescribed to healthy women as an appetite suppressant when t (Guardian UK)  

   

20% of human genes have been patented

A new study shows that 20% of human genes have been patented in the US, primarily by private firms and universities.  (National Geographic) 

Deaths linked to birth control

VANCOUVER - At least 23 Canadian women who were taking two of the most commonly prescribed birth control pills in the world have died.  (CBC)

   

Data fixing

DEKALB COUNTY - CDC whistleblower Dr. William Thompson has, after a week of silence since his role in manipulating data for a CDC study came to light, issued a press release via his attorney clarifying his position.   (Epoch Times) 

'Bio-Identical' hormone claims

WASHINGTON - US health officials warned 7 pharmacy operators that their claims about the safety and effectiveness of "'bio-identical" hormones were false, misleading and not supported by medical evidence.   (Reuters)

   

'Sizzurp' abuse

Known as ‘sizzurp’, the drink’s main ingredient is prescription-strength cough syrup, containing codeine and promethazine, that’s mixed with fruit juice or soda.  (CTV)   MORE:    Purple drank

Air travel 'spreading deadly diseases'

UN - People are at greater risk of contracting potentially lethal infectious diseases because of the boom in international air travel, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned.    (Telegraph UK)  MORE:  WHO predicts more global epidemics 

   

Drug for troops dangerous

An anti-malarial drug, called mefloquine or Lariam, has been associated with psychiatric and physical side-effects that prompted the US military to withdraw it from general use in 2009, but the Canadian Forces continue to prescribe it to soldiers.  (CBC)

Entitled get preferred treatment

Politicians and top bureaucrats from provinces across the country have better access to cancer drugs and treatment than their constituents, according to Cancer Advocacy Coalition Canada. (QMI)   Report card on cancer in Canada .pdf 

   

Arthritis supplements don't work

LONDON - European researchers analyzed the results of 10 past trials in 3,803 patients who took glucosamine, chondroitin or a placebo to treat arthritis in their hips or knees.  (AP)

Court certifies class action

VANCOUVER - The BC Supreme Court has certified a class-action lawsuit on behalf of women who developed breast cancer after taking hormone replacement therapy.    (QMI) 

   

Shrink wrapping

The American Psychiatric Association has published its “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders." No other major branch of medicine has such a single text, with so much power over people’s lives. And that is worrying. (Economist)  

By the book

Psychologists attack psychiatrists

Human brain

DSM5

Psychiatry manual's criticized

DSM

   

Most doctors accept freebies

WASHINGTON - Four out of five doctors surveyed in the United States said they let drug and device makers buy them food and drinks despite recent efforts to tighten ethics rules and avoid conflicts of interest.   

Survey of physician-industry relationships

The drug pushers

Free drug samples go to wealthy

Recipients of free prescription drug samples

Few doctors use electronic records

EHR

Need for an Institute

Pharmaceutical market $643B in 2006 

   

FDA scientists mistrusts FDA

WASHINGTON - About two-thirds of Food and Drug Administration scientists are less than fully confident in the agency's monitoring of the safety of prescription drugs now being sold, according to an FDA internal survey.   (CBS)

Paying doctors

 

Claritin maker coughs up $346M

A Review of 2004's drug controversies

FDA 'incapable of protecting America'

Health, United States 2004

Accidental addicts

NIH to ban consulting deals

Researchers mum on financial interests 

Moonlighting Federal watchdogs

195,000 US deaths blamed on hospital error

   

US bans key Indian drug imports

WASHINGTON - The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it has banned the import of more than 30 generic drugs made by Indian drug firm Ranbaxy.   (BBC)      

India's Pharma wars   

US-India war over pharmaceuticals

Petitions to FDA delay generic drugs

FDA defends plastic linked with health risks

   

Harmful drugs in River

Montreal's waste-water treatment plant in Rivière des Prairies is treating an average of 32 square metres of waste water a second before releasing it into the St. Lawrence River.

Drugs in drinking water

Pharmaceuticals in our water

Factories dumping drugs into sewage

Lead levels in water misrepresented

   

Threat of world pandemic over

A quarter of a century after the outbreak of AIDS, the World Health Organization (WHO) has accepted that the threat of a global heterosexual pandemic has disappeared. 

World health statistics 2008

WHO's department of HIV/Aids

HIV patients live years after diagnosis 

No 'rational discussion' 

AIDS drugs fiasco a tale of red tape

Lost in red tape after the headlines

After the headlines

Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative 

AIDS cases drop, but due to revised data

Suit over Aids drug price hike

US refuses to lower AIDS drug cost

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