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Advocacy groups take in millions

WASHINGTON - Pharmaceutical companies gave at least $116M to patient advocacy groups in a single year, reveals a new database logging 12,000 donations from large publicly traded drugmakers to such organizations.   (Epoch Times)


Pharmaceutical boss accused

LONDON - The boss of a US pharmaceutical giant was accused of trying to 'blackmail' Theresa May into buying a groundbreaking drug at an eye-watering annual cost of $132K per patient.  (Daily Mail)   Jeffrey Leiden   Vertex   CF


Anti-depressants work

A study, which analyzed data from 522 trials involving 116,477 people, found 21 common anti-depressants were all more effective at reducing symptoms of acute depression than dummy pills.  But it also showed big differences in how effective each drug is.  (BBC)  


Drug price increase

LONDON - Britain's competition watchdog is accusing Concordia, a Canadian drug company of making tens of millions of dollars by overcharging the British healthcare system and exploiting its patients.   (Global)   MORE:   Drug company accused 


$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 


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 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 


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  (CBC)    MORE:  Arrested   Andrew Strempler    

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   


 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)     

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

Trudeau defends cash-for-access fundraising

Apotex sponsors BC Liberal convention  

Drug maker sues 

Drug costs should go down

Misconduct    Costco   

Explosion of high priced drugs

Drug companies paid

Billions wasted

Drugmakers' supply marketing

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

FTC: pay-for-delay

Drug companies fined



Health care costs double

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

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  

Access to drugs is a 'postal cored lottery'

Comparison of prescription drug plans

$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

Major provisions of Medicare Bill

'Supply' and demand

Shortage profit motivated  

Pharma shortage 'plan'

7 years 

NEW YORK - Notorious 'pharma bro' Martin Shkreli, 34, ended up getting sentenced to 7 years in prison for federal fraud charges related to hedge funds and a drug company that he once ran.  (CNBC)

Pharma bro sentenced

Securities fraud 

Resigns as CEO    

Martin Shkreli 

Most despised man in the world

Price gouging CEO under investigation

 Mylan  Joe Manchin


Heather Bresch

$19M salary

Damage control

EpiPen & crony capitalism


Profit in US health care system

Generic price gouging




Pharmaceutical greed

Another drug price hike


CEO defends price increase

$750 drug recreated by students for $2     


Cost in India under 10 cents per pill

Backlash against the most hated

CEO will lower price

Court rules against loyalty discount

College of Pharmacists of BC

2016 BCCA 0041   

Customers or patients?  

$1 dose 

Alexion Pharmaceuticals


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

Ex-employee to blame 

Rise in Science's errors 

Reports highlight new medicines 

Drug patent expiration   

Extreme pricing business model

Bro and maximizing profit

Challenging Canada's right to regulate

David Hallal

US drug company sues Canada

Price surge called off 

Pitch for patent protection

Generic won't be blocked  

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

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

Drug company payments

TORONTO - Costco is under investigation by an Ontario government forensic team that specializes in 'allegations of wrongdoing against government' after the retail giant received $1.2M in potentially illegal payments from a generic drugmaker.   (CBC)

2018 ONCPDC 8


Small 1st step

Follow the money 

Alleged kickback scheme

Hidden income 

Ontario College of Pharmacists


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)  

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

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

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

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



Drug maker linked to Motherisk        

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

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? 

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


2007 student drug use and health survey

Your kid's drug source

Death by Prescription 


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


Flu passes from birds to humans

New bird flu strain

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

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

Health bosses accused of flu-mongering

What to do now

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

Officials urge WHO to change alert

Mexico to begin lifting flu curbs

Africa Malaria day- action or bombast?

Africa fighting Malaria  

GSK contract awarded in 2001 by Liberals

2009 swine flu outbreak

$1B awarded for flu vaccine


Rush for gold

WHO:  vaccines for H1N1

Roche holding    


Death toll drops

Potential pandemic or flu?

Cashing in on fear

Living in a culture of fear

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)

Health care has been good for us

Full Public Citizen Report .pdf     

Payoff for Senators typical

'It's a bonanza'

Senate committee report

Membership has its privileges

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 

Talcum powder case

ST LOUIS - A jury on awarded nearly $4.7B in total damages to 22 women and their families after they claimed asbestos in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer in the first case against the company that focused on asbestos in the powder.  (AP)

Bribe probe


Novartis bribery claims 

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


Pfizer drafting customers to lobby 



List  of pharmaceutical companies

Racketeering lawsuit

Lawsuit  Margaret Hamburg  FDA   RICO


Former official charged

Securities fraud  .pdf

Lawsuit  .pdf  

Judge tosses jury award

Talcum powder payout

Jury award

J&J ordered to pay 

SFBC International

Toxic drugs and 'research tax'

Faulty drugs


Johnson & Johnson

Amgen sued



Wins for US drug industry

SCOTUS 10-779   .pdf  

SCOTUS 09-993   .pdf 

Drug firm restricts use


Anti-smoking bummer 

Pfizer settles bribery case

Pfizer faulted over drug trials in Nigeria

Drug maker knew about risks


Drug policy review

Canadian named as ghostwriter

Why doctors can't rely on medical literature


PLoS Medicine

Risky science

Scheme to bypass watchdog


Report faults FDA on trial audits 

Assisted suicide 

Illegal payments

Chantix use banned


Pfizer settles

Smoking cessation ads

Pfizer withdraws Bextra from market

Illegal drug marketing admitted

Pfizer: Celebrex poses heart risk

Nigeria buys baby poison antidote

J&J pays  

Merck abandons HIV trials

Merck & co. vows to appeal judgment

With Vioxx gone, now what do I do?

Secret drug trials on children

Patent rejected




Viagra patent not valid


Teva Canada

Patent tossed 


Single supplier blamed  

Canadian hospitals scramble  

Canadian hospitals scramble  

Canada faces drug shortage  

Buy your own anti-nausea drugs  

Food and Drug Administration

Report: Vioxx linked to thousands of deaths

Center for Science in the Public Interest

Another shoe drops in faked studies

Court told of plot to destroy drug critics

Merck to pay $4.85B

Doctors signed Merck's Vioxx studies

Imposing iability on ghostwritten articles 


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.  

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   

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

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)  

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.    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 

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


Psychiatry manual's criticized


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


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

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)      

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

AIDS out of control in India

List of causes of death by rate 

A Briefing Book on the Rx Drug Debate .pdf

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