Stat!: “The Culture That We’re Steeped In”

Posted on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Percent of Americans who regularly take prescription drugs: 55 Average number of drugs each takes: 4 Fraction of age 55+ adults who take more than 5 drugs: 1/3 Percent of age 55+ adults taking more than 10: 9 Number of Americans who went to the ER for adverse drug effects: 1.3 million Number of those […]


Pharma, FDA & “Institutional Corruption”

Posted on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

The FDA was founded to protect consumers from bogus medicines and other problem food and drug products. To this day, it defines it’s core mission as one of defending “public health.” But what if the proverbial fox is left to guard the proverbial henhouse? The tenure of departing FDA Margaret Hamburg was marked by conflict […]


Drug Dealer Dials Down the Dollars

Posted on Friday, December 20th, 2013

Some good news to end the week on (via ProPublica): In a major departure from industry practice, GlaxoSmithKline, the sixth-largest global drug maker, announced Tuesday that it will no longer hire doctors to promote its drugs. The company also will stop tying compensation for sales representatives to the number of prescriptions written for drugs they […]


Just a Little Conflict of Interest

Posted on Friday, December 13th, 2013

This is news? Academics who promoted the use of antiviral drugs in the media during the 2009-10 H1N1 flu pandemic were eight times as likely to have links with the drug industry as quoted academics who didn’t comment on their use, an analysis of media reporting has found. Previously


News Flash, Pharmacological Edition

Posted on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

That, of course, is part of the point. The Case Against Antidepressants (The Week) The Antidepressant Debate (British Journal of Psychiatry) SSRI Antidepressants Are Not Medicine (SaveYourself.ca) Take a Pill, Kill Your Sex Drive? 6 Reasons Why Antidepressants Are Misnamed (AlterNet) Are Antidepressant Drugs Actually Worth Taking? (Discover) Challenging Received Wisdom: Antidepressants and the Placebo […]


News That Should Surprise Exactly No One

Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Via emailed media release: Industry Sponsorship Leads to Bias in Reported Findings of Clinical Trials Studies reporting the results of industry sponsored clinical trials present a more favourable picture of the effects of drugs and medical devices than those reporting on non-industry sponsored trials, according to a new Cochrane systematic review. The researchers call for […]


NOT Thinking Differently

Posted on Friday, September 14th, 2012

Of course, all those drugs cost a lot of money for consumers, while generating mega-profits for Big Pharma. They’re one reason why “health care” costs so much – and perhaps one reason why our lives are shorter than many of those who spend less. Between the cost of treatment and the tough economy, dependence on […]


Look at the Drugs

Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

  And as if our society weren’t besotted enough, just think: A new voyage into “chemical space”…has concluded that scientists have synthesized barely one tenth of 1 percent of the potential medicines that could be made. The report, in the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience, estimates that the actual number of these so-called “small molecules” could […]


Stat!: How’s That New Disclosure Policy Working for You, DSM-V Task Force?

Posted on Friday, May 18th, 2012

Via Wikipedia The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association provides a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders. It is used in the United States and in varying degrees around the world, by clinicians, researchers, psychiatric drug regulation agencies, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical […]



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