Patients Caught in the Tentacles of the Allopathic System

Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

By Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN   Physicians trained in orthodox Western medicine are marvelously able to treat cases that come into emergency rooms – victims of accidents or shootings, say, or acute infections. They are armed with a wide array of powerful drugs and exceptional surgical skills to save lives, give miraculous relief, or […]

Not Quite the Solution They Expected, Pharma Edition

Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Remember those millions of new patients created by the latest change in blood pressure guidelines, all freshly eligible for drug treatment they hadn’t needed just the day before? Oops. According to research presented at the recent Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology, two classes of drugs commonly used to lower blood pressure may […]

So About Those New Blood Pressure Guidelines…

Posted on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

You’ve probably heard the one about the change in blood pressure guidelines. It was issued late last year by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (AAC), and it garnered a lot of media attention. A lot. Suddenly, millions of Americans became newly eligible for drugs to get their BP below […]

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 ( 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 […]

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