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  • CHINESE DELIVERY OF FAKE PHARMACEUTICALS UNCOVERED

    04/11/2014 10:09:56 AM PDT · by DannyTN · 26 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 4/10/2014 | BOB UNRUH
    Millions of fake pills from China, some with no active ingredients and others with the wrong contents, have been uncovered and confiscated by customs officers in France. ... “Drug research in China has fallen under a cloud since 2006 because 13 of the top 20 global drug makers have set up research and development centers in China. Yes, it’s cheaper to do research there, but, as one auditor said, ‘with cheaper research comes greater risk,’” she wrote. ... There also are whole factories in China with up to 15,000 people employed for the purpose of counterfeiting products.
  • #SaveJosh: Virginia boy's family pleads for drug to save his life

    03/10/2014 9:57:43 PM PDT · by GailA · 67 replies
    Fox Memphis ^ | 3/9/14 | Ch, 13
    imee Hardy says her son is in agony. He has battled cancer on and off, and now he's in jeopardy again due to complications from a bone marrow transplant. Doctors believe Brincidofovir could save his life, but the maker of the drug won't provide it. Chimerix is the company that makes Brincidofovir. They're facing a major ethical dilemma because they say there are hundreds if not thousands of people who need it, but if they give it to patients like Josh, it will slow down their efforts to make it widely available. They hope that will happen in 2016 if...
  • Drugs Contamination In Tap Drinking Water

    01/18/2014 8:00:18 AM PST · by truthnomatterwhat · 27 replies
    Health Alkaline Water ^ | January 17, 2014 | Alexanne Stone
    We have a tendency in our society to take our drinking water for granted and assume that water contamination will be taken care of by our local authorities. We need to change the way we think in this regard because budgets for water treatment are drying up and the use of recycled water is now becoming more common. We can no longer just think of water as a gift from Mother Nature that will always be there when we need it, but rather as an industry and commodity which needs investment! Here is one way how the contamination in drinking...
  • Special Report: Lost hooves, dead cattle before Merck halted Zilmax sales

    01/01/2014 5:56:02 PM PST · by fella · 69 replies
    Reuters ^ | 30 Dec 2013 | By P.J. Huffstutter and Tom Polansek
    (Reuters) - The U.S. beef industry's dependence on the muscle-building drug Zilmax began unraveling here, on a sweltering summer day, in the dusty cattle pens outside a Tyson Foods Inc slaughterhouse in southeastern Washington state. As cattle trailers that had traveled up to four hours in 95-degree heat began to unload, 15 heifers and steers hobbled down the ramps on August 5, barely able to walk. The reason: The animals had lost their hooves, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture documents reviewed by Reuters. The documents show the 15 animals were destroyed. The next day, the hottest day of the...
  • Merck to cut costs by $2.5 billion, eliminate 8,500 jobs

    10/01/2013 6:30:03 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 26 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 10/1/2013
    Merck & Co (MRK.N), taking a cue from other drugmakers that have slashed research spending to bolster earnings, on Tuesday said it plans to cut annual operating costs by $2.5 billion by the end of 2015 and eliminate 8,500 jobs. By slimming down, Merck aims to narrow its focus to products with the best chance of winning regulatory approval and achieving substantial sales, while jettisoning research products with less likelihood of success. The planned job cuts, representing more than 10 percent of the company's global workforce of 81,000 employees, would be in addition to previously announced cuts of 7,500 positions.
  • China probes drugmaker Sanofi for alleged bribery

    08/10/2013 8:10:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 10, 2013 10:29 AM EDT
    Chinese authorities have launched an investigation against French drugmaker Sanofi following a news report that accused the company of bribing hundreds of Chinese doctors in 2007. An unnamed whistleblower told the Guangzhou-based, state-owned 21st Century Business Herald that the French company had paid 503 doctors a total of $274,000 to prescribe Sanofi products, disguising the payments as grants for research programs. China’s official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday that the Beijing municipal health bureau was teaming up with disciplinary authorities to look into the research programs and determine whether the payments were actually bribes. …
  • Dying infant 17 days too old for promising treatment

    06/04/2013 1:00:01 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 22 replies
    QMI AGENCY ^ | June 4, 2013 | HELOISE ARCHAMBAULT
    MONTREAL - An infant who's slowly dying of a rare spinal defect has been denied an experimental medical treatment because he's 17 days too old. The cutoff set by the U.S. pharmaceutical firm ISIS has outraged his parents, Yan Defosses and Emanuelle Desbiens. "It's cruel and completely inhuman," Defosses told QMI Agency. Eight-month-old Liam suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease that attacks the spinal cord, weakening his muscles. His parents realized something was wrong soon after his birth. He was losing muscle tone instead of gaining it. When he was four months old, doctors gave his parents the...
  • Ted Cruz: Just tell us the truth, Mr. President

    05/15/2013 6:29:00 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 21 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 5/14/2013 | Ted Cruz
    It's never comforting to have one's longstanding fears confirmed. Yet, that's exactly what's happened over the last week as Americans have been presented with a stunning array of facts that diminish faith in our government. Whether it's on foreign policy, taxes, or the health-care system our lives depend on, members of the Obama Administration are making it harder to trust them to perform the most very basic functions of public service. *snip* Next, the Department of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has found that conservative and Tea Party groups, after complaining for years of being unfairly targeted by...
  • FDA: Morning-after pill OK for ages 15 and up

    04/30/2013 4:11:58 PM PDT · by jobim · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 30, 2013 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government is moving the morning-after pill over the counter but only those 15 and older can buy it - an attempt to find middle ground just days before a court-imposed deadline to lift all age restrictions on the emergency contraceptive.
  • INSURANCE COPAY INCREASE

    02/27/2013 11:04:59 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 27 replies
    self | February 28, 2013 | swampsniper
    I just refilled prescriptions for the month. It varies, some of them are as needed and I can sometimes skip a month.If nothing changes my monthly copay is now going to average $90.00 more, at least an $1080.00 year increase.I sure hope Fluke enjoys her free birth control!
  • Khan made trips to Niger, Sudan

    02/23/2004 8:27:58 PM PST · by piasa · 14 replies · 1,072+ views
    The Times of India ^ | SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2004 | CHIDANAND RAJGHATTA
    WASHINGTON: The famous African explorer Dr David Livingstone might have been impressed, even if the agenda was suspect. Pakistan’s disgraced nuclear proliferator-hero Abdul Qadeer Khan traversed the breadth of Africa in his hey day as a nuclear salesman , going to as romantic a getaway as Casablanca in Morocco and as remote an outpost as Timbuktu in Mali.   US officials might dearly like to get hold of Khan’s travel agent, or simply his itinerary, since he seems to have pretty much charted his own course during his profligate proliferating days. According to accounts now surfacing in the Pakistani media,...
  • EU-Israel drugs pact contains legal pitfall

    10/26/2012 9:42:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 24.10.12 @ 21:14 | Andrew Rettman
    MEPs have rubber-stamped a trade deal with Israel despite a warning by their own legal services that it might clash with EU law. The European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday (23 October) passed the so-called ACAA (Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products) pact by 379 votes against 230 with 40 abstentions. … The legal description of the Israeli body that certifies drugs for ACAA purposes could be a stumbling block, however. EU parliament lawyers spelled out their views in a 10-page analysis dated 16 March this year. They said that if Israel’s ACAA regulator—most likely its health...
  • Ketamine for Depression: The Most Important Advance in Field in 50 Years?

    10/06/2012 4:37:30 PM PDT · by Renfield · 67 replies
    Time Healthland ^ | 10-05-2012 | Maia Szalavitz
    In any given year, 7% of adults suffer from major depression, and at least 1 in 10 youth will reckon with the disorder at some point during their teenage years. But about 20% of these cases will not respond to current treatments; for those that do, relief may take weeks to months to come. There is one treatment, however, that works much faster: the anesthetic and “club drug” ketamine. It takes effect within hours. A single dose of ketamine produces relief of depression that has been shown in studies to last for up to 10 days; it also appears to...
  • The drugs don't work: a modern medical scandal

    09/24/2012 3:37:07 PM PDT · by Renfield · 3 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 9-21-2012 | Ben Goldacre
    The doctors prescribing the drugs don't know they don't do what they're meant to. Nor do their patients. The manufacturers know full well, but they're not telling. ~~snip~~ But we had both been misled. In October 2010, a group of researchers was finally able to bring together all the data that had ever been collected on reboxetine, both from trials that were published and from those that had never appeared in academic papers. When all this trial data was put together, it produced a shocking picture. Seven trials had been conducted comparing reboxetine against a placebo. Only one, conducted in...
  • NRCC hits Obama over Messina’s Caribou Coffee trysts

    08/18/2012 11:26:54 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8-1-12 | Conn Carroll
    Add the National Republican Congressional Committee to the list of conservative groups capitalizing on former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina’s secret meetings with lobbyists at a Caribou Coffee near the White House. President Obama has repeatedly promised that his would be “the most transparent administration in history,” but the House Energy and Commerce Committee released a report yesterday showing that high-ranking Obama staffers, including Messina, used private email addresses to bypass these rules and meet with industry lobbyists. “I will roll Pelosi to get the 4 billion,” Messina wrote Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America lobbyist Jeffrey...
  • Listed Chinese pharma used gutter oil to make antibiotics

    09/03/2012 6:10:33 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 29 replies
    WantChinaTimes.com ^ | 9/1/12 | Staff Reporter
    A company in Shanghai which collects "gutter" oil. (Photo/Xinhua) Joincare Pharmaceutical Group, which is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, has been accused of using recycled waste cooking oil as an ingredient in antibiotics, reports the Shanghai Securities News. Citing the indictment filed by prosecutors with the Ningbo Intermediate People's Court in Zhejiang province, the newspaper said Joincare was the largest user of the "gutter" oil produced by Gelin Biology Company in Jinan, Shandong province. Gutter oil refers to waste oil collected from restaurants and illegally reused. The prosecutors said Gelin sold its gutter oil to a company called...
  • ROMNEY CAMPAIGN: Obama's Campaign Manager 'Appears' To Be A Crook

    08/02/2012 9:35:06 AM PDT · by hcmama · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 2, 2012 | Brett Lioguarto
    Eric Fehrnstrom, a senior adviser to the Romney campaign, told reporters on a conference call this morning that Obama campaign manager Jim Messina "appears" to have broken the law, based off a series of emails Messina sent from his personal account as White House deputy chief of staff Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/eric-fehrnstrom-jim-messina-obama-romney-emails-obamacare-2012-8#ixzz22PKKy5zs
  • Smoking Guns: Why Rush Limbaugh was Right about Hillary and Huma

    06/28/2012 6:19:10 PM PDT · by Ben Barrack · 15 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 6/28/12 | Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
    Was Rush Limbaugh right when he discussed Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin, criticizing the Secretary of State for her Deputy Chief of Staff’s familial ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and the close relationship between Huma’s mother and Egypt’s new first lady? Think Progress refers to Limbaugh’s claims as ‘baseless’. First, here is Rush’s commentary on the subject on June 26th (via Think Progress): The first sign that Rush’s claim is not baseless is that Think Progress says it is. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, Saleha and her now-deceased husband, Syed Z. Abedin, co-founded the Institute of...
  • What is the cause of certain prescription drugs to be so costly?

    06/19/2012 5:45:07 PM PDT · by reaganator · 75 replies
    A friend mine shared that he spent $455.00 for 12 pills. And commented, "There should be laws against this robbery." I suggested he find out why the pills cost so much, he does not seem interested in doing so, would rather continue to believe there is no cause to justify the high cost. But this has caused me to want to be better informed on this topic. I'd appreciate any info and links shared, thank you.
  • Mitt Romney holds fundraiser with manufacturer of the Morning After Pill

    05/19/2012 7:15:24 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 415 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | May 18, 2012 | Ben Johnson
    MIAMI, FLORIDA – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney scheduled a $50,000-a-plate fundraiser at the home of Phil Frost, the executive of the company that makes the Morning After Pill, on Wednesday night. Plan B One-Step is produced by Teva Pharmaceuticals, Frost’s company.
  • Big Pharma Sponsored Front Groups Try to Kill Electronic Cigarettes in the Womb

    04/24/2012 7:06:21 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 13 replies
    The Rest of the Story ^ | APRIL 20, 2012 | Dr. Michael Siegel
    The American Legacy Foundation released a policy statement on electronic cigarettes, in which it called for the removal of these products from the market. The statement was entitled "The FDA Should Take Electronic Cigarettes Off The Market Until It Is Satisfied That They Are Safe and Effective." According to the statement: "While we remain open to promising products that can help smokers quit smoking, a consideration of all of the available evidence combined with important unanswered questions strongly supports our call on the FDA to prohibit the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes unless and until the FDA is satisfied that...
  • Va. Supreme Court rules in Merck class action

    03/07/2012 6:51:17 AM PST · by Miami Vice · 5 replies
    Legal Newsline ^ | 3-7-12 | MichaelP. Tremoglie
    The Virginia Supreme Court has issued a ruling in the case of Casey v. Merck & Co. The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit had asked the Virginia court to rule on two issues regarding Virginia law and a statute of limitations for class actions. A class action was filed ...
  • With Contraceptive Mandate, who's in bed with Big Pharma now?

    02/13/2012 6:04:33 AM PST · by PizzaTheHut · 29 replies
    With Contraceptive Mandate, who's really in bed with "Big Pharma" now?
  • Adderall Drug Shortage Will Continue in 2012, Government Officials Say

    01/04/2012 9:09:45 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | January 3, 2012 | Mikaela Conley
    A contentious relationship between drug manufacturers and the Drug Enforcement Agency may cause a continuing shortage of the attention deficit medication Adderall, which the FDA just added to its official drug shortages list, the New York Times reported. As of 2007, about 9.5 percent, or 5.4 million, of school-aged children were diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adderall prescriptions went up 13.4 percent from 2009 to 2010, and more than 18 million prescriptions were written for the drug, Reuters reported. As demand for the drug grows, more and more patients have...
  • Study: birth control shot (used in Depo Provera) linked to memory loss

    11/07/2011 1:27:25 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 7, 2011 | THADDEUS BAKLINSKI
    PHOENIX, Arizona, November 7, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Research at Arizona State University (ASU) has found that the synthetic progestin hormone medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA), used in the injectable contraceptive Depo Provera, is linked to memory loss. Psychology doctoral student Blair Braden and Heather Bimonte-Nelson, associate professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and director of the Bimonte-Nelson Memory and Aging Lab at ASU, led the study. This study was an extension of earlier research carried out by Braden that implicated MPA used as a component of hormone therapy for menopause to possible detrimental cognitive effects in...
  • Obama Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (He now wants government to develop drugs)

    09/22/2011 7:27:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/22/2011 | Scott Gottleib
    Fresh off its successes in the green-energy patch, the Obama team is turning its investment skills to the life sciences. Last Friday, President Obama announced his intention to increase the federal government’s involvement in the business of biotechnology. His plan is for a new federal center inside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that would be focused on the development and commercialization of new drugs. The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) would engage in early drug-development work, eventually handing off programs to private companies for completion. In return, the government would take a guaranteed royalty stream on drugs...
  • China and India Making Inroads in Biotech Drugs

    09/20/2011 1:17:35 AM PDT · by Cronos · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | 18 Sep 2011 | Gardiner Harris
    Chinese and Indian drug makers have taken over much of the global trade in medicines and now manufacture more than 80 percent of the active ingredients in drugs sold worldwide. But they had never been able to copy the complex and expensive biotech medicines increasingly used to treat cancer, diabetes and other diseases in rich nations like the United States — until now. These generic drug companies say they are on the verge of selling cheaper copies of such huge sellers as Herceptin for breast cancer, Avastin for colon cancer, Rituxan for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Enbrel for rheumatoid arthritis. Their...
  • Bachmann Took Money from GlaxoSmithKline — Manufacturer of HPV Vaccine (Competitor of Merck)

    09/17/2011 10:18:28 AM PDT · by xzins · 240 replies
    The American Pundit ^ | 16 Sep 11 | Stephen Tawney
    good times good times. Meanwhile, Bachman has taken somewhere north of $140,000 from pharmaceutical companies. Those donors include Abbott Labs, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Novartis, Eli Lilly and Bayer. Yet, not a dollar of all that pharma money, from such a wide range of the world’s largest drugmakers, came from Merck. Might Bachmann be going after Merck on behalf of that company’s competitors who also happen to be Bachmann donors? She’s claiming a vaccine manufactured by Merck (Gardisil) causes mental retardation. Meanwhile, she’s taking campaign donations from Merck’s top HPV vaccine (Cervarix) competitor, GlaxoSmithKline.Hey, that’s not at all suspicious.Weren’t we...
  • HAS ANYONE WONDERED WHY THERE IS A CANCER DRUGS SHORTAGE?

    08/29/2011 7:39:56 AM PDT · by Marty62 · 74 replies · 1+ views
    various | 8-29-2011 | various
    Locally the news has been covering the shortage of Cancer Drugs. Patients are haveing life saving surgeries and trestments prosponded or delayed due to this shortage. This situation led me to ask WHY? I have found that Doctors are fighting to get drugs for their patients. Nuclear Medicine (lukemia etc) is having shortages of Isotopes due to the destruction of the Nuclear Industry. Have we missed the complicity of the Obama Admin in this silent genocide. When Gov policies result in a class of people dying it is in fact genocide. Big Pharma held meetings with the Administration and by...
  • Vaccine Cleared Again as Autism Culprit

    08/27/2011 2:07:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 74 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 25, 2011 | GARDINER HARRIS
    Yet another panel of scientists has found no evidence that a popular vaccine causes autism. But despite the scientists’ best efforts, their report is unlikely to have any impact on the frustrating debate about the safety of these crucial medicines. “The M.M.R. vaccine doesn’t cause autism, and the evidence is overwhelming that it doesn’t,” Dr. Ellen Wright Clayton, the chairwoman ... --snip-- The panel did conclude, however, that there are risks to getting the chickenpox vaccine that can arise years after vaccination. People who have had the vaccine can develop pneumonia, meningitis or hepatitis years later if the virus used...
  • Dog Heartworm Drug Supply Runs Out (Doggie Lover's PING)

    08/23/2011 7:14:11 AM PDT · by Marie · 85 replies
    My FOX ^ | 12Aug11 | Lari Barager
    FORT WORTH, Texas - If your dog has heartworms it will be harder to get a cure. The only company producing the parasite-killing drug has run out and veterinarians don’t know when they’ll get more. Veterinarians across the country are in a quandary because Immiticide is the only FDA-approved drug available to treat dogs with heartworms. Drug company Merial said its supply is gone and it can’t produce any more because it can’t get the drug’s active ingredient in the United States. The FDA has been hesitant to allow overseas suppliers to fill American orders. Vets are working with what...
  • Drug company lawyer taped trying to foil lawsuit

    08/17/2011 12:36:04 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck
    Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, August 17, 2011 3:06 PM EDT | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — International business can be an ethical jungle, but it's rare to get details of bare-knuckle tactics on tape. According to a recording and sworn testimony provided to The Associated Press, a lawyer in Mexico for a leading U.S. drug manufacturer offered to pay an opposing expert in a lawsuit if he would leave the country on a key court date to undermine the case. *** Baxter said the lawyer was not authorized to make any offers, and it has severed all ties with him. The recording and its disclosure offer an unusual glimpse of fishy maneuvers in...
  • California mulls giving 12-year-olds STD vaccine Gardasil without parental consent

    08/12/2011 2:02:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 62 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 12, 2011 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    WASHINGTON, August 12, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The California legislature is now pushing through a bill to remove parental notification for children as young as 12 to receive the dangerous STD vaccine Gardasil. The American Life League reports that each treatment of the HPV vaccine Gardasil, has an average cost of over $360, a sum that would be footed by taxpayers. Gardasil, the most popular HPV vaccine, has been found to cause dangerous side effects and as many as twelve deaths in the United States alone. The state had attempted but failed in 2007 to mandate HPV vaccinations for all girls...
  • Dose of Reason: Perry and Gardasil

    08/12/2011 2:46:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 129 replies
    RIght Wing ^ | August 7, 2011 | bnuckols
    Bear with me, this isn’t a “sound bite” subject. The Human Papilloma Virus is an infection, and should not be a moral issue. In contrast, the vaccine against four strains of the virus, Gardasil, has become a political issue, even though the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now recommends it for all boys and girls. Governor Rick Perry has been criticized for his February, 2007 Executive Order that made the vaccine mandatory for girls before entering the 6th grade. Very little is said about the part of the EO that affirmed the right of and facilitated parents who wish...
  • Drugs For Critically Ill In Short Supply; Some Hospitals Consider Rationing

    05/19/2011 1:45:34 AM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 43 replies
    WSVM ^ | 05/19/2011 | WSVM
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Michael O'Neal is a pharmacist. He purchases drugs for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He often deals with drug shortages, but this one is bad. O'Neal is concerned about the availability of electrolytes. They are critical to a babies in neonatal intensive care and seriously ill adults. Electrolytes are administered to a critically ill patient for nutritional support intravenously. They are given to patients who cannot get their nutrition any other way. O'Neal said he's concerned that as supplies shrink, measures will have to be taken. "We are dangerously close, we believe, when we will have to ration...
  • Confessions of a Pharmaceutical industry insider

    07/05/2011 2:31:27 PM PDT · by djf · 35 replies
    Youtube ^ | Gwen Olsen
    Vid at source.
  • High Court sides with generic drug makers in narrow ruling

    06/29/2011 10:32:53 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 3 replies
    Clinton News Network ^ | June 23rd | Bill Mears
    The court split along conservative-liberal lines. "It is beyond dispute that the federal statutes and regulations that apply to brand-name drug manufacturers are meaningfully different than those that apply to generic drug manufacturers," said Justice Clarence Thomas. "Indeed it is the special, and different, regulation of generic drugs that allowed the generic drug market to expand, bringing drugs more quickly and cheaply to the public." In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor countered, "These divergent liability rules threaten to reduce consumer demand for generics... ... Thomas acknowledged that from the plaintiffs' perspective in the latest cases, "finding pre-emption here but not in...
  • Patents for pricey drugs set to expire; generics will save money

    05/15/2011 5:48:57 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 67 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | May 15, 2011 | Bruce Japsen
    Lipitor. Actos. Plavix. These are some of the most-prescribed medicines in the U.S., drugs that are so commonplace they are responsible for a huge chunk of the $300 billion spent on brand-name pharmaceuticals each year. That is about to change as patents on these pricey pills begin to expire, opening the door for generic competition. And that can translate to savings of up to 90 percent, analysts say, making these drugs affordable to more consumers. Americans will see cheaper copies of some of the biggest drug names starting this fall. Out-of-pocket costs of the generic form of Lipitor, a widely...
  • Short Term Use of Painkillers Could Be Dangerous to Heart Patients

    05/11/2011 12:06:11 AM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | May 10, 2011 | NA
    Even short-term use of some painkillers could be dangerous for people who've had a heart attack, according to research published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers analyzed the duration of prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) treatment and cardiovascular risk in a nationwide Danish cohort of patients with prior heart attack. They found the use of NSAIDs was associated with a 45 percent increased risk of death or recurrent heart attack within as little as one week of treatment, and a 55 percent increased risk if treatment extended to three months. The study was limited by its observational...
  • Rx Drug Shortages Hit All-Time High

    04/20/2011 4:15:05 PM PDT · by bvw · 87 replies · 1+ views
    MedPage Today ^ | March 28, 2011 | Emily P. Walker
    WASHINGTON -- The number of prescription drugs in short supply has more than tripled since 2005 and shortages are now more frequent than ever, [] Premier Healthcare Alliance -- a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals -- surveyed 311 pharmacy experts at hospitals and other facilities, such as surgery centers and long-term care facilities, about shortages during a six month period in 2010. The survey found that 89% had experienced shortages that may have caused a medication safety issue or error in patient care. Eight out of 10 times a shortage occurred, the patient's care was delayed...
  • The deindustrialization of America

    01/02/2011 7:47:31 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 63 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | JANUARY 2, 2011 | Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer
    An anonymous email making the cyberspace rounds is so upsetting that its author was correct to hide his name. The “Changes Are Coming” email details the demise of our post office, our newspapers, check writing systems, books and music as we know them along with the end of Cable TV and network systems as now constituted. But the harshest caveat bearing down on America is our demise due to deindustrialization. The email reports that “Tens of thousands of factories have left the U.S. in the past decade alone. Millions upon millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost. . .the U.S....
  • The dark side of biotech: expert details grisly fate of fetal body parts

    12/14/2010 4:14:47 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Life Site News ^ | December 9, 2010 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    Dr. Theresa Deisher speaks at the HLI conference last weekend. WASHINGTON, D.C., December 8, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Every day in America, countless packages are carefully transferred for use by government, university, pharmaceutical and other biotechnology laboratories. Some of these end up advancing development of products such as cosmetics and food additives; others are used directly as a form of therapy. The material in those packages are human body parts - eyes, ears, limbs, brain, skin - now an indispensable commodity for many U.S. researchers and scientists, and a lucrative export of America’s abortion clinics. To see an example of an...
  • The Network Behind the Bush-bashing Book

    05/30/2008 1:59:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 41 replies · 460+ views
    familysecuritymatters.org ^ | May 30, 2008 | Cliff Kincaid
    Publisher Peter Osnos, who admits to personally working with former Bush White House press secretary Scott McClellan on his new book, What Happened, began his career as an assistant to I.F. Stone, the pro-communist "journalist" named as a Soviet agent of influence who was the uncle of Weather Underground communist terrorist Kathy Boudin. But the connections don't end there. Boudin's son Chesa was raised by Barack Obama associates Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, who were Boudin's comrades in the communist terrorist group, after Kathy Boudin went to prison for her involvement in an armed robbery and assault that took the...
  • Glucosamine causes the death of pancreatic cells

    10/27/2010 12:51:34 PM PDT · by decimon · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Université Laval ^ | October 27, 2010 | Unknown
    This release is available in French.Quebec City, October 27, 2010—High doses or prolonged use of glucosamine causes the death of pancreatic cells and could increase the risk of developing diabetes, according to a team of researchers at Université Laval's Faculty of Pharmacy. Details of this discovery were recently published on the website of the Journal of Endocrinology. In vitro tests conducted by Professor Frédéric Picard and his team revealed that glucosamine exposure causes a significant increase in mortality in insulin-producing pancreatic cells, a phenomenon tied to the development of diabetes. Cell death rate increases with glucosamine dose and exposure time....
  • Merck to Cut 16,000 Workers as Drugmaker Closes 16 Plants, Labs

    07/08/2010 11:33:52 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 29 replies
    Daily Finance ^ | 7-9-2010
    Merck (MRK), the world's second largest drugmaker, said Thursday it plans to close eight manufacturing plants and eight research facilities around the world in its bid to save $3.5 billion a year. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based company is also reducing its workforce by 15%, or some 16,000 jobs, it said. The actions are part of a restructuring the company has undertaken following its $41 billion acquisition of rival Schering-Plough in November. In addition to the plant closings, Merck said it will consolidate some offices worldwide, as part of the restructuring begun last December. "Today's announcement is another important step as...
  • Breakthrough in fight against fatal Ebola as new drug saves 100% of monkeys tested! (Praise God!)

    05/29/2010 4:21:54 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 29 replies · 708+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 10:57 PM on 29th May 2010 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A gene silencing approach can save monkeys from high doses of the most lethal strain of Ebola virus in what researchers call the most viable route yet to treating the deadly and frightening infection. They used small interfering RNAs or siRNAs, a new technology being developed by a number of companies, to hold the virus at bay for a week until the immune system could take over. Tests in four rhesus monkeys showed that seven daily injections cured 100 per cent of them. U.S. government researchers and a small Canadian biotech company, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, worked together to develop the new...
  • Pfizer Discloses $35 Mil in Payments To Doctors, Hospitals For Research And Promotion

    04/02/2010 12:59:03 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 9 replies · 378+ views
    Medical News Today.com ^ | 04/02/10 | Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
    Pfizer, the largest drug maker in the world, disclosed 35 million in payments during the second half of 2009 to doctors who consulted or spoke on behalf of drugs and to the medical centers that tested them, The New York Times reports. This is Pfizer's first disclosure of this nature. "While other pharmaceutical companies have disclosed payments to doctors, Pfizer is the first to disclose payments for the clinical trials. The disclosure does not include payments outside the United States" (Wilson, 3/31). "The drugmaker made the disclosure as part of a government settlement after it pleaded guilty last year to...
  • Killing the Golden Goose Part One--Pharmaceutical Companies

    03/25/2010 7:18:14 AM PDT · by timesthattrymenssouls · 4 replies · 273+ views
    Constitutional Guardian ^ | 3/25/2010 | Nancy Tengler
    Dr. Arthur Laffer, one of the great economic minds of our generation recently published a piece whose title he adapted from a quote by Steven Landsburg: "Economics Can Be Summarized In Four Words: People Respond to Incentives." Companies are just like people. In the early 1990's when BillaryCare was on the table, the Clinton Administration decided they needed a villain (sound familiar?) so they began a vicious attack on the pharmaceutical industry. The only problem was, the pharmaceutical companies were busy developing drugs like Lipitor that prevent costly and serious health problems such as strokes and heart disease. BillaryCare failed...
  • Heist of up to $75 million in drugs

    03/16/2010 5:28:16 AM PDT · by Puppage · 19 replies · 625+ views
    WTNH Television ^ | 3/16/2010 | Puppage
    Enfield, Conn. (WTNH) - Thieves broke into an Enfield warehouse filled with prescription drugs over the weekend, getting away with up to $75 million worth of narcotics. The large, non-descript brown building back in the woods in Enfield is a transportation hub of sorts for prescription drug company Eli Lilly . Over the weekend someone cut a hole in the roof and rappelled inside, stealing between $50-$75 million worth of drugs. It's the largest theft in town history. "The hole was very high up and there was no way they you would be able to leap to the floor," Enfield...
  • Generic drug plan focuses on wrong problem

    02/25/2010 7:28:52 AM PST · by John David Powell · 7 replies · 223+ views
    Townhall ^ | Feb. 25, 2010 | John David Powell
    The Obama Administration plan to put new generic drugs on the street faster is another example of how Washington healthcare reformers just don’t get it. While it is true that more generic drugs will reduce healthcare costs, it also is true that health risks will increases for many individuals sensitive to even the slightest changes in their medications. The Obama drug plan imposes $10 billion in fees over ten years on the brand-name pharmaceutical industry, to be parceled out among big drug makers to eliminate the so-called donut hole, or gap, in Medicare prescription drug coverage. The idea is to...