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  • DSN reader polls show narrow preference for Trump (Drug Store Industry)

    10/07/2016 12:32:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Drug Store News ^ | October 7, 2016
    As Election Day draws near, it looks like a slim majority of Drug Store News readers would prefer to see Donald Trump in the White House, according to our most recent online reader poll. Though the candidates are separated by fewer than 100 votes, at press time, 51% of readers (1163 votes) said they would vote Trump if the election were tomorrow, whereas 49% (1101 votes) said Hillary Clinton was their pick. These are the most recent results, but Drug Store News has been asking readers all year for their opinions on which candidateís policies they would favor. We began...
  • Big pharma is spending millions to fight limits on opioids like OxyContin, Vicodin and fentanyl

    09/27/2016 4:28:52 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 93 replies
    Vice News ^ | Sept. 18, 2016
    Big pharma is spending millions to fight limits on opioids like OxyContin, Vicodin and fentanyl The pharmaceutical industry has spent more than $880 million over the past decade to fight laws that would limit the availability of powerful opiods such as OxyContin, Vicodin and fentanyl in the United States, according to an investigation by the Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity published Sunday. Often, these lobbying expenditures are funneled through groups like the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and other advocacy groups that represent the interests of patients with terminal cancer or chronic pain, whose conditions can...
  • Chemotherapy warning as hundreds die from cancer-fighting drugs (chemo may kill up to 50% patients

    09/07/2016 3:33:50 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 158 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 08/30/2016 | Sarah Knapton
    Chemotherapy warning as hundreds die from cancer-fighting drugs (cancer drugs may kill up to 50 % patients) Sarah Knapton, Science Editor 30 August 2016 Patients should be warned about the dangers of chemotherapy after research showed that cancer drugs are killing up to 50 per cent of patients in some hospitals. For the first time researchers looked at the numbers of cancer patients who died within 30 days of starting chemotherapy, which indicates that the medication is the cause of death, rather than the cancer. In Milton Keynes the death rate for lung cancer treatment was 50.9 per cent,...
  • CEO who gouged price of EpiPen is daughter of Democrat senator

    08/24/2016 5:39:58 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 77 replies ^ | 8/24/16 | AP
    CEO who gouged price of EpiPen is daughter of Democrat senator CHARLESTON, W.Va. ó As a pharmaceutical company run by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchinís daughter faces scrutiny for hiking prices on life-saving allergy injection pens, Manchin is remaining mum. The Democratic West Virginia senatorís daughter, Heather Bresch, is CEO of Mylan, which manufactures EpiPens. A two-dose package cost around $94 nine years ago. The cost averaged more than six times that in May. Manchin spokesman Jonathan Kott said Wednesday the senator had no comment.
  • One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana

    07/24/2016 1:08:30 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 89 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/22/2016
    One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana There's a body of research showing that painkiller abuse and overdose are lower in states with medical marijuana laws. These studies have generally assumed that when medical marijuana is available, pain patients are increasingly choosing pot over powerful and deadly prescription narcotics. But that's always been just an assumption. Now a new study, released in the journal Health Affairs, validates these findings by providing clear evidence of a missing link in the causal chain running from medical marijuana to falling overdoses. Ashley and W. David Bradford, a daughter-father pair...
  • Pfizerís Lethal Injection Drug Ban Raises Fears of Alternative Execution Methods in US

    05/15/2016 12:40:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 14 May 2016 | Jamie Doward
    Human rights campaigners warn action is needed to stop use of unlicensed drugs or other legally unsatisfactory methodsHuman rights groups have welcomed news that pharmaceutical firm Pfizer is to block the sale of its drugs in the US to perform executions, but warned that legally dubious alternatives could take their place. All companies licensed by the US government to manufacture drugs for state executions have now blocked their use in lethal injections. Pfizerís withdrawal follows a campaign targeting pharmaceutical companies and their shareholders. The company said: ďPfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of the patients we...
  • Even as Prescription Drug Volume Stagnates, Prices Soar.

    Total US spending on prescription drugs in 2015, at the manufacturersí level and as measured by ďinvoice pricing,Ē jumped by 12.2% to $424.8 billion, after having already soared 14.2% in 2014! A two-year increase of 28%! So youíd think weíd get some results for all this moolah. But no. This $424.8 billion in prescription drug spending at ďinvoice pricingĒ isnít based on what Americans or their health insurers pay. According to IMS Health, which released the report, it reflects invoice pricing by drug companies to distributors. It includes neither price concessions by drug companies nor the ďmark-ups and additional costsĒ...
  • Fact-checking Gov. Rick Scottís exchange with Starbucks heckler

    04/07/2016 6:52:02 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 4/6/16 | AMY SHERMAN AND JOSHUA GILLI
    It starts like a joke ó Gov. Rick Scott walks into a Gainesville Starbucks ó but one patron wasnít laughing. Scott stopped in at the coffee chain for a cup Tuesday after touring the recently opened factory and headquarters for biopharmaceutical company Nanotherapeutics. Cara Jennings, a former Lake Worth city commissioner, saw Scott in the downtown store and ripped into him, from her seat, over health insurance and cuts to womenís health services, and calling him an expletive
  • New Jersey hospital emergency room becomes first in U.S. to end use of opioid painkillers

    03/31/2016 6:02:17 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 182 replies
    PIX11 ^ | March 30,2016
    New Jersey hospital emergency room becomes first in U.S. to end use of opioid painkillers PATERSON, N.J. -- St. Josephís Regional Medical Center announced it has become the first hospital in the country to implement a program that will manage patients' pain in the emergency room without the use of opioid painkillers. Painkillers most frequently used in the emergency room in the past were oxycodone, vicodin and percocet, according to Dr. Mark Rosenberg, the Emergency Department chair. ďOur job here together is to look at the whole equation and understand how we can stop people from going from a prescription,...
  • Vote For Trump, Go Broke, Or Die

    03/03/2016 4:24:04 AM PST · by SatinDoll · 42 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | March 3, 2016 | Karl Denninger
    I know, the headline sounds dramatic. It's true. Trump has just released his health care reform proposal. He is the only candidate that has put forward a plan that will force down the cost of medical care by as much as 80%, rendering Obamacare unnecessary along with Medicare. Require price transparency from all healthcare providers, especially doctors and healthcare organizations like clinics and hospitals. Individuals should be able to shop to find the best prices for procedures, exams or any other medical-related procedure. .... Remove barriers to entry into free markets for drug providers that offer safe, reliable and cheaper...
  • Kentucky (Dem) lawmaker‚Äôs bill forces men to get note from wives before purchasing Viagra

    02/15/2016 2:43:20 AM PST · by Zakeet · 63 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 14, 2016 | Peter Holley
    Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a Louisville Democrat, has introduced a bill that would force men who want to use erectile dysfunction drugs to jump through a series of humiliating hoops beforehand, such as visiting a doctor twice and getting notes from their wives. "I want to protect these men from themselves," Marzian, who is a nurse, told the Courier-Journal. [Snip] The lawmaker told the paper that she intends to introduce a bill that would require gun buyers to get counseling from victims of gun violence 24 hours ahead of a firearms purchase. "I'm just making sure the government is taking...
  • SAD TROMBONE. Democrat Shill In Favor Of Big Government Will Not Support Ted Cruz

    02/06/2016 3:47:00 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 10 replies
    Redstate ^ | 2/6/2016 | Streiff
    Last evening, Ted Cruz was at a town hall meeting in Salem, NH, when he was hit with a question about drug abuse. If you’ve followed Cruz’s campaign, you know that his own family has experience loss due to drug abuse. His older sister, Miriam became addicted to pain pills following and accident and slid into a life of drug abuse. Because it is a campaign season, the left used the town hall as an excuse for some low-level street theater. Not a day goes by on the New Hampshire campaign trail without residents grilling the men and women running...
  • CEO That Raised Drug Price 4,000 Percent Arrested

    12/17/2015 7:58:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    Big Health Report ^ | December 17, 2015 | The Hill
    Martin Shkreli, who drew national scorn for hiking the cost of a life-saving drug 4,000 percent overnight, has been arrested, according to multiple reports early Thursday.The 32-year-old founder and CEO of Turing Pharmaceutical made headlines in September for raising the price of Daraprim, often used to treat HIV and AIDS patients, from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill after buying the rights to the drug.His arrest is reportedly not related to that price increase.Shkreli is accused of illegally taking stock from a biotechnology firm he launched in 2011 called Retrophin Inc., Bloomberg reported, and using it to pay off...
  • CDC exposed as private corporation colluding with Big Pharma

    12/04/2015 2:57:52 PM PST · by drypowder · 7 replies
    Natural News ^ | 12/4/2015 | By Ethan A. Huff
    The CDC, by definition, is a private corporation working on behalf of its stakeholders, which include key players in the pharmaceutical and vaccine industries that profit from the spread of disease, not from real prevention and cures.
  • Biotech Company, ISIS Pharmaceuticals is thinking about changing its name

    11/30/2015 11:00:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/30/2015 | Akin Oyedele
    ISIS Pharmaceuticals could have a new name soon. According to a report on Monday by CNNMoney's Matt Egan, the company is considering the switch following the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday. The attacks left 129 people dead and 352 wounded. ISIS, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, claimed responsibility for the attacks. ISIS Pharmaceuticals, which has the ticker ISIS, is a $7.2 billion biotech company that develops drugs that treat several conditions including cancer and heart conditions. ISIS Pharma's vice president for corporate communications and investor relations D. Wade Walke told CNNMoney that Friday's attacks weighed on...
  • Slow-selling ‚Äėfemale Viagra‚Äô is giving Valeant a headache

    11/17/2015 12:41:57 PM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 17, 2015 | Staff
    Sorry, Valeant. The ladies just aren‚Äôt feeling it. Addyi, the so-called ‚Äúfemale Viagra‚ÄĚ pill made by Valeant Pharmaceuticals‚Äô Sprout unit, is off to a slow start, with doctors writing just 227 prescriptions in its first few weeks on the market, according to a new report. That compares to the more than half a million men who got prescriptions for Viagra in its first month on the market in 1998, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday.
  • Sanofi US Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Auvi‚ÄĎQ¬ģ

    10/29/2015 9:29:42 AM PDT · by wtd · 1 replies
    Sanofi ^ | 10/29/2015 | Sanofi
    Sanofi US Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Auvi‚ÄĎQ¬ģ Due to Potential Inaccurate Dosage Delivery Sanofi US is voluntarily recalling all Auvi‚ÄĎQ¬ģ (epinephrine injection, USP). The recall involves all Auvi‚ÄĎQ currently on the market and includes both the 0.15 mg and 0.3 mg strengths for hospitals, retailers and consumers. This includes lot number 2299596 through 3037230, which expire March 2016 through December 2016. The products have been found to potentially have inaccurate dosage delivery. If a patient experiencing a serious allergic reaction (i.e., anaphylaxis) did not receive the intended dose, there could be significant health consequences, including death because anaphylaxis...
  • Drugmaker to offer $1 version of $750-per-pill medication

    10/23/2015 4:08:09 AM PDT · by fruser1 · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/23/2015 | Fox News (AP Copy)
    "News that Turing, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and other drugmakers have bought rights to old, cheap medicines that are the only treatment for serious diseases and then hiked prices severalfold has angered patients. It's triggered government investigations, politicians' proposals to fight "price gouging," heavy media scrutiny and a big slump in biotech stock prices." "Turing's Shkreli, under fire from all sides, said late last month that he would lower the price of Daraprim, but hasn't so far. A Turing spokesman didn't respond to a request for comment Thursday but recently noted the company is capping patient copayments at $10."
  • Is Martin Shkreli a Clinton plant?

    09/23/2015 10:18:42 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies
    I don't see any other logical reason for him speaking the way he did.
  • Doctors Not Happy After Drug Goes From $13.50/Tablet To $750 Overnight

    09/21/2015 3:26:17 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 70 replies
    Consumerist ^ | September 21, 2015
    Gripe as we might, consumers understand that price increases do happen. Whatís not as easily understood is how the price for something can go from $13.50 one day to $750 the next ó especially when itís a generic drug used to save lives. For decades, Daraprim (pyrimethamine), an anti-parasitic used to treat malaria and toxoplasmosis, had been made by GlaxoSmithKline and sold for as little as $1/tablet until not that long ago. Then in 2010 GSK sold the drug to CorePharma, which began to raise the price. Within a year, revenue from Daraprim jumped nearly ten times even though the...
  • PharmedOut 2015

    06/23/2015 9:12:47 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/23/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    PharmedOut is a Georgetown University Medical Center project that advances evidence-based prescribing, and educates healthcare professionals about pharmaceutical marketing practices. Founded in January, 2007, it is an Internet-based alternative for doctors seeking Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses, not sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry. Inasmuch as the industry derives its greatest profits from new proprietary drugs, it has a built-in tendency to tout them, even though newer is not always better. One example, cited at the time of PharmedOutís founding, came from Georgetown Ob-Gyn doctor Anthony Scialli: ďTake oral contraceptives. Over the years they have increased in number, but there havenít...
  • Medieval Potion Kills Superbug MRSA Better Than Antibiotic Vancomycin

    04/01/2015 12:01:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    NBC News ^ | 04/01/2015 | Maggie Fox
    An ancient concoction for eye infections seems to really work. The potion, which contains cattle bile, kills the "superbug" methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, researchers at Britain's University of Nottingham report. In fact, it worked better than the current gold standard for MRSA infections of the flesh, the antibiotic vancomycin, an expert at Texas Tech University found. Now researchers are working to see just what's in the salve that kills germs so effectively. It started with a joint project by two wildly different departments at the University of Nottingham. Dr. Christina Lee, an Anglo-Saxon expert in the School of English,...
  • FDA Approves Merck's HPV Vaccine, GARDASILģ9, to Prevent Cancers and Other Diseases.....

    01/06/2015 1:35:32 PM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    MERCK ^ | December 11, 2014 | merck
    FULL TITLE: FDA Approves Merck's HPV Vaccine, GARDASILģ9, to Prevent Cancers and Other Diseases Caused by Nine HPV types Ė Including Types that Cause About 90% of Cervical Cancer Cases KENILWORTH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved GARDASILģ9 (Human Papillomavirus 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant), Merckís 9-valent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, for use in girls and young women 9 to 26 years of age for the prevention of cervical, vulvar, vaginal, and anal cancers caused by HPV types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and...
  • FDA drug laboratories

    10/20/2014 2:43:10 PM PDT · by Princeton_University · 6 replies
    Does the FDA have its own independent laboratories or does it farm out the lab testing of drugs to the pharmaceutical companies themselves? I have been unable to find out this information. In other words, does the FDA approval process rely upon completely independent governmentally operated labs? Or does the FDA depend upon test results provided by the pharmaceutical companies themselves? SANDY KRAMER, Ph.D.

    06/24/2010 9:41:51 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 8 replies · 1+ views ^ | 6-24-2010 | AJ
    Andy Stern wasnít kidding when he publicly stated the most famous rallying cry of Communism:[1] Stern professed, ďWorkers of the World Unite? Itís not just a slogan anymore.Ē Snip SIGA Technologies, Inc. is a company specializing in the development of pharmaceutical agents to combat bio-warfare pathogens and it was announced on June 21, 2010 that Andy Stern is joining SIGAís Board of Directors. But wait, it gets even betterÖ SIGA is also a Federal contractor for the government. For a list of SIGAís contracts with the Federal government, go to:Ö. SNIP Without question, Andy Sternís new position at SIGA...
  • Pharmaceutical Co.'s Need To Produce A Vaccine(s) for Ebola, Even If No Profits Can Be Procured

    10/16/2014 10:03:45 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 100 replies
    10/16/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    The Obama administration has failed us. With that in mind, potential treatments/vaccines for Ebola are being worked on and tested as we speak, and despite the lack of ability to pay for any potential vaccine on the part of almost all western Africans, pharmaceutical companies should develop said vaccine(s) (if at all possible) and distribute them free of cost to those who cannot afford them. While I do support huge profits to be made by pharmaceutical companies, I believe that there are exceptions to the rule, and I do believe that this is the time and instance for this very...
  • Pharmaceuticals decry FDA's social media rules

    09/24/2014 5:12:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 23, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    Pharmaceutical companies say the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) new social media rules would have a "chilling" effect on the industry and leave consumers in the dark.The FDA in June released draft guidelines for how drug firms should use social networks like Facebook and Twitter. But pharmaceutical companies are concerned the FDA would hold them responsible for misinformation about their products posted online by third parties that the companies have little to no control over. They say the rules would discourage them from interacting on social networks, leaving consumers without useful information about their products."Given the extraordinary growth of the...
  • Merck Announces Another Round Of Layoffs [Another 600 positions in Montgomery County, PA]

    07/29/2014 10:25:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 07/29/2014 | Brad Segall
    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) ó A major pharmaceutical company is planning another round of layoffs that again will hit Montgomery County hard. On the heels of more than 650 job cuts at its West Point manufacturing and research plant in late 2013 and earlier this year, Merck plans to let go another 600 employees by the end of August. The company has already filed notices with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor which says the jobs are being cut in North Wales and Lansdale. County Commissioner Josh Shapiro is disappointed with the news, but says theyíre working to help those affected.
  • Fight Over 'Little Pink Pill' Raises Sexism Questions

    06/26/2014 9:04:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Itís called the ďlittle pink pill,Ē a tiny tablet that could have a huge impact on treating female sexual dysfunction. If itís approved, it would become the first drug of its kind on the market. But thatís a big IF. The drug Flibanserin is locked in a heated battle for approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, raising controversial questions about why there are so many sexual enhancement drugs available for men and zero for women. Cindy Whitehead, the founder and COO of Sprout Pharmaceuticals, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based company focused on producing only Flibanserin, has been fighting for...
  • Donít Let Big Pharma Merger Mania Stifle R&D

    06/23/2014 10:09:00 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/23/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    Given the huge costs of bringing a drug to market, and the ticking clock of a drugís patent protection, it is easy to understand Big Pharmaís current fascination with mergers. A case in point is the recently abandoned deal between Pfizer and UK-based AstraZeneca. Among other things, Pfizer was interested in the considerable tax savings of reincorporating in Britain; gaining access to cash ďparkedĒ overseas; and the many drugs in AstraZenecaís developmental pipeline. However, it was no secret that Pfizer would have cut R&D budgets, as well as employment. Indeed, on May 13, Ian Read, Pfizerís chairman and CEO told...
  • The Insurance Industry's Misguided War on Drugs

    06/17/2014 4:25:57 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/16/2014 | IBD Staff
    Anti-Capitalism: You'd think that after ObamaCare's chaotic launch, premium rate shocks, subsidy foul-ups and costly ad hoc changes, the insurance industry would attack the law. Instead, it's slamming the drug industry. "Drugmakers have no straight-face explanation to justify the increasingly astronomical prices they have been charging for their medications," complains one of numerous public relations communications sent recently by the industry trade group America's Health Insurance Plans. The group has called drug prices "unsustainable" and accused the industry of "price gouging." The focus of the industry's fury at the moment is Sovaldi, a breakthrough treatment that can cure Hepatitis C,...
  • Glycemic Control For Fun And Litigation

    05/09/2014 9:04:42 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/9/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    The latest bad news concerns one more of the ill-fated thiazolidinediones (TZDs). This class of drugs was introduced in the late 1990s, and includes Avandia, Actos, and Rezulin. TZDs are PPAR-gamma agonists, meaning that they activate peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors, especially the ďgammaĒ receptor. Such activation affects certain metabolic processes, and among other things, insulin resistance is reduced. Rezulinónotoriously fast-tracked by FDAówas withdrawn from the market in 2000, in the wake of scores of liver failures and deaths. Pfizer, the manufacturer, was on the hook for upwards of $750 million in damages. At the time, Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of FDAís...

    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. ... ďDrug 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, itís cheaper to do research there, but, as one auditor said, Ďwith cheaper research comes greater risk,íĒ 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 ^ | 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. Chinaís 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. Ö
  • Dying infant 17 days too old for promising treatment

    06/04/2013 1:00:01 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 22 replies
    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 ^ | 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.

    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. Pakistanís 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 Khanís 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. Ö 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 Israelís ACAA regulatorómost 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 ďclub drugĒ 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 Messinaís Caribou Coffee trysts

    08/18/2012 11:26:54 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 16 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 Messinaís secret meetings with lobbyists at a Caribou Coffee near the White House. President Obama has repeatedly promised that his would be ďthe most transparent administration in history,Ē 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. ďI will roll Pelosi to get the 4 billion,Ē 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 ^ | 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:
  • 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 Staffís familial ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and the close relationship between Humaís mother and Egyptís new first lady? Think Progress refers to Limbaughís claims as Ďbaselessí. First, here is Rushís commentary on the subject on June 26th (via Think Progress): The first sign that Rushís claim is not baseless is that Think Progress says it is. Now that weíve got that out of the way, Saleha and her now-deceased husband, Syed Z. Abedin, co-founded the Institute of...