Posts Tagged ‘Big Pharma’

Purdue Pharma Succombs to Lawsuit Overdose

September 17, 2019

Purdue Pharma Succombs to Lawsuit Overdose

Purdue Pharma, the drug company that made billions pushing the prescripton opioid OxyContin, is dying of unnatural causes. The firm has filed for bankruptcy in an attempt to stave off responsibility for claiming its flagship pharmaceutical was nonaddictive, and aggressively marketing it to physicians. The firm is currently defending itself in 2,600 lawsuits blaming the company for the opioid epidemic that kills 130 American every day.

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“Purdue Pharma, drugmaker accused of fueling the opioid epidemic, files for bankruptcy,” Christopher Rowland, Washington Post

“OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Files for Bankruptcy to Wipe Out 2,000 Lawsuits,” Jef Feeley and Steven Church, Bloomberg

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Purdue Pharma: OxyContin Poisoning

March 6, 2019

Purdue Pharma: OxyContin Poisoning

The pill pushing firm behind the opioid epidemic is ODing on lawsuits.

“OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP is exploring filing for bankruptcy to address potentially significant liabilities from roughly 2,000 lawsuits alleging the drugmaker contributed to the deadly opioid crisis sweeping the United States, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.”

— “OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma exploring bankruptcy -sources,” Mike Spector, Jessica DiNapoli, Nate Raymond, Reuters

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“Report: Purdue Pharma exploring Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing,” Alaric DeArment, MedCityNews

“One of America’s richest families is accused of profiting from the nation’s opioid crisis,” Tony Marco, CNN

“Allegations Against the Maker of OxyContin Are Piling Up. Here’s What They Could Mean for the Billionaire Family Behind Purdue Pharma,” Jamie Ducharme, Time

Update:

“Oklahoma judge refuses to delay first trial of responsibility for opioid crisis,” Lenny Bernstein, Washington Post

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“Doctor Who Wrote 1980 Letter On Painkillers Regrets That It Fed The Opioid Crisis,” Taylor Haney and Andrea Hsu, NPR

“Purdue Pharma taps a Gilded Age history of pharmaceutical fraud,” Jonathan S. Jones, The Conversation

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Rx Drugs: Timed-Release Bribery?

July 9, 2018

Rx Drugs: Timed-Release Bribery?

“An analysis by the publication Science has ‘found widespread after-the-fact payments or research support’ from pharmaceutical companies to expert officials who advised the Food and Drug Administration to approve those companies’ drugs.”

— “Pharma companies pay FDA advisers after drugs are approved,” Bob Herman, Axios

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“Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns,” Charles Piller and Jia You, Science

“Majority of doctors who oversee FDA drug approval receive payments from companies they monitor, report shows,” Clark Mindock, The Independent

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Marketing to Doctors

February 28, 2018

 Marketing & Doctors

A while back, John Oliver explained how Big Pharma markets to doctors so they’ll prescribe brand name drugs to patients. As we face another year of corporate deregulation and health care uncertainty, it bears another look:

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A Pill for All Your Needs

October 9, 2016

“With this groundbreaking, clinically proven treatment, you can simply sit back, relax, and let your mind do the rest.”

Directed by Elizabeth McDonough and Myles Kane; written by Elizabeth McDonough and Kate McManus.

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As Seen on TV: Rx Drugs

September 1, 2016

The American Medical Association wants the FDA to ban direct-to-consumer prescription drug TV commercials. Joss Fong explains what 20 years of drug commercials are doing to Americans’ health.

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 “American Medical Association urges ban on TV drug ads,” Wm. Justin Moyer, Washington Post

“Influence of Patients’ Requests for Direct-to-Consumer Advertised Antidepressants,” Richard L. Kravitz, MD et al., JAMA, April 27, 2005

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Just What the Doctor Ordered: No TV Drug Ads

November 20, 2015

Just What the Doctor Ordered: No Drug Ads on TV

Pharmaceutical marketers spend almost $5 billion a year on U.S. television commericals and magazine ads.

“On Tuesday, the American Medical Association called for a ban on consumer advertisements for prescription drugs and medical devices, an attempt to help customers make the best, most affordable health care choices, the group said. The AMA claims drug advertisements create high demand for the expensive treatments that patients see on TV and online, when alternative low-cost medical solutions may be available and more effective.”

— “American Medical Association wants to ban ads for prescription drugs,” Loren Grush, The Verge

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It’s Like Full Disclosure, Only … Secret

August 31, 2011

It's Like Full Dislosure, Only ... Secret

The National Institutes of Health has released bold new ethics rules. All NIH grantees, recipients of tens of billions of dollars in public research funds, must reveal their financial ties to big medical and drug corporations to administrators of their institutions, who will then keep the information to themselves.

“The National Institutes of Health New Ethics Rules: A Swing and a Miss,” Paul Thacker and Ned Feder, Project On Government Oversight

“Worst Excuse Ever,” Matthew Yglesias, Think Progress

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Don’t Worry, There’s a Cure

May 11, 2011

Don't Worry, There's a Cure

At last, a treatment for Dysphoric Social Attention Consumption Deficit Anxiety Disorder. Ask your doctor.

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Drugs on TV

February 22, 2011

Drugs on TV

The U.S. government has allowed prescription drug hucksters to come between patients and their doctors for over a dozen years now. Television commercials give consumers important medical information by using images of flowers, butterflies, smiling faces, puppies, and kittens. They also enrich our culture with the sheer poetry of those lists of side effects.

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