Posts Tagged ‘pharmaceuticals’

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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Antibiotics & Superbugs

March 31, 2016

Antibiotics & Superbugs

Antibiotics were first hailed as wonder drugs. Wonder why they don’t work anymore? Over-prescription.

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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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Caffeine In US Soda Pop Is From China’s Drug Factories

March 27, 2014

Caffeine In US Soda Pop Is From China's Drug Factories

Used in moderation, caffeine is a harmless eye-opening stimulant. But it’s a drug, and a tablespoon of pure caffeine will kill you. Plants produce the stuff as an insecticide, and it’s most concentrated in coffee beans, kola nuts, pekoe tea, and yerba mate.

So what’s the source of the caffeine in America’s soft drinks? Pharmaceutical factories in China, mostly.

More:

“Wake Up And Smell The Caffeine. It’s A Powerful Drug,” NPR

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Dr. Goldacre’s American House Call

February 6, 2013

Dr Goldacre's American House Call

Writer and physician Ben Goldacre is coming to the USA and Canada this month:

“Ben Goldacre’s Bad Pharma North American Tour,” Scott Gavura, Science-Based Pharmacy

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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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Docs and Disclosure

April 11, 2010

Docs and Disclosure

Drug giant Pfizer paid $20 million in consulting and speaking fees to 4,500 medical professionals in the last six months of 2009.  The corporation, America’s biggest drug company, also paid $15.3 million to U.S. university medical centers for clinical trials of drug products. Corporate disclosure of payments to the people who decide which drugs to recommend is a good thing. right?

Not necessarily, says behavioral economist Dan Ariely. The court-mandated disclosures are designed to reduce conflicts of interest,  but may have the opposite effect:

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