The Dirty Truth: Archive for May 2007

You can’t pick up a paper or turn on the news this week without hearing about Avandia, the latest blockbuster drug in the spotlight for potentially deadly side effects. This treatment, prescribed to about 6 million diabetics since 1999, is likely to increase cardiovascular disease and heart attacks in its users.

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So we finally know the date, the long anticipated Michael Moore documentary on the health care industry is due in theaters on June 29...i doubt PhRMA will get an invitation for a special screening.

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It's time for action. With strong legislation sitting in committee, the House has a chance now to take a hard line against the drug industry.

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The vote came down to 93-1, as Senate bill S.1082 was passed this week. Drug industry lobbyists breathed a sign of relief as reimportation was not tacked on to the bill.

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The Senate debate on the FDA funding/drug safety bill continued this week. Since last Tuesday when the Senate began discussing the bill, a slew of amendments have been tacked on.

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Debate is now scheduled to begin again at 4pm today on S.1082. The reimportation debate has become the big controversy now in debating this bill.

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The vote on FDA reform bill S.1082 may not happen until Thursday...depends on how much time it takes members to get through all the amendments and weave through a flood of drug company lobbyists.

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