Since 2006, California lawmakers have passed laws to improve patient safety, yet the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been moving at turtle speed to enforce these laws.
Last Sunday a panel of cardiologists told more than 5,000 people that high cholesterol patients shouldn’t take Vytorin and Zetia except as a last resort. Made by Merck and Schering-Plough, these widely prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs are taken by about four million Americans.
If you are poor, uninsured, non-English speaking, or an ethnic or racial minority, you are less likely to receive free drug samples, according to a first of its kind study by Harvard researchers at the Cambridge Health Alliance.
Merck will be presenting to an FDA advisory committee tomorrow in an effort to get their Statin drug Mevacor approved for over-the-counter.
Your emails, phone calls and visits to legislators helped win new drug safety protections for all Americans
Heartburn meds Nexium and Prilosec have been in the news lately because of the possibility they may increase risk of heart attack. While the jury’s still out on this, it’s fascinating look at the amount of money that’s been poured into the marketing of these drugs.
Doctors with Drug Ties Chosen for Avandia Panel
At a U.S. Senate Aging hearing today concerns were raised on doctors’ financial ties to drug companies ($19 billion in ties). One witness even said, “we have reached the point where it would be more convenient for speakers to simply wear NASCAR-style jackets emblazoned with their sponsor’s logos.”