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Breaking the Seal on Drug Research

New York Times reports on the work of medical researcher (Peter Doshi) to push big pharma to open up clinical trial data to the public. Currently, limited and oftentimes misleading clinical trial information is published in medical journals that often have financial ties to the companies whose drugs they’re writing about.

Categories: Drugs, Hip and Knee Replacement
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Big Pharma’s Big Fines

Summary of large settlements big pharma has paid for fraudulent marketing.

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Pressure Grows to Create Drugs for ‘Superbugs’

The FDA is granting money to Glaxcosmithkline – up to $200 million in 5 years- to help develop medication that can work against antibiotic resistant superbugs. Glaxcosmithkline has paid the largest health care fraud settlement in US history-$3 billion.

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Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation

A steroid injection from one compounding plant in MA are tainted with Fungle Meningitis.

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Ouch! Hospital to review woman’s $83,046 scorpion sting bill

$39,652 per dose for two shots of scorpion anti-venom! There is a cure but can you afford it?

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Big Pharma’s Big Fines

Chart of unbelievably large fines paid by large pharmaceutical companies.

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Let’s talk about labels

A bill in California (SB 1390) would create a minimum of 12-point font for the most crucial information on medication labels and would require translation of medication label information into commonly used non-English languages.

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California Pharmacy Board Should Support Safer Medication Labels

Guest blog post written by Syed Sayeed, Policy Analyst at Consumers Union’s West Coast Office. CU is calling on California residents to submit comments to the Pharmacy Board by March 10th, in support of requiring all pharmacies to print important label information in at least a 12-point font size.

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Medical Mistakes show on Oprah

Did you catch the Oprah Winfrey Show on Tuesday about medical mistakes? She featured actor Dennis Quaid who recalled the series of hospital errors that nearly killed his newborn twins after they were given one thousand times the amount of the blood-thinning drug Heparin—twice.

Categories: Drugs, Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors
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You Score Higher Marks than Doctors

According to new FDA data, consumers like you make up the majority of drug adverse event reports submitted, replacing physicians.

Categories: Drugs, Medical Errors
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