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.
Summary of large settlements big pharma has paid for fraudulent marketing.
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.
A steroid injection from one compounding plant in MA are tainted with Fungle Meningitis.
$39,652 per dose for two shots of scorpion anti-venom! There is a cure but can you afford it?
Chart of unbelievably large fines paid by large pharmaceutical companies.
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.
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.
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.