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Vioxx

Free drug samples hardly help the poor

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.

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A huge victory — and a huge thanks

Your emails, phone calls and visits to legislators helped win new drug safety protections for all Americans

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Brilliant biochemical chutzpah

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.

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Merck sets aside $810 million for Vioxx lawsuits

What if they had spent this money on safety research instead?

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Conflict of Interest

Doctors with Drug Ties Chosen for Avandia Panel

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House subcommittee to vote on drug safety proposals today..

And a full committee vote on Rep. Pallone’s proposal Thursday. We should know by tonight how it went.

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Avandia added to the growing list of drugs that just might kill you

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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Families urge Congress to reform drug safety system

Last week, over a dozen families traveled to DC to urge Congress to pass strong drug safety reforms this year.

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Drugmakers feel heat on DTC ads

At a conference yesterday in New Jersey of pharmaceutical marketing specialists, drugmakers and their ad agencies were warned that drug ads to consumers need to be more truthful and transparent.

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Drug Industry Fears IOM Report May Hurt Profits

A report by the country’s leading scientists is leading to fears by drug industry analysts that it may prompt legislation that could in turn impact the bottom line for drug companies.

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