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Contaminants in pig intestines? Who knew!

Update on the heparin recall. Heparin is a blood thinner derived from pig intestines.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Thursday, March 20th, 2008 in Drugs | 21 Comments »

Have an opinion on off-label drug use information? Take this survey!

Survey about whether drug companies should hand out off-label drug studies to doctors.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Thursday, March 6th, 2008 in Drugs | 6 Comments »

Heparin recall ordered

Late yesterday, Baxter International ordered a full-scale recall on the blood thinner Heparin.

Posted by Liz on Friday, February 29th, 2008 in Drugs | 5 Comments »

100 vs 1

I don’t know how many times I’ve seen the commercial where a beaver is talking to Abe Lincoln at a bus stop about some guy in a suit not being able to sleep. Or Dr. Jarvik (or his double?) rowing in a beautiful lake while telling us how Lipitor is the greatest thing since the last few blockbuster statins.

Posted by Liz on Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 in Drugs | No Comments »

3 minutes of your time could save your life

I needed an antidote. Too many drug ads—smiling people glowing with the pleasure of their successful medical treatments. But of course, they are actors.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Friday, February 8th, 2008 in Drugs, Hospital Infections/ Superbugs, Medical Errors | 1 Comment »

“The Medicated Child” sparks controversy

As a camp counselor for children with disabilities a couple years ago, I never stopped to consider that one of my bipolar campers may have been on eight different kinds of medication.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Monday, January 28th, 2008 in Drugs | 1 Comment »

Drugmakers in hot water with NY Attorney General

A newly released study indicates that Vytorin, an expensive new cholesterol drug, is no more effective than an older drug Zocor. Although the drug makers got these results in April 2006, they failed to release them to doctors and the public–meanwhile earning $5 billion in revenue from sales of this drug last year. Sadly, we’re not shocked.

Posted by Liz on Monday, January 28th, 2008 in Drugs | 17 Comments »

Buried data on antidepressants

The New England Journal of Medicine issued a report that said a third of FDA-registered studies on popular antidepressants went unpublished.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 in Drugs | 2 Comments »

Drug company ads in your Inbox

If you ignore the plethora of drug ads on TV, you might want to check your email.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Wednesday, January 9th, 2008 in Drugs | No Comments »

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.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Monday, January 7th, 2008 in Doctor Accountability, Drugs | 8 Comments »