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|4/15/2014 - Do you know what happens to your earnings after they are swept up and tossed into the Medicare black hole?
A massive, new Medicare data release has uncovered a multimillion-dollar scandal that has been growing through the years. Consumer groups have been pressuring the government to release recent...|
|3/21/2014 - The makers of generic drugs are vigorously opposing a new proposed rule by the Food and Drug Administration which would mandate that they change prescribing information on their products if they obtain new safety information, a change they claim would subject them to product liability lawsuits.
|10/18/2013 - It is now an undeniable fact that the pharmaceutical industry weaseled its way onto key U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panels, which were instrumental in shaping the way drugs are safety tested and approved. According to The Washington Post (WP), a recent public records request has...|
|2/27/2013 - In a classic example of an anti-free-market collapse, fifty pharmaceutical companies are now halting supplies of drug medicines to the nation of Greece, causing severe shortages of over 200 popular pharmaceutical medicines there. Pfizer, Roche, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi and many other have all reportedly...|
|11/3/2012 - Rarely do I get outraged. After working in the pharmaceutical industry for more than a decade and then becoming a whistleblower/activist/journalist, it is difficult to surprise or shock me. I am accustomed to clearly "seeing" the horrors that others refuse to acknowledge while remaining snug in their...|
|9/1/2012 - Glaxo, Merck, and Pfizer, three giant drug companies, are under the gun. Glaxo has just paid a $3 billion fine for bribery, fabricating drug-safety data, and fraud. Merck has been caught inventing data to give the impression its mumps vaccine is effective. Pfizer is being attacked for conspiring to...|
|8/30/2012 - The age of antibiotics is over. It's history. There are no more patented chemical antibiotics in the pipeline. The drug companies have all but abandoned antibiotics research, leaving humanity to suffer the fate of a wave of drug-resistant bacteria -- superbugs -- that the drug companies actually helped...|
|7/18/2012 - Two of the most influential alternative media organizations on the 'net -- InfoWars.com and NaturalNews.com -- have blown the lid wide open on Big Pharma's massive bribery network. Through exclusive interviews with pharma insiders, InfoWars and NaturalNews have done what the mainstream media refuses...|
|1/20/2012 - For years, many major drug companies have had it made with a steady stream of new "blockbuster" drugs that carry with them 20-year patents, ensuring years of billion-dollar profits. But many of these patents are now expiring, and these same drug companies have largely failed to concoct successful new...|
|10/1/2011 - Big Pharma uses prescription drug purchase records from pharmacies for marketing. Not to track sales, but to locate doctors who need visits from pharmaceutical sales reps. Vermont passed a law restricting Big Pharma's reach into doctors offices by banning the use of pharmacy prescription records for...|
|5/26/2011 - Psychiatrists working for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, entrusted with the health of children in state custody, accepted thousands of dollars from drug companies. While earning huge fees as speakers for manufacturers of anti-psychotic pills, the doctors also wrote prescriptions for psychiatric...|
|5/21/2011 - In the last decade, many American women have begun to question their libidos. Even though just twenty years ago, women accepted the ebbs and flows of their sex drive, something has changed. Many now hope for something to help them keep up with their partners, in the bedroom. They see their desire as...|
|12/17/2010 - The continued emergence of drug-resistant "superbugs" has created an urgent need for either better antibiotics or an entirely new approach to dealing with infectious diseases. But drug companies hardly seem concerned about investigating any solutions to the problem because they can make more money by...|
|11/5/2010 - Numerous U.S. states have or are in the process of filing lawsuits against drug companies for ripping off their state Medicaid programs, with one of the most recent being Louisiana. According to a recent Pharmalot report, Louisiana's Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says that 18 drug companies deliberately...|
|10/20/2010 - A new report conducted by ProPublica, Consumer Reports, and National Public Radio (NPR) digs even deeper down the rabbit hole of drug company fraud, exposing rampant off-label prescribing, drug company-funded speaking engagements, and illegal monetary and gift compensation programs -- all designed to...|
|10/20/2010 - Tampering with drug trials is nothing new for the pharmaceutical industry, but recent reports explain just how far drug companies are willing to go to make an ineffective, unsafe drug look safe and effective. A recent BBC report explains that in many countries, drug companies are not even required to...|
|5/26/2010 - The FDA has sent warning letters to four pharmaceutical companies citing them for omitting and minimizing information about risks and exaggerating potential benefits in material promoting their drugs.
The letters order the companies to cease banned marketing behaviors and instruct their employees...|
|4/1/2010 - Medical research that is sponsored by drug companies has long been a conundrum. After all, scientists often welcome the big bucks of the drug industry in order to finance their studies -- but can they be totally objective when they are supported by Big Pharma? NaturalNews has previously covered this...|
|3/3/2010 - In the first Paxil birth defect trial against GlaxoSmithKline, much of evidence focused on the doctors on Glaxo's payroll involved in the corruption of the medical literature and seminars given to promote the off label use of Paxil with pregnant and nursing mothers.
On October 13, 2009, the trial...|
|1/6/2010 - The growing lull in pharmaceutical sales over the past several years has driven the industry to ramp up its efforts in the vaccine department. Once a dying segment of the drug market, vaccines are back in the limelight as drug manufacturers work tirelessly to make new vaccines for everything from urinary...|
|10/23/2009 - There's a new vaccine for nicotine addiction, and another one for drug addiction. There's an AIDS vaccines (which doesn't work) and a vaccine for cervical cancer that's been approved for use on boys (boys don't have a cervix). Through the pharmaceutical industry, the big push for vaccines is on!
|12/1/2008 - An Alabama court has ordered two major drug companies to pay the state more than $114 million after finding them guilty of Medicaid price fraud.
State lawyers had accused GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis of charging Alabama's Medicaid program a higher price for drugs between 1991 and 2005 than it had...|
|11/14/2008 - An article published in the British Medical Journal, also known as BMJ, has revealed the extent to which pharmaceutical companies go to turn influential senior doctors into undercover salespeople for their drugs.
"Key opinion leaders were salespeople for us, and we would routinely measure the return...|
|8/20/2008 - More than 30 percent of studies conducted on antidepressant drugs go unpublished, apparently because they fail to show that the drug works as advertised, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
In addition, published studies often interpret the data as more favorable...|
|8/4/2008 - Studies published by drug companies exaggerate the benefit of osteoporosis drugs to women who do not have the disease, according to a report published in the journal BMJ.
Drug companies attempt to erase the distinction between osteoporosis and pre-osteoporosis, also known as osteopenia, the report...|
|6/10/2008 - Harvard University's Dr. Joseph Biederman has been a loyal soldier in the battleground for chemical control over children's minds. A highly-influential researcher at Harvard University, Dr. Biederman spearheaded a 4000% increase in the diagnosis of pediatric bipolar disorder from 1994 to 2003, resulting...|
|10/3/2007 - In a bold move designed to sell even more prescription drugs, the FDA has announced its intention to bypass doctors and allow pharmacists to prescribe certain drugs directly to consumers. The move would subject patients to prescription-strength pharmaceuticals even though they have not been examined,...|
|9/20/2007 - The U.S. Congress has reached agreement on a House / Senate compromise regarding the recently passed FDA reform legislation that aims to improve the safety of pharmaceuticals. The bill will now move to the White House where it is expected to be signed by the President.
While this new FDA reform bill...|
|9/19/2007 - The White House is taking steps to kill the FDA reform legislation recently passed in the House of Representatives that would require drug companies to publicly post clinical trial results so that doctors, researchers and the public could review them. According to a report in Inside Health Policy, the...|
|9/4/2007 - What happens when the Bush Administration negotiates drug prices with private industry using public money? To answer the question, just consider the situation with U.S. government "negotiations" over the prices of prescription drugs for Medicare: The Bush Administration not only agreed to pay monopoly...|
|8/30/2007 - Citing a dearth of independent health information for consumers, European drug companies are aggressively lobbying for a change in E.U. rules about direct communication between companies and patients. But many watchdog groups fear that this is merely an attempt to bypass the E.U.'s ban on drug advertising.
|6/15/2007 - In this article, I'm going to explain the real story behind the big international push to get Indonesia and other Asian countries to "share" their H5N1 influenza samples with the rest of the world. As you may know, countries like Australia, the United States and the UK are applying heavy political pressure...|
|5/26/2007 - Disease mongering - the practice of pushing disease in order to sell more drugs - has become so routine and so successful in modern medicine that drug companies actually depend on inventing new diseases as a way to ensure future profits. It's not enough to sell drugs to people who are truly sick, you...|
|4/19/2007 - On Monday, April 30th, the Senate is expected to vote on the FDA Evilization Act of 2007 (oops, I mean the "Revitalization Act"). This is a bill that has some good points (such as banning advertising on new drugs until they're on the market for two years) but also contains some extremely dangerous provisions...|
|4/16/2007 - More than four out of five Americans think drug companies have too much influence over the Food and Drug Administration, and 84 percent believe that advertisements for prescription drugs with safety concerns should be outlawed, reveals a striking new survey from Consumer Reports.
The survey results,...|
|4/3/2007 - Most consumers think that street drugs are in an entirely different class than prescription drugs, and they believe that pharmaceutical companies would never manufacture or sell street drugs. But guess what? As you'll read here, drug companies actually invented many of the street drugs now considered...|
|2/22/2007 - The major UK pharmacy chain Boots has launched a pilot program to begin selling the anti-impotence drug Viagra over the counter. It marks the first time that the drug, manufactured by Pfizer Inc., has been available without a prescription.
As of February 14, any man between the age of 13 and 65 will...|
|1/30/2007 - Television drug ads engage in such blatant deceptions and exaggerations that even the medical journals are starting to condemn the practice. This week, the Annals of Family Medicine published an analysis of popular drug advertisements that concluded the ads essentially lie to the public about the benefits...|
|11/23/2006 - Under a new deal, pharmaceutical companies will now begin paying fees to the FDA when it reviews television drug ads in return for the agency expediting the reviews, but a natural health author says the arrangement will only strengthen FDA/Big Pharma conflicts of interest if it goes through.
|9/7/2006 - If you have a long, drawn-out, incurable but treatable disease, it's unfortunate for you but great for pharmaceutical companies. While you're suffering indefinitely, you're also buying expensive pharmaceutical drugs to make the disease "manageable."
"Managing" diseases is the trend in mainstream...|
|8/4/2006 - South Carolina's attorney general has filed a $40 million lawsuit against five out-of-state pharmaceutical companies for allegedly inflating prescription drug prices for Medicaid programs in the state.
The suit claims that the drug companies -- Abbot Laboratories Inc., Baxter International Inc.,...|
|7/20/2006 - A bill proposed by Sens. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., would subject drug companies to harsh fines if they fail to complete post-approval studies or violate proposed safety-monitoring plans after FDA approval of a product.
Enzi, the chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and...|
|7/11/2006 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that drug makers will soon be able to conduct "adaptive" clinical trials that will allow researchers to change details of the study midway through.
Under the FDA's new guidelines, pharmaceutical companies conducting drug studies would no...|
|6/29/2006 - June 30, 2006 is a day that will be long remembered as a dark milestone in the history of FDA and its campaign against health consumers. On June 30, an FDA "Final Rule" goes into effect, establishing a regulatory power grab of such scale and scope that it attempts to bypass all laws, the will of Congress...|
|6/22/2006 - Let's get to the raw truth about the pharmaceutical industry. Drug companies want to turn every normal human experience into a diagnosable disease that's treatable with their high-priced, patent-protected, brand-name drugs. It used to be that drugs were intended just to treat bonafide diseases -- things...|
|6/13/2006 - Disease mongering has reached a new level of ridiculousness with the widely-reported announcement that millions of American now have undiagnosed Road Rage Disorder, also sometimes called Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED). Desperate to scrounge up new diseases that can be treated with high-profit...|
|5/24/2006 - If you work for a drug company, federal regulator, health insurance company, hospital, junk food manufacturer or any other organization related to health, a new opportunity has surfaced for you to make a lasting difference. Truth Publishing is now connected with key organizations (that shall go unnamed)...|
|3/1/2006 - The Journal of the American Medical Association is rocking the boat in conventional medicine. An article in JAMA has come up with the suggestion -- aghast! -- that doctors should stop accepting bribes from drug companies. Most people didn't know that doctors routinely accept bribes (including hundreds...|
|10/14/2005 - Here's a report on the FDA that could only come from outside the United States. I'm reading to you from The Independent, a British newspaper, that says, "Vital data on prescription medication found in millions of British homes has been suppressed by the powerful U.S. drug regulators, even though the...|
|10/14/2005 - In the months and years ahead, you're going to hear a whole lot of talk about health care reform, but most of what you're going to hear is about reform, not health. You see, there's this great lie out there, this huge misconception, this big shell game, where all these politicians and power-hungry people...|
|10/3/2005 - Can the medical journals be trusted to provide accurate, unbiased information about medicine even as they are almost entirely funded by drug companies? In her book, Vaccination, Peggy O'Mara writes that the current era of medical beliefs (or dogma) began to develop soon after Louis Pasteur's demonstration...|
|9/7/2005 - As the drug companies are running out of real diseases to boost their pharmaceutical sales, they're increasingly inventing new, fictitious diseases in order to scare people into thinking they have some sort of disorder or dysfunction. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is perhaps the best...|
|8/27/2005 - The following is a Street Spirit interview with Robert Whitaker, author of Mad In America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill. It is reprinted here with permission from the Street Spirit in Oakland, California. The interview is conducted by Terry Messman, editor...|
|7/31/2005 - A cute, animated ball bounces around very sadly until he takes a magic potion; suddenly, it becomes happier than ever. No, that isn't the plot of a new children's movie. On the contrary, it's the storyline of a Zoloft commercial – yes, Zoloft, a powerful antidepressant drug. In the 1990s, direct-to-consumer...|
|7/22/2005 - 1. Your average car would cost $4.5 million, representing a 30,000% markup over cost, which is typical for prescription drugs. Automakers would justify this price by saying they needed the money to fund research and development, but in reality, most of their research would be funded by taxpayer dollars...|
|7/5/2005 - America was rudely awakened to a new kind of danger on September 11, 2001: Terrorism. The attacks that day left 2,996 people dead, including the passengers on the four commercial airliners that were used as weapons. Many feel it was the most tragic day in U.S. history.
Four commercial jets crashed...|
|7/2/2005 - Here’s some fascinating news in the world of medicine that really shows the drug racket -- the huge prescription drug scam taking place in this country today. Researchers sent a group of people, who said they saw the drug Paxil in a TV advertisement, into doctors’ offices. Many of these patients didn't...|
|6/7/2005 - Have you ever thought about the similarities between pharmaceutical and tobacco companies? They're striking. Both sell products that kill people when used as directed. The statistics are readily available for pharmaceuticals, which kill around 100,000 Americans each year according to the Journal of...|
|5/17/2005 - Just when I thought I was done criticizing Merck, new evidence surfaces that gives us another reason to discuss some of the outrageous behavior by this pharmaceutical company. The latest news concerns Merck's attempts to suppress and discredit a study linking Vioxx with heart attacks. This comes out...|
|2/7/2005 - Where do you find a two-dollar bottle of sodium chloride selling for $928.51? In Big Pharma, of course, where 79 drug companies are now being accused of defrauding state Medicaid programs by artificially inflating the prices of drugs. According to the Department of Justice, the actual wholesale price...|
|1/6/2005 - This is part two of an article on FDA reform. Return to part one.
The next thing that should be done in reforming the FDA is to reverse some of the dangerous and poorly made decisions put in place by the FDA over the last few years. The most obvious of these is the legalization of direct-to-consumer...|
|12/28/2004 - The stock prices of drug companies have been hammered over the last six months thanks to a series of scandals regarding the safety of drugs that have long been approved by the FDA. It turns out that just because a drug is approved by the FDA doesn't at all mean it is safe. In fact, given the current...|
|12/15/2004 - The Royal College of General Practitioners in the U.K. has accused drug companies of inventing fictitious diseases or exaggerating the severity of symptoms in order to boost drug sales. It's being called 'disease mongering' and the college explains that pharmaceutical companies are taking the National...|
|11/21/2004 - The United States Justice Department charges that under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), cigarette companies have deceived the public for decades in an effort to sell their products. Few would deny the deceptions, except perhaps the tobacco companies themselves. But what's...|
|11/6/2004 - The truth has finally come out about Vioxx: insider emails published by the Wall Street Journal reveal that Merck, the maker of Vioxx, was fully aware of the health risks of its COX-2 inhibitor anti-inflammatory drug as early as March, 2000. As is apparent from the published emails, there was a concerted...|
|10/28/2004 - 1. Cures: We need drug companies to keep finding cures for major diseases. Look at all the cures they've found so far like... well... okay, they haven't actually found any cures yet. But maybe they can at least cure all the bogus diseases they made up like "social anxiety disorder" and "attention deficit...|
|8/7/2004 - A new idea has surfaced in the medical community -- to publish the results of all medical studies on a publicly accessible website that would include results from both positive and negative studies. This proposal has been floated in response to the recent discovery by regulatory authorities and various...|
|7/15/2004 - The new cholesterol lowering guidelines are proving to be a windfall for statin drug manufacturers like Pfizer and Merck: most news articles and medical advice concerning the new guidelines recommend drugs -- and drugs only -- to reduce cholesterol level. As a result, the guidelines are perhaps better...|
|7/15/2004 - When observing the state of modern medicine and the unprecedented influence of pharmaceuticals, an interesting paradox arises. The drug companies claim that pharmaceuticals can do wonders for people: lower their cholesterol, end clinical depression, reverse osteoporosis, eliminate allergies, calm your...|
|7/12/2004 - A New York Times headline blares, "Health Officials Urge Sharply Lower Cholesterol Levels," and the article discusses all the reasons why more and more people should be on statin drugs. Changes in diet, nutrition and levels of physical exercise are utterly absent from the story, leaving the reader with...|
|7/9/2004 - Here's a must-read article for anyone interested in learning how the pharmaceutical industry really operates. It's a case of aggressive marketing gone bad, with a mixture of corrupt physicians, underhanded payola and a near-total disregard for patient health. And yet it's business as usual in the pharmaceutical...|
|5/28/2004 11:47:26 AM - It's time to seriously question the myth that "we have the best health
care system in the world" here in the United States. In reality, we have
the worst health care system of any industrialized country: no other
country kills as many people with prescription drugs, radical surgical
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|1/22/2004 10:02:44 AM - Under the guide of "education," drug companies have a dominating
presence at medical schools, where they indoctrinate future M.D.s with
propaganda about the "benefits" of prescription drugs. The doctors, for
their part, claim they are not influenced at all, and yet several
studies reveal that...|
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