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Pharmaceutical fraud: How Big Pharma's marketing and profits come before consumer safety and wellness

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...

Pharmaceutical companies are a threat to public health; illicit marketing practices widespread

6/26/2006 - A report released by Consumers International (CI) -- the world federation of consumer organizations -- accuses 20 of the largest drug companies across Europe and the UK of endangering public health by engaging in illegal marketing practices. According to the CI report, drug companies are covertly...

The truth about medical journals, and how drug companies exert heavy influence over published scientific articles

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...

The great direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertising con: how patients and doctors alike are easily influenced to demand dangerous drugs

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...

Big Tobacco and Big Pharma: same tactics, different chemicals

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...

Merck now under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for possibly misleading investors

12/27/2004 - Merck, already under fire for its Vioxx scandal and now undergoing criminal investigation by the Justice Department, is now also being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC). The SEC is wondering whether Merck misled investors by failing to disclose facts concerning the harmful...

The top ten reasons why the U.S. needs more pharmaceutical companies (satire)

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...

Scientific medical journals like JAMA fail basic credibility standards; medical journals become increasingly irrelevant

8/19/2004 - The Journal of the American Medical Association -- JAMA -- and other scientific medical journals have been caught red-handed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest for failing to disclose the financial relationships between study authors and companies that might benefit from such studies....

New study shows that 94% of marketing claims made by pharmaceutical companies have no basis in fact

8/19/2004 - Think that health claims made on the advertising material of pharmaceuticals is based on scientific evidence? Think again. A new study carried out by the Institute for Evidence-Based Medicine in Germany has found that 94% of the information contained in promotional literature sent to doctors by pharmaceutical...

Pharmaceutical companies and the FDA continue to suppress negative information about antidepressant drugs and violent behavior

8/8/2004 - As evidence continues to emerge about the correlation between antidepressant drugs and violent behavior, including suicides, new facts are emerging about how the FDA has attempted to cover up this information and prevent the public from learning about it. There's new scrutiny these days as we are learning...

How statin drug makers lie to consumers in magazine ads

7/26/2004 - One of the most important ways for pharmaceutical companies to sell more prescription drugs is to alter the belief systems of patients so that they believe they absolutely need these drugs in order to achieve certain health goals. Here we're going to look at an advertisement for a statin drug that...

Pharmaceutical companies want $1.2 billion to treat colon cancer

7/22/2004 - Cost of prescription drugs to treat colon cancer are skyrocketing beyond belief. Adding just a few months to patients' lives can cost as much as $31,000 per patient in drug costs alone. And that means big profits for pharmaceutical companies. As always, the American consumer is getting shafted by Big...

Medical myth remains: most people still believe that high-priced prescription drugs are necessary for innovation

7/21/2004 - It's one of the most widely-held beliefs in health care: that sky-high prescription drug prices are the key to innovation, and without 100,000% markups (or more) on prescription drugs, pharmaceutical companies would halt research and never find cures for chronic disease. There are so many individual...

Florida Attorney General sues six pharmaceutical companies for price fixing and possibly defrauding Medicaid

7/21/2004 - Demonstrating yet again that pharmaceutical companies will do anything to make a buck, six such companies are under fire by the Florida Attorney General who has issued civil subpoenas concerning potential overcharges to Medicaid in the amount of $100 million. Apparently, the pharmaceutical companies...

Following revelation that new cholesterol advice came from board members who profit from statin drug makers, medical leaders see no conflict of interest

7/17/2004 - This article isn't about the comical fact that six out of nine board members who issued the new cholesterol guidelines have been paid by the very pharmaceutical companies who stand to benefit from those new guidelines. (Lower cholesterol guidelines will equate to billions in profits from the sales of...

New cholesterol guidelines a handout to pharmaceutical companies Merck, Pfizer

7/14/2004 - There's little doubt that the new cholesterol guidelines are a major handout to pharmaceutical companies (like Merck and Pfizer) who manufacture statin drugs. In my view, this is part of the reason the guidelines were put in place: to sell more prescription drugs. What's my evidence on that? It's more...

Prescriptions suffer intentional shortage as pharmaceutical companies try to cut off supplies to Canada

5/10/2004 4:45:25 PM - In the ongoing battle over drugs from Canada, the monopolistic U.S. pharmaceutical companies and the FDA have resorted to all sorts of mob-like tactics: they've threatened resellers with legal action, they've engaged in scare tactics to try to make people afraid of drugs purchased over the border,...

Pharmaceutical companies steal from medicine men, all in the name of profit

11/8/2003 11:20:02 AM - Let's jump to the chase of what's really happening: U.S. drug companies dispatch researchers to Africa to find medicine men who know all about the healing properties of plants. The researchers then steal this knowledge and take it back to the U.S., where drug companies work to isolate the active chemical...

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