Pharma, FDA & “Institutional Corruption”

The FDA was founded to protect consumers from bogus medicines and other problem food and drug products. To this day, it defines it’s core mission as one of defending “public health.” But what if the proverbial fox is left to guard the proverbial henhouse? The tenure of departing FDA Margaret Hamburg was marked by conflict […]

Guest Post: Instead of Antibiotics…

Our thanks to Dr. Bill Glaros for letting us share this recent post from his office blog on ours… As if there were still some question about it, a pair of recent news items confirms the great American love affair with antibiotics. First came a new study which found that despite all warnings and guidance, […]

Recommended Reading: Our Weird Faith in Pills

There’s a fascinating read in the latest Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine exploring our society’s beliefs about pharmaceutical drugs and how those beliefs can distract and detract from health and well-being. Though it sometimes gets a little “academic” – how could it not when you bring up the work of French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty? […]

Drug Dealer Dials Down the Dollars

Some good news to end the week on (via ProPublica): In a major departure from industry practice, GlaxoSmithKline, the sixth-largest global drug maker, announced Tuesday that it will no longer hire doctors to promote its drugs. The company also will stop tying compensation for sales representatives to the number of prescriptions written for drugs they […]

Follow-up: Antidepressants, Obesity & Cancer Edition

Often it happens that soon after we post on one topic or another, we stumble upon related material and think, “Damn, wish we could’ve included that in the post!” A few such item we’ve bookmarked in recent weeks: After “News Flash, Pharmacological Edition” and its short list of recommended reading on antidepressants“A Glut of Antidepressants” […]

News Flash, Pharmacological Edition

That, of course, is part of the point. The Case Against Antidepressants (The Week) The Antidepressant Debate (British Journal of Psychiatry) SSRI Antidepressants Are Not Medicine (SaveYourself.ca) Take a Pill, Kill Your Sex Drive? 6 Reasons Why Antidepressants Are Misnamed (AlterNet) Are Antidepressant Drugs Actually Worth Taking? (Discover) Challenging Received Wisdom: Antidepressants and the Placebo […]

Drugs & Supplements Don’t Always Play Nice with Each Other

As we’ve mentioned before, it’s important to keep all your health care providers aware of all medicaments you regularly take – not just pharmaceutical drugs but also things like dietary supplements and herbs. There can be negative interactions among them. Keeping your dentist, physician and other providers informed goes a long way toward avoiding such […]

News That Should Surprise Exactly No One

Via emailed media release: Industry Sponsorship Leads to Bias in Reported Findings of Clinical Trials Studies reporting the results of industry sponsored clinical trials present a more favourable picture of the effects of drugs and medical devices than those reporting on non-industry sponsored trials, according to a new Cochrane systematic review. The researchers call for […]