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 […]

New Cancer-Inflammation Link & Other News of Note

Research Finds New Link Between Inflammation and Cancer (PhysOrg) Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researchers have uncovered a new link between chronic inflammation and cancer. Although cancers do not always cause inflammation, chronic inflammation is known to help tumor cells grow. In an article published in the June issue of Nature, VCU Massey scientists […]

The Great American Drug Culture

This week, we’re pleased to run the article “How to Fix Our Failing Health Care System?” by holistic dentist Dr. Steven Green, starting with today’s installment, “The Great American Drug Culture.” Besides providing general dental and health care, Dr. Green has been treating functional somatic facial syndromes involving fatigue, pain, inflammation and spasm for more […]

Follow-Up: The Big Pharma Marketing Machine

Last Friday, we told you about the fake medical journal created by Elsevier for Merck.     Turns out they actually created six. Meanwhile, back on the ranch… Via PhysOrg: A new analysis finds that a considerable number of clinical cancer studies published in respected medical journals have financial connections to pharmaceutical companies. Published in […]

Where Appearances Can Trump Reality

Regular readers of our blog and newsletter are certainly familiar with the lengths Big Pharma goes to in pushing their product, as we’ve often commented on their tactics – manipulated studies, disease mongering, giving gifts and money to doctors and so on. This week, however, a new one came to light: creating a fake medical […]

Fear Marketing in the Hands of Big Pharma

From The Science of Fear: Why We Fear the Things We Shouldn’t – and Put Ourselves in Greater Danger by Daniel Gardner (pp. 130-31): Another, subtler form of fear marketing popped up in my doctor’s waiting room one day. A large poster on the wall entertained bored patients with “One Hundred Ways to Live to […]