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Abilify $19.5 Million Settlement to Net Michigan Half a Million Dollars

Michigan will receive $497,151 as part of a settlement with pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Meyers Squibb over off-label promotion of popular drug Abilify.  The total settlement of $19.5 million involves 42 states and the District of Columbia. Abilify is an antipsychotic medication […]

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Is Big Pharma Profiting From Opiate Addiction?

Addiction and Overdoses Have Skyrocketed Opiates are a class of drugs derived from the poppy plant and include heroin, morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and similar compounds.  Over the last twenty years, opiate medications have been prescribed in huge numbers to […]

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Drug Makers and Insurance Companies Working Together Resulting in Higher Costs?

Drug benefit companies are negotiating sweetheart deals with pharmaceutical companies at the expense of consumers, according to a report by USA Today.  Under the complex arrangements, drug companies offer incentives for pharmacy benefit managers (drug benefit plans) to push expensive […]

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Drug Ad Narrators: “It’s an Art”

It’s no secret that the $5 billion dollar per year pharmaceutical industry has been known to bend, twist, ignore, or hide the truth. If you’re new to the topic, check out my last post on the reporting of side effects […]

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E-Cig Safety Research Conflicting (But Mostly Negative)

By now we should all be able to agree that smoking tobacco products is very bad for your health.  Less clear at this point is the effect of e-cigarette use, otherwise generally known as “vaping.”  Vaping devices hit the market […]

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Marijuana Vaping – Risky New Teen Trend?

You’ve probably heard a lot about “vaping,” the general term for using e-cigarettes and similar devices.  Manufacturers have been trying to position vaping as a safer alternative than actual cigarettes and as a tool to help current smokers quit.  Still, […]

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FDA Ignores 2009 Warnings: Superbugs Caused by Difficulty with Cleaning Medical Scopes

In 2009, State and Federal health officials warned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to alert hospitals about the risks of contamination from specialized medical scopes.  Such contamination is to blame for a recent series of deadly “superbug” outbreaks.  A […]

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Big Pharma, How Dare You!

For over 30 years, I have earned a living holding corporations, insurance companies, negligent drivers, doctors, and hospitals accountable for their actions (or sometime inaction).  Our Constitution and Amendments provide PEOPLE and corporations with rights that may be acted on […]

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FDA Releases New Prescription Labeling System for Pregnant and Nursing Women and Men and Women of Reproductive Potential

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are over six million pregnancies in the United States every year. These pregnant women take an average of three to five prescription drugs during pregnancy, whether it’s for a controlling […]

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$63 Million Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson Upheld

This week, Massachusetts’ highest court upheld a verdict of $63 million dollars against massive consumer product company Johnson & Johnson.  The case stems from allegations that Johnson & Johnson, which among many other things manufactures common over-the-counter household medications, failed […]