Tag: Pfizer

Prescription for Murder ABCD

The Anything But the Company Drug playbook involved digging deep into the medical records of the person reporting a problem in order to find the ingrown toenail at the age of two that was possibly the cause. And of course if something else was possibly the cause, then we can’t conclude that our drug did it.

Doctors Too Reliant on Pfizer’s Depression Questionnaire

From The Telegraph: Depression is being overdiagnosed due to doctors' reliance on a nine-question form designed by pharmaceutical company Pfizer to assess patients for depression. Article...

“Whitewashing a Black Box Warning: The Chantix Story That Didn’t get...

"The decision to remove the Chantix black box warning had its roots in a study known as the EAGLES trial, which was mandated by...

“Connection Between Pfizer and Synthetic ‘Zombie’ Drug”

An illegal drug that was originally developed by Pfizer Inc. is behind a spate of overdoses in Brooklyn that sent more than two dozen...

“FDA Panel Votes to Remove Serious Warning from Pfizer’s Smoking Cessation...

This week an FDA advisory panel decided to remove warnings of serious psychiatric side effects from the Chantix product label. “In making its recommendation,...

“FDA questions Pfizer Study of Chantix Psychiatric Effects”

Pfizer is petitioning the FDA to remove the black box warning for Chantix which focuses on neuropsychiatric side-effects like suicidality and depression. The regulators...

“Pfizer Abandons $160bn Allergan Deal”

After the US announced plans to crack down on “inversion deals,” where a US company merges with a foreign company to escape taxes, Pfizer...

“Will Pfizer Overcome Generic Antidepressant Market?”

Pfizer’s patents on Xanax, Zoloft, and Effexor have run out and generics are now coming to market. The company is also facing lawsuits from...

“Pfizer’s Quiet Recall of Lyrica Capsules”

“Pfizer has quietly recalled three lots of its blockbuster drug Lyrica because of a manufacturing problem that could have left some capsules deformed or...

Pfizer Gets FDA Approval For Chewable Ritalin

Yesterday, the FDA approved Pfizer's “QuilliChew ER” chewable methylphenidate for ADHD in children as young as six. “CNS stimulants, including Quillivant XR, QuilliChew ER, other methylphenidate-containing products, and amphetamines, have a high potential for abuse and dependence.”

“Bad Science and Such Big Portions–Drug-Company Funded CMEs Fall Out of...

For the USC Center for Health Journalism, Martha Rosenberg points out the absurdity of allowing industry funded doctors to teach classes to practitioners about psychiatric drugs. "What if the written road test drivers take were sponsored by BP or Shell and had marketing messages interspersed?"

FDA Asks Pfizer for Update to Zoloft Label, Warns of Birth...

Bloomberg reports that the FDA asked Pfizer in August “to modify safety warnings for its antidepressant Zoloft (sertraline) and acknowledge for the first time that some studies linked the mood-altering medication to heart defects in newborns.”

Pfizer Drug Chantix Cited in Murder Plea

In exchange for pleading guilty to murder, a young soldier received a 45-year sentence with the possibility of parole. The plea resulted from evidence that Chantix, a smoking cessation drug manufactured by Pfizer, can increase hostility and agitation, according to the SunHerald. “Several experts provided some evidence that Chantix affected (the soldier’s) ability to appreciate the nature and quality or wrongfulness of his acts,” the SunHerald noted.