Friday, January 27, 2023

Tag: pharmaceutical industry

Screening for Bipolar: Have You Ever Been “Unusually Happy” for More...

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A new questionnaire funded by AbbVie conflates antidepressant side effects with bipolar disorder and doesn’t actually meet the criteria for being considered “screening.”

The Latest “Breakthrough Therapy”: Expensive New Drugs for Tardive Dyskinesia

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The increased prescribing of antipsychotics, which frequently cause a brain injury that manifests as tardive dyskinesia, has provided pharmaceutical companies with a lucrative new market opportunity.

Does Pharma Need the Entrepreneur?

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Capitalists don’t discover new medicine; they invest in it. The incentive to do so, as everyone will admit, is to return a profit. Most would also agree that this profit shouldn’t be "too large," but enough to encourage adequate investment into new treatments. However, the idea that this is a well-functioning system, and indeed the best way of producing medicine, is a myth.

Conflicts of Interest Questioned in Royal College of Psychiatry’s Participation in...

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From: James Moore, antidepressant withdrawal sufferer, on behalf of the 30 other signatories to today’s letter.   London, UK – A fellow of the Royal College...

E-book: “Ghost-Managed Medicine: Big Pharma’s Invisible Hands”

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Sergio Sismondo's new book from Mattering Press explores how Big Pharma controls drug research and marketing at every stage, maximizing industry profits at the expense...

Patients’ Drug Options Under Medicaid Influenced by Drugmakers

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From NPR: "A Center for Public Integrity and NPR investigation found drug companies have infiltrated nearly every part of the process that determines how their drugs will be covered...

Can You Rely on the Drugs That Your Doctor Prescribes?

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From The Conversation: "One of the authors of this article (Joel Lexchin) was part of a study that looked at FCOI in Canadian medical guidelines....

How Drug Companies Sell Treatments By Inventing Diseases

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From Yahoo! News: "There’s a substantial body of medical literature dating back to the early ’90s about the practice known as 'disease mongering.' Pharmaceutical companies...

Massive Reforms for Pharmaceutical System Proposed

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The US/Canadian Pharmaceutical Policy Reform Working Group proposes universal drug coverage and ambitious reforms to the pharmaceutical system.

Doctors Launch Sweeping Pharmaceutical Reform Proposal

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From Medical Xpress: A group of 21 prominent physicians have released a comprehensive proposal to guarantee everyone access to safe, innovative, and affordable medication. The proposed reforms...

Journalists Should Report Their Sources’ Conflicts of Interest

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From HealthNewsReview.org: While researchers are usually required to disclose their conflicts of interest in medical journals, media outlets do not often require journalists to disclose...

Big Pharma: The Global Effect

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In this piece for Vision Magazine, Danit Felber details the U.S. pharmaceutical industry's efforts to stomp out foreign competition. "What does this mean practically? A nonprofit...

Patient Advocacy Groups Take In Millions From Drugmakers

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Kaiser Health News has launched a new database called Pre$scription for Power, which exposes donations pharmaceutical companies have made to patient advocacy groups. The...

The Pharmaceutical Industry in Contemporary Capitalism

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In this piece for the Monthly Review, Joel Lexchin details four strategies that the pharmaceutical industry is utilizing in order to maintain its high level...

The More Opioids Doctors Prescribe, the More Money They Make

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An exclusive analysis by CNN and researchers at Harvard University found that opioid manufacturers are paying physicians huge sums of money — and that doctors with higher...

Dr. Duncan Double: On Being a Critical Psychiatrist

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An interview with Dr. Duncan Double, consultant psychiatrist in the UK. Duncan is a founder of the Critical Psychiatry Network and runs a critical psychiatry blog. We talk about Duncan’s experiences as a critical psychiatrist working within a bio-medically oriented profession.

New Study Concludes that Antidepressants are “Largely Ineffective and Potentially Harmful”

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A new study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry concludes that “antidepressants are largely ineffective and potentially harmful.”

If a Drug Company Publishes a Magazine, is it Journalism?

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From Undark Magazine: Bayer, the German pharmaceutical and agricultural science conglomerate, has launched a digital magazine covering the ethical and social implications of new biotechnologies....

The Pharmaceutical Industry is No Stranger to Fake News

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From STAT: The notion of "fake news" has recently become a widespread topic of discourse. However, the pharmaceutical industry has been using tactics that involve spreading...

PhRMA Ups Lobbying by 30 Percent This Year

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From The Hill: The pharmaceutical industry's top trade group, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), has increased its federal lobbying expenditures by 30...

How Big Pharma Infiltrated the Boston Museum of Science

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From CounterPunch: Last spring, an exhibit promoting mainstream mental health ideologies debuted at the Boston Museum of Science. The exhibit was funded by NAMI and...

Researchers Expose Pharmaceutical Industry Misconduct and Corruption

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Corruption of pharmaceutical industry sponsored clinical trials identified as a “major obstacle” facing evidence-based medicine.

Mental Health Inc: A New Book by Art Levine

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From AlterNet: A new book my Art Levine, Mental Health Inc: How Corruption, Lax Oversight and Failed Reforms Endanger Our Most Vulnerable Citizens, exposes the greed...

When the Cure is the Cause

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From Undark Magazine: In late 1970, a pharmacologist discovered that an antibiotic drug designed to cure a disease called SMON (subacute myelo-optic neuropathy) was actually causing...

The Inaugural “Shkreli Awards!”

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This piece for the Lown Institute lists 10 of the most egregious examples of profit-mongering and lack of empathy in healthcare in 2017. These examples include...