Pharmaceutical Companies Face $9B In Punitive Damages For Concealing Cancer Risks

Pharmaceutical Companies Face $9B In Punitive Damages For Concealing Cancer Risks

A Japanese drug maker is facing higher punitive damages for allegedly concealing the cancer risks associated with a diabetes drug than those dished out in the past by federal juries. [More]

Doctor Accused Of Murder For Prescriptions That Led To Overdoses

Doctor Accused Of Murder For Prescriptions That Led To Overdoses

The Los Angeles District Attorney revealed that a California doctor faces murder charges for allegedly pushing unneeded prescription drugs to patients, three of whom died of overdoses in 2009. She also faces 21 felony counts of writing fraudulent, purposeless prescriptions. Authorities says she prescribed tens of thousands of unneeded prescriptions to various patients, including methadone, Xanax, oxycodone to patients. [More]

Facebook Lets Users Post On Pharmaceutical Company Pages

Facebook Lets Users Post On Pharmaceutical Company Pages

Facebook is forcing pharmaceutical companies to open up and swallow public opinion. Before this week, the organizations were allowed to have closed walls that didn’t allow users to post. Thanks to a shift in policy, pharmaceutical companies now no longer receive the privilege. [More]

Science Tries To Give Men More Contraceptive Options

Science Tries To Give Men More Contraceptive Options

Guys who want to take control of birth control have limited options, but researchers are aiming to change that, focusing on hormones that reduce sperm counts. Men looking for alternatives to condoms and vasectomies may one day be able to pop pills that deprive their “boys” of swimming abilities. [More]

Studies: 2 New Drugs Can Slow Advanced Melanoma

Studies: 2 New Drugs Can Slow Advanced Melanoma

Physicians apparently have two strong new weapons against melanoma, according to studies that show a pair of drugs are effective at slowing the cancer in its advanced stage. The drugs could be game-changers for doctors and patients who have long struggled to find effective ways to treat the type of skin cancer. [More]

Report: Google In Trouble For Advertising By "Rogue Online Pharmacies"

Report: Google In Trouble For Advertising By "Rogue Online Pharmacies"

News broke earlier this week that Google had set aside $500,000 to settle a mysterious Department of Justice investigation of “advertising by certain advertisers,” and now a report indicates the badvertisers were “rogue online pharmaceuticals.” [More]

Price Of Premature Birth-Preventing Drug Goes From $10 To $1,500 Per Dose

Price Of Premature Birth-Preventing Drug Goes From $10 To $1,500 Per Dose

After the Food and Drug Administration granted KV Pharmaceuticals sole rights to produce progesterone, a drug that prevents premature births in mothers, the company has begun charging $1,500 per dose of a drug that formerly cost $10. [More]

Hot Flash Spray Evamist Causes Boobs On Pets, Kids

Hot Flash Spray Evamist Causes Boobs On Pets, Kids

I like FDA warnings like this new one about Evamist, because I can file the symptoms away and use them to impress someone with my Sherlock Holmes skills. Friend: “How did you know she used Evamist?” Me: “Note the tell-tale breasts on her grandchildren and her terrier.” [More]

Teva Pharmaceuticals: The Ubiquitous Company You've Never Heard Of

Teva Pharmaceuticals: The Ubiquitous Company You've Never Heard Of

Generic prescription drugs are just that: generic. Most patients don’t think much about who actually manufactures them. It’s pretty likely, however, that you have something in your medicine cabinet manufactured by Israel’s Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. A profile of the company in this past weekend’s New York Times is fascinating. Most interesting of all: while the company is sensibly frugal enough to make Captain Moneycat purr, they refuse to move manufacturing to China or India, as many of their competitors have. [More]

Johnson & Johnson Not Taking Refunds On Recalled Tylenol Very Seriously

Johnson & Johnson Not Taking Refunds On Recalled Tylenol Very Seriously

When J&J’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare Unit announced a recall of children’s Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl over the weekend, it also provided a toll free number you could call for more info. Ron Lieber at the New York Times called it on Saturday to find out how the refund process would work. What he got was a three minute recording telling him to throw the products in the trash, but nothing else. [More]

Get A Refund If You Took Vytorin Or Zetia

Get A Refund If You Took Vytorin Or Zetia

If you or someone you know were prescribed the high cholesterol drugs Zetia or Vytorin and paid full price or a co-pay, you may be eligible for a refund as part of a recent class-action lawsuit. Manufacturers Merck and Schering-Plough are accused of violating consumer protection laws. While both drugs were marketed as superior to other, cheaper statins on the market, more recent studies showed that the drugs weren’t significantly more effective than the older drugs, and could have more harmful side effects.

Brooke Shields Has Hypotrichosis

Brooke Shields Has Hypotrichosis

Oh no! Brooke Shields used to have stringy, stick-figure eyelashes! I figured this out after watching Consumer Reports’ video dissection of a new commercial for Latisse, the glaucoma medication that has been rebranded as an expensive, temporary eyelash enhancer with side effects.

Got Side Effects From Drugs? Report Them To the FDA

Got Side Effects From Drugs? Report Them To the FDA

Over the past few years, the numbers of recalled pharmaceuticals has grown as new drugs are rushed to market before their safety is proven. Want to help improve drug safety? If you experience any serious side-effects from pharmaceutical or suspect drug interactions be sure to report these instances to the FDA. Here’s how:

Pfizer Must Pay Record $2.3 Billion Fine For Sneaky Drug Marketing

Pfizer Must Pay Record $2.3 Billion Fine For Sneaky Drug Marketing

Haters of Big Pharma, rejoice! Pfizer has been smacked with a $2.3 billion (yes, with a B) civil penalty which includes a $1.2 billion criminal fine after they did some very, very bad things while promoting painkiller Bextra and other drugs. That’s the largest criminal fine in American history. Let’s hope they’re proud!

Lexapro's Marketing Plan Shows How Drug Maker Pushes New Drugs

Lexapro's Marketing Plan Shows How Drug Maker Pushes New Drugs

The Senate just released 88 pages of a confidential 270+ page marketing plan by Forest Laboratories, created in 2004 and focused on how to get doctors to prescribe the antidepressant Lexapro over similar but cheaper alternatives such as Celexa. The New York Times notes that the line between marketing and education seems to be heavily blurred, which may not surprise you. There are, however, two interesting notes for consumers who may be taking Lexapro.

Why Are Placebos Getting More Effective?

Why Are Placebos Getting More Effective?

Wired Magazine reports that drug companies’ are facing a new obstacle in clinical trials: over the past few decades, the placebo response has gotten stronger. Some drugs, like Prozac, would have had trouble getting FDA approval if their effectiveness against placebos were as insignificant as tests now show.

Trade Walgreens Hippie Cold/Flu Remedy For Actual Flu Shot

Trade Walgreens Hippie Cold/Flu Remedy For Actual Flu Shot

First, there was Airborne. Then there was Rite-Aid’s house brand version of Airborne. Now, the Walgreens brand of homeopathic cold and flu remedy was also the subject of a class action lawsuit, and the settlement is at hand.

Help Remedies Delivers Medicine To The WebMD Crowd

Help Remedies Delivers Medicine To The WebMD Crowd

A company called Help Remedies is offering basic drugs and first aid supplies with simple explanations. Sounds good, provided they remain focused on simple maladies.