December 30, 2009 Some of the victims became targets after responding to telemarketing calls offering cut-price drugs. Other say they ordered drugs from Web sites, then got threatening calls from purported FDA agents who said they would arrest the buyer unless a la...
December 29, 2009 A chemical contaminant with a moldy, musty odor has reportedly sickened people who took an arthritis-strength formula of Tylenol. Johnson & Johnson has recalled all affected lots, widening a recall begun last month.
December 21, 2009 An NPR producer decided to find out how dense her bones are during research for a story on the marketing of Merck's drug Fosamax and the condition of osteopenia. The results raised more questions for her than they answered.
December 21, 2009 Gerberding, an infectious disease specialist, made her name as a physician in the early days of HIV/AIDS. She came to the CDC in 1998, and was credited with smoothly handling the media after the mysterious anthrax attacks that followed the World T...
December 21, 2009 French drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis said it would pay $1.9 billion for Chattem, a specialist in over-the-counter remedies. The acquisition headlines a busy day of wheeling and dealing in the drug industry.
December 17, 2009 Senators voting against a measure to legalize drug imports averaged 66 percent more in campaign contributions from Big Pharma than senators who voted for it. The difference: $85,812 vs. $51,803, spread over the period Jan. 1, 2003, to Aug. 12, 200...
December 15, 2009 For the three months ending in June, the drugmaker paid $14.6 million to about 3,700 people for speaking and consulting. That works out to an average of about $3,900 per U.S. health professional paid.
December 14, 2009 Critics say a maker of hormone treatments overplayed the benefits and minimized risks in a quest to boost sales. For years the drugs were touted as protection against all kinds of age-related health problems, including dementia and heart disease. ...
December 14, 2009 Have questions about the latest medical treatments for stroke? Join us for a live chat with stroke expert Dr. Lee Schwamm, Monday at noon ET.
December 11, 2009 Senate debate on health care gets stuck on a proposal opposed by the drug industry that would legalize the importation of cheaper brand-name prescription medicines.
December 10, 2009 The average cost of a prescription drug purchase hit $161 in 2006, more than double the 1996 price of $79.
December 4, 2009 Drug companies spent about $4.7 billion on advertisements aimed at consumers in 2008. Three-quarters of the money spent on marketing is still aimed doctors and other professionals.
December 2, 2009 A study in 500 patients found a nutritional supplement appeared to relieve some symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, but it wasn't as effective as a standard medicine for the condition.
December 1, 2009 Pfizer's move marks the latest push into specialized medicines and puts it on a collision course with Genzyme, maker of a Gaucher's treatment called Cerezyme.
November 24, 2009 Researchers suggest that drug companies passed advertising costs on to taxpayers by hiking the price they charge Medicaid programs for the drug.
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