March 31, 2010 During the second half of 2009, Pfizer paid about 4,500 doctors and other health care professionals $35 million for consulting services and speaking gigs.
Twitter's 'Fail Whale,' a sign the messaging system isn't working, could also apply to the quality of some of the health information there.
March 31, 2010 An analysis of tweets mentioning antibiotics found lots of misinformation about use of the drugs to treat viral infections, like colds and flu.
March 26, 2010 At issue is the elimination of a tax deduction for federal subsidies toward companies' prescription drug benefits for retired workers. AT&T, Caterpillar and Deere & Co are among the companies affected.
March 12, 2010 People with a weak liver enzyme don't get the blood-thinning benefit of Plavix. Chinese are the most like to have the problem.
February 12, 2010 News that Bill Tauzin - a former congressman turned high-powered drug lobbyist - will resign at the end of June from his $2-million-a-year post as the president of Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufactures of American suggests his landing may no...
February 9, 2010 A cholesterol-lowering drug called Crestor was just approved by the FDA for people whose cholesterol looks OK but who have other risks for heart disease, including a bad score on a lab test for inflammation.
February 3, 2010 The biggest drugmaker in the world just got bigger by buying Wyeth in October. But that may not fix Pfizer's looming problem--generic competition to best seller Lipitor comes next year.
January 21, 2010 An antibody treatment for Clostridium difficile showed promise in protecting patients from infection with the bacterium, a leading cause of severe diarrhea in hospitals.
January 21, 2010 Analysts say Scott Brown's electoral victory will be good for health-related stocks. Insurers could benefit from expanded coverage under health overhaul, but they may be just as happy to live without some of its restrictions.
January 15, 2010 A chemical from treated wood in shipping pallets appears to be causing a musty, mildewy odor in packages of some non-prescription medicines. Some customers have complained, the company says, and there have been a few reports of temporary stomach t...
January 14, 2010 Relieving pain immediately after traumatic injuries may help protect people from later developing post-traumatic stress disorder.
January 11, 2010 More than 300 brand-name drugs had individual price increases of 100 percent or more between 2000 and 2008, a government analysis found. Many of the prices rose after middlemen repackaged the drugs and charged higher unit prices for them.
January 7, 2010 The anti-anemia drugs can raise the risk of heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular death — though it's not clear why.
January 4, 2010 While the safety of antipsychotic and antidepressants drugs has been debated in children, this is one of the first studies to look at trends over time of prescribing multiple psychiatric drugs to adults. The authors found that patients are common...
January 4, 2010 Starting this year, doctors at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's Hospitals who serve as board members for drugmakers and biotech companies can't make more than $5,000 a day for doing so. Other rules prohibit doctors from serving as pai...
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