Category: Pharmaceutical Companies

Canadian med schools allowing conflicts of interest

A new study published in PLOS One looks at pharmaceutical industry activities and influences on universities in Canada and conflict of interest policies in Canadian medical schools, and finds COI policies “Too Few, Too Weak.” Lead author Adrienne Shnier is…

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The Antidepressants Charade

Global TV News has released an encore presentation of its investigation into how antidepressants got into the marketplace despite glaring flaws in evidence that they even worked, and their terrible side effects.

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Meet Your Doctor’s Generous Friend

Focus magazine has published the Canadian Medical Marveller’s investigation into the activities of drug company sales representatives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. What did we find? Seems like things may not be different in Canada as in the U.S., except…

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Hospitals that Allow Murder

Although this prominent case about nurse John Cullen murdering at least 40 patients has all the hallmarks of a one-of-a-kind sensationalist story, medical doctor and ethics professor Carl Elliott explains why we should see it in a broader context and…

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GlaxoSmithKline $3 Billion Settlement

At $3 billion, the July 2, 2012 settlement between the U.S. government and GlaxoSmithKline happens to be the biggest single criminal and civil liability penalty against a pharmaceutical company in history (so far). Thankfully, the agreement didn’t involve suppressing all…

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The Case for National Pharmacare

The National Post has run a good op-ed which dispels some of the common beliefs used to argue against publicly-funded universal prescription drug coverage, and exposes some of the ways that pharmaceutical companies become less helpful the more profits they…

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Study of Mental Health Websites and Bias

A meta-analysis of studies of mental health websites and their biases has produced some interesting findings. Here’s a good article about it. And the abstract: A literature review and meta-analysis of drug company–funded mental health websites Read J, Cain A.…

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Study on Drug Marketing in Canada Shows Doctors Misled

Researchers looked at the information pharmaceutical company reps were giving to doctors about drugs in Canada and elsewhere, and found the reps were routinely breaking the law. The study found that in nearly 60 per cent of promotional visits, sales…

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