Author: Rob Wipond

Pharmaceuticals Added to Pollution Watchlist

Considering that it’s been reported globally for many years that pharmaceutical drugs –particularly the widely popular, often prescribed, marginally helpful kinds — are polluting water bodies at significant levels and affecting amphibian health and fish behaviours, it’s as much disturbing…

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Are Government Health Services Researchers in Conflicts of Interest?

An article by Andreas Laupacis in HealthyDebate.ca reviews conflicts of interest with respect to government and contract health services researchers, and raises some provocative issues not often discussed even amongst COI watchdogs: For example, Evidencenetwork.ca, a web site that provides…

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Doctor laments doctors’ blindness to conflicts of interest

HealthyDebate.ca has an overview of some of the findings, issues and concerns with respect to big pharma’s influence on doctors written by family physician Ritika Goel. So it makes sense why the companies would do this, but why would doctors…

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University of Toronto Students Misled by Big Pharma

The Toronto Star reports on a study that found University of Toronto medical school students are being routinely misled about the enormous influence of pharmaceutical companies on their educational programs. As Canada’s opioid addiction epidemic took root, students at one…

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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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Alberta Whistleblower Protection Report

David Hutton of the Parkland Institute has done an analysis of whistleblower legislation along with recommendations, with a focus on Alberta in particular. Looking at the important health findings that have come from whistleblower protections and incentives in the U.S.…

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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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Retraction Watch Website

Just discovered an interesting website, “Retraction Watch,’ that reports on studies, professors and medical researchers caught faking data, falsifying conclusions and fudging numbers at such a scale that the studies have been retracted, or the doctors fired etc. You can…

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British Columbia’s Sell-out to Drug Companies

Paul Webster provides a good overview in the Vancouver Observer of the BC liberal government’s gutting of public-service drug research and analysis in the province, including this admission from Premier Christy Clark about axing the Therapeutics Initiative: Unplugging the Therapeutics…

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JAMA drops requirement for independent stat analysis

In 2005, there was a widely-publicized global effort by the world’s leading medical journals to try to rein in conflicts of interest that were polluting medical studies. Since that time, we’ve seen a steady erosion of that noble effort, mainly…

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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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Medico-Security-Industrial Complex

An excellent analysis on PharmaWatch Canada critically explores the past 10 years of strengthening relationships between various public and private bodies to create an expanding “medico-security-industrial complex,” particularly through the use of expanding mental health laws. The ghost of Adam…

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7 in 10 People Taking Prescription Drugs

A collection of stunning statistics about the extent of prescription drug use in this press release from the Mayo Clinic about a forthcoming study: Nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half…

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Good Doctors Forced to Follow Corrupt Guidelines

This British Medical Journal editorial presents a chilling, not-often-discussed view of how conflict of interest in medicine endangers even those of us with good doctors. The author recounts the story of how a group of doctors, all of whom had…

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U.S. health care price fixing

This New York Times article reports on findings that basic medical procedures around the U.S. consistently cost much, much more than in comparable countries, and that it’s this, rather than rising drug costs, that is accounting for much of the…

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Collaboration Between Big Pharma, Private Security Firms, Police and “Counter-terrorist” Forces

This Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest case study of suppression tactics against a Canadian animal rights group is interesting reading, especially for the linkages it draws between AstraZeneca and Novartis pharmaceutical companies and their private security firms, local…

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CMAJ: Wi-Fi Safety Panel Chair Hid Conflict of Interest

The Canadian Medical Association Journal is reporting that the chair of a special committee charged with assessing the safety of wi-fi did not disclose that he’d taken payments from Industry Canada specifically to help them dismiss public concerns about wi-fi safety:…

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