Author: Rob Wipond

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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Invisible and Abandoned Drug Trials

An article in the British Medical Journal, “Restoring invisible and abandoned trials: a call for people to publish the findings” provides an interesting overview of some of the main issues and concerns that have led to a growing movement calling…

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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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Lab Boss Admits Bribing Doctors

A New York NBC affiliate is reporting on a case in which hundreds of doctors were booking unnecessary lab tests and both they and the lab were culling the takes: The corrupt former president of a New Jersey lab testing…

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Antipsychotics in Kids Skyrocketing in BC

Several articles explore dramatically rising rates of antipsychotic prescribing in BC children. Watch out for a mixed bag in terms of who’s being quoted and numbers getting muddled up and incomprehensible at times, but the overall message is clear that…

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Depression Screening Criticized in CMAJ

The Canadian Medical Association Journal has run an interesting review of the evidence surrounding depression screening. Despite the massive machinery promoting people getting tested for depression that’s being run by corporations and mental health organizations, the researchers found there’s no…

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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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New Canadian book of critical thinking on psychiatry

A new book called Mad Matters has been released from Canadian Scholars Press. It’s a collection of writings by academics, psychiatric survivors, activists and others taking critical perspectives on the psychiatry industry, that gives a fascinating overview of the emerging…

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Real Facts about Flu

A Cochrane Collaboration doctor, Tom Jefferson, has put together a simple, quick overview of some of the key facts about the flu and flu vaccines. Most of the main arguments we’ve heard in recent years are turned on their head,…

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Questions about Statins Hitting Mainstream Media More

The medical usefulness of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs  has been largely debunked in the medical literature for a decade or more, but thanks to heavy promoting by pharmaceutical companies that produces some dubiously positive studies and sucks in gullible media, ill-informed…

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Conflicts within the US FDA Over Drug Safety

This Wall Street Journal Article about popular blood pressure drugs possibly causing cancer provides an interesting glimpse into growing conflicts between scientists within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over the agency’s whole mission with respect to drug safety regulation.

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Coalition Defends Right to Lie about Drugs

I just read this brief, somewhat critical article about how the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America are trying to use a recent court decision to help push the U.S. FDA to legalize drug companies promoting and advertising “off-label” and…

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British Medical Journal Joins Call for End to “Selling Sickness”

The British Medical Journal has published a good overview of the “Selling Sickness” conference and the growing movement to “clean up” the medical and psychiatric industries: A “Call to Action on Selling Sickness” was developed by a diverse group over…

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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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Antipsychotic Contamination Linked to Chinese Factory

While there are certainly growing problems with drug contamination around North America, this brief Canadian Press story is one of relatively few mainstream articles I’ve seen that explicitly names three companies and links them to manufacturers in China. This situation…

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Therapeutics Initiative Appeals for Help

One of many devastating consequences to the re-election of the BC Liberals in British Columbia this week could be the final destruction of all independent drug research, evaluation, and regulation in the province for processes more favourable to pharmaceutical companies.…

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