Author: Rob Wipond

Health Canada Reports Children Dying from Antipsychotics

Postmedia News reports that children are dying from antipsychotic drugs which Health Canada hasn’t even approved for doctors to be prescribing to children in the first place. Once reserved for schizophrenia and mania in adults, the drugs are increasingly being…

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Researchers Question Science of Testing on Animals

A recent massive collaborative study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that mice were extremely poor models to use for studying causes of and testing treatments for human inflammatory conditions. Now Independent Science News has…

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Lack of regulation of carcinogenic cosmetic ingredients

A report on the complete lack of safety regulations in the cosmetics industry. Many known cancer-causing chemicals are being absorbed by people for years on end. A group of doctors is charged with “voluntary” regulating, and they hide behind a…

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Novartis Gave Millions in Kickbacks to Doctors — the affidavit

Drug company Novartis is being sued by 27 state governments, several cities and the U.S. federal government in not one but two lawsuits, according to the New York Times. The millions of dollars involved in these bribes and kickbacks to…

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Is the revered Cochrane Collaboration being corrupted by Pharma?

The Cochrane Collaboration has become one of the world’s most important sources of independent meta-analyses of drug safety and effectiveness. But a report in the April 2013 newletter of the International Society of Drug Bulletins warns of the increasing influence…

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Canada’s National Research Council Gutted for Big Business

The CBC reports that Canada’s National Research Council will no longer support research unless it’s specifically geared to helping commercial enterprises. Essentially, it seems the NRC is being turned into a giant operating subsidy for corporations, where they will be…

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Drug Researcher Says BC Liberals Fired Him to Protect Pharma Donations

Drug researcher Bill Warburton alleges in a lawsuit that he was fired along with others in a BC Health Ministry purge because the BC Liberals were trying to protect and increase donations from pharmaceutical companies heading into an election. Here’s…

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Gary Greenberg Criticizes DSM and Psychiatry

Terrific interview in The Atlantic with psychotherapist and author Gary Greenberg about issues surrounding the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Psychiatry was in a crisis in the 1970s over questions like “what is a mental illness?” and “what…

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U.S. Dept of Justice Alleges Doctors Took Bribes and Kickbacks from Drug Company

ProPublica reports on a whistleblower lawsuit against doctors and the drug company Novartis. “Novartis corrupted the prescription drug dispensing process with multi-million dollar ‘incentive programs’ that targeted doctors who, in exchange for illegal kickbacks, steered patients toward its drugs,” Preet…

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BC Liberals Cut Support for Drug Watchdog

The Georgia Straight reports that the Therapeutics Initiative’s funding has been cut. TI has been internationally renowned for its independent analyses of the safety and efficacy of drug treatments. To do this in the middle of an election campaign shows…

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Big Pharma Donates 11 Times as Much to BC Liberals

An article in Metro reports some provocative numbers: Anyone wondering why the Liberal government would axe funding for B.C.’s only independent drug watchdog need only follow the money, according to a UVic pharmaceutical policy analyst. Researcher Alan Cassels ran the…

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Petition to Release All Medical Trial Data

British Medical Journal, Centre for Evidence-based Medicine and others are leading a petition drive to encourage legislators around the world to force pharmaceutical companies to release all key information about their drug trials, rather than only the information, trials and…

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Pharma Lobbies Them, Alberta Govt Promotes Controversial Vaccine

As the Alberta government is announcing promoting questionable, controversial HPV vaccines for boys (already doing so dubiously for girls), the province’s Lobbyist Registry shows pharmaceutical giant Merck Frosst, the only manufacturer of HPV vaccine in Canada, has long been lobbying…

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Study: Depression Dramatically Overdiagnosed, Drugs Overprescribed

A Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study found that 2/3rds of people diagnosed with depression and taking psychiatric medications for it did not actually meet the criteria for being depressed. The tendency was particularly acute amongst older people:…

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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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