Category: Research

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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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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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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