DTC without Risk Revisited

On March 31, I posted a critique of the Coalition for Health Communication's (CHC's) petition to the FDA, the aim of which I said was "the elimination of specific risk information...

Why It’s Important to Monitor & Engage in Social Media

This morning I posted about Debbie Phelps being "purged" from McNeil Pediatrics ADHD Moms™ Facebook page (see "Debbie Phelps Purged from McNeil's ADHD Moms Facebook Group. How Cruel!").That blog post was...

Shared Detail Appointments Can Save Doctors’ Time & Improve Product Education

In the recent issue of the AARP Bulletin, I read about doctors scheduling appointments with up to 15 patients at the same time (see "Doctors Take Sharing to a New Level—Medical...

Bloggers Worry Pharma More Than FDA

Billy Tauzin, CEO of PhRMA, the US drug industry trade group, laid into the FDA's proposal for a Drug Watch site (see "FDA Drug Watch Site Guidelines") according to a Reuters...

Pass it on: Blog Silence in Memory of Students Slain at VA Tech

Fard Johnmar at HealthcareVOX has a great idea: a daylong moment of silence on this blog tomorrow in honor of those killed and wounded in today's senseless shooting rampage at Virginia...

HELP WANTED: Director of Drug Safety

The FDA Office of Drug Safety has a HELP WANTED sign in its window:New Leadership for Safer DrugsThe Office of Drug Safety announced a nationwide search for a new director of...

Physician Empathy vs. Pre-Launch Marketing

A recent article in the Boston Globe about pharmaceutical companies "pitching empathy" to doctors focused on an exhibit at the American Academy of Neurology meeting that "claimed it could create, in...

Welcome Back Vioxx, Welcome Back

An editorial in today's Wall Street Journal calls for the return of Vioxx ("Now Bring Back Vioxx") citing a "meta" analysis (wooooo... meta!) published in BMJ claiming to show that "high...

GSK, the “Erroneous” 50% Discount Promise, and Consumer Fraud

Wow! GSK just had a PR catastrophe!FiercePharma and other online news outlets earlier today published a press release from GSK (originally distributed through PRWeb) that said the company was offering a...

Fear & Loathing in Bethesda

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) recently released survey results from 997 FDA scientists that demonstrate pervasive and dangerous political influence of science at the agency. Thirty-four percent (34%) of respondents...

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