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Cost and Consequence: drug “cocktails” deplete Medicaid_Globe Tue, 24 Jun 2003 The escalating cost of healthcare is in large measure due tothe spiraling expenditure on drugs–many of which are misprescribed.The Boston Globe reports about one Medicaid patient who is prescribed18 medications at a cost of roughly $16,000 a year–“all at […]

Cost and Consequence: drug "cocktails" deplete Medicaid_Globe


GlascoSmithKline PAXIL Warning letter to Healthcare Professionals Thu, 19 Jun 2003 On June 10 the British government disapproved a license the widely popular, SSRI antidepressant, Seroxat (PAXIL), for use in children and adolescents after a committee examined the data from 9 clinical trials. The British Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory […]

GlascoSmithKline PAXIL Warning letter to Healthcare Professionals



Time to put drug giants on trial – Scotsman (UK) Fri, 20 Jun 2003 The UK media-including BBC, the Guardian, the Scotsman, the London Times, and others–have been informing the British public about the hidden health hazards underlying the industry-controlled drug approval and drug marketing process. Current practices have led […]

Time to put drug giants on trial – Scotsman (UK)


AstraZeneca Pleads Guilty in Criminal Cancer Medicine Scheme Sun, 22 Jun 2003 AstraZeneca agreed to a $355 million settlement in civil and criminal charges. Government prosecutors found that AstraZeneca reported to the government that the average wholesale price for a monthly dose of the prostate cancer drug, Zoladex, was about […]

AstraZeneca Pleads Guilty in Criminal Cancer Medicine Scheme


Hemophiliacs File Suit Against Bayer for selling Tainted Blood product Tue, 3 Jun 2003 The Los Angeles Times reports that two weeks after The New York Times reported that Bayer documents reveal that the company sold tainted blood-clotting medicine for hemophiliacs that carried a high risk of transmitting AIDS to […]

Hemophiliacs File Suit Against Bayer for selling Tainted Blood product



“Anthrax vaccine a deadly defense?” –NW Indiana Times Tue, 24 Jun 2003 U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Rachael Lacy, 22, is a casualty of the military forced anthrax vaccination program–which is administered by military commanders, not doctors. She “died in April after receiving the [anthrax] vaccination, along with a smallpox inoculation. […]

"Anthrax vaccine a deadly defense?" –NW Indiana Times


“Schizophrenia Digest” Canadian magazine Tue, 3 Jun 2003 Behold the new marketing promo in the guise of “Inspiration and information”….”Schizophrenia Digest” is touted as a magazine directed at schizophrenia patients and families. The publisher, William J. MacPhee, who claims he is taking an antipsychotic, says, “My personal philosophy is that […]

"Schizophrenia Digest" Canadian magazine


Sen Schumer asks FDA to place hold on Paxil for kids Fri, 13 Jun 2003 Senator Charles Schumer held a press conference in New York to announce that he had written to Mark McClellan, FDA Commissioner to investigate the adverse effects of Paxil, the SSRI antidepressant on children and teens, […]

Sen Schumer asks FDA to place hold on Paxil for ...



Don’t Medicate Away Student Angst – Chronicle Higher Ed Sun, 15 Jun 2003 The Chronicle of Higher Education has published a superb essay by Joli Jensen, a professor of communications from the University of Tulsa. Jensen recognizes the harmful effects of medicating students to suppress their experience of normal, turbulent, […]

Don't Medicate Away Student Angst – Chronicle Higher Ed