Monthly Archives: December 2009

America’s dangerous addiction to prescription drugs

Share As we start the countdown to a new decade, I have a question for you: why doesn’t the US media run comprehensive stories like this piece in The Guardian about our youth’s dangerous dependence on prescription drugs? Sure, there … Continue reading

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Christmas comes early for 3,700 US doctors on GlaxoSmithKline’s payroll

Share GlaxoSmithKline became the third pharmaceutical giant to start disclosing all the speaking and consulting payments it makes to US doctors, and its list is an eye-popping illustration of the rampant corruption that runs through our current system of medical … Continue reading

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Too many overdrugged kids, or the story of a dead-eyed little boy in Chelsea

Share In Chelsea (a stone’s throw from Boston Harbor), there lives a nine-year-old boy with curly black hair whose eyes are dead because he is on drugs, the legal kind. His single mother, who is on welfare and long-term disability … Continue reading

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Medical groups’ conflicts of interest under Congressional spotlight

Share Mere days after several bloggers (including myself) spotlighted the conflicts of interest among medical societies criticizing the new mammography guidelines, Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has asked these groups (and quite a few others) for information about the financial backing … Continue reading

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