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Linda Chalat

Supreme Court Sides with Drug Companies

The Supreme Court has struck down a Vermont law that prevented pharmacies from selling prescription information for drug marketing purposes, by a 6-3 vote. This case was a closely watched…

Chrissie Cole

FDA – Labeling Change For Proton Pump Inhibitors

Labels for prescription and over-the-counter proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) will be revised to include new safety information about the possible risk of bone fractures with the use of these…

Chrissie Cole

Colorado Lawmakers Push New Regulation Of Surgical Technicians

Kristen Parker, a former Rose Medical Center surgery technician, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for stealing syringes filled with pain medication and switching them with used syringes…

Linda Snyder - Director of Marketing

The Heparin Debacle Part Four – Baxter International Getting Away with Murder?

Getting away with murder? That’s a pretty harsh question to ask when talking about a drug company. But, I question the policy of drug maker, Baxter International to leave a product on the market for…

Linda Snyder - Director of Marketing

Let the FDA Do Its Job? I Don't Think So.

What planet does Diane Bieri live on? It’s certainly not on the planet earth that I live on. In her commentary, Opposing view: Let FDA do its job, Ms. Bieri goes on and on about how the outcome of a…

Linda Snyder - Director of Marketing

Pharmaceutical Companies Spend Twice as Much on Marketing than on Research and Development

PLOS Medicine, an online medical journal conducted a study using numbers from 2004 and concluded that pharmaceutical companies spent almost twice as much on marketing than on their research and development for their United States markets.As a marketing person, on the one hand I am in awe of these marketing budgets, in excess of $57.5 billion dollars. But as a consumer, I’m a bit dismayed that…

Jenny Albano

Fentanyl Patches Made by Actavis Recalled

Actavis Inc., in conjunction with the FDA, is recalling 14 lots of its Fentanyl transdermal system CII patches because the patches have a defect that can cause them to leak. The Fentanyl patches were available from wholesalers and pharmacies throughout the United States. Fentanyl patches sold in Europe are not affected by this recall.The 14 lots of Fentanyl transdermal system patches being…

Linda Snyder - Director of Marketing

Medication Abuse a Problem Among Young Adults

A staggering new report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration stated that 3.1 million Americans ages 12 to 25 have used an over-the-counter cough and cold medicine in order get high.Cough syrups and cold pills are being used in large doses to get high and induce hallucinations for young people. The 2006 survey was completed with 45,000 people ages 12 to 25…

Linda Snyder - Director of Marketing

Merck Takes Responsibility For Vioxx Through $4.85 Billion Settlement(2)

It’s been since 2004 that Merck & Co., one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, has taken the pain medication Vioxx off of the shelves. Finally, on November 9th, Merck settled the numerous Vioxx lawsuits with agreeing to pay $4.85 billion. It appears that the Vioxx manufacturer finally recognized, after obtaining mixed results in the early Vioxx cases it forced to trial, that a…

Courtney Mills

Counterfeit Drug Sales through the Internet a Growing Problem

Last month a federal grand jury indicted 18 people on charges stemming from fraud to racketeering over their participation in an international online pharmaceutical sales ring. The company’s name was Affpower, and by the time the federal government had shut the sales operation down, Affpower had moved over $126 million in illegally prescribed pharmaceuticals.The arrests haven’t managed to stem…