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  • Pharmaceutical Giants Caught Supplying Cartels With Tons of Bulk Ingredients to Produce Meth

    04/17/2017 10:45:52 AM PDT · by LTC.Ret · 144 replies
    Quote the article: "Prosecutors in Belgium have recently announced that executives with pharmaceutical companies based in the country will be charged with knowingly providing drug cartels with prescription drugs that were used to manufacture methamphetamine. . . . accused of providing the Mexican drug kingpin Ezio Figueroa Vazquez with several tons of ephedrine . . . seven executives who were charged with crimes . . . company made two shipments of two million pills containing pseudoephedrine in 2006 . . . big pharma drug Adderall is nearly identical to crystal meth . . .the only place to get massive quantities...
  • Mom furious after daughter implanted with dangerous contraception on school trip

    04/16/2017 10:33:25 PM PDT · by Morgana · 63 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 12, 2017 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    TULSA, Oklahoma, April 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — An Oklahoma mother allowed her daughter to go on an educational field trip only to have her return with a three-year chemical contraceptive implant inside her arm. Langston Hughes Academy hosts an annual sex-ed class by Youth Services of Tulsa. When Miracle Foster's daughter wanted to learn more, she allowed her to visit the clinic. But Youth Services of Tulsa is part of the Tulsa Area Teen Pregnancy Prevention Collaborative, whose PregNOT program began in 2010 with $1.5 million in tax funding from the Obama Health and Human Services' Office of Adolescent Health....
  • The Hidden Monopolies That Raise Drug Prices

    03/30/2017 8:25:35 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 7 replies
    American Prospect ^ | March 28, 2017 | David Dayen
    The Hidden Monopolies That Raise Drug Prices How pharmacy benefit managers morphed from processors to predators David Dayen March 28, 2017 Rob Frankil of Sellersville, Pennsylvania, followed his father into the family business after college. “My entire life,” he said, “I’ve been involved with managing and owning independent pharmacies.” He now owns two stores, a traditional community pharmacy and another that caters to long-term care facilities.Like any retail outlet, Frankil purchases inventory from a wholesale distributor and sells it to customers at a small markup. But unlike butchers or hardware store owners, pharmacists have no idea how much money they’ll...
  • PINKERTON: A New Vision for Big Pharma and for the American Patient in the Trump Era

    02/22/2017 4:47:54 AM PST · by davikkm · 13 replies
    breitbart ^ | JAMES P. PINKERTON
    First of Four Parts… The Pharma Companies In the Crosshairs During last year’s presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump said that if elected, he would save the federal government billions by forcing the pharmaceutical companies to negotiate—that is, lower—their prices. On January 11, 2017, President-elect Trump said that the pharma companies were “getting away with murder” in their pricing, and reiterated his demand for new competition policies aimed at bringing down costs. On January 31, President Trump met face-to-face with top executives and offered a more nuanced exposition of his thinking. First, he reiterated his oft-expressed point about the value of...
  • Printed human body parts could soon be available for transplant

    02/09/2017 12:43:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Economist ^ | January 28, 2017
    EVERY year about 120,000 organs, mostly kidneys, are transplanted from one human being to another. Sometimes the donor is a living volunteer. Usually, though, he or she is the victim of an accident, stroke, heart attack or similar sudden event that has terminated the life of an otherwise healthy individual. But a lack of suitable donors, particularly as cars get safer and first-aid becomes more effective, means the supply of such organs is limited. Many people therefore die waiting for a transplant. That has led researchers to study the question of how to build organs from scratch. One promising approach...
  • Bernie Sanders Admits Pharmaceutical Industry Owns Democratic Party

    02/08/2017 12:09:22 AM PST · by Fedora · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/02/2017 | CNN
    Sanders speaking, 1:37:34 into video: "What's going on? What's going on is the pharmaceutical industry owns the United States Congress. And in all fairness, I will admit, it's not just Republicans. They have a huge influence over the Democratic Party as well."
  • Trump poses challenge to Ireland with belligerence on Big Pharma [nuacht bréagach]

    01/12/2017 7:30:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 01/11/2017 | Dominic Coyle, Laura Slattery
    US president-elect Donald Trump has thrown down a major challenge to Ireland by using his first press conference since winning the White House to target the pharma and medtech sectors. Hailing his recent success in persuading a number of major car manufacturers to route new investment into the United States rather than to Mexico under threat of substantial import tariffs, Mr. Trump turned his attention to drug manufacturers. “We’ve got to get our drug industry back,” the incoming US president said. “Our drug industry has been disastrous. They’re leaving left and right. They supply our drugs, but they don’t make...
  • 'I'm Smarter Than They Are': Underground Chemist Says Police Losing Fentanyl Battle

    11/27/2016 3:02:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    CBC ^ | Nov 26, 2016 | Jon Hernandez
    In new documentary, B.C. drug producer known as Beeker says fentanyl is just the beginningA B.C. drug producer known as Beeker says underground chemists are steps ahead of the police when it comes to the movement of illicit drugs on the streets. Beeker is the subject of a new documentary, Unstoppable: The Fentanyl Epidemic, in which he opens up about the big business behind the drug. He says police are far behind when it comes to tracking drugs throughout the province, and he says many local chemists are synthesizing drugs with materials ordered from China. "I'm smarter than they are...
  • The outbreak persists, but Obama’s Ebola Czar is moving on

    12/07/2014 3:17:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/07/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    The height of the Ebola outbreak in Africa, Europe, and the United States also coincided with a period in which the Obama administration came under the heaviest scrutiny over its response to that health crisis. Amid criticism, President Barack Obama rejected calls from lawmakers to impose some travel restrictions on the areas affected by Ebola, but he did say his administration was open to appointing one figure to oversee his government’s response to the crisis. Days later, Obama appointed Ron Klain, a long-time Democratic political operative and veteran of both Bill Clinton and Al Gore’s presidential campaigns, to serve as...
  • Ebola Czar Vanishes from Democracy Alliance Website Ron Klain no longer listed as a trustee

    10/20/2014 3:08:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/20/14
    Third Way, a progressive think tank with ties to the Democracy Alliance, has removed newly appointed Ebola czar Ron Klain from its website, following a Washington Free Beacon report. The Free Beacon reported Friday on Klain’s status as a trustee for Third Way, and his past experience lobbying on behalf of a drug company that was accused of denying life-saving drugs to dying cancer patients. The choice of Klain to head the administration’s emergency response to Ebola was criticized as a political move. Klain is a political operative with no medical experience and a former advisor to former Vice President...
  • Big pharma is spending millions to fight limits on opioids like OxyContin, Vicodin and fentanyl

    09/27/2016 4:28:52 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 93 replies
    Vice News ^ | Sept. 18, 2016
    Big pharma is spending millions to fight limits on opioids like OxyContin, Vicodin and fentanyl The pharmaceutical industry has spent more than $880 million over the past decade to fight laws that would limit the availability of powerful opiods such as OxyContin, Vicodin and fentanyl in the United States, according to an investigation by the Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity published Sunday. Often, these lobbying expenditures are funneled through groups like the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and other advocacy groups that represent the interests of patients with terminal cancer or chronic pain, whose conditions can...
  • One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana

    07/24/2016 1:08:30 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 89 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/22/2016
    One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana There's a body of research showing that painkiller abuse and overdose are lower in states with medical marijuana laws. These studies have generally assumed that when medical marijuana is available, pain patients are increasingly choosing pot over powerful and deadly prescription narcotics. But that's always been just an assumption. Now a new study, released in the journal Health Affairs, validates these findings by providing clear evidence of a missing link in the causal chain running from medical marijuana to falling overdoses. Ashley and W. David Bradford, a daughter-father pair...
  • ADHD is vastly overdiagnosed and many children are just immature, say scientists

    03/09/2016 9:44:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:00AM GMT 10 Mar 2016 | Sarah Knapton
    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is vastly over-diagnosed with many cases simply immature children who are the youngest in their class. […] Around three to seven percent of British children are believed to have ADHD, about 400,000, with many being prescribed drugs to try and improve their concentration at school. […] Now a study of nearly 400,000 children between four and 17 years old in Taiwan has shown that the percentage of youngsters diagnosed with ADHD significantly changes depending on month of birth. Where just 2.8 percent of boys born in September have the condition, the figure jumps to 4.5...
  • CHINESE DELIVERY OF FAKE PHARMACEUTICALS UNCOVERED

    04/11/2014 10:09:56 AM PDT · by DannyTN · 26 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 4/10/2014 | BOB UNRUH
    Millions of fake pills from China, some with no active ingredients and others with the wrong contents, have been uncovered and confiscated by customs officers in France. ... “Drug research in China has fallen under a cloud since 2006 because 13 of the top 20 global drug makers have set up research and development centers in China. Yes, it’s cheaper to do research there, but, as one auditor said, ‘with cheaper research comes greater risk,’” she wrote. ... There also are whole factories in China with up to 15,000 people employed for the purpose of counterfeiting products.
  • Is Martin Shkreli a Clinton plant?

    09/23/2015 10:18:42 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies
    Vanity
    I don't see any other logical reason for him speaking the way he did.
  • Doctors Not Happy After Drug Goes From $13.50/Tablet To $750 Overnight

    09/21/2015 3:26:17 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 70 replies
    Consumerist ^ | September 21, 2015
    Gripe as we might, consumers understand that price increases do happen. What’s not as easily understood is how the price for something can go from $13.50 one day to $750 the next — especially when it’s a generic drug used to save lives. For decades, Daraprim (pyrimethamine), an anti-parasitic used to treat malaria and toxoplasmosis, had been made by GlaxoSmithKline and sold for as little as $1/tablet until not that long ago. Then in 2010 GSK sold the drug to CorePharma, which began to raise the price. Within a year, revenue from Daraprim jumped nearly ten times even though the...
  • Leaked: What’s in Obama’s trade deal

    07/01/2015 1:32:29 PM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | July 1, 2015 | Michael Grumwald
    A recent draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal would give U.S. pharmaceutical firms unprecedented protections against competition from cheaper generic drugs, possibly transcending the patent protections in U.S. law. POLITICO has obtained a draft copy of TPP’s intellectual property chapter as it stood on May 11, at the start of the latest negotiating round in Guam. While U.S. trade officials would not confirm the authenticity of the document, they downplayed its importance, emphasizing that the terms of the deal are likely to change significantly as the talks enter their final stages. Those terms are still secret, but the public...
  • Leaked: What's in Obama's trade deal [TPP's intellectual property - Big Pharma]

    07/01/2015 6:08:52 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/01/2015 | Michael Grunwald
    A recent draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal would give U.S. pharmaceutical firms unprecedented protections against competition from cheaper generic drugs, possibly transcending the patent protections in U.S. law. POLITICO has obtained a draft copy of TPP’s intellectual property chapter as it stood on May 11, at the start of the latest negotiating round in Guam. While U.S. trade officials would not confirm the authenticity of the document, they downplayed its importance, emphasizing that the terms of the deal are likely to change significantly as the talks enter their final stages. Those terms are still secret, but the public...
  • Pernicious Low Tech Issues In Healthcare

    06/05/2015 8:55:31 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/5/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    A wildly disproportionate amount of what is proposed for healthcare reform involves technical matters. Ten years ago, the pundits assured us that the forced adoption of electronic health records would save billions and revolutionize health care. Unfortunately, EHRs have cost billions, are almost universally despised by providers, and are responsible for thousands of errors—some of which have proved to be fatal. The situation is bad enough that even the clueless Feds have decided to back off on some of their more onerous EHR requirements, at least temporarily. Other voices have suggested that the answer lies in drug discovery, massively expanded;...
  • Scientists Transplant Organs for Aborted Babies Into Rats for Future Harvest (Worse than Sodom)

    03/06/2015 2:34:48 PM PST · by xzins · 62 replies
    CNS ^ | March 6, 2015 | Penny Starr
    Live Science reported in January on research being done by scientists at Ganogen, Inc., a biotech company in California, that transplants organs from aborted babies into lab rats with the goal of growing them for use in patients who need organ transplants. “Researchers say they have developed a new technique that will get more kidneys to people who need transplants, but the method is sure to be controversial: The research shows that it is feasible to remove a kidney from an aborted human fetus, and implant the organ into a rat, where the kidney can grow to a larger size,”...