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03 Feb: Can America Health Thyself? [Infographic]

Americans who do not practice or affiliate with any religion is growing—and rapidly. At the same time, Americans are more medicated than ever before and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Normal and prescribed drug use is ok and can help people with afflictions in many ways. However, substance abuse is on the rise. Clergy are taking note at America’s need to depend on Christ for healing and research has shown that those who regularly attend religious services are much more inclined to use prescription drugs safely, as they were intended to be used. The cost of substance abuse is astronomical. The cost in crime, illness, deaths, and medical costs should be enough to scare anyone sober. For those…

FDA Reveals New Drug Labeling for Pregnant Women

09 Dec: FDA Reveals New Drug Labeling for Pregnant Women

Many pregnant women suffer from chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or asthma and they have to take medication, such as Metformin, Sectral, and Alvesco, on a regular basis. They may also develop new conditions during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes, an infection, or morning sickness. In addition, the dosage of medications they took previously might change as their body changes during pregnancy. There are so many factors involved that it can be very intimidating for a woman to know what medication she can and cannot safely take. Previous FDA Drug Labeling System Up until now, the FDA has used an outdate letter system to label prescription drugs for pregnant and breastfeeding women. The letters used in this…

The Financial Toxicity of Cancer Treatment

07 Oct: The Financial Toxicity of Cancer Treatment

  The past Sunday, 60 Minutes aired a segment “The Cost of Cancer Drugs” in which Leslie Stahl got down to the core of the high drug prices and the financial toxicity of cancer treatment. The focus was on drugs used in the treatment of cancer and how they are getting more and more expensive each time a new drug is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and released for use by the public. This isn’t the first time the high prices of these cancer drugs have been brought up as an important issue. There are a number of medical experts and doctors from around the globe who have been vocal about their concerns of the high costs…

Canadian Pharmacies - Setting the Record Strait About Safety

11 Jul: Canadian Pharmacies — Setting the Record Strait About Safety

Millions of Americans turn to international sources for foreign medication, Canadian pharmacies in particular ranking high on the list. They’re close to home, extremely competitive in pricing when it comes to foreign drugs, and have strict safety regulations. However, the federal government for the United States uses plenty of scare tactics in an attempt to make American citizens steer clear of foreign drugs, even going so far as making it illegal to buy drugs from international sources. Because they do not have the official stamp of approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the door is officially closed for consumers in America. However, anyone with savvy and a pinched budget is likely to opt for Canadian pharmacies. The price of…

FDA: Heartburn Medication and Bone Fractures Go Hand-in-Hand

18 Jun: FDA: Heartburn Medication and Bone Fractures Go Hand-in-Hand

Heartburn is a common problem that has plagued people for many decades. In the late 1980s, some popular heartburn medications started being prescribed, including Prevacid, Prilosec, and Nexium. These heartburn medications are known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) and they are so popular that 1 in 20 people take them. They work by reducing the amount of acid produced in the stomach to about 10% of normal stomach acid levels. These days, heartburn medications are available over-the-counter, and now that they have been around for such a long time, doctors are beginning to see some of the long-term effects of taking these medications. Osteoporosis, Heartburn Medication and Bone Fractures The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now put out a warning that PPIs…

Why Mail Order Pharmacies Are On The Rise

29 Jan: Why Mail Order Pharmacies Are On The Rise

With the abundance of online and mail-in pharmacies in the marketplace today, many people are considering whether it’s a good idea to switch out of their traditional pharmacy routine. Online pharmacies can present several benefits for users, and this article addresses some of the biggest questions and concerns that users have when making this transition. Are Mail Order Pharmacies a Good Idea? A mail order pharmacy is a perfectly good substitute for an in person pharmacy, and it has some benefits over other types of pharmacies. They can certainly save time, as trips to the pharmacy are not needed. Individuals can set up a routine, where payments are processed and medications sent at the same time each month. Because they…

How to Protect Your Family from Drug Induced Injury

15 Oct: How to Protect Your Family from Drug Induced Injury

The wrong drug can lead to a serious drug induced injury for yourself or someone in your family. For this reason, it’s important to have open communication with your doctor and pharmacist. It’s also a good idea to investigate the drugs yourself, and if you find unsettling information, speak to a doctor or pharmacist about it immediately. FDA Approval As a rule of thumb, the best way to avoid a drug induced injury is not to use any drug until seven years after FDA approval. Consider that nearly 20 percent of FDA-approved drugs are removed from the market after approval and given a black-box warning, which indicates the potential for serious harm. Beware of Pharmacy Distributed PILs Patient information leaflets…

How to Dispose of Expired Medications Safely

25 Jul: How to Dispose of Expired Medications Safely

There have been increasing reports recently that have discovered trace levels of prescription and over-the-counter medications in the drinking water supply of cities all over the nation. The water most likely received these levels from both drugs that were excreted as well as from drugs being flushed down the toilet. Following these findings, the FDA has issued guidelines on how to properly dispose of expired or unused drugs. Unfortunately, many people are still unsure of how to dispose of expired medications safely. Below are the 3 main methods of how to get rid of drugs that are lying around the house safely and effectively. How to Dispose of Expired Medications: Remove the pills from their original bottle. Crush the pills…

How to Properly Dispose of Medications

25 Mar: How to Properly Dispose of Medications

  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) give guidelines on the proper disposal of medications. Before, consumers were advised to dispose of medications by flushing them down the toilet. This is no longer recommended. Here are tips on how to properly dispose of medications. Guidelines for proper disposal of prescription drugs Unless otherwise instructed in the package, put prescription drugs in sealed plastic bags and throw them in a trash. If possible, mix the pills with an unattractive substance such as coffee grounds. This will prevent pets and children from consuming the drugs in case they find them. Flush liquid medication down the toilet. However, do this only if it says…

Is It Legal to Buy Prescription Drugs from Canada?

25 Mar: Is It Legal to Buy Prescription Drugs from Canada?

  Many Americans save money by getting their prescription drugs from Canada, whose government regulates prices. Initially, many people who bought their prescriptions from Canada took organized bus trips to the country for the purpose. Nowadays, more people order their medicine from safe and licensed Canadian pharmacies. There’s no question that Americans save a lot of money by ordering their medicines from Canadian pharmacies. In some cases, drugs from Canada cost as little as one-fifth the price found inside America. However, some wonder if this might be too good to be legal. So is it really legal to buy prescription drugs from Canada? The answer isn’t so simple, but the activity is tolerated. Below is more information on the subject….

14 Mar: Do You Need a Prescription for Online Canadian Pharmacies?

As the cost of prescription medication continues to rise in the United States, individuals and families on a tight budget are looking for other options. Many turn to Canadian pharmacies for their lower price tag and relaxed rules. However, before you can obtain your medication you must ask yourself, “Do you need a prescription for online Canadian pharmacies?” Do you need a prescription for online Canadian pharmacies? Individuals wondering do you need a prescription for online Canadian pharmacies are under a common misconception that they can legally order any drug online from Canadian pharmacies without a valid doctor’s prescription. This, however, is not true and any legitimate pharmacy must have a valid prescription before filling the prescription. However, legitimate Canadian…

Are Canadian Online Pharmacies Safe?

26 Feb: Are Canadian Online Pharmacies Safe?

Many consumers are bypassing the expensive pharmaceutical prices in the U.S. to obtain what they need from suppliers in other countries like Canada. Where there is a need, there will always be a business willing to meet that demand. Given the expense of pharmaceuticals and the many uninsured consumers unable to afford them, it is no surprise that they are turning to online Canadian pharmacies to obtain the drugs they need. Safety Concerns When considering online Canadian pharmacies, the question becomes: are Canadian online pharmacies safe? For people considering buying from an online Canadian pharmacy, it is crucial that they do research to determine the legitimacy of the business. There are certain recommended ways to check out the risk before…

24 Oct: Buy Tamiflu and Relenza online to rescue you against the swine flu

As the 2009/2010 influenza season progresses, there is cause for worry. Flu activity is already widespread in 46 states, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the 2009 novel H1N1 flu virus, popularly known as the “swine flu,” is on the rise. Meanwhile, the swine flu vaccine is difficult to obtain, leaving many unprotected from this new strain. Fortunately, the antiviral treatments Tamiflu and Relenza are still largely effective against the swine flu. Why is there so much worry about pandemic flu this year? Regular flu kills 36,000 people in the US each year, but the swine flu variation has the potential to kill many more. The latest update from the CDC shows that swine flu has caused…

20 May: FDA has to become more transparent on prescription drug recalls

I read the following disturbing Q&A in Joe and Teresa Graedon’s People’s Pharmacy column this morning: Q: I once worked for a pharmaceutical company that ordered a raw ingredient, diphen-hydramine, from China. I was a quality-assurance inspector and had to inspect incoming material. That ingredient was trashy, with what looked like a lot of floor sweepings and black blobs of something I could not identify. I placed all of that shipment on reject. I came in to work the next day and was told by the boss that he had authorized the release of that ingredient to be used in production! When I left work later that day, I called the Food and Drug Administration and reported the whole thing….

29 Apr: Healthcare, prescription drugs, and the plight of the self-employed

I recently came across a remarkable blog rant by a man named Jim Thornton, a competitive swimmer at age 56. Under a list of his latest swimming times, he shared the story of some of the struggles he’d recently been having with healthcare and prescription drug costs. An excerpt: Our health insurance went up to $1711.50 a month for a plan that requires each member of the family to spend $1400 a year before complete coverage kicks in. For a variety of complicated reasons, we cannot alter any of the terms of the policy. It is a take it or leave it situation. If we leave it, my wife and I have been taking statin drugs and antidepressants and will…

13 Apr: Who’s abusing Google ads? It’s not online pharmacies — it’s Big Pharma

Big Pharma abusing Google ads?Big Pharma abusing Google ads? When the topic of Americans buying drugs from Canadian pharmacies comes up, one company whose name is rarely mentioned is Google. That’s odd to me, since (1) Google is such a news magnet, and (2) without Google, far fewer Americans would be buying their prescription drugs from Canadian pharmacies. Big Pharma despises Google for explicitly permitting licensed Canadian pharmacies to advertise to U.S. consumers through its AdWords network — a tacit endorsement of cross-border medication sales. For some time now, Big Pharma and its proxies have been waging a secret campaign to force Google to stop allowing Canadian pharmacies to advertise through AdWords. Google’s AdWords program (working in partnership with PharmacyChecker.com)…

16 Mar: Obama selects FDA commish — Peter Rost wuz robbed!

Despite celebrity endorsements courtesy of Photoshop (above), and a real endorsement by eDrugSearch.com and others, Pfizer whistleblower Dr. Peter Rost came up short in his bid to become the next FDA commissioner. President Obama on Saturday announced the selection of Dr. Margaret Hamburg for the top food and drug post. We knew Peter was a longshot for the post, but what the heck — it was worth a shot. The good news is that Dr. Hamburg will bring a passion for and history of reform to an agency that needs it desperately. For Americans under 30, it might surprise you to know that the FDA has not always been a public laughingstock. In fact, in the 1970s, it earned a…

05 Mar: Wyeth v Levine Ruling Signals The Tide is Turning Against Big Pharma

For nearly three decades, it’s seemed like everything — at least when it comes to government decision-making — has gone Big Pharma’s way. For example: The U.S. government permitted Big Pharma to begin advertising directly to consumers, despite the fact that this practice is prohibited worldwide (except in New Zealand). The billions of dollars spent on advertising has led to a dramatic increase in prescription drug consumption — including by teens who steal drugs like Viagra out of the family medicine cabinet after hearing how cool they are, ad nauseum, in TV ads. The government slashed the FDA’s staff by a third during the Bush administration (after significant cuts in the Reagan administration) and allowed Big Pharma lobbyists to wield…

18 Feb: FDA seizing legit meds again? Seniors advocates up in arms

Despite the best of efforts of Big Pharma and its paid lackeys to spread disinformation about the safety of Canadian pharmacies, it looks like Americans soon may finally be able to legally purchase drugs from Canada. At least, that will be the case if the Dorgan-Snowe Drug Importation Bill, scheduled to be reintroduced later this month, passes Congress and is signed by President Obama, as many expect. Seniors advocates, however, are upset that the bill doesn’t also allow consumers to purchase drugs from other Tier One countries, such as Australia and New Zealand. In fact, the FDA recently seized a number of shipments of drugs from these countries at LAX, which has advocates up in arms. Publishers of some of…

16 Feb: It’s time to end corporate welfare for prescription drug companies

I found this wonderful letter by Carrol L. Fry in the Kansas City Star and wanted to share it with all of you. It’s in response to a syndicated column by a typically out-of-touch Washington pundit. I read George Will’s hand-wringing column about the imminent demise of Medicare (2/7, Opinion, “Obama willing, Congress weak on entitlements”). Maybe if our government were willing to curb corporate welfare for the prescription drug companies, we could save a few billion. I was shocked to find that my Medicare Plan D cost for one of my prescriptions, for both my co-pay and Medicare, was $392 for a 90-day supply, and another was $265 for 90 days. I checked prices at a Canadian pharmacy and…

01 Dec: 72 million U.S. prescriptions per year are not FDA-Approved

An Associated Press analysis last week concluded that millions of Americans are being prescribed drugs — including those covered under Medicaid — that have never been reviewed by the FDA for safety and effectiveness. The FDA admits there may be thousands of such drugs on the market. Reports the AP: “At a time when families, businesses and government are struggling with health care costs and 46 million people are uninsured, payments for questionable medications amount to an unplugged leak in the system … But the FDA estimates they account for 2 percent of all prescriptions filled by U.S. pharmacies, about 72 million scripts a year.” This isn’t a new problem — most of the drugs in question have been on…

04 Nov: Wyeth v. Levine update

  From the Wall Street Journal Law Blog: After the arguments wrapped up in Wyeth v. Levine…we called around and spoke to a couple lawyers who were present at the scene. Based on those convos, and an AP report, we were able to cobble together an overview of the back-and-forthing… …the Justices took issue with Wyeth’s argument that it couldn’t update its label to add stronger warnings without first getting FDA approval. “Wyeth could have gone back to the FDA anytime” to update the label, said Justice Souter. “And it simply didn’t do it.” But Seth Waxman, who argued the case for Wyeth, argued … that, when the FDA has specifically considered the risk involved and rejected the sort of…

03 Nov: Wyeth v. Levine ruling could be major blow to healthcare consumers

People’s Pharmacy is an excellent syndicated column that you should definitely check out if you aren’t already reading it. If it’s not in your hometown paper, you can find them online here. The writers, Joe and Terry Graedon, have been impassioned advocates for healthcare consumers for more than 30 years. (Here’s what the Graedons have to say about Canadian pharmacies, by the way: “The FDA won’t admit it, but buying drugs from legitimate Canadian pharmacies may be safer than buying from the drugstore down the block.”} I bring up the Graedons because their column recently reminded me about a very important issue that had fallen off my radar screen. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to begin hearing arguments…

01 Oct: A hero to all of us — except Big Pharma

I think the best story I read on Monday’s $425 million Cephalon settlement was the law firm Phillips & Cohen’s press release: The government’s investigation into Cephalon Inc.’s illegal marketing practices that culminated in today’s $425,000,000 settlement and guilty plea by the pharmaceutical company began in January 2003 with a Cephalon sales representative in Ohio. The sales representative, Bruce Boise, refused to follow company-ordered sales strategies to convince doctors to prescribe Cephalon’s Actiq, Gabitril and Provigil drugs for unapproved (“off-label’) uses because he was worried the sales practices were illegal and the “off-label” uses were dangerous for patients. Boise was so concerned about Cephalon’s off-label marketing that he contacted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to inform them of what…

29 Sep: Obama and McCain the Flying Wallendas of prescription drug flip-flops?

Can you hear that? It’s the sound of political spinning, twirling and flip-flopping — followed closely by backbones turning to mush. In the face of a relentless disinformation campaign (and lots of campaign donations) by the pharmaceutical industry and its front groups over the past several months, both Barack Obama and John McCain are showing strong signs of backing down — in unison — from their pledges to legalize Canadian drug reimportation if they are elected. Call them the Flying Wallendas of Flip-Flops. For guys who claim to be about change — with McCain having the nerve to boast that he “took on the drug industry” in his campaign ads — they are beginning to spew the same old song…

16 Sep: How to dispose of unused prescription drugs

As we’ve been writing about here, teens who abuse prescription drugs often get them from their parents’ medicine cabinets. In many cases, the drugs are not currently being used by the parents; they were simply never discarded. With this in mind, we’ve decided to reprint the federal government’s guidelines for the proper disposal of prescription drugs. They are: Take unused, unneeded or expired prescription drugs out of their original containers. Throw the packaging in the trash. Mix prescription drugs with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter, and put them in impermeable, non-descript containers, such as empty cans or sealable bags. This will further ensure the drugs are not diverted. Flush prescription drugs down the toilet…

01 Sep: Big Pharma’s $3 billion on advertising is a waste of YOUR money

Americans are known for our short memories, so it may surprise you to know that prescription drug ads aimed at consumers are a relatively new phenomenon. They’ve only been around in present form for a little over a decade, when the FDA, under pressure from the pharmaceutical industry, approved the practice. Now, it’s hard to watch TV or pick up a magazine without seeing a drug commercial. You might also be unaware that the U.S. is one of only two countries in the world that permit this kind of advertising. The other is New Zealand. There are a number of reasons why most doctors and health experts think direct-to-consumer advertising is a bad idea. Here are a few: Prescription drugs…

25 Aug: Lies about the safety of Canadian drugs

Chris Rice at OpEdNews is boiling mad about corrupting lobbyists and duplicitous politicians who have made it difficult for U.S. residents to buy drugs from Canadian pharmacies. Here’s an excerpt from his column: LIE: The Bush administration is fighting importation of cheaper prescription drugs from Canada by claiming they are unsafe and thereby protecting pharmaceutical companies who have given over $74 billion (or $2,033 per hour) [in contributions] since 2000. FACT: HHS and FDA officials cannot identify a single American injured as a result drugs purchased from licensed Canadian pharmacies. One of the nation’s leading health experts stated the administration’s argument was “hogwash” since “drugs purchased through the Canadian health care system are every bit as safe as those available…

18 Aug: A peek inside the FDA’s black box warning labels

Today’s Los Angeles Times has a feature analyzing the FDA’s so-called “black box” warning labels — and why some risky drugs receive them while others don’t. The article specifically poses this question: Cipro and the similar antibiotics are given the agency’s strictest black box warning label, while epilepsy drugs Lyrica, Depakote and Topamax may have escaped. Why? There’s nothing earthshaking in the piece — the FDA’s decisions are presented as more or less appropriate — but for those interested in how the FDA does its job, it’s a worthwhile procedural. The story is accompanied by a glossary of drug regulation terms.

29 Jul: Follow eDrugSearch.com on Twitter

We’ve started a Twitter account and would love for you to follow us. If you’re not familiar with Twitter, it’s a social network built around a kind of mini-blogging or group IM tool that allows you to leave messages of up to 140 characters. Some of our favorite bloggers like John Mack, Jack Friday and Matthew Holt are already using it, so we thought we’d try it out, too. You can follow us here: https://twitter.com/carybyrd

28 Jul: Big Pharma dances on the FDA’s grave, part 2

I wrote the other day about the hypocrisy –not to mention true gall — that pharma apologists like Peter Pitts have shown in their attacks on licensed Canadian pharmacy drug reimportation. Essentially, Pitts argues that Americans should not be permitted to buy Canadian drugs because the FDA is incompetent to regulate these imports and keep the public safe. This is now the pharmaceutical industry’s leading argument against Canadian drugs. The exquisitely painful irony here, of course, is that Big Pharma has been leading the charge to de-fang (and then de-gum and de-tongue) the FDA for decades now. I like the analogy I used the other day, so I’ll use it again: It’s like a child murdering his parents — then…

23 Jul: Big Pharma steps up disinformation campaign against drug reimportation

You might think Big Pharma would give up its longstanding fight against Canadian pharmacy drug reimportation — now that both John McCain and Barack Obama vocally support it (not to mention 80 percent of the American public). You’d be wrong. As it turns out, Big Pharma believes it has a trump card in its bid to maintain its inflated drug profits by keeping out competition from abroad. That trump card: the incompetence of the FDA. The argument is outlined in this op-ed piece by Peter Pitts, president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, which is funded by Big Pharma among other sources. Says Pitts: Several lawmakers have proposed allowing Americans to buy drugs from abroad. Since many…

23 Jun: What’s the difference between brand-name and generic drugs?

In the United States, we’re trained virtually from birth to value brand names — in fact, often to overvalue them. Did you know, for example, that when large corporations buy one another, they often have to pay millions — or even billions — of dollars for something accountants call “intangible assets”? One of these assets — called “goodwill” — can be thought of as the value of the brand. It reflects the profits a company makes over and above what you’d expect from the tangible assets alone, simply because of its reputation. Big pharmaceutical companies want you to buy into the value of brands when purchasing prescription medications — so you’ll pay more for them. That’s one of the reasons…

13 Jun: Tracey Ullman on Buying Canadian Drugs

Comedienne Tracey Ullman debuted a new series on Showtime this season, and one of her funniest bits was making fun of FDA policy that — officially, at least — forbids American consumers from purchasing drugs from Canadian pharmacies. Check it out: It’s funny stuff. Of course, the reality, for those familiar with the law, is that the FDA permits U.S. citizens to order drugs in supplies of 90 days or less without fear of confiscation. It’s similar to the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gay soldiers. Though it wouldn’t happen in real life, Ullman’s skit does point out the true absurdity of the FDA’s official stance on Canadian drug reimportation. Fortunately, both John McCain and Barack Obama oppose…

20 May: Reclast’s “jaw problems” caused by too many warnings.

Retired physician John R. Agnew has an amusing take on Big Pharma’s bombardment of consumers with DTC advertising. Writes Agnew: The drug commercials seem to me to be insulting. They overstate the benefits, minimize the side effects and ignore the cost: “Panacea is not for everyone,” they warn. “Let your doctor know if you have liver disease (he is too dumb to figure it out for himself) or are allergic to this drug (which you wouldn’t know in advance anyway). Side effects include fainting, jaundice, suicidal thoughts, constipation and sudden death. Do not operate heavy machinery after taking the first dose, and tell your doctor right away if you are dying”… My favorite is Reclast, a once-a-year treatment for osteoporosis….

20 May: The latest verdict against Accutane

Last month, a New Jersey jury awarded a Utah woman named Kamie Kendall $10.5 million for damage done by the acne drug Accutane, one of a series of recent successful lawsuits against the drug’s maker, Hoffman-LaRoche, Inc. The court found that Hoffman-LaRoche did not adequately warn consumers of the drug’s risks and side effects. A lawyer on the winning side states: It’s a very dangerous drug – it causes birth defects, it causes psychosis, it causes IBD. When you’ve got a drug like this you shouldn’t mince words at all, which is at the heart of the case. No question that’s been our point, and in three cases, we’ve won $2.5 million, then just over $7 million, then now almost…

21 Mar: Online prescription drugs: To buy or not to buy?

Here’s a nice video from Employment Crossing with tips on buying prescription drugs online. The one caveat we would add is that the FDA should not be your be-all-and-end-all in determining how, where and what to purchase online. It’s one data point to consider, but as we’ve shown time and again, it is a flawed one.

17 Mar: The FDA can’t protect you; this is why you need to protect yourself

In an article today excoriating the FDA for its regulation of prescription drugs, the New York Times reports: The Institute of Medicine, the Government Accountability Office and the F.D.A.’s own Science Board have all issued reports saying poor management and scientific inadequacies make the agency incapable of protecting the country against unsafe drugs, medical devices and food. Indeed, in the years since the last China drug scandal [in 1999], the share of drugs coming from that country has soared while the F.D.A.’s inspections of overseas drug plants have dropped. There are 566 plants in China that export drugs to the United States, but the agency inspected just 13 of them last year. The agency does not have the money to…

08 Mar: eDrugSearch Community has strong feelings about pharma lawsuits

We’re pleased to say that Tom Lamb at Drug Injury Watch is a member of the eDrugSearch.com Community. He wasted no time after joining in stirring up a little controversy, posing the following question: Do you think that this “federal preemption” of drug injury cases is a good idea or bad policy? Among the responses of community members (which you can see in their entirety here): It would be horrible policy, because as we all know, the FDA no longer has teeth and is basically run by the pharmaceutical industry. If you then say the pharma companies can’t be sued because of FDA approval, you turn the system into a sick (pardon the pun) joke… If these drugs are unsafe…

28 Feb: eDrugSearch.com Online Health Community in Pharma Marketing News

John Mack is The Mack, as far as covering the world of pharmaceutical marketing goes. So we’re honored that John decided to profile the eDrugSearch.com Community in the February 2008 edition of Pharma Marketing News. The story is called “Prescription Drugs and the Health 2.0 Opportunity; the pdf here provides more detailed coverage. In talking with John for the story, I told him that we hope our new community will attract pharma marketers who want to learn more about what consumers are talking about today. Who knows — maybe a few drug reps and others will join in the fun, although John isn’t optimistic about this prospect. He writes: Much as pharmaceutical marketers may wish to engage consumers in discussion…