• BMJ: Patients in US, UK Unknowingly Exposed to Toxic Substances

    The fallout over metal-on-metal hips distributed in the US and UK continues as a new article in the British Medical Journal alleges that hundreds of thousands of patients have been exposed to toxic substances as a result of being implanted with the devices. "Despite the fact that these risks have been known and well documented for decades, patients have been kept in the dark about their participation in what has effectively been a large uncontrolled experiment," write...
  • Report: Pharma-Funded Science Not Necessarily Biased Towards Drugmakers

    • 27 February 2012
    A report published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism showed no statistical significance between arthritis research funded by pharmaceutical manufacturers and research funded by non-profits or government entities. Thirty-seven of 49 trials (75.5%) sponsored by pharmaceutical manufacturers reported positive outcomes compared to 11 of 16 (68.75%) studies funded by nonprofits, government entities or foundations, reports Reuters . The trials all studied rhe...
  • Journal: Counterfeit Market Doubling, Risking Supply Chains

    A report in the International Journal of Clinical Practice has found that the market for counterfeit pharmaceuticals has "doubled in the last five years to more than $75 million," reports Medical News Today . The reports notes that the increase is threatening the integrity of secure supply chains-an issue that came to prominence last week as counterfeit copies of the oncology drug Avastin were found in the US . Many of the counterfeit drugs don't contain the active...