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Pharmaceutical Industry Ethics (8 entries)


• Pfizer's huge fine: A disturbing trend
"While the government said the fine was a record sum, the $2.3 billion fine amounts to less than three weeks of Pfizer’s sales." This is the fourth time Pfizer has reached a settlement over fraudulent marketing since 2002. In the wake of Pfizer's settlement, here's a look at some of the larger Big Pharma settlements in recent history
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• Foregone conclusions:
The public is being regularly deceived by the drug trials funded by pharmaceutical companies, loaded to generate the results they need
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• Pharmaceutical companies accused of manipulating drug trials for profit
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• Glaxo faces drug fraud lawsuit
David Healy, the consultant psychiatrist who first brought the safety of the SSRIs under scrutiny, said yesterday that the suppression of data in children was matched by the suppression of data in adult trials. "The original data sent to the regulators for this drug showed an eight time greater rate of suicidal acts on paroxetine compared to placebo in adults." Yet the published data suggests there is no difference.
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• How Merck stacked the Vioxx deck
The pharmaceutical giant knew there were heart risks associated with its painkiller -- but its own studies were designed to avoid finding out how serious they were.
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• Italy police probe 4,400 doctors
Italian police are investigating 4,400 doctors over allegations of an illegal incentives scheme involving UK drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline, officials say
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• Journal highlights concerns over drug industry influence
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• Health Canada doesn't control 'off-label' use: drug inquest
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