Alli's side effects -- er, "treatment effects"

GlaxoSmithKline has been nothing but forthright when it comes to the side effects of its new Over-the-Counter weight loss drug, alli (which earned the “With Allies Like This, Who Needs Enemas?” Award from PAL earlier this week) - they've admitted that it

Judge certifies class action in Norvir case

In October 2004, PAL member SEIU Health & Welfare Fund filed a class action lawsuit against Abbott Laboratories, alleging that Abbott's 400% price increase for its HIV/AIDS drug Norvir violated federal antitrust laws. (In re Abbott Laboratories Norvir Ant

PAL gives GlaxoSmithKline the "With Allies Like This, Who Needs Enemas?" Award

Prescription Access Litigation gives latest Bitter Pill Award to GlaxoSmithKline Drugmaker gets the ‘With Allies Like This, Who Needs Enemas?’ Award for Irresponsibly Selling a Formerly Prescription-Only Weight Loss Drug Over-the-Counter BOSTON, MA – Pr

The Fox's Report on the Guarding of the Henhouse

Last year, we gave one of our Bitter Pill Awards to PhRMA, The "Fox Guarding the Henhouse" Award For Pushing Toothless Voluntary Guidelines on Drug Advertising. This honor was bestowed on PhRMA in the wake of its promulgating vague and unenforceable "Gui

New Bitter Pill Award coming soon...

In 2005 and 2006, PAL gave out the annual Bitter Pill Awards: Exposing Drug Company Manipulation of Consumers. The BPAs are awarded to the most egregious, outrageous or manipulative Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) pharmaceutical ad campaigns of the past year.

Washington Post reports on drug company datamining and Doctor Privacy

Great article in today's Washington Post: "Doctors, Legislators Resist Drugmakers' Prying Eyes". The article discusses the now-hot issue of whether the data of what drugs Doctors prescribe should be private, or whether drug companies should be able to pu

GSK's Avandia and Heart Attacks - The Importance of Clinical Trial Registries and Real Post-Marketing Surveillance

The New England Journal of Medicine yesterday released a study showing that Avandia, a popular drug for treatment of Diabetes, increases the risk of heart attack by 43%. This story was widely reported in the mainstream media (see, e.g., the Associated P

Ask Pharmie:

Here's the latest installment of Ask Pharmie, where our guide Pharmie answers your questions on all things pharmaceutical. At my local drugstore, I see drugs that are available Over-the-Counter (without a prescription) that I used to need a prescription

How many pharmaceutical executives does it take to screw in a light bulb?

How many pharmaceutical executives does it take to screw in a light bulb? (By Prescription Access Litigation) Seven: One to screw in the light bulb; One to file a patent for "A method for insertion of a light-emitting glass fixture into a power source
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