Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Philadelphia infanticide clinic

From the Philadelphia Inquirer: "For more than 30 years, Kermit Gosnell ran an abortion clinic in West Philadelphia that was the "go-to" place for women wanting illegal late-term abortions or for people seeking no-questions-asked prescription drugs, according to a grand jury." 

The jury report includes this grisly passage:

"Gosnell routinely induced labor in patients in their second and third trimesters rather than perform risky late-term abortions. That sometimes resulted in live births. He and his staffers killed the babies by stabbing their necks with scissors to sever their spinal cords and sometimes suctioning their skulls, too. About a baby writhing as he cut its neck, Gosnell joked to a staffer: "That's what you call a chicken with its head cut off."

Read more here.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Pharma secretly funds patient advocacy groups

A new study from Columbia University has found that Eli Lilly gave $3.2 million to patient advocacy groups during the first half of 2007, but only 25% of those groups disclosed the funding on their web sites.  Read more in the LA Times.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Wendell Potter, author of Deadly Spin, to speak at the U

Wendell Potter, author and former insurance executive, will discuss his book, Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans, on Wednesday, January 19 at 4:00 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union.

Read more here.

Monday, January 10, 2011

A course on pain treatment at the University of Toronto, funded by the maker of Oxycontin

A course in pain treatment at the University of Toronto medical school was funded by pain drug manufacturers, and it used a textbook produced by Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin.  Read about it here.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The great law school scam

Law schools are money machines for universities, which is why law school professors have such high salaries, while recent law school graduates are carrying bags for spare change at the airport.  Faced with the worst job market for lawyers in decades, with a generation of unemployed lawyers looking at crippling debt from student loans, American law schools are still encouraging applicants to apply -- even if it means slanting the truth and manipulating statistics to make make the future seem rosy.  “Enron-type accounting standards have become the norm,” says William Henderson, a law professor at Indiana University.  “Every time I look at this data, I feel dirty."  Read about it in the Times, or just go to the blog of one recent disillusioned graduate, Shilling Me Softly. 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Drug Money

A documentary on pharmaceutical fraud from Al Jazeera.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

GSK scandal on 60 Minutes

A GlaxoSmithKline inspector warned that a production facility in Puerto Rico was producing dangerous drugs.  The company ignored her.  She finally below the whistle.  Watch it here.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sharfstein is leaving the FDA

That didn't take long.  And it's probably not a good sign.  Read about it here.