Pharmaceutical Industry

Pharmaceutical Industry

Taking Zostavax For Shingles? The CDC Says You Should Take Something Different

Earlier this year, plaintiffs who took a vaccine for shingles, known as Zostavax, began filing lawsuits against drug manufacturer Merck & Co., claiming as little as a single dose resulted in serious injuries that include blindness, paralysis, and brain damage. In some cases, the drug was fatal.The complaint states...

FDA Approves New Treatment for Hemophilia – With Caveats

Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche scored a victory this week as the FDA granted its approval for a new treatment for hemophilia – but that approval came with a black box warning.Hemophilia is a condition in which a person's blood lacks particular clotting factors. Without treatment, even a small cut...

American College of Cardiology Revises Definition of High Blood Pressure Downward: is it Real, or is This a Ploy by Big Pharma to...

Prior to last weekend, if your blood pressure was no more than 140/90, you were considered to be okay. However, 15.6 million people across the U.S. woke up Monday morning to discover they suddenly had hypertension when they had no problem with it before.This was the result of...

2018 National Defense Authorization Act Allows Defense Department to Sidestep the FDA – Is This a Good Idea?

Over the Veteran's Day weekend, Congress was busy finalizing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018. Within that legislation is a disturbing provision that essentially allows the Department of Defense to sidestep the Food and Drug Administration.Page 4 of the conference report “Authorizes the Assistant Secretary...

Could a Form of Electromagnetic Therapy Replace Antidepressant Medications?

This could be bad news for Big Pharma, for which sales of antidepressant medications bring in billions of dollars in profits – but it is potentially good news for the approximately 16 million people in the US who suffer from chronic depression. Doctors working at UCLA's Semel Institute for...

Medical Researchers Have Identified a Third Type of Diabetes – Could Certain Prescription Medications be Responsible?

Medical science has recognized a third form of diabetes – and Medical researchers in the U.K. are concerned that it may be more common than doctors realize.Labeled as “Type 3c,” this form of diabetes results from pancreatic injury, usually caused by inflammation (pancreatitis). This is different from Type...

The Unusual Mushroom Called “Lion’s Mane” Might Have True Medical Benefits

A little fungus known to science as hericium erinaceus – and more popularly as the “lion's mane” mushroom – appears to have some amazing properties that could provide an attractive substitute for overpriced and over-prescribed medications, many of which are of dubious efficacy and even can cause dangerous side...

Olympus Enters Into Distribution Deal for Disposable Endoscope Valves

Olympus, the manufacturer of endoscopes that have been implicated in serious infections and at least 35 patient deaths, has announced a partnership with Ruhof Healthcare, a company specializing in surgical and medical decontamination products.Beginning this month, Olympus will serve as the exclusive U.S. distributor of Ruhof's Guardian Endoscope...

“Magic” Psilocybin Mushrooms Offer Hope to Patients Suffering From Depression – Yet, They Remain Illegal

The dangers of antidepressant drugs have become quite apparent over the past several years. “Medications” such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) used to treat depression have been implicated in “suicidality, violence and mania,” according to an article published in the International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine...

Anti-Psychotic Medications: There Are Healthier, Less Risky Alternatives

It is no secret that Americans are the most over-medicated people on the planet – particularly when it comes to neuroleptic drugs such as anti-psychotics and anti-depressants. A large part of this problem stems from aggressive marketing by Big Pharma, targeted at people seeking a “quick fix” for their...