Tag: economics

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April 9, 2014

US jury orders Takeda, Eli Lilly to pay $9 billion in damages over Actos

[FirstWordPharma] A US jury ordered Takeda and Eli Lilly to pay a combined $9 billion in punitive damages after finding that the companies concealed the cancer risks associated with the diabetes therapy Actos (pioglitazone). The jury also awarded compensatory damages to the plaintiff of nearly $1.5 million in the first federal lawsuit related to the […]
April 29, 2008

Can you buy changes in health behaviors?

By Stuart Rennie

And the girl behind the counter has a tattooed tear
One for every year he’s away she said
Such a crumbling beauty,
Ach there’s nothing wrong with her
That a hundred dollars won’t fix

Those are lyrics from Tom Waits’ song ’9th and Hennepin.’ They slipped involuntarily into my consciousness when I read about a World Bank study that is being planned in Tanzania.…

April 22, 2008

Corn, oil and hunger

A trio of recent dots from the news stream that practically yell out to be connected:

+ The UN reported this week that rising food prices are pushing 100 million people even deeper into hunger.…

October 4, 2007

Talking about the consequences of chronic disease

The Milken Institute released a report this week totaling the cost of preventable chronic disease in the US. The report’s tally for 2003 was $1.3 trillion.* And when you float a number like that, people tend to notice.…