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April 10, 2014

Pharmaceutical or Illegal Drug: The Bizarre Case of Marijuana

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

After gay marriage, one of the most controversial issues in the United States today is the issue of marijuana.…

June 4, 2013

Data Aggregation and the Medical Marketplace

Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Big brother is watching you. And calling you. And selling your medical information to a pharmaceutical corporation.

In the modern age of information as commodity, drugmakers buy database that tell them how much of what drug each doctor prescribes, which patients fill those prescriptions, and whether renewals are filled.…

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American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 3 - Mar 2014

The Ethics of Advertising for Health Care Services Yael Schenker, Robert M. Arnold & Alex John London

News (73)

March 25, 2014 2:53 pm

Marijuana pills and sprays ease MS symptoms

There is no cure for the condition, and therapies have proven difficult, as many have serious side effects. But now, relief may come in the form of a medical marijuana pill.

March 24, 2014 2:34 pm

Crowdsourcing medical decisions: Ethicists worry Josh Hardy case may set bad precedent

Just hours after social-media supporters of a dying 7-year-old boy pressured a reluctant biotech company into giving him an experimental medication, the backlash began.

March 13, 2014 3:41 pm

Company Makes Drug Available To Ailing Boy Following Public Outcry

Chimerix, a small and unprofitable biotechnology company, will make an experimental drug available to a young Virginia boy who is suffering from an infection he contracted while being treated for cancer.

November 8, 2013 1:41 pm

Feds Have Beaten Pharma Into Submission Over Off-Label Drug Use, But At What Cost?

Regulatory policy should be based on rules that are clear, with a process that is transparent, and on decisions that are accountable and reviewable, and that are congruent with other public policy imperatives.

August 14, 2013 6:27 pm

Safety First? How the Current Drug Approval System Lets Some Patients Down

Licensed drugs have to go through rigorous trials. Even if an unlicensed drug works in some way, it might kill you in another way or cause problems.

June 18, 2013 2:47 pm

Supreme Court lets U.S. regulators challenge generic-drug deals

The Supreme Court rattled the pharmaceutical industry Monday when it ruled that antitrust regulators should be able to challenge the arrangements that allow rival drugmakers to delay the sale of a generic drug.

December 5, 2012 7:13 pm

Bigger Role Seen for Breast Cancer Drug (NYT)

The widely prescribed drug tamoxifen already plays a major role in reducing the risk of death from breast cancer. But a new study suggests that women should be taking the drug for twice as long could upend the standard that has been in place for about 15 years.

November 13, 2012 5:29 pm

Injectable Sponge Delivers Drugs, Cells, and Structure (R&D)

Bioengineers at Harvard have developed a gel-based sponge that can be molded to any shape, loaded with drugs or stem cells, compressed to a fraction of its size, and delivered via injection. Once inside the body, it pops back to its original shape and gradually releases its cargo, before safely degrading.

June 6, 2012 12:04 pm

Cancer Doctors Say Some, Not All, Drug Shortages Have Eased (Wall Street Journal)

Doctors who treat cancer say a shortage of oncology drugs has eased, though shortages persist of some chemotherapy drugs that form the backbone of treatment for breast, colon, lung and some other cancers. Hospitals have been struggling with shortages of mostly older, generic drugs for cancer and other ailments for about two years.

May 17, 2012 9:51 am

FDA panel backs at-home HIV test that analyzes mouth swab in 20 minutes (CBS News)

An at-home HIV test that claims to diagnose the disease in 20 minutes from saliva on a mouth swab is a step closer to hitting store shelves, now that an advisory panel of experts recommended the test kit’s approval to the Food and Drug Administration.

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