Big Pharma Round-Up II

Here is a snapshot of the past week in Big Pharma news.  This is coming at you a little early because of the Christmas slowdown. Happy holidays. To kick off: The drug industry spent big! Threats to high drug prices prompted biggest lobbying/PR/advertising/influence-buying surge by trade group PhRMA in nearly a decade. We got theirContinue reading “Big Pharma Round-Up II”

CFP Cannabis: Global Histories

19-20 April 2018 University of Strathclyde, Glasgow In cooperation with Wellcome Trust The Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare would like to invite papers for Cannabis: Global Histories at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) on 19-20 April 2018. One outcome of the recent Alcohol and Drugs History Society meeting (ADHS) in UtrechtContinue reading “CFP Cannabis: Global Histories”

Donald Trump’s FDA and the ‘United States of Oxy’

How will the pharmaceutical industry be impacted under the Trump administration? Who’s the new FDA Commissioner? How will e-cigarettes be effected? How will the opioid crisis be impacted? Trump’s FDA and “the United States of Oxy” By Lucas Richert The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may be headed for a major overhaul under theContinue reading “Donald Trump’s FDA and the ‘United States of Oxy’”

Cannabis ‘Policy Brief’ Announcement

It’s my pleasure to promote the publication of an important Policy Brief on Cannabis by Kathleen Thompson. Over the past few years she has helped drive conversations about the consumption and control of marijuana. Her recent Policy Brief ought to be read by anyone and everyone! Here’s an extract. LEGALIZATION OF CANNABIS: THE POLICY CHALLENGESContinue reading “Cannabis ‘Policy Brief’ Announcement”

PTSD, Peacekeeping, and Politics by Adam Montgomery

(It’s an honour to have Dr Adam Montgomery share his thoughts on trauma, the military, and PTSD. You can read more of his work in a forthcoming book, The Invisible Injured: Psychological Trauma in the Canadian Military from the First World War to Afghanistan.) A bit of shameless self-promotion. Thanks @LucRichert for giving me the spaceContinue reading “PTSD, Peacekeeping, and Politics by Adam Montgomery”

EpiPen Price Gouging is Old News

On Thursday, Mylan announced a series of steps that will make its EpiPen more affordable for some patients. Over the past few years, Mylan had raised a standard two-pack of EpiPens to roughly $600. It had cost $100 in 2009. Then, following a recent uproar, including a public tongue-lashing from Hillary Clinton and a US SenatorContinue reading “EpiPen Price Gouging is Old News”

Podcast Announcement – Radical Mental Health Therapy

I recently had the pleasure of joining Chris Hoff on The Radical Therapist Podcast. You can listen to our lively discussion about the 1960s, long-haired hippies, and mental health services during a period of big-time change. You can download the Pod here or through iTunes. Thanks for listening and sharing! #mentalhealthawareness #healthpolicy

Weed in the Workplace

The newest issue of Canadian HR Reporter discusses ‘weed in the workplace’ and focuses on drug screening. There are some vital ideas here about on-the-job safety, the legalities of drug testing, and impairment. Basically – drugs during ‘9 to 5.’ Also, I get my two cents in there! Check it out at Increasing use of marijuanaContinue reading “Weed in the Workplace”

Paperback Writer – Book Announcement

‘Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book? It took me years to write, will you take a look? It’s based on a novel by a man named Lear And I need a job, so I want to be a paperback writer Paperback writer’ — The Beatles I’m delighted to announce that my bookContinue reading “Paperback Writer – Book Announcement”

The Business of Body Parts and Body Products

Ewww. The business of body parts and body products? What? Sounds gruesome. Kinda grisly and macabre. But, as we discuss assisted suicide, selling plasma, or Canadian transplant tourists, in the media the way that we conceptualize the buying and selling our bodies will be vital. Just like the poster for Daybreakers says, our bodies are a crucialContinue reading “The Business of Body Parts and Body Products”