Big Pharma Round-Up III

A lot happened in the world of pharmaceuticals this year. The opioid crisis worsened. The FDA got a new chief. There were big failures and prices reemerged as a major issue. Industry needed to contend with the new Trump administration and gene therapy ‘came of age.’ By the way, here is one year in reviewContinue reading “Big Pharma Round-Up III”

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”

Big Pharma Round-Up

A round up of the recent Big Pharma and FDA stories. Antibiotics in Farm Animals Drop: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/12/antibiotics-farm-animal/547904/ Teva Pharmaceuticals is being reshaped: Rebooting the FDA: https://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2017/12/13/fda-approval-alternatives-000593 On AstraZeneca: https://www.digitallook.com/news/broker-recommendations/astrazenecas-drug-pipeline-call-reinforces-barclays-top-pick-in-sector–3031953.html   Top 5 Stories of 2017: https://investingnews.com/daily/life-science-investing/pharmaceutical-investing/5-top-pharmaceutical-stories-2017/ FDA clears the Apple watch: https://twitter.com/jshemenski/status/941678777842757632 The FDA is going to go after price gouging: FDA head takes aimContinue reading “Big Pharma Round-Up”

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’”

LSD: Insight or Insanity?, 1968

From the NIH. A post by Professor Erika Dyck on the history of LSD. Circulating Now from NLM Circulating Now welcomes guest blogger Erika Dyck, PhD, Professor and Canada Research Chair in the History of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Today, Dr. Dyck shares some insights on a recently digitized film in the Library’sContinue reading “LSD: Insight or Insanity?, 1968”

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”

The 10 Best Drug Movies of the Past 50 Years

Cheech and Chong. Tony Montana. Reefer Madness. Blow. These are some of the characters and films that normally come to mind when you bring up drugs in cinema. But let’s get real, folks. It goes so much deeper. Drug movies are both fascinating and titillating. Whether it’s the “War on Drugs” or depictions of the countercultureContinue reading “The 10 Best Drug Movies of the Past 50 Years”