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Insufficient Efficacy Progress in the FDA Drug Approval Process

By   /  December 22, 2014  /  Pharmaceuticals  /  No Comments

The FDA is often criticized for the length and ardor of its drug approval process. Its critics often point to lives that could have been saved by drugs approved more quickly, which although quite possibly true, does not necessarily warrant … Continue Reading

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Are Multivitamins Worth It?

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Pharmaceuticals  /  2 Comments

“I think it’s important,” my friend insisted as he swallowed a vitamin that looked a lot like a gummy bear, “Cover your bases, you know.” Indeed the logic behind supplementary vitamin use seems sound at first glance. The idea is … Continue Reading

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High Pharmaceutical Prices More Than Supply and Demand

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Pharmaceuticals  /  20 Comments

In October 2012, doctors at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center released a statement to the New York Times indicating that they would opt out of administering a new drug to their patients. They argued that at $11,063 a month, the drug … Continue Reading

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Pharmaceutical Copying: Patent Conflicts in the Developing World

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Health Policy, Pharmaceuticals  /  2 Comments

Increases in the price of pharmaceuticals sold by companies like Bayer and Pfizer have driven developing countries to develop cheaper and more accessible drug copies. The World Health Organization estimates that low and middle-income countries have only 35% of the … Continue Reading

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The Ethics of Pharmaceutical Testing in the Developing World

By   /  December 9, 2013  /  Bioethics, Pharmaceuticals  /  3 Comments

In the last two decades, many pharmaceutical companies, including Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline, and Pfizer, have outsourced their clinical trials to developing countries, where testing is significantly cheaper and faster. Developing nations have welcomed drug testing as a mechanism to provide otherwise … Continue Reading

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Drug Discovery and Research Institutions

By   /  April 17, 2013  /  Pharmaceuticals  /  2 Comments

Drug discovery has been, for the most part, a traditionally industrial conquest. Medical research through industry provides a direct, goal-oriented approach to investigating new molecules. By contrast, academic research primarily consists of basic research and focuses on scientific understanding over practicality. Partially due to the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980, which allows universities to use federal funding for research while retaining patent rights, the pharmaceutical world has begun to be shared by both industrial research and academic research. Read More →
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Dr. Average Joe: Self-medicating in the United States

By   /  April 16, 2013  /  Pharmaceuticals  /  1 Comment

In March of 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began to explore the possibility of increasing the number of available over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, though no conclusion has been made regarding this topic. The people we once called patients, but should now more appropriately call consumers, will have access to a large numbers of drugs that previously required a prescription. Read More →
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The FDA and Weight-Loss Drugs: Ensuring Consumer Freedom while Emphasizing Health Risks

By   /  May 21, 2012  /  Health Policy, Pharmaceuticals  /  49 Comments

Given the CDC estimate that over one-third of the U.S. adult population is obese, the availability of weight-loss drugs has been a controversial topic. According to the Mayo Clinic, weight-loss drugs are generally prescribed for patients with Body Mass … Continue Reading

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Eastern Medicine and Herbs: Treating the Individual

By   /  August 8, 2011  /  Pharmaceuticals  /  1 Comment

Ginseng, a common herb used in Eastern medicine, is often used to boost energy levels and stimulate thinking and memory.

Given the growing popularity of eastern and alternative medicines as seen through their relatively steady demand in spite of the … Continue Reading

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The Growth of International Pharmaceuticals

By   /  April 9, 2011  /  Pharmaceuticals  /  No Comments

This potential to create solutions to global health through sustainable entrepreneurship provides a much-needed response to previously ignored diseases.

A new drug to treat HIV is set to be manufactured in Uganda early next year. Previously, HIV/AIDS patients relied primarily … Continue Reading

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