OPINION: drug firms say no to rebates, despite billions in new revenue from Part D

By Wendell Potter

Part D brought drug companies billions, but they say the sky is falling

Drug lobby donation went to pro-Democratic nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Half-million-dollar donation from PhRMA went to little-known group that backed Harry Reid.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pharmaceutical Research":

"… exchanges, the expansion of Medicaid and things that I don’t like.”The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) gave $500,000 to a nonprofit group ca …"

Federal regulators have failed to act on toxic chemical, report says

By Chris Hamby

Regulators have done little to protect the public from BPA, critics say

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Chemistry Council":

"… na and the European Union have similar restrictions.An industry group, the American Chemistry Council, says BPA has been used safely for decades and there is no evidence that i …"

Report faults Medicare controls on widely abused drugs

By Joe Eaton

Beneficiaries easily went to multiple doctors for hydrocodone and oxycodone

Inspectors struggle to keep up with flood of imports

By Brad Racino

Food imports approved for use in the U.S. in an unexpected way

Investigations Around the World

By Simona Raetz

Drug on wars makes pain killers unavailable for patients in developing countries; mining companies are big winners of Chilean tax system

FDA's flimsy recall power for food imports puts public at risk, watchdog says

By Aaron Mehta and Ben Wieder

FDA needs more power to police recalls of imported foods

FDA screening of fish imports not catching antibiotics and drug residue

By Laurel Adams

FDA taken to task for sloppy inspections of imported fish

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Office":

"… importing from the same locations test for up to 57 drugs, according to a Government Accountability Office report.Drugs that remain unapproved by FDA, such as emamectin benzoate and …"

During Mitch Daniels’ decade at Eli Lilly, the drug giant paid billions in fines and settled thousands of lawsuits

By Joanne Kenen and Rochelle Sharpe

Eli Lilly paid billions in fines, settled thousands of lawsuits while Daniels was an executive at the drug giant

Excerpts from this story referencing "osteoporosis":

"… orate ladder at Eli Lilly, the company was illegally marketing its leading osteoporosis drug, Evista, as well as its blockbuster antipsychotic, Zyprexa, putting t …"

"… f death when used to treat elderly patients with dementia.Off-labeling its osteoporosis drugOne more major legal case in the late 1990s, when Daniels was senior v …"

"… trategy and policy, challenged Lilly’s promotion of off-label use of its osteoporosis drug Evista. The practice would cost it $36 million to settle criminal and …"

"… ales forces at Lilly promoted Evista not just for its approved use against osteoporosis, but also for reducing the risk of breast cancer and cardiovascular diseas …"

Medicare can’t identify top prescribers of addictive drugs

By The Center for Public Integrity and Joe Eaton

Medicare doesn't know if all the prescriptions it is paying for are being written by real doctors, says a new inspector general's report....

Excerpts from this story referencing "Delaware":

"… ugh, they say it’s difficult to know which is which.Sen. Tom Carper, the Delaware Democrat who requested the OIG investigation, was troubled by the results. …"

FDA criticized for accepting free help from company that later won generic OK

By Laurel Adams

The Food and Drug Administration last month issued guidelines for agency staff to follow when drugmakers offer free help during emergencies

In health, like everything else, men and women really are different

By Amy Biegelsen

Health studies still do not adequately root out differences between men and women, according to a new report from the National Academy of Sc

Most drug trial results analyzed by FDA hidden from view

By Naseem Miller

Before a new drug finds its place on pharmacy shelves or a new device lands in the hands of a surgeon, it goes through a long and complex ap

FDA lags USDA in accessible food safety data

By Jim Morris

Recent outbreaks of food-borne illness left American consumers on edge — and largely in the dark about federal enforcement. The Food and Dru

FDA reaches agreement with firm that produced troubled heart drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week announced a little-noticed tentative agreement setting conditions under which a troubled pha

Did the FDA miss signals on a troubled heart drug?

By Jeanne Lenzer

It has been a rough eight months for the drug maker Actavis, Inc. and its powerful heart drug, Digitek. Following repeated Food and Drug Adm

Excerpts from this story referencing "shoddy manufacturing practices":

"… ants in New Jersey — two in Totowa and one in Little Falls — uncovered shoddy manufacturing practices and numerous “longstanding” quality control and reporting violations d …"

FDA enforcement actions way down

By The Center for Public Integrity

Enforcement actions by the (FDA) markedly declined under the Bush administration

Lack of adequate foreign drug oversight

By The Center for Public Integrity

The GAO called for improvement in the FDA’s Foreign Drug Inspection Program in 1998. A decade later, there's been little improvement.

FDA failure to ensure drug safety

By The Center for Public Integrity

Vioxx dangers raise questions about FDA's ability to monitor drugs

Excerpts from this story referencing "drugs":

"… guaranteeing “the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices,” as well as America’s food supp …"

"… nding, organizational problems, and a scarcity of post-approval data about drugs' risks and benefits.” In the past decade, more than a dozen drugs have b …"

"… about drugs' risks and benefits.” In the past decade, more than a dozen drugs have been withdrawn from the U.S. market, and around the world, because of …"

"… g group Public Citizen, the agency has made mistakes with at least a dozen drugs, “leading to large numbers of avoidable deaths and injuries.” A spokes …"

More big money from pharmaceutical lobby in 2008

By Mary Beth Lombardo

The economy may be sliding, but that hasn’t stemmed the high-rolling habits of Washington’s largest lobby. In 2007, as the Center recently r

Excerpts from this story referencing "pharmaceutical industry":

"… ashington’s largest lobby. In 2007, as the Center recently reported, the pharmaceutical industry — along with makers of medical devices and other health products — spe …"

A record year for the pharmaceutical lobby in '07

By M. Asif Ismail

Washington's largest lobby racks up another banner year on Capitol Hill

Excerpts from this story referencing "pharmaceutical industry":

"… provided by the Nathan Cummings Foundation. …"

"… rk, an industry critic, tried to reign in the direct ads, but ran into the pharmaceutical industry's powerful lobby. The law he introduced, the Fair Balance Prescription Dru …"

Spending on lobbying thrives

By M. Asif Ismail

Drug and health products industries invest $182 million to influence legislation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eli Lilly":

"… e than $62 million since 1998. Merck spent about $48 million and Eli Lilly, Bristol-Myers and GlaxoSmithKline each spent around $40 million …"

PEPFAR policy hinders treatment in generic terms

By M. Asif Ismail

Critics say FDA approval rule has meant greater use of high-cost drugs at expense of helping fewer patients

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eli Lilly":

"… Hamied said that Tobias, who was president and CEO of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly from 1993 until 1999, "worked out a scheme" to "hoodwink the generics. The …"

Drug makers' dime funds Congressional travel

By Robert Brodsky

Pharmaceutical companies, affiliated trade groups spent more than $600,000 on trips

Excerpts from this story referencing "pharmaceutical industry":

"… were approved by lawmakers, who had significant personal interests in the pharmaceutical industry or later worked with drug-makers. Almost all of those same legislators vot …"

"… rafted, according to media accounts.One of the most reliable allies of the pharmaceutical industry in Congress was then-Sen. John Breaux of Louisiana. During his nearly two …"

"… rmer editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, said the pharmaceutical industry's bottom line already has increased by billions because of the bill, there …"

"… y sponsored trips are not the only ways members have been connected to the pharmaceutical industry.Staffers for then-Sen. Don Nickles, R-Okla., took six trips from the pharm …"

Deep pockets contribute to success

By M. Asif Ismail

Industry spends millions on state campaign donations, Calif. fight

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eli Lilly":

"… buted more than $3 million to candidates for state office over the period; Eli Lilly and GlaxoSmithKline each gave more than $2.2 million.Those amoun …"

"… Abbott Laboratories, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Aventis, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Novartis and Wyeth — chipped in $4.55 million apiece.The $83- …"

States see importation as solution to high drug costs

By Victoria Kreha

Several seek, have plans despite federal and industry opposition

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal government":

"… of 25 percent to 50 percent below U.S. prices, many states have defied the federal government and turned to countries such as Canada for access to affordable prescripti …"

"… state legislative moves are opposed by the pharmaceutical industry and the federal government, both of which claim that there is no way to guarantee that drugs purchase …"

"… ada.Chief Judge William K. Sessions III dismissed the lawsuit, finding the federal government violated no laws in refusing to accept the program, which itself is illega …"

FDA staff travels on drug industry dollars

By Alexander Cohen

Groups tied to FDA-regulated industry paying for agency officials' trips

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… employees tied to the top travel sponsor, DIA, including DIA's last former president. At last year's DIA annual meeting, a Weinberg Group employee delivered on …"

"… ent: What You Need to Know to Avoid or Respond to the FDA."Theresa Musser, president of DIA and executive director of Rigel Pharmaceuticals, defended the prese …"

"… cy at the FDA's drug unit Robert Temple and Bert Spilker, then-senior vice president for scientific and regulatory affairs of the Pharmaceutical Research and M …"

"… ies into discussions will lead to greater productivity," said Robert Best, president of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering.Representative …"

Drug lobby second to none

By M. Asif Ismail

How the pharmaceutical industry gets its way in Washington

Excerpts from this story referencing "Representative":

"… nter reported last week, the agencies include the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, which shapes the country's trade agreements with other nations. Since 199 …"

"… an 15 former Senators and more than 60 former members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The two trade groups, PhRMA and BIO, are headed by two influential forme …"

Surrogates for their agenda

By Alexander Cohen

How the drug industry uses non-profits to push its interests

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eli Lilly":

"… rs, but according to the Foundation Center, which tracks philanthropy, the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation is among the group's supporters. The charity is fun …"

"… mpany Foundation is among the group's supporters. The charity is funded by Eli Lilly, and, according to the foundation's Web site, is "the major source of the …"

"… ence, which can be treated with drugs. The Web site, which is sponsored by Eli Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim, links to the National Association for Continence …"

"… inger Ingelheim, links to the National Association for Continence (also an Eli Lilly-Boehringer Ingelheim-sponsored site) and the American Foundation for Urolo …"

Checkbook politics

By Victoria Kreha

Over the last seven years, the pharmaceutical industry has given $150 million in campaign contributions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… e organizations, which register with the Internal Revenue Service, not the Federal Election Commission, played a huge role in the last election, with both Republican-leaning and …"