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.

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

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

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 "Jane Jankowski":

"… en. “It’s industry-wide corporate culture.”Daniels' press secretary, Jane Jankowski, said, "He had zero to do with marketing plans that were created for …"

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 "Scott Helmus":

"… e country’s largest mail order pharmacy operation.Contacted for comment, Scott Helmus, chief operating officer of retiree solutions at Medco, acknowledged that …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… trials shielded from public scrutiny. For instance, lobbyists “convinced Congress in 2007 to insert a last-minute provision in the Food and Drug Administrat …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "www.data.gov":

"… parent, the Department of Health and Human Services, has already posted on www.data.gov the Electronic Animal Drug Product Listing Directory. This, he wrote, qual …"

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 "Denver":

"… f of all the digoxin on the market in the United States.Barbara Guthrie of Denver, Colorado, whose husband, James Guthrie died on August 18, 2007, after tak …"

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

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

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 "Melody Petersen":

"… y resources. "The FDA should be "completely funded by the taxpayers," says Melody Petersen, author of the book Our Daily Meds. "With the user fee, the FDA has t …"

Spending on lobbying thrives

By M. Asif Ismail

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America":

"… lth Network, a women's health advocacy group.The drug industry trade group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) spent more than $18 million on lobbying last year, more than any s …"

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

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 "Naples":

"… 000 hosting 21 trips, including excursions to San Francisco, San Diego and Naples, Fla."America clearly has the best health care in the world, but it can on …"

"… a PhRMA-sponsored $4,200 excursion he took with his wife in March 2003 to Naples, Fla., where he spoke at a conference. Shortly after, Tauzin was a co-spon …"

Deep pockets contribute to success

By M. Asif Ismail

Industry spends millions on state campaign donations, Calif. fight

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… ed the California Republican Party, which received more than $620,000; the Florida Republican Party (more than $610,000); the Senate Republican Campaign Comm …"

States see importation as solution to high drug costs

By Victoria Kreha

Several seek, have plans despite federal and industry opposition

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 "Drug Information Association":

"… travel of hundreds of FDA employees.The sponsor of the most trips was the Drug Information Association, which footed the bill for more than 600 trips taken by FDA employees. The …"

"… th ties to the pharmaceutical, biologic and medical device industries: the Drug Information Association, the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, the Parenteral Dru …"

Drug lobby second to none

By M. Asif Ismail

How the pharmaceutical industry gets its way in Washington

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Health and Human Services":

"… als, to advance their interests before the House, the Senate, the FDA, the Department of Health and Human Services, and other executive branch offices.In 2003 alone, the industry spent near …"

"… art from Congress, the industry lobbied an array of agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Food and Drug Administration and the State Department on dozens of is …"

"… he House or Senate are listed on about 5,500 lobby disclosure reports. The Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Food and Drug Adminis …"

Surrogates for their agenda

By Alexander Cohen

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… der drug therapies is well-documented. A study conducted by researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that for every dollar …"

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 "Eli Lilly":

"… . Other top contributors were GlaxoSmithKline ($1.1 million) and Eli Lilly (just under $1 million).Since the year 2000, the top pharmaceutical compan …"