Afghanistan's narcotics problems grow worse

By R. Jeffrey Smith and Mattie Quinn

A costly and ambitious U.S. effort to curtail Afghanistan's poppy production falters as U.S. forces draw down.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Homeland Security":

"… ar, and in-country staffing by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Homeland Security is dropping by half. The military airlift and protection that DEA officer …"

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.

Panel recommends new agency to investigate safety of health information technology

By Kimberly Leonard

Institute of Medicine panel recommends new regulatory body, not FDA

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… gister and list their products with the Office of the National Coordinator. …"

"… hat is bound to be controversial.The eagerly anticipated report, titled “Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care,” will be …"

"… he findings from the report were presented October 28 to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its agencies.The question of who should regul …"

"… f Medicine (IOM) a year ago to establish a Committee on Patient Safety and Health Information Technology to make recommendations to the government about how …"

Overmedicating young Louisiana inmates

By Matt Davis

Incarcerated youths in Louisiana are receiving powerful drugs even when their conditions don't call for it

Excerpts from this story referencing "conduct disorder":

"… th diagnosis among juveniles at facilities that turned over records was “conduct disorder,” a condition whose symptoms are difficult to distinguish from the cause …"

"… deficit hyperactivity disorder and marijuana/cannabis dependence or abuse, conduct disorder is one of three conditions that make up almost half of mental health diagn …"

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

Feds have done little to contain genetically modified animals and plants

By Laurel Adams

Government has done little to ensure genetically modified animals and plants don't escape into wild

$1 billion for anti-narco programs, and no central database to track it

By Laurel Adams

State Department doesn't have a central tracking mechanism for its $1 billion counter-narcotics programs

FDA screening of fish imports not catching antibiotics and drug residue

By Laurel Adams

FDA taken to task for sloppy inspections of imported fish

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....

Medicare patients received expired, terminated drugs

By Joe Eaton

Medicare patients in 2006-07 likely received more than $112 million worth of expired prescription drugs or drugs that have been pulled from

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Science":

"… ween men and women, according to a new report from the National Academy of Sciences.In the past, researchers concerned with how a study might damage a fetus …"

"… oreign companies obtaining 51 percent of U.S. patents (National Academy of Sciences)The number of subprime mortgages originated in 2000-07 that were seriousl …"

Senator seeks deadline for Medicare to prevent prescription drug fraud

By Joe Eaton

Taxpayer-funded Medicare recently spent more than $1 billion on drug prescriptions missing a valid doctor identification number and a Senate

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 asks hospitals to report safety glitches in digital health systems

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

In letter to 350 health centers, agency signals growing concern

FDA considers regulating safety of electronic health systems

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Reports of patient harm include six deaths in two years

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

Major gaps in oversight of human medical research

By Jeanne Lenzer and Shannon Brownlee

Columbia Hospital case a cautionary tale

Government orders Columbia to tell patients 'true nature' of drug study

By Jeanne Lenzer and Shannon Brownlee

Officials say research may have caused harm to people who had heart surgery

ATF’s ‘ad hoc’ efforts give tobacco smugglers a free pass

By Te-Ping Chen

Smuggling cigarettes in America has become a multi-billion-dollar business, robbing states of desperately needed tax money and fueling organ

Excerpts from this story referencing "Smuggling":

"… have a good sense of the level of tobacco diversion across the country.” …"

Painkiller trial raises questions for FDA, Pfizer

By Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer

In February 2005, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called a three-day hearing to review the risks of three painkillers known as C

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

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.

Problems in oversight of food safety

By The Center for Public Integrity

Food safety oversight agencies often inconsistent and ineffective, says GAO

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal government":

"… safety to its list of “high risk” programs that demand attention. The federal government’s effort has been plagued by “inconsistent oversight, ineffective coor …"

FDA failure to ensure drug safety

By The Center for Public Integrity

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

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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 "Bush":

"… . In a rare defeat for the industry, the measures were vetoed by President Bush, who in December extended the current program for 18 months.The industry h …"

Spending on lobbying thrives

By M. Asif Ismail

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… price negotiation, and the Senate is considering a companion bill. But the White House has issued a statement that President Bush would veto any push to require …"