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 "Washington":

"… economy there “that isn’t dominated by illicit drugs.” Since 2001, Washington has committed a total of roughly $10 billion to its ambitious counternarco …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congressional Budget Office":

"… nt will be asking Congress to reinstate the rebates, which the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says would save billions of dollars in government spending every year. Tha …"

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 "John Edwards":

"… th every Democratic presidential campaign since 1992, including serving as John Edwards’ national campaign manager in 2004, according to the group’s website.O …"

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 "Food and Drug Administration":

"… endent research and advisory organization, is explicitly advising that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) not be tasked with the job at this time — a recommendation that is …"

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 "Louisiana":

"… the time and just pray that nobody hurts him.” …"

"… treat, records show.Twenty-two percent of psychiatric medications in eight Louisiana institutions investigated by The Lens were of this kind, while just five p …"

"… rest comparable facility is now across Lake Pontchartrain at the Southeast Louisiana Hospital in Mandeville.“Just before we closed we had five clinics, a cri …"

"… nal health contractor —have prescribed all medications given to youth in Louisiana’s public facilities since the company was awarded the contract in Septem …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Food and Drug Administration":

"… cause cancer, allergic reactions and antibiotic resistance in humans. The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for screening imported seafood, but it may be missing red f …"

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. …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicaid":

"… are Advantage plans are required to submit to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency that administrators for the health insurance pl …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… t,” Carl Dvorak, executive vice president of Epic Systems Corporation, a Wisconsin-based company that builds the systems mainly for hospitals and large medic …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "law professor":

"… eld."Patient protection is run on an honor system,” said Robin Wilson, a law professor at Washington and Lee University.  The federal Office of Human Resear …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "FDA":

"… nter found that 667 deaths were reported between April 1 and June 30 to an FDA database by doctors, other health professionals, and consumers who cited D …"

"… ” efforts. Then in November, the Justice Department — representing the FDA — asked a federal judge to permanently enjoin Actavis and Actavis Totowa …"

"… turing a variety of drugs until the firm could demonstrate compliance with FDA “Good Manufacturing Practice” requirements.The FDA’s announcement st …"

"… ate compliance with FDA “Good Manufacturing Practice” requirements.The FDA’s announcement states that it filed a proposed consent decree with a fed …"

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 "Class I recall":

"… ss I RecallThe recall of Digitek by Actavis was designated by the FDA as a Class I recall — the most serious type of recall, reserved for drugs that can cause ser …"

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

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

Spending on lobbying thrives

By M. Asif Ismail

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oregon":

"… , negotiate with companies for discounts.A House bill sponsored in 2005 by Oregon Democrat David Wu would have allowed the Secretary of Health and Human Ser …"