Create a disease to market a new drug

An excerpt from White Coat, Black Hat.

by Carl Elliott

Many of us have a relatively simple, commonsense view of the way that drug development and marketing work.

People get diseases; scientists develop drugs to treat those diseases; and marketers sell the drugs by showing that the drugs work better than their competitors. Sometimes, however, this pattern works in reverse. Drug company scientists develop a drug …

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KevinMD posts of the week, ending January 23, 2011

Here are the top posts from this past week, based on the number of times they were viewed.

1. Why doctors should profit from dispensing medications. Hold onto your hats. I am about to enter dangerous territory. I am about to suggest maybe doctors should profit from dispensing medications from their office to offset declining reimbursements and rising expenses by using prescriptions as a source of ancillary revenues.

2. Patients …

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Problems with the connection between thimerosal and autism

An excerpt from Tabloid Medicine: How the Internet is Being Used to Hijack Medical Science for Fear and Profit.

by Robert Goldberg, PhD

From the beginning, there were two problems with the connection between thimerosal and autism. The first problem with was that thimerosal, while about half mercury, contains ethyl mercury, for which there were no exposure guidelines. So the scientists used the ones for methyl mercury. However, the ethyl mercury …

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Compassion and decency overwhelmed by fear

by Eileen M.K. Bobek, MD

The year after I finished my emergency medicine residency, I had all four of my wisdom teeth pulled.

Afterwards, I looked as if I had taken several punches to my face. My jaw was swollen, my skin a cornucopia of muddied blues, purples, greens, yellows and reds. If people didn’t know better, I told my husband with a laugh, they might think that I’d …

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