Big Pharma

On April 25 - Thursday evening - American icon and humble hero George W Bush took one small step for man, one slip-and-fall for humanity - as he re-entered a spotlight until-recently blissful to have been abandoned by him, for the dedication of his presidential library. Put aside for the moment that having an actual structure that houses things you read dedicated to him is like honouring Chris Christie with a gluten-free restaurant or naming a Bar Mitzvah after Vladimir Zhirinovsky. Hell, I half expected him to don his trusty flight suit and declare "all major combat operations over in Iraq", you know, just for the memories. Read more...
Tired of the profiteering, cancer doctors around the world are calling on pharmaceutical companies to lower prices. Read more...
Chris Hayes gave a little send-off to Sen. Max Baucus on the news of his upcoming retirement from the United States Senate. After running down a list of why the only people who are really going to miss him are the lobbyists who will likely see their salaries go down once he leaves, Hayes reminded his viewers of what it really means when we hear pundits talk about so-called "centrists" in Washington. Read more...
The health threat was potentially serious: About 100 drugs, including sophisticated chemotherapy compounds and addictive prescription painkillers, had been approved for sale in the United States at least in part on the strength of Cetero Houston's tainted tests. Read more...
New data shows drugmakers’ payments to hundreds of thousands of doctors, and some have made well over $500,000. Read more...

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I don't trust Cory Booker as far as I can throw him, so this Facebook post doesn't surprise me. See, Cory is an ambitious young man and a whore quite friendly with the for-profit schools industry and Wall Street, so it's very important that he Read more...
On the brink of cultural singularity... Read more...
General Motors and Walgreens have left the infectious conservative idea pusher ALEC. Is this a cause for rejoicing? This week's Absurdity Today covers ALEC, Mitt and his travels, and some sensitive topics too. Absurdity Today is an independent Read more...
Although when it comes to the specific date of our mass death, Harold Camping might as well be talking Chinese nuclear development with Herman Cain, it seems a little bit harder to doubt his general prognostication of doom in the weeks after 56 Read more...
Mike Papatonio on Ring of Fire, February, 2011 Do you remember a few years ago the ads for the contraceptive Yaz, featuring empowered women punching away at balloons labeled "bloating," "irritability" and other common symptoms of PMS to the Read more...