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Archive for June 2014

Prescription Painkillers Pose Major Threat

Thousands of patients in Canada and the US die from prescription painkillers every year. More people die from opioid overdoses than they do from heroin and cocaine use combined. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for one month. Health care professionals acknowledge that the problem of painkiller-related deaths has reached epidemic proportions – and a McGill University research team wants to know why. They’ve compiled an unprecedented review of clinical research in order to understand what’s driving this destructive trend. Media misrepresentation Mainstream media.. READ MORE »

Quality Control Professionals: Essential for Safer Drug Development

Quality control professionals are at the forefront of safer drug development, using cutting-edge technology and rigorous protocols to reinforce GMP in pharmaceutical products. From HPLC testing and Validation, to Quality Auditing, certified team members work together to ensure the efficacy of new treatments, and the protection of patient health.

Deceptive Claims, Misleading Marketing: 40 States Sue GlaxoSmithKline

Pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline has been hit with yet another marketing violation. The drugmaker has paid $105 million to more than 40 American states who filed suit against GSK for promoting off-label uses for its antidepressants. But financial payouts are proving little more than slaps on the wrist for the repeat offender who continues to engage in illegal promotional strategies.

Salmonella Scandal: “Chicken King” Faces Jail Time

Jack Decoster, the Iowa “Chicken King” faces felony charges in connection with the 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened almost 2000 people and forced the recall of 500 million eggs. DeCoster and his son, Peter, have been indicted with fraud for misbranding eggs, and with the attempted bribery of a USDA official.

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