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Justinian Lane

Inter Alia on The Internet - Friday Edition

I still can't shake this cold.  The worst part is that my sinuses are so clogged I can't hear very well out of my right ear.  Being one of the millions of uninsured Americans is a double-edged sword.  On the one hand, I can't afford prescription medication that will help me get better.  But on the other hand, I won't be prescribed medication with hidden, deadly side effects.

  • Pfizer fined because drug reps lied about competing drugs to doctors.  Way to put patients first!
  • Looks like Medicare Part D has been a big taxpayer ripoff.  Fierce Pharma, Pharmalot.  And check out In Vivo's coverage of Waxman's "Zinger."  I have a serious man crush on Waxman - what a consumer advocate he is.
  • Senator Sherrod Brown is investigating whether pharmaceutical outsourcing is putting Americans at risk.  Recall that the tainted Heparin came from China.
  • Ted Frank and I agree about something: Eliot Spitzer was the victim of overzealous prosecutors.  I'd like to once again point out how stupid he was not to pay the hookers with cash.
  • Derek Lowe questions whether the patent system is holding up an Alzheimer's drug.  (Earlier coverage here.)  His analysis is good, but misses one point: Even if patent licensing issues don't apply to the testing of a new drug, they certainly do apply to marketing it.  H/T to Overlawyered.
  • The U.N. confiscates an 11 year old's birthday present under the guise of protecting intellectual property.
  • Who files frivolous lawsuits?  Big corporations with hourly counsel - not individual plaintiffs with contingent-fee counsel.
  • Political prosecutions persist.  Maybe Gerry Spence will represent this guy, too.
  • Looks like I was wrong, and there is a difference between a Nazi prison orgy and a German prison orgy.

Have a good weekend!

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Posted at 1:24 PM, Jul 25, 2008 in Roundup
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As much as I disagree with your positions on the civil justice system, sorry to hear you have a cold. You may want to try the neti pot for your sinus problem; it's a non-prescription, nasal irrigation system that's available at most drug stores for under 20 bucks

Posted by: Anonymous | July 25, 2008 1:46 PM

Perhaps Waxman was a consumer advocate at one time but no more. His cosponsorship with Kennedy of the Food and Drug Amendments Act of 2007 was one of the great rapes of the American Public. If you know anything at all about the science of what's going on at FDA and why Pharma is so interested in tort reform it's blatantly clear that this bill does nothing except give Pharma everything they need so that as soon as tort reform is passed they can get dangerous drugs approved then later reveal the lethal side effects they already knew about from the mechanisms and then sell genetic tests to everybody so they can 'screen out' those people that they could have screened out before and whose deaths and maiming could have been prevented.

Signed.

Clinical Researcher

Posted by: Anonymous | July 27, 2008 10:43 PM