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!