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  • Merck Not Losing Sleep Over Vioxx Disaster
    Jul-16-06 Merck's top management team reportedly remains unphased by Vioxx litigation woes. In fact, Prudential Equity Group analyst, Timothy Anderson, says Merck's Chief Executive, Richard Clark, specifically told him that "Vioxx does not keep him up at night." According to Mr Anderson, "the company believes that lower court cases will be overturned on appeal, and...
  • Lawsuits - Only Weapon Available Against Giant Big Pharma Pushers
    Jul-11-06 Over the past several years, new studies have shown the new generation of psychiatric drugs to be not only extremely dangerous but also ineffective, and the majority of these medications in fact now carry black box warnings about a number of life-threatening side effects associated with their use. The drugs include selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor...
  • Asbestos Poisoning: why weren't they told?
    May-25-06 "I feel like I have been shafted. Nobody, not even our government, told us the dangers of asbestos and now my life is on the line. I don't have workers compensation because I am an independent contractor. I don't know who else to go after, or what to do." Zonolite Jim Hopkins from Coleman, Alberta is an electrician. He rewired a bunch of old houses in...
  • Hyundai Tiburon: Buyer Beware
    May-11-06 "Basically the Hyundai warranty is void as soon as you drive the car off the lot. When the clutch on my Hyundai Tiburon GT went, they told me it was because of bad driving habits. I am really pissed off. They just deny everything." Bill Parfiit Jr., Pasedena, Maryland "I have a 2004 Hyundai Tiburon GT with a 2.7 liter engine but it's the same problem...
  • Kids Dying From Off-Label Use Of Antipsychotics
    May-5-06 A recent USA Today sponsored review of the FDA database from 2000 to 2004 found at least 45 deaths in children under 18 with atypical antipsychotics listed as the "primary suspect," and 1,328 reports of other serious side effects, some life-threatening. Atypical antipsychotics are a relatively new class of drugs approved by the FDA for the treatment of a...
  • New cases of annuity fraud are a reminder to be wary
    Apr-29-06 If you're considering purchasing or transferring annuities, be aware of the risks. A new class action lawsuit was launched against Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (NYSE: AZ). The complaint alleges that the company enticed people to purchase its annuities using false advertising. The buyers of the annuities say they never received a bonus Alli...
  • Renu: Scary and Painful
    Apr-25-06 "Until this whole Renu scandal broke out I was convinced it was something I had somehow done to myself, even though my doctor said it was probably the contact lens solution." Steve Smith (not his real name) : "After my ordeal with Renu, the worst part was not knowing if I would ever see again. It was so scary when I woke up one day and couldn't see, esp...
  • Legal ADHD Speed - Becoming Drug Of Choice For Americans
    Mar-21-06 A study published online in the February 2006, Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence, that examined data from a 2002 survey of about 67,000 households, estimates that more than 7 million Americans have misused stimulant drugs meant to treat ADHD, and "substantial numbers of teenagers and young adults appear to show signs of addiction, according to a compreh...
  • California Overtime benefits Employers
    Mar-20-06 Terri Reese from Vista, California was classified as an exempt manager. Her contract stated that she wouldn't perform the duties of hourly employees except in an emergency. As it turned out, every day was an emergency. She was hired to manage the mess hall for the Marine Corps base at Camp Pendleton. Because Reese wasn't paid hourly, she wasn't paid overt...
  • Trasylol Patients and Clinical Trial Subjects Beware
    Mar-15-06 Thirteen years ago, the FDA approved Trasylol (aprotinin) for use in patients undergoing heart bypass surgery. In January 2006, doctors, consumer advocates and a medical research group called for the removal of the drug from the market after a study found it to have deadly side effects. Heart bypass surgery is performed to redirect blood around clogged ar...
  • Psych Drugs - Doctors Serve As Middle-Man Pushers
    Feb-21-06 Although peddling psychiatric drugs for off-label treatment of every ailment known to man is highly profitable, it is also illegal. Marketing schemes that increase the rates at which drugs are prescribed for off-label use, result in the sale of drugs that have not been proven safer or superior to FDA approved medications already on the market. That said,...
  • Zyprexa Medicaid Gravy Train Derailed
    Feb-20-06 When Zyprexa was approved to treat adults with schizophrenia in 1996, Eli Lilly and the FDA knew about the drug's lethal side effects. Data from a 1996 six-week clinical trial revealed 27 deaths, 15 of which were suicides, and a drop-out rate of 65%. In his book, Mad In America, investigative journalist Robert Whitaker, reported that one in every 145...
  • Mirapex - Two Victims - Same Horror Story
    Feb-16-06 In mid-2001, Joe Neglia went on a cruise to Alaska and that trip marked the beginning of his downward spiral into hell. The ship had a gambling casino on board and according to Joe, he was "instantly and savagely hooked on the slots." A major problem arose when he came back ashore. "When I returned from the cruise I began hitting the local casinos," he re...
  • FDA Forgot a few ADHD Drug Related Deaths and Injuries
    Feb-15-06 The numbers cited by the FDA for possible attention deficit drug-related deaths and injuries represent a gross understatement of statistics. The truth is that these drugs are responsible for an endless stream of deaths and injuries all over the country. According to the latest investigation by the FDA, in the four year period between 1999 and 2003, there...
  • Interview with a Class Action Lawyer
    Feb-13-06 An interview with Michael Kelly, a lawyer specializing in class action lawsuits. What unique challenges does the legal profession face in terms of promotion and marketing? The legal profession has always been confused on how to advertise. Advertising is, for any profession, bringing the client to the professional, without making promises that you ca...
  • ADHD Drugs - Cash Cow For Pharma
    Feb-13-06 "Our society viewed with loathing those who 'pushed' stimulant drugs on children," says child psychiatrist Dr Peter Breggin. "Yet today, there are more children taking Ritalin and amphetamines from doctors than ever received them from illegal pushers," he says. "Parents and teachers and even doctors have been badly misled by drug company marketing practic...
  • Vaccinating For Profit - From Cradle to Coffin
    Feb-2-06 Due to the flooding of special education classrooms, along with the rising medical costs of treating injured children, local taxes will soon go through the roof, at which time the public will be forced to face the unthinkable truth about the poisoned generation. And when that happens, government officials had better not even think about trying to feign i...
  • Drug Marketing Scheme Hits Nation's School System
    Jan-26-06 TeenScreen, the elaborate drug marketing scheme concocted by the pharmaceutical industry and a front group operating out of Columbia University, is being promoted by the Bush administration's recommendation to screen the nation's school population for mental illness. The Bush appointed New Freedoms Commission on Mental Health issued a report in July 2003...
  • Myth: You don't have to pay overtime to your salaried employees
    Jan-23-06 It's tough to work in retail management - sometimes you're damned if you get promoted to management and you're damned if you don't accept a promotion. Jim Friderici should know: he has been working in the retail business for over 20 years in and around Albany, New York, the last five of which he managed an Electronics Boutique of America store (recently b...
  • Viacom & Kellogg to be Sued for Marketing Junk Food
    Jan-19-06 Parents and advocates are suing Viacom (one of the largest entertainment companies in the world) and Kellogg, to prevent them from marketing junk food to young children. The plaintiffs allege that these two companies knowingly and directly harm children's health by marketing mainly food products high in sugar, saturated and trans fat, or salt, and mainly...
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