The feds see no evil as a belligerent strongman seeks control of America's food supply
Courtesy Maran Wolston.Maran Wolston developed symptoms of MS in 2006.For Maran Wolston, learning she had developed Multiple Sclerosis was frightening enough. But the treatment was a horror in itself. Wolston, a Ph.D candidate at the University of Minnesota, believes she received years of questi ... More >>
Last week in our cover story, Achilles Heel, we wrote about a man whose Achilles tendon ruptured after he took the antibiotic Levaquin.Now, the drug makers are on trial in Minneapolis in federal court. The central issue in the trial, which began this morning, is whether drug maker Johnson & ... More >>
Was it too lucrative for its makers to warn patients?
Courtesy Mary WeissMarkingson committed suicide in 2004 while enrolled in a study through the U of M.The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents will not organize an independent investigation into the events surrounding Dan Markingson's 2004 suicide, according to a letter signed by Regents ... More >>
Is U of M department of psychiatry chair in the pocket of AstraZeneca?
Courtesy Mary WeissMarkingson committed suicide in 2004 while enrolled in an experimental study at the U of M.University of Minnesota counsel Mark Rotenberg will meet with the Board of Regents to discuss a letter requesting an independent investigation into events surrounding Dan Markingson's ... More >>
Is medical research at the U of M compromised?
Photo: Minnesota SenateMore bad news for ChaudharyFirst, the DFL withdraws its endorsement of state Sen. Satveer Chaudhary over his fishy environmental measure protecting a lake by his cabin up north. Now he's in more hot water. The Duluth News Tribune is out with a story this morning repor ... More >>
Are you for or against genetically-modified foods? Read this NYT article and see if you still feel the same way.
Getting laid off doesn't mean you have to stop getting laid. Pfizer is offering customers that have had their drug prescriptions for more than three months to get the drugs for free up to one year if they lost their jobs this year.
According to a New York Times investigation published last week, Minnesota psychiatrists who receive payments from pharmaceutical companies to study or lecture about their drugs are three or more times as likely to prescribe powerful — and controversial — anti-psychotic drugs to children ... More >>
Scared that the flu has killed so many otherwise healthy children this year? Maybe you should actually be more afraid.
American women get the breast cancer; American business gets the profits
One more way profits trump science in drug trials The author of the highly literate and widely lauded 2003 book, "Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream," Carl Elliot is well positioned to comment on pharma's ceaseless search for new maladies--which can, of course, then be tre ... More >>
Rumsfeld rakes it in, Bob Tilton toots it out, Johnny Depp sucks you in, the Minnesota blog of the day leaves you out and more...
Dr. Richard Smith, who edited the British Medical Journal for 13 years, tells the BBC: "For a drug company a favourable trial is worth thousands of pages of advertising, which is why a company will sometimes spend upwards of a million dollars on reprints of the trial for worldwide distribution... ... More >>
Republicans learn to love imported Canadian drugs
Margaret Atwood's new novel engineers a twisted future
Can Minnesota rein in prescription costs?
Questioning childhood vaccinations: It's not just for paranoiacs anymore
The AIDS drug Ziagen has brought healthy windfalls to the University of Minnesota and GlaxoSmithKline. But it isn't doing anything at all for the millions who are dying of the disease in Africa.