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Mike Ferrara

Bayer Making a Fortune From Mirena, but Neglects to Mention Dangerous Reported Side Effects

The pharmaceutical giant Bayer makes Mirena, an intrauterine device (IUD) that's supposed to prevent pregnancy for up to five years after it’s implanted. Bayer aggressively…

Mike Ferrara

Death Toll Continues to Rise in Meningitis Outbreak from Contaminated Steroid Injections

New Jersey has now become the tenth state to report a case of a rare fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections, which has already taken the lives of eleven people, and sickened at…

Mike Ferrara

Criminal Investigation into Cantaloupe Producers Responsible for Deadly Listeria Outbreak

Last year, an outbreak of Listeria bacteria in cantaloupe directly killed 33, indirectly killed 10, and sickened another 147 in 28 states. Now, Jensen Farms, the U.S. cantaloupe processor…

Mike Ferrara

Johnson & Johnson to Pay $2.2 Billion for Risperdal Fraud

Only a couple of weeks ago we posted a blog about the rampant fraud committed by pharmaceutical companies—how off-label marketing and price inflation have become a way of life for…

Camryn Hansen

Let's Stop Coddling Big Pharma Fraud

For America’s pharmaceutical companies, committing fraud has become an established way of life. Practices like off-label marketing and price inflation are not only rampant, they bring…

Mike Ferrara

Vioxx Killed Half a Million? The Facts Are Grim.

It’s looking more and more likely that the Merck painkiller Vioxx, the blockbuster drug suspected of having caused more than 55,000 deaths from stroke and heart attack before being…

Mike Ferrara

Walgreens to Pay $7.9 Million for Illegal Customer Kickbacks

The drugstore Walgreens will pay $7.9 million to federal and state governments as part of a settlement, after being accused of offering illegal incentives to customers to transfer their…

Mike Ferrara

A CVS in New Jersey Accidentally Gave Children Breast Cancer Meds

A CVS in Chatham, New Jersey has admitted to accidentally giving dozens of children the breast cancer medication taxomifen instead of the fluoride pills they had been prescribed, for a period of…

Camryn Hansen

Yasmin, Yaz Will Stay on the Market, Despite Blood Clot Dangers

Last Thursday, the FDA met to discuss the safety and future of several birth control drugs, including Yasmin and its sister pill Yaz, both manufactured by Bayer. These drugs contain a hormone…

Mike Ferrara

Merck Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charge Over Vioxx

In a negotiated settlement, Pharma giant Merck has pled guilty to a criminal charge and has agreed to pay $950,000 for its illegal marketing of the blockbuster painkiller Vioxx, which Merck…