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John Oliver on How Opioid Addiction Is a ‘Massive Public Health Crisis’ (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host delves into the painful truths behind the painkiller dependence that is both ruining and taking a lot of American lives.

Posted on Oct 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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In the Fight to Rein In Drug Prices, Bernie Sanders Shows He’s Still Got It

The Vermont senator rallies his still-faithful base in campaigning for a California proposition aimed at Big Pharma.

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 READ MORE

Families of Addicts

Posted on Oct 2, 2016 ENLARGE

Undermining Democracy, Corporations Pour Millions Into Local Ballot Fights

Public Citizen finds that total corporate spending on just eight local measures has topped $139 million.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE

One Big Bill Clinton Campaign Promise That a President Hillary Should Finally Keep

If elected, Hillary Clinton should fulfill a pledge of her husband’s that fell through when he got to the White House: Bar companies from taking tax deductions on executive pay above $1 million.

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE


Posted on Sep 5, 2016 ENLARGE

Drugs and Privilege: Big Business, Congress and the EpiPen

This new price gouge is the latest example of a corrupt system that hurts regular Americans—but we will hold accountable those who are responsible.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE

Will Big Pharma Take a Hit on Its Greed in November?

After a year of news about outrageous drug price hikes, a ballot measure in California aims to help control the cost of prescription medications. Not surprisingly, pharmaceutical companies are working hard to defeat it.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE

Big Pharma

Posted on Aug 27, 2016 ENLARGE

As the War on Weed Winds Down, Will Monsanto Be the Winner?

The war on cannabis that began in the 1930s seems to be coming to an end. But skeptics question the sudden push for legalization, which is largely funded by wealthy investors linked to Big Ag and Big Pharma.

Posted on Jun 25, 2016 READ MORE

What Big Pharma Does Not Want You to Know About the Opioid Epidemic

The Pharma-driven opioid epidemic may be as big a con as the mortgage housing bubble collapse.

Posted on May 31, 2016 READ MORE

Big Pharma Sells Risky Meds We Don’t Need for Disorders It Made Up That We Don’t Have

Medical societies and paid drug industry researchers have loaded society up with new definitions of alleged ill health from which drug companies can profit when millions of otherwise well people are labeled as ailing.

Posted on May 27, 2016 READ MORE

Big Pharma Is Pushing Prescription Drug Prices Up, Up, Up

Wall Street’s drive for profits is diminishing the benefits to society of new life-enhancing medications for which companies can charge patients hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE

Establishment Democrats Fight to Defeat Medicare-for-All Ballot Measure in Colorado

Pro-Clinton Democrats have joined Big Pharma and state Republicans in an effort to defeat a first-in-the-nation ballot measure calling for a statewide single-payer health care plan.

Posted on May 23, 2016 READ MORE

President Obama Calls for Support of TPP; Sanders Calls TPP a ‘Disaster’

Amid the recent hubbub about the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), it’s easy to lose sight of that other international trade deal with two Ts and a P in its abbreviation that’s caused a worldwide backlash in recent months.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE

You Don’t Matter to Drugmakers

Big Pharma executives are going all out to paint themselves as the good guys—just not to you.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 READ MORE

Martin Shkreli

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 ENLARGE

VIDEO: Shkreli Does Little to Help His Cause in Smirky Encounter With Capitol Hill ‘Imbeciles’

Embattled Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli apparently did not show up for his hearing Thursday before the House Oversight Committee with a mind to shift public opinion in his favor or convince attendant legislators that he held anything resembling respect for the proceedings.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 READ MORE

The Rumble From the People Can Work

With press report after press report documenting how big business stiffs millions of its consumers and workers, why is it that more of these victims do not externalize some of their inner agonies by channeling them into civic outrage?

Posted on Jan 2, 2016 READ MORE

Martin Shkreli Is Just a Brasher, Larger Version of What Others in Finance and Corporate Suites Do

The former hedge-fund manager and pharmaceutical executive may be a rotten apple, but hedge funds and the pharmaceutical industry are two rotten systems that are costing Americans a bundle.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE

Would Washington’s FDA Fix Cure the Patients or the Drug Industry?

A bill that would speed up approval for medications and medical devices shows how a major initiative can get traction even in the midst of Washington gridlock — but critics say all the lobbying is drowning out some warnings about patient safety.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

Valeant Pharmaceutics Raised Prices on Needed Drugs, Then Its Stock Took a Hit

Some are bound to chalk this news up to the magical equalizing powers of capitalism’s famous “invisible hand,” while others might point to the democratizing sting of actual journalism as the more potent force in this mix.

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE

Another Big Pharma Company Forces Patients to Pay Sky-High Drug Prices

Another drug company has joined the likes of the recently exposed Turing Pharmaceuticals by jacking up prices of life-sustaining meds on extremely short notice. Remember this name: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE

The 9 Most Expensive Medicines in the World—Courtesy of Big Pharma

Many of these drugs cost more than a house.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

A Solution We Didn’t Know We Needed: Now You Can Bequeath Your Tattoos

If you have a tattoo, you no longer have to worry about it dying out with your body, thanks to a new service; a piece explains why we’re unable to keep pharmaceutical companies from charging absurd amounts for drugs; meanwhile, a year after the Ayotzinapa disappearances in Mexico, relatives of the missing students are still seeking justice. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE

CEO Who Raised HIV Drug Price by 5,000% Also Hiked Cost of Pill for Children With Incurable Disease

Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli is being called the most hated man in America for raising the price of the HIV drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill. Now his earlier pricing decisions are being examined. It is being reported that one such decision led to a 2,000 percent price increase for a medication taken by children suffering from a rare kidney disease.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli: 5,000 Percent Price Boost ‘Not Excessive at All’

In case you hadn’t heard, last month, Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO and former hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli got hold of the rights to parasite-zapping drug Daraprim, and then he had the bright idea to raise the price from $13.50 to $750 per pill. Now he has a big public relations problem and a self-created health care crisis on his hands.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Doctors Are Prescribing Powerful Antipsychotics to Many People With No Mental Illness

Large numbers of people with learning disabilities and no record of severe mental illness are being prescribed strong psychotropic drugs, possibly as a means of subduing and controlling uncooperative patients, research shows.

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 READ MORE

Nader’s 10 Reasons That the TPP Is Not a ‘Progressive’ Trade Agreement

“We have an opportunity to set the most progressive trade agreement in our nation’s history,” reads, the website of the president’s “Organizing for Action” campaign.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE

Cuba’s Had Cancer-Suppressing Drugs for Years, but Thanks to the Trade Embargo, We Haven’t

One of Cuba’s most incredible discoveries, a lung cancer vaccine, is about to cross U.S. borders.

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE

Rand Paul Makes It Official, Announcing Presidential Bid Online

The Republican senator from Kentucky is going for it in 2016.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE

Flush the TPP

President Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress are united. Yes, that’s right.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE

Tariq Ali: The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution

One of our most trenchant critics of corporate capitalism deplores the rise of an “extreme center” that has seized control of the political process and wages endless war while doing the bidding of global corporations. Our only hope, he says, is revolt.

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 READ MORE

John Oliver Warns of Doctors in Bed With Big Pharma, Offers Tools to Spot Them

The “Last Week Tonight” host is back from hiatus with a scathing rebuke of doctors whose influence is bought by the pharmaceutical industry.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Why We Can’t Get the Government We Want and Deserve

Some believe the central political issue of our era is the size of the government. They’re wrong.

Posted on Dec 24, 2014 READ MORE

Big Pharma Is Robbing Us Blind and We’re Letting It Happen

America spends a fortune on drugs, more per person than any other nation on earth, even though Americans are no healthier than the people of other advanced nations.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE

New, Condom-Free Birth Control for Men Could Soon Be a Reality

Soon, men may be able to shoulder the burden of contraception without the finality of vasectomy or the muss and fuss of condoms.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE

Irish Infants in Catholic Care Homes Allegedly Vaccinated in Illegal Drug Trial

As the world was still reeling from news that a home for “unwed mothers” in County Galway, Ireland, had gotten rid of some 800 unidentified children’s bodies near a septic tank, another horrific allegation came to light.

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 READ MORE


Posted on Mar 8, 2014 ENLARGE

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Recurring Nightmares? Wake Up and Take Action

The weekly news is like a recurring bad dream that is becoming an even worse nightmare. While the investor class cheers a rising stock market, the rest of us sink. The headline that jumped out at us this week came from Bloomberg News: “CEO Pay 1,795-to-1 Multiple of Wages Skirts U.S. Law.”

Posted on May 17, 2013 READ MORE

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The Care and Feeding of a Corporate Propagandist

Over the last decade, New Yorker columnist Malcolm Gladwell has managed to metamorphose from a trained shill for Big Tobacco, Big Pharma and the deregulatory movement into an intellectual darling of mainstream “liberal” America. How did he do it?

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE

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Study: Prescription Sleeping Pills May Cause Cancer, Death

Having trouble catching enough shut-eye? Consider this before reaching for the Ambien: According to a new study published in BMJ Open, the potential risks of popping pills to help you sleep may far outweigh the benefits.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE

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Antidepressant Nation

A serious conversation is under way in the United States on the subject of psychiatric drugs. The debate consists of three fundamental issues: first, whether antidepressants actually treat depression; second, the vast, growing body of evidence that psychotropic medications ... (more)

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 READ MORE


Americans Double Down on Antidepressants

The number of Americans who are exploring the concept of better living through antidepressant chemistry nearly doubled in the decade from 1996 to 2005, according to a study published in Archives of General Psychiatry—and that was well before the economic meltdown.

Posted on Aug 4, 2009 READ MORE


Baucus’ Raucous Caucus

Single-payer advocates have been protesting in Senate Finance Committee hearings, chaired by Democratic Montana Sen. Max Baucus. Last week, at a committee hearing with 15 industry speakers, not one represented the single-payer perspective.

Posted on May 13, 2009 READ MORE

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