Tagged: Drugs

Legal marijuana markets - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 01, 2013

Business Insider has a great write-up on Colorado's legalised marijuana markets. Currently restricted to medical marijuana sold through dispensaries, recreational use without prescription will be legal and anyone will be able to purchase from the dispensaries. They're expecting to raise $130m in taxes, although the tax mechanism is rather opaque. IRS won't let you take business deductions on … Read More

A new entity is born: CDaR - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Aug 29, 2013

Have you ever been told the blood test is positive and the disease in question is shocking – Cancer, an STD (but you don’t sleep around!), MS?  Have you every wondered why it is that some drugs get withdrawn years after, and millions of prescriptions after, they were first approved?  Surely, you’ve read a headline … Continue reading → … Read More

Fantastic Fluorine - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jun 16, 2013

The recent debate in Hamilton over fluoridation of the water supply has resulted in a lot of misinformation about fluorine and fluoride. Elsewhere, however, fluorine is playing an important role the development of new pharmaceuticals. However, before I get on to discussing the use of fluorine in pharmaceuticals, let’s clarify a few points, particularly about the different between fluorine and … Read More

Animal testing back in the news - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Dec 03, 2012

The press seems to be full of people frothing at the mouth over suggestions by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne that the manufacturers of ‘legal highs’ should be required to provide safety information on their products before they are allowed on New Zealand shelves. This comes on the back of the minister announcing a … Read More

Is Modern Medicine Killing You? – Episode 7 - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Nov 24, 2012

Is everyone in New Zealand magnesium deficient? That is the impression I am getting from this TV series, as the majority of clients are being prescribed it. Fish oil and vitamin C are also fairly commonly prescribed, though this is probably a fairly reasonable suggestion given some of the poor dietary habits that their clients are admitting to. This week … Read More

Ben Goldacre on Pharmaceutical Marketing - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Nov 18, 2012

Marketing, therefore, exists for no reason other than to pervert evidence-based decision making in medicine. This is a quote from Ben Goldacre’s new book, “Bad Pharma” criticizing the intense marketing used by pharmaceutical companies. According to Dr Goldacre “the pharmaceutical industry overall spends about twice as much on marketing and promotion as it does on research and development” – … Read More