Tagged: Pharmaceuticals

Goldacre live: Bad Science meets Bad Pharma - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jun 03, 2016

Many Sciblogs readers will know the work of Dr Ben Goldacre, the doctor, academic, Guardian columnist and author of the best seller Bad Science. Goldacre touches down briefly in Auckland in September for one event at the Mercury Theatre, which if his previous public appearances are anything to go by, will be a funny, enlightening and ironic affair. 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

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

The Future of Healthcare - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Dec 16, 2011

I’m still preparing my end of year trend posting, so for now I’ll just point you in the direction of a short article on the future of healthcare that I wrote for  Pharmac’s (the New Zealand government’s pharmaceutical purchasing agency) Annual Review (PDF, 1.5 MB). The Pharmaceutical industry is in an interesting period of change. About US$100 Billion “patent dividend” … Read More

From baby food to global behemoth - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jun 25, 2010

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman is in London for the 350th anniversary celebrations of the Royal Society of London and this week gave an interesting speech on the history of UK-NZ scientific collaboration. You can read the speech below or download it on the PMCSA website. A few interesting statistics from the speech illustrate … Read More

Bacon With Your Vaccine? - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh May 09, 2010

In a move that defies all logic, the FDA advisory panel investigating the contamination of Rotavirus vaccine with pig virus has recommended that vaccine use be continued because “The vaccines offer a clear public health benefit that far outweighs a “theoretical” risk from PCV (Porcine Circo-virus)”. How very reassuring. Not. PCV type 1 was found [...] Related posts: … Read More