Articles Tagged with big pharma

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Free Speech Is a New Defense for Off-Label Drug Pitches and It’s Having Industry-Wide Ramifications

 It’s not unheard of for drugs to be developed for one ailment and be used to treat others.  It’s fairly common, after extensive research and testing, for drugs to be used to treat a blanket of issues.  However, another approach by big pharma is raising ethical and legal concerns and their new claims that their First Amendment rights of free speech allows them to market off-label purposes for drugs to doctors.  An article  by Keith A. Spencer in Salon,  highlights a recent case that used free speech to defend untested off-label drug claims.  The article was originally published on FairWarning and it says the new free speech defense is making waves in Washington.

The Caronia Case

 
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Big Pharma Knows How Laws Work and They Can Use Them Against the DEA

 Why did Congress, in the middle of the greatest drug crisis in the nation pass a law that stripped the Drug Enforcement Administration of its ability to sue companies violating drug distribution laws? The answer Massive millions of dollars contributed by lobbiests for the drug manufacturers and distributors and a unbridled propaganda campaign written and implemented in part by former DEA lawyers who went to work for private law firms representing the drug companies. The worst of American politics and lack of morality. These are the fact based conclusions of a joint 60 minutes and Washington Post investigation into the passage of a bill called “The Marino Law.”

The Undercutting Law