Pharmaceutical Industry

Cancer Drugs Fund Was Short-Sighted

John Piears | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK
John Piears

The Cancer Drugs Fund was put forward by David Cameron during the 2010 General Election campaign - a tempting olive branch for many cancer patients d...

Cancer Widower Tells World Leaders to 'Get Your Act Together'

John Piears | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK
John Piears

This is an open letter from me to World Leaders about cancer. If we truly want to beat cancer sooner, we need to cooperate across the world to use our money, knowledge and skills more wisely - for public benefit, not for profit.

Human Rights Must Take Precedent Over Intellectual Property Rights

Sarah K Edwards | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Sarah K Edwards

As duty bearers of human rights, it is the responsibility of states to ensure that their citizens are able to realise their rights. The High Level Panel's recommendations are set to come out in June and will be addressed to heads of state. It is yet to be known whether these recommendations will have an accountability mechanism attached to them so it may well fall to civil society to hold governments to account.

Big Pharma Fined £25bn - Profits Soar, Prices Soar!

John Piears | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK
John Piears

A shocking new study has revealed that the world's largest pharmaceutical companies have been fined in excess of USD$35.7 (£25bn) over the last 25 y...

The Great Statin Con?

Dr Aseem Malhotra | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK
Dr Aseem Malhotra

It is these industry sponsored studies that have resulted in the prescription of statins to tens of millions of healthy people worldwide driving a multi-billion dollar industry... It's instructive to note that the drug company, Pfizer's own patient leaflet states "common side-effects that may affect up to one in 10 patients include sore throat, nausea, digestive problems, muscle and joint pain."

£99 Cancer Drug Being Sold For £83,000

John Piears | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK
John Piears

When we look back at this time in history, we will not be proud that we made record profits from cancer drugs while one person died of cancer every four seconds, but we can all play a part in changing this for future generations. Public pressure played a huge part in broadening access to AIDS/HIV drugs in the 1990's - the same can happen for cancer if enough of us speak up to let those in power know this is an issue we care about.

Cancer Widower Launches Campaign: Dying for a Cure

John Piears | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
John Piears

The current system for developing cancer drugs depends mostly on private investment from pharmaceutical companies and, as investors demand good returns on their investment, it's no surprise that what we've ended up with is very profitable drugs rather than very effective ones.

Cancer Widower's Letter to MP about Cancer's Tug of War

John Piears | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Politics
John Piears

The 4th February 2016 was World Cancer Day - a day to reflect on how cancer impacts our lives. I'm sure that many of us, including me, will be thinking about loved ones we've lost or who are living with cancer right now, but it's also a time to think about what we could do to bring forward the day when we no longer live in fear of cancer.

Hedge Funder Makes U-Turn On Massive HIV Drug Price Hike

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK

International outrage over a 5,500% price hike for a life-saving drug used by AIDs and cancer sufferers has prompted the chief executive of a pharmace...

That Insane Aids Drug Price Hike Could Have Profound Implications For The TTIP Deal

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK

A leading NHS doctor has spoken out against the former hedge fund manager at the heart of the scandal around a 4,000% increase in the price of a life ...

Depression Is Embarrassing

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

We've come a long way in recent times in our ability to talk about mental health. Increasingly people are able to admit when they're struggling, to realise that they need help, and we're slowly, albeit too slowly for my liking, chipping away at the stigma that surrounds mental illness. But then something like this pops up.

Britain Begins Ebola Vaccine Tests As West Africa Braces For Even More Deaths

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK

Britain's largest drug company is to begin trails of an experimental Ebola vaccine, as a top public health official warned the crisis in west Africa i...

Is Our Failure to Invest in an Ebola Cure 'Morally Bankrupt' or Financially Prudent?

Natalie Nezhati | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Natalie Nezhati

It could be said that the investment of resources into a cure that could carry a price-tag of £1m plus per person to turn a profit is, in purely financial terms, a ridiculous thing to do. With many pharmaceutical companies linking their moral accountability solely with their shareholders, for those who contract unprofitable, neglected diseases it's often a case of "bad luck" and in many cases "goodbye".

The Not-So-Secret Antibody Treating Americans For 'Incurable' Ebola

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK

If there's no treatment or cure for Ebola, why have two American patients been treated with a not-so-secret antibody that seems, so far, to be aiding ...

Irish Psychiatry and Consent

Aaron Vallely | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK
Aaron Vallely

"I believe", Mary told me at her house in Cork, "the biggest issue around this is human rights. The human right to decide what you want to do for yourself. " Regarding Electroshock in Ireland, Mary told me that the capacity to consent is not there because there are two words planted around it, 'unable' and 'unwilling'.

Jessica Elgot

We May Have Already Discovered The Cure For Ebola - So Why Are People Still Dying? | Jessica Elgot | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK

The cure for Ebola may have already have been developed by drugs companies, but ethical dilemmas and financial concerns are holding back hopes of a fa...

Pfizer's Bid To Gobble Up UK Rival AstraZeneca May Not Be Over

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK

Hopes for Pfizer's apparently doomed attempt to take over AstraZeneca flickered back to life today on a report that one of the largest shareholders in...

Skeletons in the Cupboard: Open the Door on Hidden Clinical Trials

Michelle Beckett | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK
Michelle Beckett

Last year I put my house on the market. Mostly, I'm too busy to notice the clutter and untidiness that accompanies the life of a lone mum working full time, but I guessed the prospective viewers might...

AstraZeneca Rejects Pfizer's Final Deal

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK

AstraZeneca today rejected a final £69 billion takeover offer from Pfizer, saying the American company had still significantly undervalued the Britis...

UK plc Should Not Be the Victim of Big Pharma's Innovation Crisis

Ann McKechin | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Ann McKechin

UK plc should not pay for Pfizer's crisis of innovation. AstraZeneca is a strategically important company to the UK, developing vital drugs both here and around the world. A takeover driven by tax efficiency and cash dividend rather than research and innovation imperils the future of UK science, research jobs, and exports.

Osborne Will Get 'Hard-Nosed' With Pfizer

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Politics

The boss of US drug giant Pfizer has said the firm's proposed takeover of British-based AstraZeneca is a "win-win for society". Pfizer chairman and...

When a Doctor Eats an Apple Does He Have an Existential Moment?

Rob Blakeman | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Blakeman

It's down to you to take care of the health of you and yours and avoid using dangerous medications at all costs. Small changes in our everyday lives can result in big inspiration. Don't forget we are organic creatures so it makes perfect sense that organic products are best for us-not manmade pharmaceuticals.

Energy Firm Cyber-defence Too Weak

Graham Welch | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

Why are these critical infrastructure companies failing these tests? After all most of these large organizations are serious about cybersecurity. They run specialized departments tasked with protecting two key networks: data center (servers) and office automation (workstations).

The Truth About Health - a Bitter Pill to Swallow

David Green | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Green

GK Chesterton, the great author who inspired Gandhi to end British colonial rule in India, observed: "I owe my success to having listened respectfull...

Wearing the White Cashmere Coat

Sarah Phillips | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Sarah Phillips

I left Dublin this year, at the close of ISPOR's 16th Annual European Congress, thinking in terms of what is important when making a decision. The parameters need to be simple, intuitive and transparent in any evaluation model. This sounds straightforward, but which parameters should be measured, and how is a fair decision made?