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Drug Safety Lawsuits Create Distrust of Vaccines

In July 2012, British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline LLC (GSK), agreed to plead guilty to criminal and civil charges resulting from the company’s failure to report safety data about the drug Avandia and unauthorized promotion of the drugs Paxil and Wellbutrin making this the largest healthcare fraud settlement and largest payment ever made by a pharmaceutical in U.S. history.

Thalidomide: One of Many Big Medical Error Tragedies

Thalidomide, which was aggressively marketed as a totally safe and effective treatment for morning sickness in early pregnancy, ultimately took its place as the drug that caused “the largest man‐made medical disaster in history.” Patented in 1954, thalidomide was initially approved as the first non-addicting, non-barbiturate sedative and was used as a treatment for respiratory infections. Once it became clear that it also relieved nausea and vomiting in pregnant women, the drug quickly grew in popularity.

Revolution for Truth: Few Causes More Fundamental

There is an upcoming protest in Washington, DC that, while it has received infinitely less coverage than other protests in our nation’s capital this year, it may easily be the most important and urgent of all. It is the Revolution for Truth rally that will be held Friday, Mar. 31, 2017 at 1 pm at the JW Marriott Hotel (the forecasted rain has changed the rally location that was originally to…

Dr. Offit Quotes: Top 10 List

My favorite late night television host of all time was David Letterman. He was on the air for 33 years, from 1982 to 2015. I thoroughly enjoyed his wacky, cutting edge, biting humor. He was definitely not palatable to everyone’s taste—certainly not like Johnny Carson. But you just had to love his Stupid Pet Tricks segment or crazy stunts like the time he had the U.S. women’s soccer team…

Getting A Flu Shot: No Guarantee It Will Work

Like a lot of people, in January when I suddenly developed a high fever (101 F), body aches, fatigue, nasal congestion and cough, I thought for sure it was influenza, which I had not experienced for decades. Turns out, according to a recently released CDC report, in the 2016-2017 flu season the odds are only about one in 10 that flu like illness…

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