Market for Breathing Machines Alive and Well

Market for Breathing Machines Alive and Well

The market for “iron lung” machines is estimated at well over $2 billion annually. Of course, the machines are no longer referred to as iron lungs, because the technology has advanced and they’re now called “ventilators.” Several studies have been published during the past year estimating the annual value of the market for ventilators and […]

UPS, Merck Plan Pilot Program to Vaccinate Adults at Home

UPS, Merck Plan Pilot Program to Vaccinate Adults at Home

United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) is considering venturing into the health care industry. According to a Reuters news report, the package delivery firm is preparing to test a service that will dispatch nurses to vaccinate adults in their homes. UPS has not publicly disclosed which vaccines would be offered, but vaccine manufacturer Merck & Co. […]

Drones to Deliver Vaccines to South Pacific Island

Drones to Deliver Vaccines to South Pacific Island

In the world’s first commercial trial delivery of vaccines using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), drones manufactured by Swoop Aero Ltd. of Melbourne, Australia and Wingcopter Holding GmbH & Co. of Darmstadt, Germany will deliver vaccines to children in the remote islands of Vanuatu, located in the South Pacific Ocean. If the trials are successful, they may […]

Global Vaccine Market Expected to Reach $50.52 billion by 2023

Global Vaccine Market Expected to Reach $50.52 billion by 2023

The value of the vaccine market will reach $50.42 billion by 2023 from $36.45 billion in 2018, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 6.7 percent, according to recently published report by private research firm MarketsandMarkets of India.1 The report provides an overview of the global vaccine market estimating the market size and potential for […]

Investigation Questions Gardasil Clinical Trial Safety Data

Investigation Questions Gardasil Clinical Trial Safety Data

While Merck & Co. and many health authorities share the view that the benefits of the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV), Gardasil, outweigh the risks, an eight-month investigation by medical journalist Frederick Joelving, which was published by the online magazine Slate, confirms…

Tobacco Tactics Used to Market Vaccines

Tobacco Tactics Used to Market Vaccines

From the 1930s to 1950s, smoking cigarettes was the norm and the epitome of “cool,” and the habit was fashionable for both men and women. Hollywood movies depicted smoking as intelligent, sophisticated and healthy. The medical community was not immune from the trend: in the…

Why are Healthcare Costs So High in the U.S.A. versus Other Countries? (Part II)

Why are Healthcare Costs So High in the U.S.A. versus Other Countries? (Part II)

In Part II of this series about the high costs of U.S. healthcare, I’ll talk about how politicians collude with pharma to ensure their mutual interests. Bet you already know that common ground is greed and power. For anyone who reads my column, you know that I worked in pharmaceutical…

Why are Healthcare Costs So High in the U.S.A. versus Other Countries? (Part I)

Why are Healthcare Costs So High in the U.S.A. versus Other Countries? (Part I)

A recent phenomena in the healthcare industry is the rise of medical tourism. You’ve probably read an article or two that describes how someone can get surgery in Spain and enjoy a two week vacation while there—and the whole trip, including airfare, surgery and the hospital stay…

Vaccine Vendors’ Greed Gone Viral (Part II)

Vaccine Vendors’ Greed Gone Viral (Part II)

So how do such vaccines enter the Indian market to begin with? According to paediatricians, this happens through a well-oiled system of quid pro quo between vaccine companies and organisations responsible for recommending vaccines. “Most doctors depend on the recommendations given by organisations such as…

Vaccine Vendors’ Greed Gone Viral (Part I)

Vaccine Vendors’ Greed Gone Viral (Part I)

[Vaccination] is a nexus controlled by big private vaccine makers, ­mostly ­foreign, that decides your baby gets 15 shots more for the doctor to make ­money. Even if the vaccine is useless—not to talk of the huge mark-ups. There is no vaccine against the venal mind. No [vaccination] ever invented gives us a complete coat of armor.