Baby Formula Industry Slammed for Manipulative Social Media Marketing

Baby Formula Industry Slammed for Manipulative Social Media Marketing

In 1981, the World Health Assembly released a public health strategy known as The International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes to protect breastfeeding and “stop the aggressive and inappropriate marketing of breast-milk substitutes.”1 This initiative came after years of unethical formula marketing specifically to mothers in low-income parts of the world, which led to “dramatic […]

The Cautionary Tale of a Biotech Company’s Founder, Convicted of Fraud

The Cautionary Tale of a Biotech Company’s Founder, Convicted of Fraud

Elizabeth Holmes was once seen as a revolutionary female genius who graced the cover of magazines such as Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek. She was Glamour magazine’s “Woman of the Year” in 2015. An Inc. Magazine cover featuring Holmes called her “The Next Steve Jobs.” Headlines boasted of her rise to fame and fortune in Silicon […]

Amazon, Google, Walmart and Starbucks Partnering with Local Governments to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines

Amazon, Google, Walmart and Starbucks Partnering with Local Governments to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines

Several major U.S. corporations are partnering with local governments and medical providers to help distribute and administer COVID-19 vaccines approved for release by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).1 Some of these corporations include Amazon, Google, Walmart, Starbucks, Honeywell, Microsoft and Costco.2 3 4 Public-Private Partnerships Between Government and […]

Who is Getting Rich Off Coronavirus Pandemic?

Who is Getting Rich Off Coronavirus Pandemic?

Opinion | In May 2020, the U.S. unemployment rate was 13.3%,1 which means 21 million Americans were unemployed. Not surprisingly, financial stress is a major concern, with 88% of Americans surveyed by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) saying that the COVID-19 pandemic is creating stress for their personal financial situation.2 Fifty-four percent were particularly […]

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…