A quick review of the fraud allegations levied against CVS Caremark, one of the largest providers of prescription services in the US by the Department of Justice. Spoiler alert - it is going to cost us no matter how the case is decided
There is a common complaint I get from the public: scientists who know the most about a topic are often the least able to give people a straight answer.
We know this is true, but we also know science can be complex. We all want the easy narrative, the definitive response, but that is not always realistic.
However, it is almost always necessary because regulations will happen.
Given the thoroughly unscientific and litigious milieu in which we live, companies find themselves scrambling to appease the uneducated Twitter mob and apologizing for being in business. That's why it's such a breath of fresh air when a company stands up to the hysteria and gives a full-throated endorsement of science.
"There’s no pill or capsule that can replace your sunscreen."
And with that straightforward comment, part of a written statement from Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, the Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to purchase alleged sun-protection supplements from four companies because they do not work.
In addition, the public needs to be warned that taking these products misleads consumers and delivers a "false sense of security," which puts "people at risk."
Society often pathologizes normal development. When this is done, a medicine must be made for treatment (needed or not). The FDA just called out a group of over-the-counter drugs for being harmful and without benefit for such a condition - this time it's infant teething.
For most of our evolutionary history, humans worried about food — finding and eating food were constant and dangerous struggles. Death was always near.
Three companies involved in kratom supplements have received warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for illegally selling unapproved drug products containing kratom, not to mention claims that they help in the treatment of opioid addiction and withdrawal, treat pain, and can aid in other medical conditions like lowering blood pressure, treating cancer and reducing neuron damage caused by strokes.
For people with celiac disease, gluten enemy #1. For some celiac patients, an exposure to gluten can make them sick for days with pain, vomiting and diarrhea while causing intestinal damage. And, maintaining a 100% gluten free diet can be challenging, creating a great need for therapeutics to help keep the body free of gluten, even if a mistake happens.
The ingratitude expressed by the National Science Foundation over a huge funding increase for an important project is inexplicable.
There is crazy and there is crazy. This is both. Researchers in China are exploring herbs and acupuncture to treat pain and perhaps mitigate the carnage of the opioid fentanyl crisis. Where does the fentanyl come from? China. Go figure.
We need to control pharmaceutical prices. FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb has a number of proposals, but we need to make sure that they are both practical and effective.
We need to control pharmaceutical prices and Secretary Gottlieb has a number of proposals, but we need to make sure that they are both practical and effective.
Nearly a century ago, Lord Carnavon, who attended the opening of King Tut’s Tomb, died shortly afterwards, in April 1923. At the time, the sensational media linked his death to supernatural causes activated by the curse of the mummy’s tomb. More recently, this tale was rationalized by suggesting that his death was due to ancient disease causing microbes, lurking in the tomb, rather than supernatural influences.
Throughout its history, ebola has caused humanity to hunker down and hope for the best. It is a three-tool implement of devastation; a contagious, hemorrhagic, deadly virus.
With scores of unwitting drivers in Los Angeles, using navigation apps, being re-routed to one of the steepest streets in the country – and not having any idea of the frightening toll they'd pay for taking the road less traveled – city officials just announced new safety measures that are being put in place.
A new study details the call burden on US Poison Control Centers of unintentional and intentional exposures to medications used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Just substitute the substance and read why it's the same story, different day.
Science, technology, engineering, and medicine have brought wonderful improvements in our lives. We have greater longevity and lower infant mortality thanks to plentiful food, clean water, affordable energy, antibiotics, vaccines, and more.
Every year since 2008, the World Science Festival (WSF) has brought cutting edge science programs to New York City. If you love science and are looking for something to do next weekend (May 30th - June 3rd) check out the website at www.worldsciencefestival.com to take a look at the wide array of events. After taking a deep dive into the program this weekend, to choose which events I will be attending, I can say that they really seem to have outdone themselves this year. There is truly something for everyone.
A premature infant is born with a form of severe lung injury that carries a 20% chance of survival. Her physician decides to throw a medical “Hail Mary” and try an untested adult technique to bypass the injured lungs. The infant survives, and after a few more tries, the physician realizes that the survival rate may be as high as 80% with this new treatment. Does he know enough that the treatment should become standard practice, or is a randomized clinical trial required?
A recent study in JAMA reported on the possible effects of acupuncture on women undergoing in vitro fertilization. 848 women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) in Australia and New Zealand with half receiving three treatments with acupuncture during an IVF cycle and the other half undergoing sham acupuncture with less invasive needles at body points unrecognized as credible acupuncture points. The results, 18.3% live births in the acupuncture group, 17.8% in the sham control group. Acupuncture made no difference.