A day after the World Health Organization upgraded the swine flu to a "pandemic threat" level, the nation's pharmaceutical industry warned that a vaccine to protect against the virus could still be at least three to six months away.
Stanford University Medical Center announced Tuesday it is joining a small group of academic medical centers in banning its physicians from accepting industry gifts of any size, including drug samples.
How's this for an idea? To discourage Americans from buying inexpensive drugs from Canada, the drug industry should raise the specter of terrorists killing U.S. citizens with poison pills from north of the border.
Drug makers have come under fire for "ask your doctor" style advertising and have vowed to change their ways, but research data shows they are spending more on direct-to-consumer (DTC) prescription drug advertising in 2005 than they did last year.
Facing growing scrutiny over the safety of their products, the leading global drug companies last week pledged to disclose more information about their clinical trials. Adoption of this new policy, however, is completely voluntary and does not require any disclosure of exploratory trials.