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“Are generics really the same as branded drugs?” Fortune Magazine

Consumers are told that generics are just like their name-brand counterparts. More medical professionals are starting to say that’s not the case. Continue reading

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“The truth about the Fast and Furious scandal,” Fortune Magazine

A Fortune investigation reveals that the ATF never intentionally allowed guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. How the world came to believe just the opposite is a tale of rivalry, murder, and political bloodlust. Continue reading

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“OxyContin: Purdue Pharma’s painful medicine,” Fortune Magazine

What the strange saga of Purdue and its $3 billion drug tells us about our national dependence on painkillers. Continue reading

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“The Hidden Dangers of Outsourcing Radiology,” Self Magazine

That scan of your brain, bones or breasts you got last Tuesday? It might have been read by someone who isn’t a doctor and lives 12 time zones away. If, that is, anyone has bothered to read it at all. Continue reading

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“The War Over Lipitor,” Fortune Magazine

You’d think that in this era of generic-drug dominance, making the transition to a nonbranded version of Pfizer’s vaunted cholesterol-fighting statin would be smooth, or at least controlled. And indeed, that’s precisely how it seemed — until just a few months ago. Now the process appears to have unraveled, leaving serious questions about who will make the cheaper form of Lipitor, whether the price will really drop, and most disturbing of all, whether patients will be able to trust that the medication is safe. Continue reading

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“Drug Theft Goes Big,” Fortune Magazine

Organized gangs are stealing prescription medicine in increasingly audacious heists. That’s a problem for Big Pharma and for patients, who can unknowingly buy stolen — and sometimes dangerous — medications… Continue reading

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“What a Scientist Didn’t Tell the New York Times about His Study on Bee Deaths,” Fortune.com

Few ecological disasters have been as confounding as the massive and devastating die-off of the world’s honeybees. The phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) — in which disoriented honeybees die far from their hives — has kept scientists, beekeepers, and regulators desperately seeking the cause. Continue reading

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“Are You Buying Illegal Drugs?” New York Times

Last month, thieves cut through the roof of an Eli Lilly warehouse in Enfield, Conn, shimmied down a rope, disabled the alarms and made off with $75 million worth of psychiatric drugs, including the antidepressants Prozac and Cymbalta and the antipsychotic Zyprexa. It is thought to have been… Continue reading

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The “Medical Mafia,” Fortune Magazine

LAS VEGAS (Fortune) — It began as the most ordinary of fender-benders. Cynthia Johnson, an office manager for a real estate company, was driving to work on Interstate 15 near the Las Vegas strip when a fellow commuter clipped the rear bumper of her Toyota Avalon… Continue reading

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“Bad Bargain,” Self Magazine

Just when Beth Hubbard should have been feeling great, her health fell apart. A 34-year-old housewares designer in the St. Louis area, Hubbard had recently gotten married. She liked the creativity of her career. And she’d conquered her mild depression and fatigue with a combination of exercise, rest and medicine, including the antidepressant Wellbutrin XL. But in the fall of 2006, shortly after she refilled her prescription—her pharmacy giving her this time Budeprion XL, a generic version of the drug—her good health gave way. Continue reading

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