Tag Archives: Pharmaceutical industry

Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD): a medical condition or a pharmaceutical firms invention ?

8 Jul

The race to create orgasm enhancing drugs to women has just begun.

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Orgasm Inc – pix 08 (Photo credit: k-ideas)

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Orgasm Inc – pix 10 (Photo credit: k-ideas)

An interesting article in Plos written by a Leonore Tiefer, a Professor of psychiatry, shed the light on how could be interacting the disease mongering in one hand and the sexual functions issues of women in a another hand. But the pitfall of such a position of suspecting systematically the pharmaceutical industry of being greedy could be to let those dysfunctions in the same uncomfortable situation as orphan diseases which as we know suffer from a lack of response (be they pharmaceutical responses or psychological responses, or technological response).

An article of press in the International Herald Tribune by Abby Ellin, in the July 4 edition takes a more balanced point a few when it reports in response to Dr Tiefer the words of Dr Marcus saying: “to say that women complains about their sex life because the pharmaceutical companies told them to is really insulting to women”

More content and references:

Plos site
Full text version of Pr Tiefer essay

The gene sequencing start up is not for sale (even for $5.7 billion)

15 Mar

Molecular medicine.

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BioCamp participants getting insights into the pharmaceutical industry (Photo credit: Novartis AG)

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Roche implements a strategy to treat the chronic diseases at a molecular level. To do so it has to acquire the start-us that possesses the relevant knowledge. Molecular engineering, including the DNA molecule, is far from the usual chemistry to which the traditional drugs makers are accustomed. In order to complete this goal the Swiss Drug maker leads a policy of takeover bid for American High Tech Companies settled in California (e.g. San Diego, for Illumina, Inc. or San Francisco for Genentech, Inc.) or Arizona ( Tucson for Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.). For now, Illumina has not yet been bought by Roche but it would be only a matter of time according to financial analysts. From a medical point of view Genentech makes human antibodies which are human molecules targeting the antigens located on the cell membrane. The action of such antibodies results in various therapeutic effects in chronic diseases. But unfortunately, as soon as the treatment is stopped the symptoms reappears. Ventana makes also antibodies, but for diagnosis purpose. The molecular diagnostic tests it produces aims to classified cancer cells in order to refine the individual prognosis of the disease (and to indicate the targeted treatment that is needed). More deeper in the molecular level, clerly in the heart of the cell and the identity of the person, Illumina discovered the method to sequence the genotype of the patient. It’s of the greatest importance for Roche to buy this start-up because in the future, treatment will be prescribed not only with regard of the condition diagnosed by the Doctors but also relatively to the genome of the patient.

The psychiatrist, venlafaxine and the Wyeth rep

20 Jan

Dr Carlat is a psychiatrist who was searching for redemption. What was his sin?

Antidepressants

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He compromised himself with sales reps in exchange of money by participating in a so-called continuous medical education targeted on antidepressants. Venlafaxine {effexor®) is a powerful short half-life antidepressant whose sides effects and adverse events are withdrawal syndrome, libido lowering and suicide risk if not carefully prescribed. In the New York Time’s paper, Dr Carlat simply describes how step by step he became aware of loosing his free will and his objective professional medical assessment. In as sort of punishment as well as rehabilitation he decided to create a blog and an organisation of drug industry free continuous medical education.
You are forgiven Dr Carlat!

read more here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/25/magazine/25memoir-t.html?pagewanted=all

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/09/magazine/09letters-t-004.html?ref=magazine

 

http://carlatpsychiatry.blogspot.com/2007/11/dr-drug-rep.html

healthcare companies vs countries

3 Dec

Country

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

US$ billions

Company

total annual  revenues

US$ billions

 Croatia

60,83

Johnson & Johnson

61,90

 Dominican Republic

51,62

Pfizer

50,01

 Slovenia

47,73

Roche

47,35

 Burma

45,42

GlaxoSmithKline

45,83

 Tunisia

44,27

Novartis

44,27

 Guatemala

41,17

Sanofi

41,99

 Ghana

32,32

AstraZeneca

32,81

 Ethiopia

29,71

Abbott Laboratories

30,76

 Panama

26,808

Merck & Co.

27,43

 Cameroon

22,522

Bayer HealthCare

22,30

 El Salvador

21,215

Eli Lilly

21,84

 Paraguay

18,427

Bristol-Myers Squibb

18,81

Two days ago I participated to a medical congress where an interesting pharmacy professor listed to the impressed congress participants the incomes of pharmaceutical companies. Listening to the colossal amount of yearly incomes generated by the treatments of the inhabitants of the richest countries of the planet (poor countries can’t afford to pay for medics so the companies don’t develop their markets with them) I suddenly asked to myself if the gross income product of developing countries wouldn’t be overrated by the yearly incomes of the pharmaceutical companies. Back home I gathered the data to construct the table you can read above. Each drug company has the same economic power as at least one country.

 

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Lawsuit against a sales rep

23 Sep

For the first time a lawsuit charges not only the drug-maker but also a sales rep for not having accurately describe the adverse effects of a drug when visiting the provider. That’s America!

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