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The $1,000-pill heist

The $1,000-pill heist

Jul 1, 2014

You’ve got hepatitis C, now you’re my hostage DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs A friend of mine who works in the Canadian insurance industry told me they’ve seen their first claim for the new drug called Sovaldi. New drugs come along all the time, but not drugs like this one, which claims to eradicate a...

Censorship in Lipid Land

Censorship in Lipid Land

Jun 1, 2014

Stories from Australia and Britain reveal the dangers of telling the truth about statins DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs When policy dooms you, start telling stories – stories so fabulous, so gripping, so spellbinding that the king forgets all about a lethal policy. – Karl Rove (one of George W. Bush’s...

Mammography’s days numbered

Mammography’s days numbered

May 1, 2014

DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs • The headline that landed like a drone strike on the medical world asked one simple question: “Time to stop mammography screening?” The editorial by Dr. Peter Gotzsche, a Danish physician and one of the world’s experts on the science behind breast cancer screening, was...

Youth under the influence

Youth under the influence

Apr 1, 2014

Mental health drugs based on biased sources DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs A November 2012 press release from the BC Ministry of Health presented us with a bold and hopeful headline: “New program helps BC family doctors treat mental health challenges in children and youth.” This announcement was...

Dr. Warren Bell on the cannabis conundrum

Dr. Warren Bell on the cannabis conundrum

Mar 1, 2014

DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs Dr. Warren Bell is a physician in Salmon Arm, BC and one of the co-founders of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. He has never seen a pharmaceutical sales rep in nearly 40 years of practising medicine and has a depth of knowledge of complementary and...

Time for a wellness smackdown

Time for a wellness smackdown

Feb 1, 2014

DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs Alan Cassels: Good evening, my name is Alan and I’ll be your Wellness Concierge for the evening. Employer (Startled): “Say what?” AC: Your Wellness Concierge. I’m here to help guide you and your employees to the services of our Wellness Program™....

Kids and antidepressants

Kids and antidepressants

Jan 1, 2014

Out of this world Pediatricians’ perspective on kids and antidepressants DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs It’s the dawn of a new year and quite naturally we should be thinking about beginnings – about babies and children. A few months back, in an article in Postmedia News, journalist Sharon Kirkey reported...

Pharma’s feedbag

Pharma’s feedbag

Dec 1, 2013

Who’s really paying for that ‘free lunch’ for doctors? DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs As they say, “There’s no free lunch.” Unless you’re a doctor or work in a doctor’s office, that is. Welcome to the world of pharmaceutical marketing, which smells a lot like curry dishes and baked...

A sanitary revolution in the works

A sanitary revolution in the works

Nov 1, 2013

It’s time for healthcare to wash its hands of Big Pharma’s influence DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs Charles Delucena Meigs (1792-1869) was a very well regarded American obstetrician with some very strange ideas. He might be best known for saying anaesthesia was not appropriate for women in labour because, he...

Do we need vaccines?

Do we need vaccines?

Oct 1, 2013

Sanitation and clean water prove to be effective alternatives DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs “Vaccines saved more Canadian lives over the past 50 years than any other medical intervention.” That’s the bold headline on an advertisement for BIOTECanada and the 16 members of its Vaccine Industry Committee,...