From the Editor

May 01, 2005
Pharmaceutical Executive
A new TV doctor show features the most loathsome pharmaceutical executive in recent memory. But in another important way, the show is serving pharma's best interests.
Apr 01, 2005
Pharmaceutical Executive
Could it be that someone's finally going to wipe the grin off Smiling Bob's face? As we were putting this issue to bed, the Cincinnati newspapers reported that federal agents had raided the offices of Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals, a company best known for its "natural male enhancement" pill, Enzyte, and for its repulsive television commercials starring Bob. The US Postal Service led the operation, which also included the FBI, IRS, and FDA. They froze bank accounts, sent employees home, and combed records, attempting to determine whether Berkeley, which has accumulated more than 5,000 complaints with the Cincinnati Better Business Bureau and the Ohio attorney general's office since 2001, had committed mail fraud.
Mar 01, 2005
Pharmaceutical Executive
By Pharmaceutical Executive Editors
In the drug safety debate, we're hearing plenty of potential solutions. They're smart and advance desirable goals. There's just one thing wrong with them: They don't solve the problem.
Dec 01, 2004
Pharmaceutical Executive
Journalists try to tell both sides of a story. That's fine when there are two groups in conflict. But how do you tell the story right when the real conflict is between the two halves of one ambivalent opinion.
Nov 01, 2004
Pharmaceutical Executive
Reeve had done something that many of us who communicate about health issues try in vain to accomplish.
Oct 01, 2004
Pharmaceutical Executive
In the real world, progress doesn’t result in fewer complaints. It leads to complaining about better things.
Sep 01, 2003
Pharmaceutical Executive
I suppose, when you get right down to it, I've gotten used to the idea that in this country we don't actually debate issues. We holler and call our political enemies names. We play elaborate games of spin control and do our damnedest to ensure that every question of policy, no matter how straightforward and practical, gets linked in the public mind with abortion rights, gun control, and a half dozen other completely intractable hot-button issues.
Aug 01, 2003
Pharmaceutical Executive
When I was a kid, I remember reading magazine articles that set out to determine the worth of the human body-not its personal value, or its ability to produce valuable labor, but just the market value of the chemicals that composed it. The figure I remember hearing was $1.98. Pocket change for the crown of creation.
Jul 01, 2003
Pharmaceutical Executive
How should drug companies and physicians interact? And if something is wrong with the relationship, who's to blame?
Jun 01, 2003
Pharmaceutical Executive
My train reading this week has been Protecting America's Health, Philip J. Hilts' enlightening history of the Food and Drug Administration. It's a book with a strong sense of how politics, people, and the uncontrollable flow of events conspire to shape institutions. It's also a good read, thanks to the author's fine eye for anecdote. Over and over, Hilts selects just the right story to capture the essence of an era in the agency's history.
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