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A pharma miscellany.

That Thing about RNA

July 1, 2008

No, it's not as glamorous as its double-helixed offspring. But recent revelations about RNA turn even cold-eyed scientists into lyrical romantics

The Incredible Shrinking Dollar

May 1, 2008

A plunging currency and other economic turmoil shouldn't phase pharma, right? Yes and no

Let's Play Pharmazooticals

April 1, 2008

When it comes to developing novel therapies from the animal kingdom, it's mostly a game of pick your poison

Are We Less Healthy Than Europeans?

March 1, 2008

Americans take top spots in disease prevalence

The Essential Essner

January 1, 2008

The departure of Wyeth's legendary CEO prompts a reflection on true leadership—and cooking

The List

December 1, 2007

It's that time of year again, when Santas everywhere take stock of nice and naughty in order to fill stockings—and magazines make up their lists of hits and has-beens.

The Wiki Incident

October 1, 2007

Gotcha, Big Pharma! Sort of.... Not me, a guy named Jeffrey Light. The young founder and head of tiny DC-based nonprofit Patients not Patents hit the wires recently, charging that Abbott Laboratories had edited its entry in Wikipedia, the online everybody-can-play encyclopedia, trying to make itself look better. Using a brand-new online tool called the Wiki Scanner, which allows anyone to track the source of any change entered into any of Wikipedia's 2 million articles, Light discovered that at 4:38 P.M. on July 2, 2007, several edits to the article on Abbott were made from a computer at Abbott's Chicago office.

Pink Slips and Body Counts

September 1, 2007

Ever since Jeffrey Kindler rocked our world last December with the news that Pfizer was cutting its sales force by 10,000, we've been waiting for all the other behemoths' shoes to drop. While no precise domino effect has occurred, downsizing, particularly on the sales side, is very much pharma's strategy du jour.

Oh Man, Avandia

July 3, 2007

All hell broke loose on May 21 when the New England Journal of Medicine released Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Dr. Steven Nissen's meta-analysis of 42 studies of Avandia, showing a 43 percent increased risk of heart attack.

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