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Demystifying drug development, clinical research, medicine, and the role ethics plays

From the Holocaust to Thalidomide: A Nazi Legacy

From the Holocaust to Thalidomide: A Nazi Legacy

Thalidomide children I was attending World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants 24th Annual International Conference in Cleveland last week, when my aunt, herself a survivor, handed me a copy of Newsweek with a cover article, “The Nazis and Thalidomide: The Worst Drug Scandal of All Time." The story was prompted by the drug developer, Germany’s Grünenthal, unexpectedly issuing an apology to the victims of its teratogenic drug—babies who sustained life-long wounds inflicted by their drug more than 50 years earlier.I’ve written some about thalidomide previously, in my initial Clinical Trials for Beginners posts, (here and here).

November 8, 2012 — Judy Stone
An Emergency Room's Closure: A Community's Betrayal

An Emergency Room's Closure: A Community's Betrayal

View from St. Andrews' conference room. Note they have a dock and helipad, enabling access by land, sea, or air. Although I've been busy traveling again, the struggle of the Boothbay peninsula communities to keep their hospital remains constantly on my mind.

October 26, 2012 — Judy Stone
Book Review: The Breast Cancer Checklist

Book Review: The Breast Cancer Checklist

This is “Breast Cancer Awareness” month, the much-hyped recognition of a serious problem that we should be conscious of throughout the year. The associated “pink ribbon” campaign sometimes feels akin to a “Hallmark holiday" sales gimmick, rather than recognition of the pain of breast cancer and need for further research.

October 11, 2012 — Judy Stone
Drugs in Search of a Disease Pharma Targets Women

Drugs in Search of a Disease Pharma Targets Women

Last week I focused on drug advertisement for “Low T” catching up with all the attention given to menopausal women with declining hormones. But women still are the primary targets for pharmaceutical advertising, in part because they can be captured for multiple products—if not quite from the cradle, at least from puberty, through pregnancy, to menopause and to grave.What are some of the consequences of this relentless focus on women’s hormones and common symptoms?

October 2, 2012 — Judy Stone
Big Fish Eats Little Fish- Warning for Rural Hospitals

Big Fish Eats Little Fish- Warning for Rural Hospitals

St. Andrews Hospital, Boothbay Harbor, Maine update.In my previous post, I outlined the looming menace to tiny St. Andrews hospital in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.I’ve met with one Lincoln County Healthcare (LCH) executive, Dr.

September 25, 2012 — Judy Stone
Drugs in Search of a Disease-Men s Edition

Drugs in Search of a Disease-Men s Edition

Got Low T? In one sense, it is refreshing to see men being the target of pharma, after all these years of women being the focus of relentless—and misleading—advertising.

September 13, 2012 — Judy Stone
Neil Armstrong s Death a Medical Perspective

Neil Armstrong s Death a Medical Perspective

Astronaut Neil Armstrong Astronaut Neil Armstrong died August 25 th , following complications from a cardiovascular procedure on August 7 th , according to a statement from his family.

September 3, 2012 — Judy Stone

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