On April 30, Dr. Fugh-Berman was quoted in an Associated Press story on how Medicare spends more money on branded drugs compared to generics, and how changing this practice might save money in the program. She commented on certain branded drugs prescribed to seniors, including the antipsychotic Abilify, that have been shown to be dangerous for that age group.
PharmedOut's Resource of the Month: Check out our updated conference schedule, abstracts, and flyer and all the information you need to get registered for "The Real Risks of Rx Drugs". Our acclaimed conferences have been a place for providers, researchers, policymakers, journalists, and advocates to learn about pharmaceutical marketing practices, hidden drug risks, conflicts of interest, and much more. We hope you will join us at Georgetown University on June 11-12!
May's PharmedOut Fodder: Burning Questions to Be Answered at PharmedOut Conference
Does anyone escape a diagnosis? What factors underlie the opioid addiction epidemic? Does the FDA adequately protect the public? Is there corruption in how drugs are tested? Could overtreating elders lead to iatrogenic morbidity and mortality? What are the public health consequences of high-priced drugs? How is testosterone marketed for men in the same way menopausal hormone therapy was marketed to women? How does overpromotion and overuse of anticoagulants, antipsychotics, fluoroquinolone antibiotics, and hypoglycemic drugs affect public health? Come discuss these and other topics at a wonderful interdisciplinary conference that attracts scholars from many fields. Twelve CME credits are offered.
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