Deceptive Practices

Seemingly threatening behaviour from a pharmaceutical company. Dr Franklin, 41, said he had been working as a "medical liaison" employee for Parke-Davis for only four months when a company executive warned that he "couldn't guarantee what is going to happen to you or your career" if Dr Franklin continued to…

Anthrax Vaccine

As coalition forces prepare to liberate Iraq, there is the potential of undeclared anthrax being deployed against them. Unfortunately almost half of UK service personal choose not receive the vaccine, due to fears that it may have been responsible for Gulf War Syndrome. However, a recent study suggests just 11%…

Safety of Ephedra and Ephedrine

A meta-analysis in JAMA studies the safety of Ephedra and Ephedrine for weight loss and athletic performance. 'Use of ephedra or ephedrine and caffeine is associated with increased risk of psychiatric, autonomic, or gastrointestinal symptoms, and heart palpitations.'


It took two and a half days for the jury to return a verdict, but Bayer have been cleared in a court case regarding the withdrawal of cerivastatin (know as Lipobay in the UK). The first of 8,000 cases was lost by an 82 year-old engineer, Mr Haltom, who claimed…

CSM plasma guidance

The CSM has published guidance on the SOURCING OF PLASMA AND URINARY DERIVED MEDICINAL PRODUCTS [PDF] which lists 7 precautionary principles to guard agaisnt the possibility that plasma-derived medicinal products might transmit vCJD.