The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast. These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need. Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
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The Food and Drug Administration has been slow to stop an alarming number of inaccurate drug advertisements, leaving consumers and the doctors that actually prescribe the medicines vulnerable to false or misleading messages. The investigation found ads that minimized prescription drug risks, exaggerated efficacy, made false claims of superiority over competing products, promoted unapproved uses of an approved drug, or promoted use of a drug still in the experimental stage. Such drug ads may contribute to excessive or inappropriate prescribing and to soaring prescription drug spending.
Tags: FDA; Food and Drug Administration; drug advertisements; consumers; FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research; Freedom of Information Electronic Reading Room; FDA regulatory letters; prescription drug risks; Tamiflu; drugmakers; corrective ads; Department of Health and Human Services; General Accounting Office; Fosamax; Ambien; AARP; Prilosec
With this article, SELF Magazine broke the story of adulterated and counterfeit prescription drugs entering America's pharmacies. The article revealed for the first time, that counterfeiters had systematically infiltrated the domestic drug supply, gaining access to fragile medicines and diluting or falsely relabeling them in order to reap a high profit. They exposed how most of the nation's medicine passes through a vast gray market of wholesalers, and how weak enforcement of federal and state regulations makes it close to impossible to identify where our medicine has come from. The article contains personal accounts from patients who had been harmed by counterfeit medicine, and a report on a Florida investigation which had uncovered potential misconduct at 50 of the state's wholesale companies.
Tags: prescription drugs; pharmacies; counterfeit medicine; tainted drugs; Food and Drug Administration; Prescription Drug Marketing Act; pharmaceutical wholesalers; Florida Department of Law Enforcement; CVS ProCare Pharmacy; Healthcare Distribution Management Association; drugmakers; Jemco Medical International; relabeling; diluting; serostim; Serono; AIDS
A Wall-Street Journal analysis looks at the AIDS-drug market, and finds that "pharmaceutical giants seek to blunt a growing threat from generic-drug companies and recoup some moral high ground amid the crippling epidemic." The story reports on the slashing of the prices by the biggest drug-makers. It also includes a table of prices for AIDS per patient per year in the U.S. and Africa offered by large drug makers and two Indian generic drug companies.
Newsweek takes a look at why prescription drugs cost more and more each year. The expensive and constant innovation in existing drugs, new treatments and the fact that Americans are using more drugs for more conditions are pushing up the prices. The article also covers the plan proposed by both Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush.
Keating's investigated the alliances among big drug companies, managed-care organizations and middlemen called pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). When PBMs create lists of drugs that will be covered by the managed-care organizations they service, the PBMs favor products pushed by drugmakers with whom they are allied.
KPTV-TV (Portland) looks into what happens to houses and apartments found to be methamphetamine labs and closed down by police; many are re-rented by owners, although contaminated with hazardous chemicals from the drug-making process; officials can't stop it, October 1987.