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Adriane Fugh-Berman

  • Let the Sun Shine into the Medical Ivory Tower

    Posted on September 20, 2018

    In 2012, I coauthored a case report about the successful use of dietary supplements in treating a case of male infertility in the American Family Physician. Before it was published, I was surprised to receive a communication asking me to disclose the fact that I had written a textbook on dietary supplements. It had not… Read more

  • Addyi Rises Again

    Posted on July 11, 2018

    Addyi, a drug that made a splash when it was approved in the summer of 2015 as the first “female Viagra,” is back. Its rise, fall, and rise again is an example of shrewd pharmaceutical marketing and the potential dangers it can pose to patients. Addyi, or flibanserin, is a purported aphrodisiac that failed twice… Read more

  • Fentanyl at Your Door: Who are Pain Groups Advocating For?

    Posted on April 19, 2018

    In February, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) published a report that revealed the unsettling relationship between opioid manufacturers and pain advocacy groups. Focusing on five opioid manufacturers, Purdue, Janssen, Depomed, Insys, and Mylan, the report found that manufacturers contributed $9 million to 14 pain advocacy groups within five years. The U.S. Pain Foundation received the most… Read more

  • The Score is Even

    Posted on June 14, 2017

    Three years ago, a small pharmaceutical company with a big agenda created a fake feminist group so that they could get a bad drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The story of how this happened is a case study in how industry affects medical discourse, the subject of a PharmedOut conference that will… Read more

  • EpiPens and the Sale of Fear

    Posted on October 7, 2016

    On September 21, Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan, took heat at a Congressional hearing about high EpiPen prices. EpiPens are definitely overpriced – but they are also overprescribed. An EpiPen is just adrenaline (also called epinephrine) – the “fight or flight” hormone – in a patented syringe. Epinephrine can be lifesaving in someone who has trouble… Read more

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