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Johnson & Johnson gets it wrong

Just because a company got it right once doesn’t mean they’ll get it right all the time. Back in the day, one of the great crisis management success stories was was Johnson & Johnson’s handling of a case where someone intentionally introduced cynanide into on the shelf bottles of Tylenol in the fall of 1982…

Honey, I shrunk the tariff!

Everybody (including us) is talking about people crossing US borders illegally, but lots of things cross borders (pollution, wildlife, pathogens). Services cross borders whenever we reach a call center in Bangladore and of course so do commodities. Commodities like foodstuffs or medicines or toys may or may not be subject to regulations for safety and…

Ethics sting in Big Pharma country

As an academic epidemiologist I routinely do NIH funded research involving human subjects. That means my university must adhere to very strict regulations and guidelines for the protection of research subjects. Approval and monitoring of the ethical conduct of research funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), of which NIH is a…

Oversight-free chickens

Last fall the animal slaughter giant Tyson Foods, Inc. was selling chickens with a USDA approved label, “raised without antibiotics.” Some people thought that was a bit misleading insofar as Tyson routinely used ionophores in their feed designed to prevent a fungal disease in the birds. The USDA classes ionophores as antibiotics. The agency had…

Thanks to a local health officer in Colorado I get word that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun an investigation of claims made by my favorite infomercial quacks, the Kinoki Foot Bad folks (see my howl of pain in the post The TV ad that DRIVES ME CRAZY). Here’s some of the…

I’m glad the FDA has gotten serious about people knowingly importing and selling tainted food from China. They have indicted two Chinese nationals living in the US and an executive of an American company. It would be nice if they did this for foods that threaten human beings, but for the next 347 days I…

Want to sit on my lap?

Last week we brought you the Kinoki Footpad and the TV ad that drives me crazy. Not all infomercials are so stupid. Some sell products with genuine health benefits. I spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer (like at this moment) so I don’t get enough exercise. And my abs? Forget…

We don’t write much about quackery here. My SciBling colleagues like Orac at Respectful Insolence cover this. Sometimes I make an exception. This is one of those times. This is about magnet therapy, the belief that magnetic devices can cure you of many diseases or relieve you of symptoms. The magnet itself doesn’t do anything…

Those great BP ads

Some of the really good issues ads on TV these days come from oil giant British Petroleum (BP). They feature ordinary looking people who ask tough questions about energy policy to which BP just responds with a brief statement that they are working on it and “it’s a start.” Very understated, earnest and quite effective.…

Real psychopaths and counterfeit drugs

There are some remarkably evil people in this world. They come in all kinds. Some would probably seem relatively ordinary or perhaps respectable (like some of the leaders of the US government). There’s the recent example of the unlamented murderer al-Zarqawi, whose passing is a net plus for the world, although the reveling was more…