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Bad facts make bad law

I’m not sure I completely understand the legal adage, “bad facts make bad law,” but the Supreme Court may be about to give us all an object lesson in its meaning. If I do understand it, is that sometimes there are situations — “bad facts” — that are so unusual or so horrifying or both…

The UK has some of the worst libel laws in the world, heavily stacked in favor of those claiming almost any criticism is libel. Perhaps it is a carry over from the days when the upper class brooked no criticism, I don’t know, but I was glad to sign a petition calling for reform of…

If you smell, here’s a remedy

If you don’t want to smell, the FDA has a recommendation: use an over-the-counter cold remedy that contains an intranasal zinc solution. You won’t smell. Possibly ever again:

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that if the FDA approves a drug, it doesn’t mean you don’t have to keep the labeling up to date if you should warn people. So that settles one question about FDA approval. The FDA put its stamp of approval on the drug Vioxx, too, but approved or not, Vioxx…

Whenever you read about some high profile drug company trial where the smoking gun is some incriminating email, do you shake your head and wonder, “How could they have written that in an email?” There are two ways for a drug company to protect itself from being nailed by these kinds of emails. The best…

Heartburn that gives you lawsuits

So what does heartburn have to do with diabetes? Funny you should ask. Big Pharma giant AstraZeneca is being sued by 15,000 people who claim that their atypical antipsychotic, Seroquel, causes diabetes. Seroquel is approved for bipolar disorder, but unless there are a lot more people with bipolar disorder than we know, it is clearly…

Last spring NIH scientist Charles Natanson published a meta-analysis of studies on hemoglobin-based blood substitutes in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Natanson, C., Kern, S. J., Lurie, P., Banks, S. M. & Wolfe, S. M. J. Am. Med. Assoc. 299, 2304-2312 (2008)). Blood substitutes are . . . well . . . blood…

Warning: contains FDA approved drug

The tort system is the favorite whipping boy of the anti-regulation crowd. That’s because once you remove regulation, something the Bush administration has championed and done effectively, the only recourse someone injured by the fraud or negligence of a product or drug manufacturer is through a lawsuit for damages. Since the anti-regulation crowd serves Big…

If I commit a crime against and possibly damage who knows how many American citizens I sure hope Congress comes to my rescue and gives me retroactive immunity:

EPA takes the Fifth

Recently we posted on the EPA highly unusual (as in unprecedented) decision to reject Californian’s new greenhouse gas regulations. Why did they do it? Good question and one the California Congressional delegation wanted an answer to. To whom did EPA talk about the regulations? Who advised them to reject it? Sorry. Mum’s the word. Actually…