How sick are you? It depends on what the definition of ‘sick’ is…

By Mary Gabb (mary.gabb@rxcomms.com ) The publication several years ago of Selling Sickness: How the World’s Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies are Turning Us All into Patients by Ray Moynihan and Alan Cassels has brought the concept of disease-mongering into a global debate, and has introduced (or reintroduced) terms such as “medicalisation” and “lifestyle drugs” into today’s…

Preventing medication errors

By David Woods (david.woods@rxcomms.com) “Since 2000, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received more than 95,000 reports of medication errors. These reports are voluntary, so the number of actual medication errors is believed to be higher,” says Carol Holquist, director of the division of medication error prevention in the FDA’s Center for Drug…