Money, Pharma, Virus

No pharma-haters in a pandemic

If a new wave of H1N1 hits in the fall–which is what happened with the 1918
pandemic–it could come roaring back stronger, virologists are saying. With this
new strain spreading in Asia, where highly pathogenic H5N1 is active, there’s
the potential for it to pick up genetic material that makes it more virulent.
That would be the “full-blown crisis”
the Post mentioned. You can bet that
even more people would be crying for pharma’s help then. Let’s hope we don’t
have to get to that point for another round …

Bureaucracy, Education, Money, Pharma

Johns Hopkins puts screws on industry (FiercePharma)

Taking effect July 1, the policy prohibits any pharma-funded gifts and
entertainment, no matter how small their value. Drug reps will be
restricted to no-patients-allowed parts of the teaching hospital and its
clinics–and will be allowed even in those areas only by invitation. And
beginning in 2010, the school will also bar free drug samples. …