Merck and Your Legislator

We have written here before about the way in which Merck marketed Gardasil in order to maximize fear of cervical cancer – a disease that regular pap smears prevent anyway. Our previous post focused specifically on the ways in which Merck manipulated the information available to physicians. Now, an exceedingly interesting study just released in … Continue reading

Dr. Sears Weighs In On CA Vaccine Bill

It seems this year vaccine rights have been under attack from all sides. In Vermont, bill S199 aims to remove philosophical exemptions for vaccination altogether, a proposal that has brought concerned parents together to protest this threat to their right to decide what is in the best interests of their child. Meanwhile, Dr. Bob Sears, … Continue reading

Notes on a Scandal: Blowing the Whistle on the FDA

A short while ago, we blogged about a 2006 report in which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Science Board concluded that, among other things, “The FDA cannot fulfill its mission because its scientific base has eroded and its scientific organizational structure is weak.”  The report further stated that the FDA’s “scientific workforce does not … Continue reading