Congress reviews Wyeth’s conduct in media claims regarding its products
NEW YORK Wyeth has come under scrutiny in Congress amid allegations that its marketing department helped influence articles about its products published in medical journals.
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked Wyeth and DesignWrite, a company that Wyeth hired, to disclose payments allegedly made to influence the content of articles about Wyeth products such as the menopause drug Prempro (conjugated estrogens/medroxy-progesterone acetate), as well as information about doctors whose names appeared in the articles.
The Senate Finance Committee has sought to investigate the practice of medical ghostwriting and drug makers’ influence over health care.
“Shedding light on the relationships between drug companies and authors helps establish accountability and safeguard the credibility of influential medical journals,” Grassley said.
Take Care opens three clinics in New Orleans area
CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, announced on Monday that it has opened three retail-based clinics in New Orleans, marking the first Take Care Clinics in the state of Louisiana.
Additional locations are slated to open in New Orleans in early 2009.
“We are excited to bring high-quality, affordable care to the citizens of New Orleans,” said Peter Miller, Take Care Health Systems’ president and chief executive officer. “We have watched this city overcome incredible obstacles in the past few years and we feel that its residents will greatly benefit from the increased access to health care offered by Take Care Clinics. Nearly one million patients have been treated at Take Care Clinics nationwide and we are proud to expand into New Orleans as part of our continued growth.”
Last year, Walgreens celebrated the opening of its 6,000th pharmacy location nationwide in New Orleans and has historically maintained a strong presence in the city.
Take Care Health Systems currently manages 312 clinics in 18 states.
Medicine Shoppe teams with ADA on American Diabetes Month activities
NEW YORK A retail pharmacy chain and the American Diabetes Association are collaborating to mark American Diabetes Month with free cards listing healthy recipes for people with diabetes.
Medicine Shoppe will distribute the cards, partially funded by Bayer HealthCare, listing 10 recipes that the ADA has approved as safe for diabetics, including chicken, turkey, potato, sausage and vegetable dishes.
The cards, titled the “Live Health Nutritional Recipe Cards,” list nutrition information and serving sizes for each recipe.