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The UK is not the only country where opinions on medicines can be challenged in court. In France, Astellas Pharma, a Japanese multinational pharmaceutical company has filed a lawsuit in Paris against the independent French medical journal, Prescrire, for publishing unfavorable comments about their anti-eczema ointment, tacrolimus (brand name – Protopic). The case arises from… » read more

Posted by Jim Murray

ZYPREXA OFF-LABEL

Prescribing “off-label” means prescribing a medicine for a use for which it is not authorised. Pharmaceutical companies may not promote off-label use of their medicines, for good reason. There is not the same tested scientific base for off-label use as there is for authorised use. Qualified doctors may prescribe off-label, on the basis of their… » read more

Posted by Jim Murray

Now, some changes, and clarifications, for the New Year. First a change of banner. A friend who knows about these things tells me that the original banner is “amateurish”. This is hard but may be true, because I designed it myself. (If anyone is interested, my design was supposed to represent the rising sun of… » read more

Posted by Jim Murray