Big Pharma TV

On a hat tip from PharmaGossip and a number of others, did you know that…
Four of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies are proposing to launch a television station to tell the public about their drugs, amid strenuous lobbying across Europe by the industry for an end to restrictions aimed at protecting patients.
Say what?  Yup, the UK Guardian is calling it "the shopping channel run by drug firms."  And the fantastic four would be…

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Avandia: DREAM Killer

Yes, yes, yes, Dear Readers, I have read about Avandia causing heart attacks. (Thank you all kindly for the tips.) But what I keep saying is, this is not news; they just have more concrete evidence now for flaws in the drug that were obvious since at least last August.
So much for GlaxoSmithKline‘s “DREAM Study” last Fall, ay? That drugmaker-backed study — the largest D-prevention study ever conducted, in fact — apparently “showed convincing…

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OmniPod Update

Speaking of anniversaries, this Saturday marked my three-month milepost using Insulet’s revolutionary new wireless insulin delivery system, the OmniPod. I feel I owe you all an update. So if the details of cutting-edge insulin pumping interest you, read on
THE BIG PICTURE
On the whole, I’m at a loss for words to describe how thoroughly this product has changed my life. Let’s just say (conservatively), that I was taking about 6 injections/day before. That’s at…

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Four-Year Diaversary: Dreaming in D

Today marks four full years of diabetes for this particular LADA girl. In some ways, I can hardly believe it’s been that long since that fated day in May 2003. Yet on the other hand, I can hardly remember what life was like before… What did I eat? How did I exercise? Was there really a time when I didn’t have to think so darn hard about every move I make?
And now I know…

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Diabetes, Twittered

Just a heads-up that today is a very special day for the convergence of diabetes and technology: Computer Zen wizard Scott Hanselman (ca. 20 years Type 1) is documenting his “day with diabetes” blow-by-blow using the nifty new net-tracking tool, Twitter.
The idea was to “give folks who don’t think about diabetes a little insight into how often I, and 20 million others, either do, or should, be thinking about their diabetes. I’d also like…

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