3D printing technology could let you print your pharmaceuticals at home

3D printers have made incredible promises about the future manufacture and distribution of goods. Already we can print out toys, mechanical components, and even foodstuffs. One team, though, has set it sights on something with even more incredible potential: 3D printed pharmaceuticals that can be manufactured anywhere… » 7/22/12 9:30am 7/22/12 9:30am

GlaxoSmithKline Handed a Whopping $3 Billion Fine... But Is It Enough?

Talk about making a statement: Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline was recently slapped with an unprecedented $3 billion fine for a series of questionable business practices dating back to 1998. The fine is the largest for healthcare fraud in US history — and a clear message from the US Department of Justice that… » 7/05/12 10:50am 7/05/12 10:50am

New computer simulation can predict negative side effects of drugs

Drug testing is a time consuming, expensive, and at times dangerous proposition. But a new set of computer models has successfully predicted the negative side effects of hundreds of current drugs, a development that could see more efficient development of pharmaceuticals - and without the risks of testing on human… » 6/13/12 1:40pm 6/13/12 1:40pm

Sick of pharmaceutical ads? Here's why they won't go away.

It seems like every other billboard and commercial in the U.S. is for a prescription drug. And yet consumers can't buy them without a doctor's approval. So why target consumers with these ads? Do we really have that much influence over physicians? Here's how the U.S. became one of the only countries in the world… » 10/27/11 8:25am 10/27/11 8:25am

Goats Genetically Engineered to Produce Drugs in Their Milk

On Friday, the US Food and Drug Adminstration stopped dragging its feet and acknowledged that tomorrow's drugs are just as likely to be made in the bosoms of goats as they are to come out of a laboratory. The latest craze among drug makers is "pharming," or the practice of creating special, genetically-engineered… » 2/09/09 12:00pm 2/09/09 12:00pm

Drug-Maker Funds Study Showing Why Some People Can Be Cured with…

In one of those weird moments in corporate science, pharma mega-corp GlaxoSmithKline has funded a Swedish study that looked into the genetic underpinnings of susceptibility to placebos. Turns out that certain people are more easily cured by fake sugar pills (placebos) than others. Is Glaxo trying to figure out which… » 12/02/08 5:06pm 12/02/08 5:06pm

Will the Neo-Depression Create a Drug Epidemic?

Many economic crisis periods in the U.S. have spawned drug epidemics. During the late-nineteenth century "long depression" or "crisis," the use of opium reached epidemic proportions » 10/14/08 5:45pm 10/14/08 5:45pm, and a few decades later the innovation of intravenous injection made heroin the drug of choice among 1930s Depression-era junkies.…