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When it comes to your health, you’d probably like to think that physicians meet with drug company representatives strictly to get information that will ensure patients get the most beneficial treatments. You’d like to think that pharmaceutical companies don’t ply doctors with gifts in an attempt to influence their prescription choices. And wouldn’t you like to think that the next time you find yourself at a doctor’s office, the prescription that he or she writes for you will be based solely on what is best for you?

Unfortunately, that may not be the case.

Public Citizen today released new findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showing that in Vermont, drug companies gave more than $4.9 million in payments to health care providers between July 2002 and July 2004 – far more than the $2.7 million that we uncovered and reported  in JAMA in March 2007. (more…)

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Are you or is someone you know taking codeine to relieve pain? Then some new information in Public Citizen’s Worst Pills, Best Pills June newsletter will be of interest.

It turns out a substantial minority of people using codeine may be at risk of getting inadequate pain relief or experiencing serious side effects because of certain genetic factors and other medications they may be taking.

The reason codeine works as a painkiller is because the body converts it into morphine in the liver using an enzyme called CYP2D6. However, not everyone has the same level of CYP2D6 activity. Some have activity that is higher or lower than normal, which could result in an excessive or inadequate response to codeine. (more…)

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