Rhona Finkel

+Rhona Finkel is a health and science writer, covering such topics as mood disorders, technology and health, the plight of the mentally ill, psychiatric medications, and updates and retractions in scientific literature. Also a consultant in social media publicity, she is an author on Candida Abrahamson’s blog at http://candidaabrahamson.wordpress.com.
October 13, 2012

8 FDA Approved Drugs That Were Pulled From The Market

Over the course of the time that the FDA has been approving medications, numerous recalls and market withdrawals have occurred, when data revealed that approved drugs were not truly safe to be on the market.

October 12, 2012

Is There a Difference between Drugs and Medicine?

The fact is, in recent years, the terms 'drug' and 'medicine' have almost become interchangeable in usage.

October 9, 2012

Evaluating Drug Safety During Pregnancy

Want to know for sure the medication that your doctor has prescribed for you to take during your pregnancy poses no risk to your unborn child?

October 2, 2012

The FDA and Mobile Health Apps

Numerous apps make medical claims that can't be backed up by research. Claims like these violate FDA regulations. Other mobile health app developers avoid FDA rules by piling on disclaimers.

September 26, 2012

The Best in Pharmacists’ Blogs

Pharmacists are no different in wanting their voices to be represented, and thus it comes as no surprise that the blogosphere is replete with posts by those with pharmacy degrees, composed with the same motivations that drive so many bloggers.

September 20, 2012

Drug Detection in Urine and Hair

Concerns about growing costs to companies and lost worker hours explain how the use of drug detection methods in urine and hair have grown exponentially.

September 16, 2012

Big Pharma's Political Contributions

From 1998-2012, Big Phamra has led the political lobbying charge in the US by spending over $2 billion over the period.

September 14, 2012

Orphan Drugs

Orphan Drugs are created to treat or prevent rare illnesses and diseases. These drugs may also include those which are produced where manufacturers cannot expect to make profits.

September 9, 2012

The Atypical History of Atypical Antipsychotics

Prescriptions for atypical antipsychotics would nearly triple from 1995 to 2008 in the US, with more than 16 million prescriptions for them written in the latter year.

September 5, 2012

How Drugs are Marketed and Promoted

A look at how pharmaceutical companies market and promote their drugs after they've been approved.

September 2, 2012

Merck is 'all heart' over the next few years

Merck wants to give Pfizer's Lipitor a run for its money, and it's putting its eggs in several heart-drug baskets. Within the next 4-5 years, the company plans to roll out 3 new heart medications, 2 in the next year alone.

August 30, 2012

The Drug Development, Testing and Approval Process

It takes a few seconds to swallow a prescription pill, but it can take a pharmaceutical company years to get that drug to you. Drug development is a complex task, with a number of regulatory hurdles; at any moment the task might be irretrievably de-railed.

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