Monthly Archives: March 2016


Bounce House Death of Girl Leads to Arrests


By David Mittleman Tragic news came out of Great Britain this weekend as a 7-year-old girl was killed when a gust of wind blew away the bounce house she was playing in. According to reports, a strong wind pulled the safety stakes out of the ground and carried the bounce house to the foot of [...]

Drug Makers and Insurance Companies Working Together Resulting in Higher Costs?


By David Mittleman Drug benefit companies are negotiating sweetheart deals with pharmaceutical companies at the expense of consumers, according to a report by USA Today. Under the complex arrangements, drug companies offer incentives for pharmacy benefit managers (drug benefit plans) to push expensive name-brand medications rather than equally effective and cheaper generic medications. The extra [...]

The Yellow Dog Project


By David Mittleman Do you know what it means if you see a dog with a yellow ribbon on its collar, leash, or around its neck? If you don't, you should make note of this global movement, the “Yellow Dog Project.” According to the non-profit organization, “[a] yellow ribbon around a dog's collar is to [...]

Drug Ad Narrators: “It’s an Art”


By David Mittleman It's no secret that the $5 billion dollar per year pharmaceutical industry has been known to bend, twist, ignore, or hide the truth. If you're new to the topic, check out my last post on the reporting of side effects by drug manufacturers to the FDA. Drug manufacturers are legally required to [...]

Most Drug Makers Report Incomplete Side Effects to the FDA


By David Mittleman The FDA keeps a database for adverse events (i.e. side effects, serious injuries, deaths) related to a particular pharmaceutical. Both doctors and patients have the option of voluntarily reporting problems to the agency or a drug manufacturer, but drug companies are required to investigate and report side effects that may be attributable [...]

Michigan Drivers Beware


By David Mittleman Michigan State Police are planning a “crackdown” on West Michigan freeways. Their target? Left lane drivers now through the end of April, according to a recent Mlive article. “Most violators don't realize that the left lane is intended for vehicles that are passing– it's not a travel lane.” Michigan State Police will [...]