Pharmaceuticals

How Europe’s vaccine donations went tragically wrong

Covid vaccine equity remains out of reach, as wealthy nations drag their feet on donations, and vaccine stocks pass their use-by dates. By Lucien Hordijk and Priti Patnaik …

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Now that the patent has expired, this cancer drug is suddenly 99% cheaper

The patent on the cancer drug Revlimid (lenalidomide) recently expired. Whereas a few weeks ago a pack still cost over 4,500 euros, after generic competition …

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Amsterdam Medical Center creates ‘hijacked’ medicine

By Lucien Hordijk and Daan Marselis Using a set of legal tricks, the pharmaceutical industry was able to turn an animal gallic acid into a …

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Brussels pressured drug regulator to approve Pfizer vaccine

Leaked documents show that the European Commission put pressure on the European Medicines Agency to approve the first Covid-19 vaccines simultaneously with the American FDA. …

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Covid-19: EU countries spent over €220m stockpiling remdesivir despite lack of effectiveness

The drug’s manufacturer was aware of the negative results of the Solidarity trial before the European Commission struck a procurement deal with it, finds an …

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Women not underrepresented in clinical trials

A Dutch advocacy group claims that women receive worse care than men, because pharmaceutical companies do not sufficiently test their medicines on women. A shocking …

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‘As long as it is for free’

By Lucien Hordijk & Daan Marselis Most of the demand for (refresher) training courses for doctors in the Netherlands is fulfilled by industry- sponsored programmes. …

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From blockbuster to nichebuster

Two decades of EU market protection of ‘orphan’ (rare disease) medicines have greatly benefitted the industry. According to research by The Investigative Desk, published in …