The amount of information available
from and about the pharmaceutical industry, the drugs they produce
and their marketing tactics is staggering. As I run across
websites and other resources that have outstanding information
related to this field I'll list them below.
OpenSecrets.org is your
nonpartisan guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public
policy. Whether you’re a voter, journalist, activist, student or
interested citizen, use our free site to shine light on your
government. In looking through this site you can find all
sorts of valuable data regarding the influence the pharmaceutical
industry has on our government including how much they contribute to
campaigns and how much they spend lobbying.
"Journalism in the Public
Interest" These people have done an intense amount of
research into the pharmaceutical companies and how much money they
pay to doctors for things such as speaking, "consulting" , education
and basically marketing to patients and other doctors.
This site has a great deal of
information about drugs (obviously). Although it is very
pro-drugs and pharmaceutical it also has some interesting data
including sales statistics for the top selling prescription drugs.
You kind find that information for 2009 here:
"Protecting Health, Safety and
Democracy" Serving as an overall watchdog for the public. this
website stays current with vital information about prescription
"Americans are bombarded with
ads that begin with “Talk to your doctor about…” and plug some
pharmaceutical product or device. And many doctor-patient encounters
end with a prescription of some sort. The rising cost of drugs and
devices is a major contributor to overall health costs in this
country; whether or not we are getting value for money is an open
This is an independent, expert
site offering a second opinion for prescription drug information and
and harmful effects.
Citizen's Commission on Human
If you are looking for accurate
and unbiased information a psychiatric drugs this is one of the best
places to look. They have a searchable database of psychiatric
medications and the adverse events reported to the FDA's Medwatch
system connected with these drugs.