By: Rebecca Cerio
Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.
To Ease Shortage, F.D.A. Lets 2 Cancer Drugs Be Imported – Tight economic times are encouraging even tighter delivery and production margins, as well as fewer US companies making generic drugs. One factory shut-down can be catastrophic for the US supply of vital medications. This issue branches into several areas, including the US stance on importing drugs from other countries, the budget troubles of the FDA, and the harsh realities that crop up when drug-making is a profit-driven business. (by Gardiner Harris via the New York Times)
Occupy Science? - ”…some citizen science projects, [...] stand or fall on the strength of the social networks that underlie them. Though far from perfect, these projects begin to sketch the outlines of an altered social contract between science and society—one that is open, participatory, and dependent on the collective energy of the community.” Well-said. (by Krishanu Saha and J. Benjamin Hurlbut via The Scientist online)
Celebrities Pushing Drugs? – ”These ads don’t just sell us products. They sell us ways to think about disease.” An interesting piece on the psychology of having celebrity spokespeople for pharmaceutical brands. Opinionated, but an interesting take on the issue. What do you think? (by Howard Brody via The Scientist online)
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