DrugCompanies

Is Your Doctor on Big Pharma's Payroll?

Drug companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year to influence doctors' prescribing habits -- money that often goes directly into physicians' pockets for "consulting fees" and "educational presentations." Wondering if your doc one of them? The nonprofit journalists at ProPublica can tell you.

Big Pharma Ads Flaunt FDA Rules

Officially, it's the FDA's job to ensure that pharmaceutical ads adhere to guidelines. But the agency's annual compliance budget is $9 million, while drug companies spend $58 billion a year on marketing. So it comes as no surprise that only 18% of ads are in compliance with the rules. But it's still disturbing: This is your health.

Why Samsung Electronics Should Say No to Drugs

Samsung Electronics is known for its smartphones, TVs and memory chips. Now it wants to tackle biopharmaceuticals, on Friday announcing a new joint venture to produce drugs to treat cancer and arthritis.

Four Pharmacy Stocks Getting a Boost From Reform

Health care reform will benefit millions of people, and many companies stand to gain as well. In particular, pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers will garner new business as they help cover all of these newly insured Americans. And their profits should rise accordingly.

Companies and Investors Scramble to Measure the Effects of Health Care Reform

The House of Representatives finally passed a health care reform bill. The fight over the bill has gone on for months and during that period it had been changed dozens of times compared to the original White House proposal. The bill barely passed with at 219 to 212 margin. What will the effect be on companies and investors?