Posted by Anne Landman on November 10, 2009

The Roman Catholic Church worked aggressively to get a last-minute amendment added to the newly-passed House health care reform bill that specifically prohibits abortion coverage in insurance plans that receive funding from the federal government.



Posted by Lisa Graves on October 01, 2009

Heads are spinning after the discredited Senate Finance Committee blocked the public option from being part of the health care bill proposed by Senator Max Baucus of Montana and then voted for spending $50 million on the (also discredited) abstinence-only education program that President Obama had pressed to eliminate from the federal budget.

Posted by Diane Farsetta on August 19, 2009

After receiving six-figure grants from the pharmaceutical company Merck, three medical associations promoted the company's Gardasil vaccine, "using virtually the same strategy that Merck employed in its marketing campaign." That's according to an analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which warned that Gardasil's marketing c

Posted by Diane Farsetta on August 12, 2009

"Faced with declining sales for Gardasil, the controversial -- and so far only -- vaccine for prevention of human papillomavirus, Merck & Co. is planning to boost the drug's visibility during the key back-to-school shopping period beginning this month," reports Advertising Age.

Posted by Diane Farsetta on July 21, 2009

In what may be the first case against online astroturfing, New York's attorney general has reached a settlement with a cosmetic surgery company.

Posted by Diane Farsetta on June 24, 2009

"Well aware that their cause is in trouble and unpopular, purity proponents are revamping their image to appear more mainstream," reports Jessica Valenti.

Posted by Diane Farsetta on June 03, 2009

On May 28, industry executives met "to devise a public relations and lobbying strategy to block government bans" of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in cans and plastic containers.

Posted by Diane Farsetta on May 01, 2009

"We don't tell them not to write" about bad experiences, "but most want to only write positive things," said Stacy Becker of Coyne Public Relations.

Posted by Diane Farsetta on February 04, 2009

Procter & Gamble (P&G) "is expanding its My Black is Beautiful (MBIB) marketing program through collaboration on a new TV series set to debut on BET this March," reports PR Week.

Posted by Diane Farsetta on December 23, 2008

According to internal documents, the pharmaceutical company Wyeth "paid ghostwriters to produce medical journal articles favorable to its female hormone replacement therapy Prempro." As early as 1997, Wyeth paid the "medical writing firm" DesignWrite to publish favorable journal articles about Prempro under academics' names.



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