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The 10 Weirdest Drug Stories of the Month

A chemist in an Agatha Christie-style murder case, contraceptive pills killing African clawed frogs, and yet another drug sales rep on Survivor: It all happened in February 2011 ...

  1. Chemist at BMS allegedy poisoned husband with thallium
    Bristol-Myers Squibb researcher Tianle Li is charged with murder over the death of her spouse, who thought he only had the flu.
  2. Ambien now available as a spray
    Can't be bothered with the hard work of swallowing a pill? Then Zolpimist Oral Spray is for you. Coming soon: a spray version of Viagra.
  3. U of Minn doesn't want to know about Seroquel suicide
    The University of Minnesota will not investigate a trial of AstraZeneca's Seroquel in which Dan Markingson committed suicide. "The University has maintained neither it nor anyone involved in the case did anything wrong, an odd claim to make after the Minnesota Legislature unanimously passed a law that prohibits exactly what happened and named the law after Markingson."
  4. Painkiller that's been on the market since 1968 turns out to be useless
    Takeda earned ¥6.7 billion in fiscal 2009 from Dasen. Then new trials showed it was no more effective than a placebo.
  5. Birth control pills make frogs sterile too Levonorgestrel -- present in Plan B, Levonelle, and various cancer and hormone replacement therapies -- is bad news for the African clawed frog.
  6. German anesthesiologist faked data in 92 studies
    There were no original patient data or lab data to support the findings; a solution cited in the study had not been used since 1999 and had not been delivered to the cardiac operating rooms for many years; Boldt admitted forging signatures of his co-authors on a copyright transfer form submitted to the journal, and the coauthors denied participating in the fabrication.
  7. Yes, there is a surge in Viagra sales before Valentine's Day
    A box of chocolates, a bunch of flowers, dinner at your favorite restaurant and, oh yeah, that other thing.
  8. Is there nothing that the Chinese won't makes fakes of?
    "Life-size, interactive mannequins that simulate the human birthing experience for use in training personnel to assist in the delivery process" are the subject of international trade commission action.
  9. Yet another drug sales rep will be on Survivor
    Krista Klumpp is at least the sixth rep to appear on the show. Will she be as entertaining as Corinne Kaplan, whom host Jeff Probst once described as "a self-proclaimed über-bitch." Klumpp worked at Visalus Sciences.
  10. The Ven-A-Care boys have taken $280 million in whistleblower deals
    Data collected by their home drug infusion business in Key West, Fla., has led to more than $1 billion in settlements from drug companies that were over-charging taxpayers.
Want more? Images by Wikimedia, CC, except for the poison bottle by Flickr user -cavin, CC.
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