The 10 Weirdest Drug Stories of the Month

Last Updated Jan 29, 2010 3:34 PM EST

Antibiotic polar bear poop! "Boar taint"! Nicorette robbers! It all happened in January 2010:
  1. AstraZeneca, Sanofi-Aventis eye polar bear droppings for new antibiotics Another reason why it's bad to let species go extinct -- bear poop might contain cure for MRSA superbug.
  2. Smoke - you get sick! Don't smoke - you get sick quicker! "Smoking increases the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes, and the longer one smokes, the greater the risk; but smokers who quit may be raising their short-term risk of developing diabetes even higher," says dismal new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
  3. 5 hospitals agree to stop flushing pharmaceutical waste into New York's drinking water supply Er ... thanks?
  4. Jenna Fischer, Katy Perry, Avril Lavigne to shill Proactiv Because until now all three were horribly underexposed in the media.
  5. Heist at GSK nets Tums, Sensodyne, Aquafresh and Nicorette Cops on lookout for white-toothed suspects hiding out in Indian restaurants that no longer allow smoking.
  6. Pfizer's Kindler haunted by Exubera, Torcetrapib "Because my little saying around the company is that for every Lipitor problem there's a torcetrapib solution," says CEO Jeff.
  7. J&J heiress who killed self with Rx meds made sex tape; Tila Tequila seeks custody of her daughter I don't remember seeing anything about this in the Credo.
  8. Online Levitra ad links to Native American historian Thousands mistakenly think Sioun people expert Bev Stayart can get their mojo working again.
  9. Novartis targeting 3-foot long gutworm Guinea worm disease: Your days are numbered!
  10. Brits don't want to eat Pfizer's pig castration drug But it stops the taste of "boar taint"! (And people ask me why I'm a vegetarian.)