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Coke and McDonalds Host Carnival of Junk Food Marketing At Rio Olympics
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
August 15th, 2016
Every four years, billions tune in to watch the Olympics on television. And every four years, major corporations pay millions for prime advertising opportunities as official sponsors. The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are no different with Coca-Cola and McDonald's igniting a storm of controversy over their role.

Uruguay Defeats Philip Morris In Major Win For Anti-Smoking Advocates
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
July 11th, 2016
Uruguay has defeated Philip Morris, the global tobacco giant, in a major international lawsuit over the country's tough anti-smoking regulations. The Swiss-based company sued Uruguay at the World Bank’s International Center for Settlement of Investment Dispute under the terms of a 1991 bilateral investment treaty between Uruguay and Switzerland.

Ovarian Cancer Victims Win Talcum Powder Lawsuits Against Johnson & Johnson
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
April 4th, 2016
Johnson & Johnson has been sued by over 1,200 women who blame the company's talcum powder products for their ovarian cancer. Not only are U.S. courts beginning to agree with them, juries have started to award victims millions of dollars in compensation.

Sun Pharma, India's Biggest Drug Producer, Violated Manufacturing Rules
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
December 25th, 2015
Sun Pharma, India's biggest drug manufacturer, has been sent a warning letter about violations of manufacturing regulations at its Halol plant in Gujarat by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Indian companies supply as much as 40 percent of the drugs sold in the U.S.

Nestle Recalls 400 Million Packets of Instant Noodles in India
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
June 18th, 2015
Nestle says that it will destroy 400 million packets of Maggi brand instant noodles in India worth some Rs 320 crores ($50.5 million). The company made the announcement after the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India found “hazardous” levels of lead in company products and ordered legal action.

Tobacco Companies Ordered to Pay C$15.6 Billion to Quebec Smokers
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
June 4th, 2015
Over one million people in the Canadian province of Quebec will receive a total of C$15.6 billion ($12.5 billion) in damages for smoking related diseases from three of the biggest tobacco companies in the country. The settlement is the result of a 17 year long court battle.

Kazakh Oil Consortium Accused of “Mass Poisoning” of Village School Children
by Fatima HansiaCorpWatch Blog
January 20th, 2015
A Kazakh oil consortium has been accused of “mass poisoning” after 25 school children and four teachers passed out almost simultaneously at a school in Berezovka village in northwest Kazakhstan. The incident is the latest in a decade of allegations of pollution caused by the neighboring Karachaganak oil field.

Actavis Sued To Stop Forced Switch To New Alzheimer's Drug
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
September 16th, 2014
Actavis, the world's third-largest generic drug manufacturer, has been sued by New York state to prevent it from forcing patients to take a new version of a popular Alzheimer's drug. The company is attempting to hook patients on an extended release version before its U.S. patent expires next year.

Gilead Sciences Under Investigation for Over Charging for Hepatitis C Pill
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
July 21st, 2014
Gilead Sciences of San Francisco is under investigation by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee for charging $84,000 for a 12 week course of a new drug to treat hepatitis C. Gilead sells the exact same course for $900 in poor countries like Egypt and India.

Big Pharma Abandons New Tuberculosis Drug Research
by Fatima HansiaCorpWatch Blog
April 1st, 2014
Three major pharmaceutical companies - AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer - have recently delayed or canceled clinical trials for testing tuberculosis (TB) drugs in India and South Africa. Activists say this is symbolic of a trend by Big Pharma to abandon research into diseases that affect poor people.

New Zealand Dairy Exporter Admits Third Contamination Scandal
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
August 5th, 2013
Fonterra, a New Zealand company and the world’s largest dairy exporter, has apologized for exporting a milk formula ingredient contaminated with potentially toxic bacteria. The incident comes six years after a company subsidiary in China sold contaminated baby milk formula that killed six infants and made thousands more ill.

Myriad Loses Patent to Breast Cancer Genetic Test
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
June 13th, 2013
Myriad Genetics has lost its right to be the exclusive U.S. commercial provider of genetic screening tests for breast cancer or ovarian cancer. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which sued the company, claimed that the patent would limit scientific research as well as health care options for women.

Stanford Organics Study A “Fraud” – Linked to Cargill & Tobacco Money
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
September 13th, 2012
A new study, issued by scientists at the Freeman Spogli institute at Stanford university in California, that suggests that organic food has no medical or health values is deeply flawed, say outraged activists.

Big Tobacco Battles Advertising Restrictions
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
August 30th, 2012
Big Tobacco is fighting a multi-pronged battle to defeat a global wave of laws to force them to use graphic warning labels and plain packaging. It has won a major legal battle in the U.S. this month but it has lost in Australia.

Indian Supreme Court to Hear Novartis “Patents Versus Patients” Case
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
August 21st, 2012
Novartis, the Swiss pharmaceutical company, will appear before the Indian Supreme Court Wednesday to appeal against a patent rejection for a popular cancer drug. A decision in favor of the company could have a devastating impact on cheap supplies of many kinds of generic drugs for poor patients.

Hospital Corporation of America Allegedly Profited From Questionable Cardiac Procedures
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
August 7th, 2012
Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) – the world’s largest operator of private clinics and hospitals – has come under the spotlight for performing unnecessary cardiac procedures, notably in Florida.

Fighting Malaria: Big Pharma or Better Aid Coordination?
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
May 2nd, 2012
Why don’t drug companies invest enough money in treating malaria and tuberculosis? A recent study published in the Lancet magazine estimates that 1,238,000 people died from malaria in 2010. Surely a wonder drug that stops these diseases would be wildly profitable?

Grey Market Drugs: Profiting from Poorly Managed U.S. Health Care
by Terry J. AllenSpecial to CorpWatch
January 22nd, 2012
Scalpers are doing a booming business in key medical drugs by taking advantage of U.S. patients and hospitals when they are desperate for supplies from the poorly regulated $46 billion global contract-manufacturing industry.

Asia Inhales While the West Bans the Deadly Carcinogen
by Melody KempSpecial to CorpWatch
February 16th, 2010
Asbestos, a known carcinogen, causes 100,000 occupational deaths per year. Although banned in much of the world, asbestos is a common and dangerous building block in much of Asia’s development boom, and its export remains both legal and profitable -- to the health detriment of the region.

The Enbridge Oil Sands Gamble
by Andrew NikiforukSpecial to CorpWatch
December 14th, 2009
Patrick Daniel, the CEO of Enbridge Inc, is bullish about the future of unconventional oil from Canada’s massive tar sand deposits. His company not only operates North America’s longest crude oil and liquid pipelines, but transports 12 percent of the oil that the U.S. imports daily. Canada’s bitumen, or dirty crude, lies under a forest area the size of England and is arguably the world’s last remaining giant oil field.

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