• November 17, 2002

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  • November 12, 2002

  • November 11, 2002

    Thalidomide in the Mirror

    Whenever the topic of drug safety trials comes up, there’s likely to be a mention of thalidomide, and rightly so. As with any such event, you find various levels of knowledge among different people, even among those who believe that they have the real information. Stipulating that we’re ignoring the (substantial) fraction of the public… Read More
  • November 10, 2002

    Mismeasure for Mismeasure

    While I’m on the subject, there’s another problem with employee rankings, one that doesn’t just apply to research organizations. I first came across a statement of it while reading Bill James, who showed how it applies to baseball teams when they decide whether to bring in some veteran player to hold down a position or… Read More
  • November 7, 2002

    Measure for Measure

    As a follow-up to my post about over-quantification, I should really mention one of the things that managers in research organizations would most love to measure: their employees. How good are they? How productive are they? How do they rank, from one to thirty-eight? The problem is, there’s no good way to measure any of… Read More
  • November 4, 2002

    Generic Prilosec – the Sequel

    The sequel to the Prilosec (omeprazole) patent case (see the October 13 post) is an interesting one. The only company to prevail against AstraZeneca’s patents on their tablet coating was a small one, Schwarz Pharma. At the time, I said “Now it’ll depend on whether Schwarz can actually get the stuff on the market.” One… Read More
  • It’ll Be a While

    Merck has won the first round in its legal fight to protect their Fosamax (alendronate) patents (see my September 3 post.) On Monday, a U.S. District court found for Merck in the lawsuit filed by Teva. I haven’t seen the decision, so I’m not sure if the ruling directly addressed Merck’s method-of-treatment claims for the… Read More
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