1 Which former CDC director was hired to oversee Merck's vaccine division and has made millions of dollars after leaving the CDC?
A perfect example of the "revolving door" between government and industry is former CDC director Julie Gerberding, who left the agency in 2009 where she had overseen vaccine decisions to head Merck's vaccines division. In 2015, she sold 38,368 shares of her Merck stock valued at $2 million. Learn more.
2 The safety of popular drugs is misunderstood because of:
Lack of funding of government agencies
The public's inability to understand science
Other news stories supplant health stories
Conflicts of interest at media companies
Mainstream media is essentially owned by the drug industry, so positive messages about new drugs are unfiltered Pharma messages. Learn more.
3 Which of the following statements is true about direct-to-consumer advertising?
Provides educational information to the public
Does not mislead because risks are cited
"Sells" diseases and increases use of dangerous drugs
Thanks to DTC advertising, patients receive the message: "You probably are sick and should see your doctor." Learn more.
Helps doctors by preparing patients for visits
4 Which drug company makes the controversial vaccine Gardasil?
Increasingly, Big Pharma produces, tests and sells its vaccines in poorer, undeveloped countries — sometimes with disastrous results. This is what happened with Gardasil, a Merck vaccine. Learn more.
5 Which vitamin, already linked to strong bones, may help in breast cancer survival?
Vitamin D made such a difference in a 2014 breast cancer survival study, an investigator said, "There is no compelling reason to wait for further studies to incorporate vitamin D supplements into standard care regimens." Learn more.
6 Which governor sought to have all girls in his state vaccinated for HPV?
Texas governor Rick Perry tried to mandate vaccination for HPV for all girls in the state. Learn more.