1.Leukine. Berlex paid for a study that ran in the May 26, 2005, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, which concluded that its leukemia drug Leukine “decreased disease severity and improved the quality of life in patients with active Crohn’s disease.” The lead author, Joshua Korzenik of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, was a paid consultant for Berlex, and he co-invented the patent behind the drug. Korzenik created a "firewall" to protect the integrity of the study, consisting of two committees to review the study results and process as well and sending trial data to outside clinicians for review.[^ a b "Med school drug pushers: How scientists are selling out to drug companies", by David S. Bernstein, The Phoenix. Published April 12, 2006. Accessed 8 Feb 2007)
2. Diane-35. The Working Group of a Canadian women's health organization wrote to the Medical Advisory Board of Health Canada to complain about the ad campaign for Diane-35, which violates Canada's laws about direct-to-consumer advertising. The focus of the formal complaint is not just the illegality of prescription drug advertising in Canada, but the poor safety record of this drug and the misleading way in which it is being targeted at young women. The Working Group has called on Health Canada to force Berlex to stop the campaign, to apply strict fines and require that they issue corrective advertising to address the misinformation that has been perpetuated with this campaign.
1. Text of FDA letter to Berlex, ordering them to cease false and misleading advertising of Yasmin.
2."Med school drug pushers: How scientists are selling out to drug companies," by David S. Bernstein, The Phoenix