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  • Pay for Delay

    Are generic drugs delayed to market by so-called “pay-for-delay” deals between brand and generic drug manufacturers? PBS NewsHour Weekend investigated these deals and other practices that opponents like the Federal Trade Commission say are meant to impede generic competition and protect profits. PBS NewsHour Weekend profiled Karen Winkler, a 46-year-old mother of three with Multiple Sclerosis. A deal was struck over her M.S. drug that opponents say delayed the generic to market. Then, the manufacturer raised the price to get patients to switch to its new extended-release version. Unable to afford it, Karen went off the drug until it went generic in 2012. PBS NewsHour Weekend shed light on complicated, secretive pharmaceutical deals rarely examined on national TV. These deals affect thousands of patients, but few know anything about them. And in cases like Winkler’s, they can have profound consequences.
  • Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us

    Caffeinated is a wide-angle investigation of the science, culture, business and regulation of America’s favorite pick-me-up. The book explores this addictive, largely unregulated drug found in coffee, energy drinks, teas, colas, chocolate, and even pain relievers. Caffeinated explains why caffeine has such a powerful effect on everything from boosting our mood to improving our athletic performance, as well as how—and why—brands such as Coca-Cola have ducked regulatory efforts for decades. And the book shows how caffeine is quietly used to reinforce our buying patterns, and how it can play a role in promoting surprising health problems like obesity and anxiety.
  • Bad Oil

    News 12 New Jersey became the first television station in the country to expose a serious problem: contaminated, potentially harmful motor oil for sale at gas stations and convenience stores. Testing by an independent laboratory with expertise in the petrochemical field found sound brands of oil for sale can seriously damage your engine. Some is not suitable for any car made in the last 83 years. Some do not come close to the specifications listed on the label. And in at least one case, the manufacturer is simply re-packaging and re-selling used oil. Following News 12 New Jersey's investigation, New Jersey's Attorney General has launched an investigation into the issue and has announced a commitment to get these dangerous motor oils off the market.
  • Big Brands on Campus

    "Big Brands on Campus" was a six-month investigation of the apparel contracts between universities and Nike, Adidas and Under Armour. At a time of boiling controversy about big money in amateur sports, it raised alarming questions about the influence of sneaker companies on college campuses. The series included three exhaustive print stories, two interactive maps, two databases, six slideshows and a dozen blog posts as well as extensive interaction with readers on Twitter.
  • Tragedy in Bangladesh

    A dramatic ABC News Nightline investigation exposed the horrific fire-trap conditions in Bangladesh garment factories, prized by top US clothing brands for having the cheapest labor in the world, where workers are paid less than 25 cents an hour. The story revealed the epidemic confronting those who sew clothes for American brands -- more than 500 garment workers have died in fires there in the past five years. The reports by Investigative Producer Matt Mosk and Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross unraveled the intricacies of the problem, showing how American brands pressure factory owners to lower costs at the expense of safety. And it examined the graphic evidence behind one of the country’s deadliest fires – when 29 workers were locked in and others forced to leap to their deaths because the factory making Tommy Hilfiger sweaters had no fire escape.
  • The Price of Bananas

    In Colombia a paramilitary death squad named the "head-cutters" have killed and tortured many residents, but what few know is that the group was paid for years by corporations doing business in the area. One of the companies was Chaquita Brands International, which admitted making $1.7 million "protection" payments over a six-year period.
  • Undetected Danger

    Four brands of carbon monoxide alarms have been recalled since 1999, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Research published in 2002 claimed six of 10 brands performed inconsistently, while only three met the standards set by Underwriters Laboratories, the certification firm that ensures their reliability.
  • Blowout. How the tire problem turned into a crisis for Firestone and Ford. Lack of a database masked the pattern that led to yesterday's big recall. The heat and the pressure.

    According to the article, "Yesterday, ine the face of a federal investigation into 46 deaths and more than 300 incidents involving Firestone tires that allegedly shredded on the highway, Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. said it would recall more than 6.5 million tires, the majority of them mounted as original equipment on Ford Motor Co. Explorers and other Ford light trucks. The Firestone brands affected are certain 15-inch Radial ATX and Radial ATX II tires produced in North America and certain Wilderness AT tires with product code P235/75R15 that were manufactured at Firestone's Decatur, Ill. plant."
  • Whatever Happened to the Class of 1994?

    The New York Times magazine looks at what happened to "the right-wing firebrands who charged into Congress in 1994" and "launched the missile that impeached Bill Clinton." It concludes that more than a third of these politicians are out of office and the ones remaining are becoming Washington insiders.
  • Pack of Renegades: Tobacco Deal Has Unintended Effect: New discount Smokes

    This Wall Street Journal story looks at the proliferation of small makers of low-price cigarettes, while large tobacco companies experience times of trouble. The story reveals that "some cut-rate smokes are selling for as little as $1 a pack, compared with an average retail price of more than $3 fro big-name brands." The analysis finds that the "rise of small manufacturers means big companies pay less to the states." The reporter points out that the low-price producers decline to sign the national tobacco settlement and complain that it unfairly penalizes them, while in the meantime their market share is increasing.