Showing posts from May, 2005

Public Life Advocate: The Tracker (May 2005)

This edition of The Tracker can be found in print publication of the Public Life Advocate at the website of the Public Life Foundation . Sources for this edition's Tracker can be found at the end of this post. Check back for additional information on an ongoing basis. * Each year 32,000 older adults suffer from hip fractures—contributing to more than 1,500 deaths—attributable to drug-induced falls. * Two million older Americans are addicted or at risk of addiction to minor tranquilizers or sleeping pills because they have used them daily for at least one year. * According to the Fortune 500 in 2002, the drug industry ranked second among all business sectors in return on shareholder equity, with a rate more than two-and-a-half times the 2002 Fortune 500 median (27.6% compared with 10.2%). * In the 1990s, the drug industry’s profitability grew to almost four times the Fortune 500 median. * Vioxx (arthritis medication now off the market) was more heavily advertised in 2000 than

Break Time

Welcome all to the Blog that brings you exciting connections to items of sociological significance in our world. It's summer time here, and that means it is time for me to take a bit of a break. However, I'd love to hear any comments or suggestions you may have in my efforts to improve the offerings of this blog and its purpose useful. Send me a line at See you in Fall 2005, with maybe a few sundry items between now and then....