Drug Company to Pay $2.2 Billion in Risperdal Settlement

We hear a lot about how older Americans have difficulties with their prescription medications. That makes it all the more disturbing when a pharmaceutical company takes advantage of them by promoting a drug as safe and effective for a certain condition – like, say, dementia - when in fact it may not be. According to the Justice Department, that’s what Johnson & Johnson did in marketing its antipsychotic drug Risperdal to older adults and other vulnerable patients. Now the company will …

Garage Sale Gal: (Don’t) Show me the Money!

When I walked up to her garage sale, I loved the sight of Lavonne Thorsen sitting at a fold-up TV dinner tray. “I’m having a good time,” Lavonne said with a smile. Lavonne’s job was to take care of the cash while her family made sales. She kept the money in a small cardboard box on the TV tray – something that can be quite tempting for people who have more on their mind than scoring a bargain. I know …