Pfizer tapped into women’s worst nightmares all around the country on Tuesday when it announced a recall on 1.4 million packages of birth control pills. Apparently, a packaging error on Lo/Ovral-28, Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol meant that the pills “may contain an inexact count of inert or active ingredient tablets and that the tablets may be out of sequence,” according to Pfizer’s press release.
Drawn from the same murky well of Hollywood ethical ambiguity that gave us 'Thank You for Smoking' and last year's 'Up in the Air,' 'Love & Other Drugs' audaciously defines its slick anti-hero protagonist as beyond reproach. The filmmakers are clearly banking on the allure of nude sex scenes between Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway to attract audiences, but the love story (and sex scenes) don't amount to much. Grade: C.
Mainstream news media have trouble covering science or anything else that involves a process and lacks a winner and loser. It's worse these days since reporters covering that beat often were among the first to be fired in the search for profitability. Probably no one has fared worse from this institutional handicap in recent years than Charles Darwin, especially in the past months during the 150th anniversary of his unsettling book on evolution.