Friday, November 06, 2020

More Industry Documents and the 10th Annual Medical Heritage Library Conference

Drug Industry Documents Update:
563 new documents posted today:
  • 515 new National Prescription Opiate Litigation documents (Opioid MDL)
  • 48 documents in our new Insys Litigation Documents collection - documents include 45 volumes of transcripts in the 2019 US vs. Kapoor, et al. lawsuit brought by the government after a grand jury found Insys, maker of Subsys, a fentanyl-based pain medication, guilty of charges including racketeering, mail and wire fraud, and bribery. Insys founder, Dr John Kapoor, and a number of executives, were found guilty and sentenced to jail time.

Tobacco Industry Documents Update:
76 new Tobacco Documents including DATTA and RJ Reynolds Records

More News:
Today is World Digital Preservation Day! Since last year's digital preservation celebration on November 7, 2019, the Industry Documents Library has added 152,445 new industry documents for preservation in our archives. #WDPD2020

Smoke on Screens: Audiovisual Evidence of the Tobacco Industry’s Harms to Public Health. Join the IDL team on 11/13 at 10:15am PST for our presentation at the 10th Annual Medical Heritage Library Conference! Registration is free; please sign up in advance.

Behind the scenes update:
We are upgrading from Solr5.5.1 to Solr8.5.1 to bring our index to the latest generation of search technology. While most of the improvements are in the background making our index more efficient, our users can expect improved sorting, faceting, and relevance ranking.

Thursday, October 08, 2020

New Tobacco and Drug Industry Documents Posted

Truth Tobacco Documents Update:
11,426 new Tobacco Industry Documents added to the Truth Tobacco collection today!
Most of these documents were unavailable and "confidential" until now - see the "formerly confidential" docs in this release.

Drug Documents Update:
We are excited to announce 2 new collections of opioid documents totaling over 2,100 documents:

  • The National Prescription Opiate Litigation Documents is a collection of documents from the Federal Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) 2804 heard in the U.S. District Court in Cleveland, Ohio (Northern District of Ohio). Plaintiffs alleged that the manufacturers of prescription opioids grossly misrepresented the risks of long-term use and distributors failed to properly monitor suspicious orders of those prescription drugs--all of which contributed to the current opioid epidemic.
  • The Kentucky Opioid Litigation Documents is a collection of documents from the lawsuit brought by the Commonwealth of Kentucky against Purdue Pharma, settled in 2015 for $24 Million, that alleged improper marketing of the drug OxyContin
Thursday, September 10, 2020

RJR, Lorillard and Philip Morris Documents Additions

4,812 New Tobacco Industry Documents have been added to the site today!

Bibliography Updates:
5 new papers/publications added to the UCSF Industry Documents Bibliography this summer -

  1. Hendlin, Yogi Hale; Arcuri, Alessandra; Lepenies, Robert; Huesker, Frank. Like Oil and Water: The Politics of (Not) Assessing Glyphosate Concentrations in Aquatic Ecosystems. European Journal of Risk Regulation, September 2020.
  2. Arcuri, Alessandra; Hendlin, Yogi Hale. Introduction to the Symposium on the Science and Politics of Glyphosate. European Journal of Risk Regulation, Sept 2020.
  3. Schmidt, Laura ; Mialon, Melissa; Kearns, Cristin; Crosbie, Eric. Transnational corporations, obesity and planetary health. Lancet Planetary Health, July 2020.
  4. Levy, David T; Cummings, K Michael; Heckman, Bryan W; Li,Yameng; Yuan,Zhe; Smith, Tracy T; Meza,Rafael. The Public Health Gains Had Cigarette Companies Chosen to Sell Very Low Nicotine Cigarettes Nicotine & Tobacco Research July 2020.
  5. Pasetes,Sarah V.; Ling,Pamela M.;Apollonio, Dorie E. Cognitive performance effects of nicotine and industry affiliation: a systematic review. Substance Abuse, June 2020.
Thursday, August 13, 2020

Thousands of New Industry Documents Posted

Truth Tobacco Industry Documents Update:
12,993 new Tobacco Industry Documents added today! This includes:
Chemical Industry Documents Update:
1,936 documents added to the Sanjour Hazardous Waste Papers - This is the final batch of documents acquired from William Sanjour and the Bioscience Resource Project. These materials document Sanjour's career not only as a branch chief of the Hazardous Waste Management division at the EPA but ultimately, as a whistleblower on government corruption. See the William Sanjour Hazardous Waste Papers for more information.
Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Wm Sanjour Papers and More Tobacco Documents Added!

Tobacco Documents Update:
4811 new tobacco industry documents were posted -
Chemical Industry Documents Update:

William Sanjour Hazardous Waste Papers
We are very excited to announce the addition of this collection to our Chemical Industry Documents Archive. This first batch of documents will be joined by another 1700+ in the coming month so stay tuned!

In 1974, William Sanjour was appointed branch chief at the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) newly formed Hazardous Waste Management Division. In this position, he was to guide the agency in implementing its new responsibilities regulating industrial hazardous waste disposal. Increasingly concerned about industry interference and pressure on the EPA, Sanjour became a whistle-blower in 1978 in order to expose senior EPA officials' efforts to weaken environmental protection regulations. This collection contains a wealth of information on the inner workings of the Agency and the various EPA administrators, some of whom became consultants to waste management companies including Douglas Costle, Walter Barber, Lee Thomas and Rita Lavelle.

In the introduction to his 2013 memoir, Sanjour writes, "I confess I have a terrible memory and at eighty years of age it’s not getting any better. Because of my bad memory I’ve always saved documents, newspapers, and anything I thought might come in handy. However on becoming a whistle-blower this became doubly important as the government was constantly trying to invent ways to fire me. I have a filing cabinet next to me with four drawers of documents covering my thirty years at EPA as well as several boxes of documents. This collection has served me well over the years. It has provided source material and supporting material for many things I have written and said." In 2018, the 'drawers full of documents' were donated by Mr. Sanjour and digitized by the Bioscience Resource Project. In total, this collection contains 2500+ documents that shine a light on political and industry pressures on EPA regulators, as well as the pressures brought to bear on whistle-blowers in an attempt to silence them.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

23,000+ New Tobacco Industry Documents and New Chemical Industry Collection

Tobacco Industry Documents Update:
23,548 documents added to the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents:

Chemical Industry Documents Updates:
Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates Collection:
200+ documents concerning the Bayview Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Superfund Site remediation and cleanup acquired by the Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates in collaboration with the Democratic Socialists of America through public records requests, FOIA requests, and litigation sources. Funding to support processing and preservation of this collection has been provided by the UCSF Environmental Health Initiative and the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center's Office of Community Engagement.

Of note are years of Restoration Advisory Board Meeting packets and 2 Petitions to the Court, with Exhibits, to revoke Tetra Tech EC, Inc.'s Radiological Materials License due to fraud, data manipulation and falsification.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Over 12K New Tobacco Documents Posted!

We added 12,303 new Tobacco Industry Documents to the library this month: -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

New Library Website Feature!

We've added a "Report Error" button to the library interface so you can let us know about any document metadata that needs correcting or updating. You can suggest corrections for a single document or for multiple documents at a time.

In Search Results View: check the box next to the document(s) you want to address, then click the Report Error button in the toolbar. Use the pop-up form to edit metadata fields or write a brief message to us, and then click Send. Corrections will be reviewed by library staff before appearing on the site.

Screenshot showing location of Report Error button on menu bar on search results page

In Document View: click the Pencil (Edit) icon in the toolbar to report an error. Use the pop-up form to edit metadata fields or write a brief message to us, and then click Send. Corrections will be reviewed by library staff before appearing on the site.

Screenshot showing location of Report Error icon on menu bar of document view

As always we welcome your feedback about new and existing features of the Industry Documents Library - please get in touch with any questions or suggestions!