Flexner, educated in Germany and America, on staff at the
Foundation, and funded by the
Foundation, sourced the American medical reformation following US
Congressional acceptance of his "Flexner Report."
This infamous treatise exclusively benefited the Anglo-American IG
petrochemical-pharmaceutical alliance that vilified every form of natural
healing to monopolize
Based on Flexner's report, advancing the Rockefeller's
agenda, the US government exclusively imposed medicine's reliance on deadly
chemical drugs, purposefully entirely overlooking nutrition.
of alternative healing methods consider the application of chemical toxins and
surgeries to be allopathic medicine.
The Allopathic approach to healing
is a far cry from Hippocratic method of healing which attempted to use natural
methods of balancing 'humors.'
"The term "allopathy" was invented by
German physician Samuel Hahnemann. He conjoined allos "opposite" and pathos
"suffering" as a referent to harsh medical practices of his era which included
bleeding, purging, vomiting and the administration of highly toxic drugs. These
practices were based on the ancient Greek humoral theory which attributed
disease to an imbalance of four humors (i.e., blood, phlegm, and black and
yellow bile) and four bodily conditions (i.e, hot, cold, wet and dry) that
corresponded to four elements (earth, air, fire, and water). Physicians
following the Hippocratic tradition attempted to balance the humors by treating
symptoms with "opposites." - William T. Jarvis, Ph.D
The reliance on
deadly chemical drugs is
based upon the philosophy of Santorio Santorio, also known as Sanctorius.
Rather than describing the body and its functions in terms of Aristotelian (and
Galenic) elements and qualities, Santorio argued throughout his career that the
fundamental properties were mathematical ones, such as number, position, and
The body was like a machine, the workings of which were
determined by the shapes and positions of its interlocking parts. This was a
radical break with traditional medical theory and natural philosophy, in which
the discourse was about qualities and essences (what is it that makes an apple
an apple, or a liver a liver?), and in which mathematical properties such as
size and position were considered accidental because they gave no information
about the essence of an object.
Santorio now made these accidental
properties central to his view of nature and medicine. While the central
metaphor of Aristotelian natural philosophy and Galenic medicine was organic,
Santorio made it mechanical: the clock (or, more generally, the machine) became
the metaphor for nature opening up the window for
"How does a physician subscribing to "first do no harm" find himself or herself
prescribing either drugs that are inherently harmful or drugs at hazardous
levels? The answer is not complex. "Follow the
money" is all one needs to do." - Tom Pula
"It is possible to stop most drug addiction in the
US within a very short time. Simply make all drugs available and sell them at
cost. Label each drug with a precise
description of what effect - good or bad - the drug will have on the taker.
This will require heroic honesty. Don't say that marijuana is addictive or
dangerous when it is neither, as millions of people know - unlike "speed,"
which kills most unpleasantly, or heroin, which can be addictive and difficult
to kick." - Gore Vidal, 1970
"The reason for encouraging independent studies of
clinical trials is that doing so can offer clues to risks and dangerous side
effects that begin to show up in significant numbers only after the
drug is on the
market." - Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
very well today?
this exquisitely beautiful
pill is the 'solution'!
appropriate chemical combination!
1990 Americans spend $40 billion on
1998 JAMA study estimates 106,000
prescription medication deaths per year.
Americans spend $190 billion on
2006 Americans spend $280
billion on prescribed medications.
2009 Under new
the guidelines the FDA approves distribution of medical journal articles by
manufacturers that describe unapproved uses of their drugs.
2015 Americans spent $413 billion on prescribed
Over 1000% increase in twenty five
More than 10,000
drugs for sale in the pharmaceutical market.
Pushers spend ~ $1 billion to market a
estimated 80 percent of the active pharmaceutical ingredients used to make
drugs sold in America are imported, and
an estimated 40 percent of finished
drugs are made in foreign countries - much of both in
The physicians's accomplice,
undertaker's benefactor and grave worm's provider."
- Ambrose Bierce
Supreme Court ruling exempts generic drug
manufactures from lawsuits !!!The US Chamber of Commerce and
the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America ("PHRMA") argue
that exposing generic pharmaceutical manufacturers to
state law tort
liability will negatively impact the American healthcare system by denying
physicians and patients in some states access to certain generic medications.
Specifically, the US Chamber of Commerce and PHRMA contend that, since generic
pharmaceutical manufacturers distribute their products through a vast and
complex distribution system, it will be nearly impossible for generic drug
manufacturers to distribute certain drugs to only some states. Thus, the US
Chamber of Commerce and PHRMA allege that the difficulty of tailoring the
distribution of certain generic medications will encourage generic
pharmaceutical corporations to stop selling certain generic medications
Karen Bartlett vs. Mutual Pharmaceutical
Under the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution, federal
laws represent the supreme law of the
land and may preempt
or override state laws. The Hatch-Waxman Act allows generic drug makers to
bypass extensive testing requirements and enter the market if they can prove
that their generic drug is equivalent to an approved
brand-name drug and
carries the same labeling.
In PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing, the Supreme Court
held that the "sameness" requirement of the Hatch-Waxman Act
preempted state law
duties that had imposed stricter labeling requirements on generic drugs.
US Supreme Court ruled that federal law related to pharmaceutical
regulations preempts a person's ability to sue in state courts and allege that
a generic drug is designed badly.
Justices cited the
fact that all generic drugs and their manufacturers, some 80% of all drugs
consumed in the US, are exempt from liability for side effects, mislabeling or
virtually any other negative reactions caused by their drugs. In short, the
Court ruled that the FDA has authority over pharmaceuticals in the US. And if
the FDA says a drug is safe, that takes precedent over actual facts, real
victims and any and all adverse reactions.
Immediately upon the Supreme
Court's ruling, both drug manufacturers and Wall
Street investors were celebrating. As one financial analyst pointed out,
pharmaceutical corporation profits should skyrocket going forward. Not only do
the pharmaceutical corporations no longer have to worry about safety or side
effects, they are exempt from the multi-million dollar court-imposed
settlements awarded to victims of their drugs.
"Today's court decision
provides a disincentive for generic makers of drugs to monitor safety of their
products and to make sure that they have a surveillance system in place to
detect adverse events that pose a threat to patients," Michael Carome, Public
Citizen's Health Research Group
(Choose two or more of the above to comply with
If the FDA rules a drug is safe,
even if it
kills a loved one,
(or a loved one
kills you !)
you have no recourse !
Aspirations of being elevated to a position outside
of nature, where the natural physical laws of
nature can be preempted, ultimately result in disappointment. The only
thing that will ever elevate living human beings physically out of nature,
making them immune to nature
and reality, is death.
"Sick days are typically unplanned, which results
in significant burdens to corporations when individuals do not show up as
expected." - Rick Chaifetz, CEO of
"People are being forced to chose between being a
good employee or being a good family member.
That's not a choice
anyone should have to make." - Linda
Meric, director of 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women
The US FDA (FDA) turned to a nonprofit front
group erected by Shaw Science Partners, a public relations firm that
specializes in launching new drugs ," to help the public understand
direct-to-consumer drug ads with a new web site - EthicAd. EthicAd, the
nonprofit behind the FDA site, is funded by Shaw Science Partners and
its own board members. Shaw Group founder Michael Shaw admitted that "if not
all, almost all" of EthicAd's funders "do work for industry." EthicAd shares
the same physical address as Shaw Science Partners. To understand how social control through
drugs works one must understand the human mind.
Commercial messages are
ingrained by endlessly repetition.
"When patients ask for a drug,
they tend to get the drug regardless of whether it is appropriate for them." -
Joel Weissman, health policy expert,
Harvard Medical School
"According to the 2005 Partnership
Attitude Tracking Study, 40% believe that
medicines are "much safer" to use than illegal drugs. Furthermore, the same
study concluded that 31% believe there's
wrong" with using prescription medicines without a prescription "once in
awhile." The truth of the matter is, these controlled substances are not
just highly dangerous, but they can prove lethal." - Joseph T. Rannazzisi, May 16,
"International treaties negotiated in 1912, 1925, 1931, 1936, 1948,
1953, and the omnibus 1961 Single Convention, all defined an addicting drug as
a substance that generated effects similar to those produced by
coca." - John J. Coleman
Consumer minds are 'branded'.
The point to remember is this: "Many commonly
prescribed medicines have been shown to cause cancer in animals. Hormone
replacement therapy is among the most controversial medications in this regard.
Estrogen can promote uterine as well as
breast cancer. Millions
of women have taken hormone replacement therapy to ease symptoms of menopause.
How many have developed cancer because of this
treatment is unknown.
a chemical imbalance
A surprising number of other
medications have warnings in their labels about
example, the popular heartburn medicine omeprazole (Prilosec©) causes
abnormal cell growth and stomach tumors (carcinoids) in rats. Spironolactone
(Aldactazide©, Aldactone©) is a blood pressure medicine, sometimes
prescribed for hormonal imbalances and facial hair growth in women, causes
tumors in rats. The prescription topical skin treatments, Elidel© and
Protopic©, are associated with lymmphoma and skin cancer.
has warned against using these drugs in children 2 and younger. It also states:
''The long term safety of Elidel© and Protopic© are unknown."
arthritis injections Cimzia©, Enbrel©, Humira© and
Remicade©, expensive bio-tech drugs have been associated with lymphoma or
"In the New England Journal of Medicine, Sept.
25, 2008, investigators noted a higher incidence of cancer in subjects taking
Vytorin©." - Joe Graedon, pharmacologist & Teresa Graedon, doctorate
medical anthropology, nutrition expert
"Taking menopause hormones for
five years doubles the risk for
according to a new analysis of a federal study that reveals the most dramatic
evidence yet of the dangers of these popular pills." - Marilynn Marchione
"It is simply no longer possible to believe
much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgement of
trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in
this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as
an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine." - Marcia Angell, MD,
"Drug Companies and Doctors: A story of Corruption" 1/15/09
"Just as a cake recipe requires you to use flour,
sugar and baking powder in the right amounts,
your brain needs a fine chemical
balance in order to perform at its best." - Web site text advertising the
"In addition to questions of
FDA oversight, shouldn't we visit the
issue of direct pharmaceutical advertising to the consumer? That is propaganda,
not information. Clear, correct, balanced
drug information should be freely available to
anyone who wants it."- Mary Jeanne
Buttery MD 90% of pharmaceutical
manufactures marketing budget goes to selling physicians on the benefits of
using drugs to deal with any and all health problems the patient may be
experiencing. The rest goes to advertising to the general public.
FDA allowing the pharmaceutical industry to spend billions of their
customers' dollars stoking
inappropriate demand for their products by direct to consumer advertising and
trying to counteract this with the posting of difficult to
interpret information on obscure websites
is like hosing gasoline onto a fire with one hand and squirting it with a water
gun with the other." - Hyman J. Milstein MD
Pfizer signs a
settlement stating it would no longer market drugs for non-FDA approved uses
and pays a fine of $430 million in criminal fines and civil penalties.
2005 18 US
Senators and 62 US Represenatives own stock in
industry spending on advertising has more than doubled
from $11.4 billion in 1996 to $29.9 billion in 2005.
"It's an unbearable
cost to a system that's going broke. The Pfizer and Lilly cases involved the
illegal promotion of drugs that have been shown to cause substantial harm and
to patients." - Jerry Avorn, professor
Pfizer's marketing program offered doctors up to
$1,000 a day to allow a Pfizer salesperson to spend time
with a physician according to a whistle-blower lawsuit filed by John Kopchinski
who worked as a salesman at Pfizer from 1992 to 2003.
2003 Bayer pleads guilty to violating
the federal Prescription Drug Marketing Act, paying $257 million
including a criminal fine for its marketing of Cipro®.
2004 Pfizer admitted criminal
marketing of Neurontin®, agreeing to pay $420 million.
2005 Eli Lilly pleads guilty and pays $36
million for its illegal marketing of Evista® for
2009 Pfizer settles for $2.3 billion
with the government over off-label marketing for non-FDA
$1.3 billion criminal fine for kickbacks and
marketing. $1 billion is paid under the False Claims Act.
involved are Bextra® (an anti-inflammatory drug), Geodon® (an
anti-psychotic drug), Lipitor® (a cholesterol drug), Norvasc®
(anti-hypertensive drug), Viagra® (erectile dysfunction), Zithromax®
(antibiotic), Zyrtec® (antihistamine), Zyvox® (an antibiotic),
Lyrica® (an anti-epileptic drug), Relpax® (anti-migraine drug), Celebrex®
(anti-inflammatory drug), and Depo-provera® (birth control).
"Our pharmaceutical industry has been running
amok. A good start might be to ban all consumer advertising of
pharmaceuticals, and the multiple billions saved each year could be channeled
into across-the-board price reductions." - Burt Hermey
"Health reporters may become entangled in the same
kinds of ethical conflicts they often expose when accepting industry-sponsored
awards and relying on corporate public relations offices. Journalism awards
consisting of cash prizes and all-expense-paid trips given out by
pharmaceutical corporations are among the more "astonishing" financial ties
between journalists and pharmaceutical corporations." - Roni Caryn Rabin,
November 21, 2008 2002 The
New England Journal of Medicine announces it would will accept journalists
who accept money from drug companies because it is too difficult to find
journalists who have no ties.
When investigative journalists make
enquiries they are referred to a
press liaison officer for information.
Press liaison officers refer
the journalist to other experts with favorable opinions and to patients whose
opinions have been carefully screened. Training and education programs are
sponsored by the "health care" industry with professorships funded by
pharmaceutical corporation grants.
The Embrace Award for
reporting on urinary incontinence consists of trips to Washington, D.C., and
Paris is offered by pharmaceutical firms
Eli Lilly and Boehringer
Television programming produced for doctors' waiting rooms
serve as a platform for pharmaceutical
advertising and yet that television programming is presented as
"Pharmaceutical corporations work really hard
to get their message out to the public and physicians through advertisements
and continuing medical education and all the other things people hear about, so
it makes sense they would go after the media as well." - Dr. Steven Woloshin,
Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy Journalism
"A way to cut health-care costs is to change the
way medicine is practiced. Most practitioners write expensive prescriptions
rather than address the real cause of most illness:
stress and unhealthy
life-style choices, not to mention poverty and lack of health care. Sometimes
the cheapest treatment (such as exercise, diet and relaxation) is the most
effective one." - Ellen Winer RN
"Doctors are taught that mistakes are unacceptable.
Medical mistakes are therefore viewed as a failure of character and any error
equals negligence. No one is taught what to do when medical errors do occur." -
Gary Null, PhD; Martin Feldman, MD; Debora Rasio, MD; Dorothy Smith, PhD;
"In the broader area of adverse drug reaction data,
the 250,000 reports received annually probably represent only 5% of the actual
reactions that occur." - Jerry Phillips, associate director FDA Office of Post
Marketing Drug Risk Assessment
New England Journal of Medicine study: one in four patients suffered
observable side effects from the more than 3.34 billion
medications filled in . The drugs with the worst record of side effects
were selective serotonin reuptake
inhibitors (SSRIs), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and
calcium-channel blockers (used to decrease blood pressure or
One-in-20 autopsies uncover problems that could have been
averted - saving the patients' lives - but were not, owing to misdiagnoses. A
Harvard Medical Practice Study found that physician errors were about 60
percent more likely to be diagnostic than due to drugs, and misdiagnoses about
50 percent more likely to be negligent than not. Lawsuits for misdiagnoses are
about twice as common as for drug-related errors and result in the biggest
payouts by insurance companies.
American medical system is headed for multiple failures. The spiraling cost
of healthcare is well known: $7,100 per person this year, projected to increase
to $12,000 in 2015 and compounding at more than double the rate of inflation.
Medical care gobbles up one-sixth of the GDP.
Canada spends only 60% as
much per person on healthcare as America. Since 1980, the longevity of all
Canadians has improved more rapidly than that of white Americans, who typically
have the best health care. Britain spends only 40% as much as we do on
healthcare. According to the Journal of the American Medical
Association, middle-class insured Americans "are much less healthy than
their English counterparts".
Americans spend twice as much per person
on healthcare as the other 21 wealthiest countries and yet data from the World
Health Organization show that we live
the shortest amount of time in good health. America wasted more than $650
billion in 2005 on unnecessary and often harmful care. American and
international studies show that
the more a healthcare system relies on primary care, the better the outcomes
and the lower the cost. American medicine is heavy on
specialists and getting heavier. In
just the last eight years, the number of graduates of American medical schools
choosing careers in family practice and adult primary care has plummeted by
more than half.
Our healthcare system is
designed to maximize profits. Our federal government now relies entirely on
market based, pro-business solutions to all social problems. No politician
wants to be tarred with the charge of promoting "socialized medicine." Even our
nonprofit medical instiutions shape the care they offer based on their own
bottom lines instead of the health needs of the communities they serve. The
Food and Drug Administration
is much better at protecting the interests of the drug and
medical-device industries than
those of patients." - John Abramson, clinical instructor, Harvard Medical
School, author of Overdosed America
|Generic Name (BRAND NAME)
||Date Withdrawn in US
| Tegaserod (ZELNORM)
|| March 2007
| Valdecoxib (BEXTRA)
|| April 2005
| Rofecoxib (VIOXX)
|| September 2004
| Cerivastatin (BAYCOL)
|| August 2001
| Cisapride (PROPULSID)
|| March 2000
| Troglitazone (REZULIN)
|| March 2000
| Grepafloxacin (RAXAR)
|| October 1999
| Bromfenac (DURACT)
|| June 1998
| Dexfenfluramine (REDUX)
|| September 1997
If you trust your doctor
in prescribing the right drugs for you, you might like to know that the
pharmaceutical industry has started a new program to help bypass the caps on
the price of drugs sold in California related to workmen's compensation claims.
If these drugs are bought through a prescription then the price controls kick
in but if they are sold directly to the individual by the doctor then the price
controls do not apply. A doctor who prescribes a 90 tablet bottle of 800
milligram ibuprofen can clear a profit of $65.50 on every bottle sold according
to DispenseXpress which buys drugs in
quantities and repackages them for sale through doctors.
If a doctor has a choice between two
medications to prescribe, has the opportunity to make a few bucks by
prescribing one and nothing by prescribing the other, which drug is he likely
to prescribe? After all it is all about cash flow!
partial pain control
"Pain is unavoidable. To be human is to be born
into pain." - Charles
Painkillers do not
kill the pain they just make pain easier to endure for a short period of time. Once they have
worn off the pain returns. The only solution that works overtime for pain
reduction is good nutrition.Merck sold $2.5 billion
worth of Vioxx®(rofecoxib) in 2003. In December 2005 it was discovered that
the clinical trial of Vioxx®, conducted to gain approval by the FDA,
conveniently neglected to mention the three individuals who suffered
heart attacks during the clinical
trial. David Graham of the FDA Office of Drug Safety stated that
Vioxx® has caused as many as 140,000 cases of
heart disease and
killed up to 56,000 people.
"Merck's Vioxx® has killed 44,000 people
and injured 120,000 others. Only in America could you kill 44,000 and not go to
jail and get a raise." - Dr. Doug Henderson and Dr. Gary Null
which concluded that even low doses of Vioxx® increase the risk of
heart attack by 50% was released 3
months late to allow Merck to complete a
propaganda offense stating that even lower
doses of Vioxx® than those studied in the low dose study should be
been estimated conservatively that 16,500 NSAID-related
occur among patients with
arthritis or osteoarthritis every year in the US. This figure is similar to
the number of
from the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and considerably greater than the
number of deaths from multiple myeloma,
asthma, cervical cancer,
or Hodgkin's disease." - J.S. Hochman, M.D., Executive Director of the National
Foundation for the Treatment of Pain 2003
anti-inflammatory drugs, usually abbreviated to NSAIDs, are drugs with
analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory effects - they reduce pain, fever
More than 100,000 people are hospitalized each year
because of adverse reactions to NSAIDs. More than 15,000 people die, often
because of compliciations caused by bleeding or perforated ulcers.
Drugs in this class include ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®),
diclofenac (Cataflam®, Voltaren®), meloxicam (Mobic®), naproxen
(Aleve®, Naprosyn®) and indomethacin (Indocin®). In addition to
digestive-tract damage, NSAIDs can raise blood pressure and increase the risk
of heart attack and stroke, as well
as injure kidneys and the
The FDA has reports
of diarrhea so severe, called ischemic colitis, in users of the irritable-bowel
treatment Zelnonn® that it caused such complications as low blood pressure
and fainting. The FDA has received 20 reports of ischemic colitis, since
Zelnonn® went on sale in 2002, fourteen patients were hospitalized, four
died. The Food and Drug Administration advised patients who experience
new or worsened abdominal pain or blood in their stools to stop taking the drug
and call a doctor.
Research released in late 2005 shows that an
individual that uses the popular prescription heartburn drugs - Prilosec®,
Prevacid®, and Nexium® - are more prone to getting a potentially
dangerously severe diarrhea caused by clostridium difficile bacteria.
In December 2006 the Journal of the American Medical association
reported that the use of Nexium®, Prilosec®, Prevacid®,
Protinix® reduces calcium absorption in the small intestine resulting in
increased risk of hip fractures. Long term users had 260% the average risk of
Chantix®Chantix® (varenicline) is a drug to help overcome addiction to
chemically engineered tobacco.
Varenicline is suspected in various
adverse drug event reports of causing a wide spectrum of injuries, including
serious accidents and falls, potentially lethal cardiac rhythm disturbances, severe
skin reactions, acute myocardial infarction, seizures,
psychosis, aggression and
suicide according to the FDA.
Pfizer produced a great example of stealth
advertising - a web site called MyTimeToQuit.com. The
advertisement has the look and
feel of a public service announcement, and mentions neither Pfizer, nor the
popular smoking cessation drug Chantix (varenicline). The
advertisement represents a
growing trend in drug advertising called "help-seeking ads," which don't
mention a drug by name, but instead address the condition the drug is meant to
treat, and then drive viewers to a toll-free 800 number or a web site that
offers an option to learn more about a
medication meant to treat the condition. This is a sneaky but legal way to
advertise drugs that bad side effects by not mentioning the drug by
name. The corporation is not required to list
bad side effects as it would in television
advertisement to comply with
The University of Wisconsin-Madison offers "a smoking
cessation course, funded by Pfizer, the maker of a smoking cessation drug; a
program on restless legs syndrome, funded by Boehringer Ingelheim, the maker of
a drug that treats the condition; and a course on premenstrual dysphoric
disorder, funded by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals."
has warned that the epilepsy drug
Zonegran® can cause a certain type of metabolic disorder that can increase
the risk of kidney
stones and bone
diseases. The FDA said doctors need to be
aware that treatment with
zonisamide can cause metabolic acidosis, a disturbance in the body's acid-base
balance that results in excessive acidity of the blood.
Viagra® & Cialis®!2008 Erectile dysfunction drug
manufacturers spend $237.2 million in 2007 and $313.4 million in 2008 marketing
Viagra® (Pfizer), Cialis® (Lilly) and Levitra® (GlaxoSmithKline).
warns consumers of True Man and Energy Max that "dietary supplements" marketed
as treatments for erectile dysfunction contain ingredients that can lower blood
pressure to dangerous levels in some users.
Protopic®- chance of contracting skin
cancer or lymphoma
Xenadrine EFX®FTC fines the makers of Xenadrine EFX®, One-A-Day
WeightSmart®, CortiSlim® and TrimSpa® $25 million in January 2007
for making false advertising
claims which included rapid weight loss, cancer prevention, reduction in risk
of osteoporosis and
Aprotinin® Aprotinin®, also called Trasylola, a heavily marketed still
Bayer drug, causes
sending an estimated 10,000 people a year to
kidney dialysis centers.
Aprotinin® also increases the risk of heart failure by 109% and stroke by
recombinant activated factor
VIIRecombinant Activated Factor VII® is
an experimental drug used on
severely wounded soldiers in Iraq. It costs six thousand per dose. Side effects
include blood clots leading to
attacks and pulmonary embolisms.
"It's a completely irresponsible
and inappropriate use of a very, very drug." - Jawed Fareed director of
homostasis and thrombosis research at Loyola University Chicago and a
specialist in blood clotting and blood
Zetia® 2007 Merck and Schering-Plough sells $5.2
billion of the anti-cholesterol drugs Vytorin® and Zetia®.
Vytorin®, which combines the cholesterol drug Zetia® with the
traditional statin drug simvastatin, was found to be no better than simvastatin
alone for reducing plaque buildup in the carotid arteries.
patients taking Vytorin® actually had slightly more plaque buildup during
the trial than those taking simvastatin alone. Merck and Schering-Plough completed
the ENHANCE study in 2005 but failed to announce the results.
announcement that the ENHANCE study failed to find any positive benefit from
the addition of Zetia® to a common, inexpensive, generic therapy raised
concerns that attempts were made to mask the minimal value of this new drug."-
Representative John Dingell, Committee on Energy and Commerce chairman 1/15/08
"In light of today's results, which were released nearly two years
after the ENHANCE trial ended, it is easy to conclude that Merck
intentionally sought to delay the release of this
data." - Representative Bart Stupak, chairs the oversight
"The pro-life, Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak led a small
but powerful bloc of Democratic lawmakers to oppose the bill because of its
language on federal funding of abortions. Stupak received a death threat.
Facing outside spending in his district and a vitriolic political climate, he
decided not to run for reelection. " - Chris Good, The Atlantic Mar 23,
suppliments and hormone therapyA massive
federal study, the $18-million Women's Health Initiative
published in the New England Journal
of Medicine, showed that calcium supplements made no significant difference
in woman's bone density and did not significantly reduce bone fractures.
Calcium plus vitamin D
supplementation and the risk of fractures
T. Poehlman built a reputation as one of the leading authorities on the
metabolic changes that come with aging, particularly during menopause; he
published more than 200 journal articles over two decades of research. Eric T.
Poehlman publish utterly fraudulent research alleging hormone replacement
injections as a therapy for menopause falsifying 17 grant applications to the
National Institutes of Health and fabricating data in 10 of his papers that
were submitted between 1992 and 2000. Eric T. Poehlman plead guilty to civil,
criminal and administrative charges.
An earlier Women's Health
Initiative study showed hormone treatment after menopause conferred more
risks than benefits.
State court jury in Philadelphia found Wyeth "malicious, wanton, willful or
oppressive" in the manufacturing, marketing and sales of Prempro menopause
pill. Mary Daniel, after using the hormone therapy pill, contracted breast
Wyeth paid ghostwriters
to produce medical journal articles favorable to its female hormone replacement
therapy Prempro®. As early as 1997, Wyeth paid the medical writing firm
DesignWrite to publish favorable journal articles about Prempro® under
Around 5000 lawsuits wait to be heard over the hormone
therapies Prempro® and Premarin®.
"Newly unveiled court
documents show that ghostwriters paid by a pharmaceutical corporation played a
major role in producing 26 scientific papers backing the use of hormone
replacement therapy in women. The articles, published in medical journals
between 1998 and 2005, emphasized the benefits and de-emphasized the risks of
taking hormones" - Natasha Singer, August 4, 2009
The Council on
Hormone Education sponsors a University of Wisconsin-Madison online course
entirely funded by a $12 million grant from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Thirty-four
of the 40 Council on Hormone Education member physicians have financial
ties to Wyeth. Medical professionals without ties to Wyeth called the course
materials "not good
and "pure, undisguised marketing."
nine years ago, I was sick to my stomach from a bad migraine headache, so my
doctor prescribed the anti-nausea drug Phenergan®. But the giant drug
company Wyeth - the manufacturer of Phenergan® - did not warn my doctors
not to use the IV-push method of administering the drug, which can cause
gangrene and amputation. And Wyeth knew that at least 20 other amputations had
already occurred from administering Phenergan® in this dangerous way.
Because of Wyeth's negligence, I lost my arm. My life as a professional
musician changed forever.
A Vermont jury agreed that Wyeth negligently
caused my amputation and awarded me compensation. But Wyeth, the entire drug
industry, and the US Chamber of Commerce - with strong support from the Bush
administration - took my case to the Supreme Court, saying that just because
the FDA approves drugs, people injured by those drugs should not be compensated
in our court system (a legal theory known as "pre-emption"). That argument made
no sense. The FDA is overworked and underfunded, and it
depends on the drug
companies themselves for information about problems with
medications." - Diana Levine
In Wyeth v. Levine the US
Supreme Court held that approval of a medication by federal regulators does not
shield the manufacturer from liability under state law.
Zicam® 2006 Matrixx, the manufacturer of Zicam®, pays $12 million
to settle 340 lawsuits from Zicam® users who claimed that the product
destroyed their sense of smell, a condition known as anosmia. Hundreds more
such suits have since been filed. Reports of destroyed sense of smell started
"Two federal drug officials
have concluded that asthma sufferers
risk deathif they continue to use four hugely popular
asthma drugs - Advair®,
Symbicort®, Serevent® and Foradil®." - Gardiner Harris, December 5,
phenylpropanolamine and catastrophic
stroke 1982 FDA
report warns that phenylpropanolamine has "the ability to cause
effects, cerebral hemorrhage and cardiac arrhythmias."
later a memo from the medical services department at Sandoz
Pharmaceuticals, which made the phenylpropanolamine products Triaminic®
and Tavist-D®, referred to phenylpropanolamine as "an agent known to cause
hypertension and stroke," yet the
industry accelerated their marketing of phenylpropanolamine,
winning FDA approval to sell
prescription phenylpropanolamine products on an over-the-counter basis and
even introducing flavorful new formulas for young children.
industry consistently challenged any notion that phenylpropanolamine could
and dismissed evidence to the contrary.
Tracy Patton, at 37, and Tricia Newenham, at 15,
had catastrophic strokes.
Only hours before the catastrophic strokes each victim had
taken an over-the-counter medicine containing phenylpropanolamine the active
ingredient in scores of popular nonprescription decongestants and diet aids.
1999 Landmark $5 million Yale University study
sponsored by the pharmaceutical
industry concludes the use of phenylpropanolamine is associated with an
increased risk of catastrophic stroke. Tracy Patton and Tricia Newenham, who
had taken Triaminic® cold syrup, were among hundreds of phenylpropanolamine
consumers who had catastrophic strokes.
launches a yearlong campaign to keep the results quiet and stall
government regulation. By the time the phenylpropanolamine is removed from
over-the-counter medicine, 13 months and hundreds of strokes later, the
companies has reformulated their
brand names with
little interruption in sales or cash flow. The
pharmaceutical market for
phenylpropanolamine, estimated at $500 million to $1 billion anually, is saved
and in the interim, Americans continue to purchase phenylpropanolamine products
off the shelf assuming they were safe.
hoped to survive the 2000 cold season without
pulling phenylpropanolamine products. Early in November 2000 two weeks after an
FDA advisory panel concluded that phenylpropanolamine could be
hazardous, an official with
Bayer, which made Alka-Seltzer
Plus® with phenylpropanolamine, drafted a proposed "phenylpropanolamine
crisis action plan."
The crisis action plan's stated objectives: "Delay
mandatory implementation of FDA recommendation. Blunt PR impact by
highlighting as questionable study conclusions as they pertain to cough/cold
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