Monday, February 25, 2008

Pharma To Americans: Contempt Contempt Contempt

Mercury is good for your kids. 40 seconds.


Anonymous said...

Are they serious? If a high school kid spills a drop of mercury they are calling in hazmat and evacuating the school, but put it in a vaccine and it becomes good for you? They are aware that mercury is an element right? That its physical properties do not change based on what it is suspended in? It's not like mixing an egg into a batter and getting a really good cake, it is still mercury, still poisonous. HH

Anonymous said...

January 2011

If only for the headline.

Anonymous said...

In theory, pharmaceutical companies are barred from selling a drug for any purpose other than the one that the F.D.A. has approved on the basis of clinical testing. But the reality is different. The minute a drug receives the green light from the F.D.A. for a specific treatment, the sponsoring company and its allies begin campaigns to make it available for other purposes or for other types of patients. The antidepressant Paxil was tested on adults but sold off-label to treat children. Seroquel, an anti-psychotic, was marketed as a treatment for depression. Physicians, often on retainer from pharmaceutical companies, are free to prescribe a drug for any reason if they entertain a belief that it will work. This practice turns the population at large into unwitting guinea pigs whose adverse reactions may go unreported or even unrecognized.

To secure the F.D.A.’s approval for Seroquel, which ultimately would go to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, and manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder, AstraZeneca, the fifth-largest pharmaceutical company, conducted clinical trials across Asia, Europe, and the United States. Among the sites: Shenyang and more than a dozen other cities in China, and multiple cities in Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Croatia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Poland, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Ukraine, and Taiwan. The F.D.A. initially approved the drug for the treatment of schizophrenia. But while schizophrenia may have opened the door, off-label sales opened the cash register. Money poured in by the billions as AstraZeneca promoted the drug for the treatment of any number of other conditions. It was prescribed for children with autism-spectrum disorders and retardation as well as for elderly Alzheimer’s patients in nursing homes. The company touted the drug for treatment of aggression, anxiety, anger-management issues, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dementia, and sleeplessness. Up to 70 percent of the prescriptions for Seroquel were written for a purpose other than the one for which it had been approved, and sales rose to more than $4 billion a year.

Himself said...

Up to 70 percent of the prescriptions for Seroquel were written for a purpose other than the one for which it had been approved, and sales rose to more than $4 billion a year.

Only four billion!

Psychiatric Medicine
It’s only got one side effect,
You really must give it a try.
It’s only got one side effect,
It makes you want to die.

Although in the original it's Psychiatric Pills.

Carol Batton – Official Poet of the Socialist Health Association

Himself said...

Some interesting stuff in there, but apart from, the too many to mention abuses, there was also the "wrong type of guinea pig"

Some skinny Indian wretch, who has lived his life on top of a toxic dump, and has never been sick in his life due to an enviable immunity from all things, is hardly going to compare with a lard arse, obese yank, is he?