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The United States has a passion for pills, being the world's biggest users of psychotropic drugs, consuming 60 per cent of them. And pharmaceutical firms are keen to keep cashing in on the multibillion-dollar market, even if it costs people's health.
America is regarded as a country with a prodigious appetite for consumption. Today, a widespread fondness for pharmaceuticals has turned the US into a nation of pill-poppers.
With over $14 billion in annual sales, antipsychotics remain the top-selling therapeutic class of prescription drugs in the US.
Dr. Harriet Fraad believes Big Pharma has manufactured a climate of insanity by manipulating and even creating illness for capital gain.
“One of the things that drives Big Pharma is to find a diagnosis that is very vague, so that everybody can fall into that,” she told RT. “Everybody is sad sometimes. There are good reasons. The point is to market pharmaceuticals. And the advertising strategy is to have vague diagnosis and then find wiggle room so that they apply to everyone.”
The US is the only Western country that allows direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs. For example, an ad for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder warns that untreated patients will likely end up divorced. Another commercial promises to make you happier, but side-effects may include dry mouth, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, diarrhea, nausea and sleepiness.”
Critics also say Big Pharma uses its financial muscle to ply doctors with gifts, cash kick-backs and research funding in exchange for endorsing or prescribing the latest and most lucrative drugs.
Harriet Fraad says there is a whole network of doctors hustling these drugs.
“If a patient comes in with a knee injury and says, ‘I’m so sad.’ Oh, are you depressed? Hey write a prescription! They’re given out like M&Ms.”
Last year, prescription drug abuse became the number one cause of accidental death, with more than 30,000 Americans overdosing.
For instance, Seroquel, medication for bi-polar disorder, generated $4.4 billion in sales last year.Listing all its side-effects requires 49 seconds of air-time.
The number of children consuming antipsychotic medication has doubled in the past decade. Millions of American adolescents are taking drugs like Adderall, doled out by doctors to treat hyperactivity.
Author of Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic, psychologist Bruce Levine, told RT that, “All these drugs are very similar to illicit or illegal drugs, except they’re more dangerous. Marijuana is a little safer. But kids have no choice.”
Pfizer, America’s most profitable multinational pharmaceutical company makes anti-depressants not only for people, but also for animals. In 2009, the pharmaceutical giant paid $2.3 billion to settle civil and criminal allegations over illegally marketing one of its drugs. It was the largest healthcare fraud settlement and criminal fine in US history.That being said, the fine amounted to less than three weeks of Pfizer’s drug sales.
“The money is so huge that the fines are immaterial. They’re not thinking about the social effects of what they’re doing. They’re thinking about the profits they accrue,” says psychotherapist Harriet Fraad.
The pharmaceutical industry remains the most profitable business in the US. More success and financial gain for the companies will always remain possible as long as more Americans are encouraged to take drugs.The United States has a passion for pills, being the world's biggest users of... more
Corporations carry out some of the most horrific human rights abuses of modern times, but it is increasingly difficult to hold them to account. Economic globalization and the rise of transnational corporate power have created a favorable climate for corporate human rights abusers, which are governed principally by the codes of supply and demand and show genuine loyalty only to their stockholders. http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/43017-some-of-the-qmost-wantedq-corporate-human-rights-violatorsCorporations carry out some of the most horrific human rights abuses of modern times,... more
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"On September 2, 2009, the transnational pharmaceutical giant Pfizer pled guilty to multiple criminal felonies. It had been marketing drugs in a way that may well have led to the deaths of people and that definitely led physicians to prescribe and patients to use pharmaceuticals in ways they were not intended.
Because Pfizer is a corporation--a legal abstraction, really--it couldn't go to jail like fraudster Bernie Madoff or killer John Dillinger; instead it paid a $1.2 billion "criminal" fine to the U.S. government--the biggest in history--as well as an additional $1 billion in civil penalties. The total settlement was more than $2.3 billion--another record. None of its executives, decision-makers, stockholders/owners, or employees saw even five minutes of the inside of a police station or jail cell."
So writes Thom Hartmann in his book "Unequal Protection". Why are corporations so readily willing to cut these financial deals with the courts and prosecutors? They know that the money left over after the official's skim off the top of it, they will probably get that money, and more, back in the form of a subsidy, write off allowance, tax abatement, or other Congressional kickback.
We must recapture the voting process and then eliminate corporate personhood!
http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Battle-to-Save-Democra-by-Thom-Hartmann-110731-66.html"On September 2, 2009, the transnational pharmaceutical giant Pfizer pled guilty... more
Sentence for influential anaesthesia professor after 12 years of bogus research
Scott S Reuben, the influential Massachusetts anaesthesia professor, who pleaded guilty in February this year to health care fraud after it was discovered that he had been faking research for pharmaceutical companies for 12 years, was sentenced this week to six months in jail plus three years supervised release.
Having received many thousands of dollars in research grants, the former chief of the acute pain unit at Baystate Medical Center published his ‘findings’ in scientific journals such as ‘Anesthesia & Analgesia’. Yet his ‘work’ on post-operative pain management using highly controversial pharmaceutical drugs such as Vioxx and Celebrex had never actually been carried out.
http://www.anh-europe.org/news/us-professor-who-faked-pfizer-drug-research-is-jailed-for-6-monthsSentence for influential anaesthesia professor after 12 years of bogus research
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El temor a las represalias terroristas por la muerte de Bin Laden y la publicación de informes empresariales no favorables pesa en las bolsas internacionales.El temor a las represalias terroristas por la muerte de Bin Laden y la... more
El mercado de acciones de los EE.UU. reacomoda posiciones tras tocar máximos de tres años y medio a la espera del inicio de la reunión de la Reserva Federal.El mercado de acciones de los EE.UU. reacomoda posiciones tras tocar máximos de... more
Britains state-run health service will get a partial rebate from GlaxoSmithKline if the companys new kidney cancer drug Votrient does not match up to a rival medicine in a head-to-head clinical trial.
http://www.indiareport.com/India-usa-uk-news/reuters/Health/70739Britains state-run health service will get a partial rebate from GlaxoSmithKline if... more
The Food and Drug Administration says there is “minimal” health risk with the musty-smelling bottles.The Lipitor recall continues with Pfizer’s recall of another 19,000 bottles of the popular cholesterol drug.The Food and Drug Administration says there is “minimal” health risk with... more
I actually went into Love and Other Drugs with an open mind. Er, more of an open mind than I normally would with this sort of movie. After viewing the trailer, I didn’t think much of it, or even care about seeing it. But then I guess it was purely Andrew O’Hehir’s review on Salon – teased as “Gyllenhaal and Hathaway’s surprisingly good comedy” – that got me curious. Point being: I was open to it being good.
http://culturalvoiceover.com/2010/11/29/love-and-other-drugs-feels-like-a-cheap-sell/I actually went into Love and Other Drugs with an open mind. Er, more of an open mind... more
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(NaturalNews) Drug giant Pfizer has canceled a scheduled clinical trial of its antipsychotic drug Geodon after the FDA accused it of subjecting child participants in a prior study to "widespread overdosing."
"After careful consideration, the company decided not to proceed with the study," Pfizer spokesperson Gwendolyn Fisher said.
Fisher said that although the company had taken "preparatory steps" toward the trial, it had decided to abandon the study in order "to meet regulatory timelines." No patients were enrolled.
Five months earlier, Pfizer had agreed to pay $2.3 billion to settle a collection of federal and state criminal and civil charges that it had improperly marketed Geodon and three other drugs.
Read More: http://www.naturalnews.com/030080_clinical_trials_psychiatric_drugs.html(NaturalNews) Drug giant Pfizer has canceled a scheduled clinical trial of its... more
Lipitor (atorvastain calcium) 40 milligram tablet bottles have been recalled due to an unidentified smell. Lipitor is a drug that is used to decrease the cholesterol levelLipitor (atorvastain calcium) 40 milligram tablet bottles have been recalled due to an... more
King Pharmaceuticals have come up on the headlines and this has happened due to Pfizer’s acquiring their business. According to the reports, Pfizer, theKing Pharmaceuticals have come up on the headlines and this has happened due to... more
GPs have been told not to use a particular flu jab on 110,000 children under five after it was linked with a tenfold increase in fits, it can be revealed.
Children under five are only routinely vaccinated against seasonal flu if they are in designated 'risk groups' because they have chronic asthma Photo: ALAMY
Doctors should stock alternative vaccines for under fives who are due to have the seasonal flu vaccine this winter, a letter from the head of immunisation at the Department of Health has said.
The action is being taken as rate of convulsions caused by high fever among children in Australia given the jab was ten times higher than normal.
p to one in 100 children given the jab, made in Australia by CSL and marketed in the UK by Pfizer, suffered febrile convulsions in the following hours and days.
It is not known what is causing the problem and no other flu vaccines have been linked to an increased risk of fits. Adults given the vaccine do not appear to have been affected.
Children under five are only routinely vaccinated against seasonal flu if they are in designated 'risk groups' because they have chronic asthma, have been admitted to hospital with a respiratory infection previously or have other long-term conditions which means they would be particularly badly affected if they caught flu.
Seasonal flu vaccines contain three strains which have been identified by the World Health Organisation as the most common in circulation that year. This year the vaccines contain the pandemic strain H1N1.
The letter to all GPs from Prof David Salisbury, said: "Epidemiological information from Australia indicates that there has been a higher than expected increase in febrile convulsions in children related to the use of Fluvax (manufactured by CSL).
"This is the same product that will be marketed in the UK by Pfizer as Enzira and generic influenza vaccine for the 2010/11 influenza vaccination season.
"Evidence from Australia suggests a rate of febrile convulsions of about one per 100 for children who were vaccinated with Fluvax. This increased risk appears to be a product specific reaction and evidence from Australia of vaccination with other products has so far not indicated a similar level of risk.
"It is important that children over six months of age who are in clinical risk groups receive influenza vaccination. Given the availability of other influenza vaccine products, you should avoid offering Enzira or CSL Biotherapies generic influenza vaccine marketed by Pfizer to children aged under five years."
He added that the medicines regulator will be monitoring the situation.
Febrile convulsions affect around one in 20 children and are normally caused by an infection. The body reacts to the high fever with the child losing consciousness and their legs and arms jerk. They may go pale or turn blue briefly and after a few minutes the shaking normally stops.
The attacks can be very frightening for parents and children are usually admitted to hospital after the first convulsion to establish the cause. Some children are particularly prone to them but they are not normally dangerous.
In Australia, which is in its winter, stopped vaccinating all children under five when the increased rate of convulsions was found. It has since restarted vaccinating with other products.
A spokesman for Pfizer said: "The cause of the unexpected increased frequency of febrile convulsions remains unknown and investigations continue. Pfizer and CSL are working closely with regulatory authorities, health agencies and distribution partners to determine the most appropriate way to provide influenza vaccine for the Northern Hemisphere 2010/2011 influenza season.
"While, Pfizer supports the current precautionary approach to the use of our influenza vaccine in children under five years of age, it should be noted that the vast majority of patients in the UK receiving the influenza vaccine are adults, and febrile convulsions are not seen in the adult population.
"In addition, there is no evidence that the vaccine poses any increased risks to other groups, including pregnant women and those aged over 65.
"Pfizer and CSL are committed to ensuring the quality and safety our products. Pfizer is in ongoing dialogue with the Department of Health to help ensure the successful implementation of the 2010/11 Flu immunisation programme."
A spokesman for the Department of Health said: "As part of the Australian flu vaccination programme, a number of children were given a brand of flu vaccine known as Enzira (Fluvax in Australia). A small proportion of these children, aged under 5, had fits after they had this vaccine.
"The vaccine is also marketed in the UK as CSL Biotherapies generic influenza vaccine. It contains three strains of the flu virus that experts predict are most likely to be around this winter including swine flu (H1N1).
"We are asking GPs in the UK to avoid offering this vaccine to the under 5s in the coming flu season, there are several other vaccines available that are suitable for this age group. There is currently no indication that the vaccine poses any increased risks to other groups.
"Having the flu jab remains the best protection against flu and we recommend that people get vaccinated when they’re offered it in the autumn."GPs have been told not to use a particular flu jab on 110,000 children under five... more
Earlier this month, the FDA sent Pfizer a warning letter for failing to properly monitor pediatric clinical trials in which at least 13 children with bipolar disorder experienced overdosing that led to restless legs, tremors, involuntary facial movements and a serious skin disorder.
This is a big problem for the drugmaker, since Pfizer hopes to receive an extra six months of marketing exclusivity in return for having conducted the pediatric trials. But the dosing scandal could prompt the FDA to request further trials, which would require so much additional time that exclusivity would likely be lost, since the basic Geodon patent expires in 2012. This would also delay pediatric approval, which would expand the possibilities for a drug that generated $1.1 billion in sales last year.
But who were some of the doctors involved? A Pfizer spokeswoman declined comment, but as it turns out, the FDA issued warning letters to at least three physicians who were involved in the Geodon pediatric trial. One was Timothy Summers (warning letter), who was cited for such things as giving the drug to kids without bipolar disorder; failing to maintain case histories; failing to obtain informed consent and making changes to his research without approval of the Institutional Review Board, or IRB. In a May 2009 memo prepared for an FDA panel set to review safety and efficacy issues for antipsychotics in children, Summers was described has having committed ‘widespread’ good clinical practice violations (see page 149). Summers didn’t respond to messages.
Then there was Sohail Punjwani, who was cited for numerous instances in which the wrong dosage was given children. Punjwani ran one of three sites that were responsible for 40 patients receiving incorrect doses, or 16 percent of the kids involved, and half of them were given more than the maximum tolerated dose for the trial (see the chart and footnote on page 159 of the May 2009 FDA document noted above). You can read more about the overdosing in the FDA warning letter sent to Punjwani here.
Punjwani has made headlines in Florida, where he is based, for treating 7-year-old Gabriel Myers, who hanged himself with a shower cord in a foster home. The boy’s death prompted a probe by a Department of Children & Families task force and proposed legislation before the Florida Senate (background here). He did not respond to messages.
And there was also Thomas Gazda. As with Punjwani, the FDA issued him a warning letter and a 483 inspection letter due to problems with their participation in the trial, such as failing to follow protocols, including daily follow-up with parents or guardians, and maintaining case histories. He recently told The New Scientist that “one learns from one’s mistakes.” The Scottsdale, Arizona, physician, by the way, received more than $12,000 from Pfizer last year for other activities, such as speaking (look here).
As a result of the various problems, data from Punjwani and Gazda were not considered valid to
support Pfizer’s submission to the FDA in advance of the June 2009 meeting of the agency’s Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee. As a result, Laughren wrote that he wanted Pfizer to reanalyze the primary efficacy and key secondary efficacy data - excluding all data obtained from those two docs - as well as from Summers, whose data was already excluded by Pfizer.
As we have pointed out before, this is the sort of episode that bolsters criticism of the deal in which drugmakers were awarded patent extensions for agreeing to run pediatric trials. Moreover, this is also the same drugmaker that was fined $301 million for improperly marketing Geodon for unapproved uses; unapproved patients, including children, and for higher doses than approved by the FDA (see here). The unfortunate take-away message suggests a disregard for children, although Pfizer maintains it takes the situation seriously and maintains it has instituted new procedures to prevent a recurrence.
http://www.pharmalot.com/2010/04/the-pfizer-geodon-trial-and-physician-mishaps/Earlier this month, the FDA sent Pfizer a warning letter for failing to properly... more
We're all familiar with what we call monopolistic banks, too big to fail, now we learn what we call monopolistic pharmaceutical companies: too big to nail. Can we PLEASE start enforcing the Sherman Antitrust Act and reintroduce some competition and decrease the mind-boggling amount of power these large institutions wield.
"(CNN) -- Imagine being charged with a crime, but an imaginary friend takes the rap for you.
That is essentially what happened when Pfizer, the world's largest pharmaceutical company, was caught illegally marketing Bextra, a painkiller that was taken off the market in 2005 because of safety concerns...
But when it came to prosecuting Pfizer for its fraudulent marketing, the pharmaceutical giant had a trump card: Just as the giant banks on Wall Street were deemed too big to fail, Pfizer was considered too big to nail.
Why? Because any company convicted of a major health care fraud is automatically excluded from Medicare and Medicaid. Convicting Pfizer on Bextra would prevent the company from billing federal health programs for any of its products. It would be a corporate death sentence.
Prosecutors said that excluding Pfizer would most likely lead to Pfizer's collapse, with collateral consequences: disrupting the flow of Pfizer products to Medicare and Medicaid recipients, causing the loss of jobs including those of Pfizer employees who were not involved in the fraud, and causing significant losses for Pfizer shareholders.
"We have to ask whether by excluding the company [from Medicare and Medicaid], are we harming our patients," said Lewis Morris of the Department of Health and Human Services.
So Pfizer and the feds cut a deal. Instead of charging Pfizer with a crime, prosecutors would charge a Pfizer subsidiary, Pharmacia & Upjohn Co. Inc.
The CNN Special Investigation found that the subsidiary is nothing more than a shell company whose only function is to plead guilty."
http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/04/02/pfizer.bextra/?hpt=SbinWe're all familiar with what we call monopolistic banks, too big to fail, now we... more
Top multinational business and nonprofit leaders met in New York to discuss the role of the private sector in curbing the spread of tuberculosis. Video source: BD.Top multinational business and nonprofit leaders met in New York to discuss the role... more
Mike Adams, The Health Major
March 1, 2010
Weapons of Mass Prescription
What if a nation wanted to reduce its own civilian population but do it covertly? The way to accomplish that would be to slowly poison the civilian population through exposure to toxic chemicals, heavy metals, hormone-disrupting molecules and nerve toxins.
And as any terrorist can tell you, the most covert way to accomplish that would be to inject such chemicals into the everyday products that people routinely consume: Water, food, personal care products and medicines.
Here’s another interesting fact: If you examine what’s in the water, food, products and medicines sold across North America, you’ll discover a dangerous assortment of chemicals that, taken together, could quite reasonably be considered weapons of mass destruction.
Interestingly, the fluoride dumped into public water supplies was originally an offshoot of the enrichment processing facilities for uranium to be used in nuclear weapons. These days, however, fluoride is usually just the toxic waste from fertilizer manufacturing factories or the waste from smokestack scrubbers of coal-fired power plants. Either way, it’s not good for your teeth: The entire fluoride agenda largely a convenient, low-cost way to dispose of industrial waste chemicals while calling it a public health program.
Antibacterial soaps derive their antibacterial properties from chemicals that are molecularly quite similar to the infamous Agent Orange used in the Vietnam War. And yet these products are openly marketed for use by children.
more sections at article, including links...very powerful articleMike Adams, The Health Major
March 1, 2010
Weapons of Mass... more
Canadian doctor Ghislaine Lanctôt, author of the Medical Mafia, has underscored the lawsuit recently filed by Austrian journalist Jane Bürgermeister against the WHO, the UN, and several high ranking government and corporate officials. Bürgermeister has documented how an international corporate criminal syndicate plans to unleash a deadly flu virus and institute a forced vaccination program.
“I am emerging from a long silence on the subject of vaccination, because I feel that, this time, the stakes involved are huge. The consequences may spread much further than anticipated,” writes Lanctôt, who believes the A(H1N1) virus will be used in a pandemic concocted and orchestrated by the WHO, an international organization that serves military, political and industrial interests.
Lanctôt warns that the elite and their minions will introduce a compulsory vaccination that will contain a deadly virus and this will be used specifically as a eugenics weapon for “massive and targeted reduction of the world population.” Moreover, a pandemic will also be used to further establish martial law and a police state, according to Lanctôt, and activate concentration camps “built to accommodate the rebellious” and eventually transfer power from all nations to a single United Nations government and thus fulfill the sinister plans of the New World Order.
more at article, including links and videos...
Make a date; Vaccinate.Canadian doctor Ghislaine Lanctôt, author of the Medical Mafia, has underscored... more