Tuesday, July 18, 2006


Bayer Sells AIDS-Infected Drug Banned in U.S. in Europe, Asia
Just to show how you little the FDA has really cared about drug safety, you'll be as upset as I was to watch this recent video clip from MSNBC's Scarborough Country about Bayer selling an AIDS-contaminated drug called Factor VIII to hemophiliacs in this country in the 1980s.
Even worse, despite warnings from the FDA, Bayer officials removed the tainted product from the U.S. market and shipped it to sell in Asia and Europe anyway.
An interesting factoid: When the French government discovered the Bayer coverup going on under their noses, officials who made the decision to bring the tainted to their country were arrested and sent to prison. In America, however, no Bayer official has ever been investigated or indicted.
To demonstrate the level of corruption that has persisted at the federal level for decades -- always weighing dollars versus drug safety -- the late FDA official Dr. Harry Meyer, Jr. told Bayer officials in a meeting that the issue be "quietly solved without alerting the Congress, the medical community and the public."
If you had any reason to believe the FDA was able to protect your health, this awesome video report should remove any doubt.
YouTube.com April 2, 2006
New York Times May 22, 2003

Take a Drug to ''Beat'' Breast Cancer, Suffer a Fatal Stroke
It's evil and dangerous to play with the lives of the sick by throwing drugs that "cure" one problem, only to leave them vulnerable to many more, but it happens all the time. Such is the case with the osteoporosis drug Evista (raloxifene), once actually promoted for treating cardiovascular disease.
The Eli Lilly drug was found to prevent breast cancer in a study of more than 10,000 postmenopausal women published in today's New England Journal of Medicine, but at the dire expense of trading those odds for an elevated risk of fatal strokes and blood clots.
The incidence of breast cancer among patients who took Evista for five years dropped by a third over the course of the study. The number of deaths among Evista patients that were attributed to fatal strokes, however, was nearly 50 percent higher than for those who took a placebo.
Of course, the coffers of drugmakers would empty very quickly if more patients understood they could virtually eliminate their cancer risks safely and effectively by making some major lifestyle changes that include eating the foods your body burns best based on your unique metabolic type.
New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 355, No. 2, July 13, 2006: 125-137 Free Full Text Study
Yahoo News July 12, 2006

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