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Are pharmaceuticals out to kill you?

Sunday, December 13th, 2009   9:49 am | Author: Isabelle | Health/Medical | Add Comment
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There is a story in the New York Times today about an estrogen drug manufactured and sold by Wyeth (now Pfizer).


The drug, Prempro, was sold as a drug to treat the symptoms of menopause and hyped as also addressing problems with heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and blindness.


“MILLIONS of American women in the 1990s were told they could help their bodies ward off major illness by taking menopausal hormone drugs. Some medical associations said so. Many gynecologists and physicians said so. Respected medical journals said so, too.”


“Connie Barton, then a medical office assistant in Peoria, Ill., was one woman who responded to such messages. She says she took Prempro, a hormone drug made by Wyeth, from 1997, when she was 53, until 2002, when she received a diagnosis of breast cancer. As part of her cancer treatment, she had a mastectomy to remove her left breast.”


“Now Ms. Barton, who said in an interview that she used Prempro in part because ..continue reading

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Does this tell you that we have a problem with pharmas?

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009   10:16 am | Author: chris | Health/Medical | 1 Comment
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When a company can pay a fine of $2.3 billion for illegally promoting its drugs a major bell should go off in the minds of all those opposing health care reform.


Pfizer promoted Bextra for several uses and dosages that the FDA specifically declined to approve because of safety concerns.They had to pull the drug in 2005. Pfizer also improperly promoted the anti-psychotic drug Geodon, the antibiotic drug Zyvox and the anti-epileptic drug Lyrica. Today they finalized the agreement reached in January to pay the $2.3 million fine.


How many companies can afford a $2.3 billion dollar fine and still stay in business? Where do anti-reform Americans think that $2.3 billion is coming from?


This should really be a wake up call about how much these companies are making (overcharging) and how they operate. It is time for reform, now. It is time that pharmaceuticals, insurance companies and every other company involved in ..continue reading

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