Tony Jewell Senior Director, Issues & Policy Communications ASTRAZENECA
Tony Jewell is that pitch fork toting head spokesperson for AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical Corporation. He is the person that is really in charge of damage control over at AZ.
When News Breaks about AZ burying studies, pimping poison, and other documented illegal practices; Tony is the guy that is paid to spin the truth in our press and public eye.
In Tony's most recent effort; he wrote the Chicago Tribune at AZ's behest defending some fairly damning evidence and articles they carried in their Newspapers this past week.
I encourage everyone to read these linked articles from the Chicago Tribune
Doctor-drugmaker ties: Psychiatrist Dr. Michael Reinstein received nearly $500,000 from antipsychotic drug's manufacturer--Chicago Tribune:
the Chicago Tribune article, here.
So let's break down Tony's response to the Chicago Tribune here on this blog; so everyone can understand where he's actually coming from with his "damage control" point of view.
from the chicagotribune:
In a series of recent articles, the Tribune incompletely characterizes the benefits and risks associated with Seroquel, a medicine that has been on the market for more than a decade and has been prescribed to millions of patients in the United States.
Since first approved in 1997 for the treatment of schizophrenia, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Seroquel as safe and effective for three indications in bipolar disorder, as well as in a new formulation for additional treatments in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Today Seroquel and Seroquel XR are the only medicines approved as monotherapy by the FDA to treat both the acute depressive and manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder.
The safety and efficacy of Seroquel has been evaluated in clinical trials with thousands of patients and AstraZeneca has shared all required data with the FDA, both before and after the agency approved it as safe and effective.
AstraZeneca believes the totality of the science around Seroquel -- including company-sponsored studies, research sponsored by the federal government and physician experience -- confirms it is an effective and appropriate treatment choice for many patients who suffer from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
The company has worked diligently with the FDA to ensure that the safety profile of Seroquel is reflected appropriately in the prescribing information so that health care professionals can weigh the risk and benefit of medicines when making treatment decisions.
- Tony Jewell, senior director, Corporate
Communications, AstraZeneca, Wilmington, Del.
Media Contacts: Tony Jewell, AstraZeneca: 302-885-4594
As we know in fact; an FDA approval does not constitute drug safety by any wild stretch of the imagination.
Do we need to list the drugs the FDA approved and then had to recall or alter safety warnings over in the form of "BLACK BOX" affiliations or remove from the US Market.
Questions from the public we would like Tony Jewell and AZ to answer:
So please tell us all how an FDA seal of approval makes a drug safe for the American consumer?
When you slip into the lake of fire in the evening to relax with a martini Tony: do you calculate the body count with a correlation to profit margins?
Pharmalot AstraZeneca, A Psychiatrist And Big Seroquel Bucks
What is the actual price tag AZ has placed on human suffering, perminant injury, and ending a human life in your cost/benefit/profit/legal/marketing analysis at this time Tony?
If this "Seroquel" is as beneficial as you claim; why is your employer in the final stages of paying $520 million penalty, while pleading guilty to a whole host of crimes related to this drug?
One small problem Denise!
Would you like to tell us all about the infamous study #15 AZ buried from just about everyone?
soulful sepulcher: Study 15, silence was not golden: Seroquel: you ...
furiousSeasons- Seroquel Documents: Study 15 Shows Seroquel Not Efficacious ...
You do remember Wayne McFadden of (I'll spank you hard fame)? Would you like to go into detail about how unethical behaviors, ghost writing, skew studies and bad science work at AZ?
Can you tell everyone reading this, why AZ would give the Japanese drug regulatory body warning about metabolic issues (including weight gain and diabetes) and other dangerous side effects related to Seroquel; yet somehow deny those problems exists when presenting data to the FDA and American Public?
Seroquel Documents: AZ Issues 2002 Warning In Japan, But Insists All Is Well In The US
Why has AZ not lived up to the last CIA (Corporate Integrity Agreement) they signed with the DOJ (Department of Justice) over their admitted criminal actions?
Would you like to reveal for the American Citizens the complete and whole truth for once Mr. Jewell; or will you just continue to lie to us over and over again?
After all, that's what you are in fact, a paid liar and manipulator?
Here is just a partial list of drugs that have either been removed from the US market by the FDA, or have outstanding litigation proceedings over their adverse effects pending. Read it and weep some of those crocodile tears for the victims, Tony.
• Children's Cough and Cold Medication
• Complete Moisture Plus
• Duragesic Fentanyl Patch
• Normal Saline Flush Syringes
• Ortho Evra
• Renu MoistureLoc Lens Solution
• Zencore Tabs