Astra drug recommended in EU for some depression - They are doing what? Now, at least we know who is really crazy!
From reuters.com - http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSLDE63M0ZD20100423?type=marketsNews
Astra drug recommended in EU for some depression
* Move follows rebuff from Dutch authorities last year
(Adds detail on drug, EU approval process)
LONDON, April 23 (Reuters) - AstraZeneca's (AZN.L) schizophrenia drug Seroquel XR has been recommended by European regulators as an add-on treatment for depression, following an earlier rebuff in the Netherlands.
The European Medicines Agency said on Friday it could help patients with major depressive disorder who have had sub-optimal response to treatment with other antidepressants.
The decision is in line with approval for the drug granted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December and will come as a relief to AstraZeneca.
Last May, the Dutch authorities, acting as reference member state under the European Union's mutual recognition procedure, rejected Seroquel XR in depression, prompting AstraZeneca to refer its application to the European Medicines Agency, which approves drugs centrally.
Seroquel XR is an extended release version of AstraZeneca's original blockbuster medicine Seroquel, which the company hopes will win increasing market share as the older drug faces patent expiry.
It is already used for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, though it has side effects including weight gain and a movement disorder called tardive dyskinesia.
Adding major depression would boost sales, since the drug could help patients who do not respond well to conventional antidepressants. But its commercial potential in this new area will be limited if it can be used only as an adjunct to other drugs rather than as a monotherapy.
Recommendations for marketing approval by the EU agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) are normally endorsed by the European Commission within a couple of months. (Reporting by Ben Hirschler, editing by Will Waterman and Rupert Winchester)
Just so you get the proper context of this EU approval, I will re-post "AstraZeneca - Seroquel the anti-psychotic turned anti-depressant, how lies and misleading marketing work" here for you.
A hat tip goes out to pharmagossip for bringing this above ad to my attention. So now after misleading a jury in a New Jersey court room: this is how a so called responsible corporation "AZ" acts as they again purposely market and hide dangerous side effects associated with the drug Seroquel.
It's appears Big Pharma never learn when greed/profit are always their ultimate master; as here we go again with AZ using the same misleading lies and marketing tactics in Canada.
I have to wonder out loud when our Government, the DOJ, and the FDA will wake up and smell all this extreme marketing bullshit AZ constantly throws at consumers and doctors.
Bipolar depression doesn't consume you folks. AstraZeneca consumes you, they want to consume your bank account, and your personal health until death do you part.
Update/Addition: Some might be thinking to themselves that I'm being to harsh on these pharmaceutical corporate criminals here on this site even though Pharma Corporations have bought/purchased conflict of interest influence directly through many trumped up advocacy groups/organizations (direct Pharma marketing fronts such as with NAMI), being one of the largest lobbying spenders in federal and state capitals (including a wide open door to the Obama White House with untold millions in cash for policy deals), and how they have basically hooked/addicted university's and doctors on their steady flow of cash which in all cases tarnish and brings into the question the ethical and moral underpinnings in each of the proceeding entities mentioned here.
So your life and health have been virtually sold to the highest bidder so to speak.
My question is how many people have to be permanently disabled or killed before we start holding each link in this chain of blatant criminal inhumanity responsible for their unquenchable greed and evil self serving ways.
This is an interesting article over at Pharmalot worth reading related to the topic of Pharmaceutical corporate shenanigans within medicine and it's results upon public perception.
Psychiatrists And Pharma: Undue Influence?
You can also read about how anti-psychotics are being marketed to our armed forces with the devastating consequences that are created in their personal lives, diminish their effectiveness in war zone situations, and in the end may damage our national security. Why Are So Many Soldiers On Antipsychotics?
The comment section on this topic has been buzzing with such good information, that I have decided to add some of those comments to the front page here.
mike howard said...
One only has to look at Dr. Charles Schulz from the University of Minnesota and see how profitable pimping for AstraZeneca and seroquel is. It's never about researching for a cause/cure for mental illness, it's solely about just "treating" the symptoms and keeping the patient barely functioning as to keep the drug/cash flowing. Until America wakes up and realizes they have duped by the so-called psychiatric society things will just go on the same way. With psychiatric research its come down to "we don't care how the patient is doing, just how many have you enrolled. "First do no harm" went out the window long ago.
Update: April 14, 2010
This story never seems to end, just like AstraZeneca's criminal greed mongering never ends.
Here is a eye opening list of "Doctor Death's" gravy train payoffs from AZ to perpetrate dangerous lies as a spokes person and distribution icon for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
Photo of Doctor Death
All 20 pages of them!