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!
Update: August 29, 2010 - at the Apologist - Carlat Psychiatry blog there is a good conversation going on about Carl Elliott's article "Making A Killing", and the AstraZeneca Seroquel CAFE study. Carlat is starting to play both sides of the fence now, while backtracking somewhat from his first post that was more critical involving this issue. This comes as no surprise really, He has played apologist for J. Beiderman because he was a supposed OK guy when he was not drugging up preschoolers and hiding huge unethical Big Pharma payoffs. The main reason I'm linking and directing people to this post is for the comment section, where there is some excellent discourse going on with some well articulated points being made. Well worth your time to peek in on.
Was the CAFE study manipulated by AstraZeneca? Maybe Not.
This is one great & stellar example of a comment section being much more informative and enlightening than the blog article itself. read for yourself, I believe you will find it both interesting and quite educational:
UPDATE August 30, 2010 - from 1 boring old man blog -
- There is no real reason for Seroquel to be on the market at all. It is primarily an atypical antipsychotic drug introduced for the treatment of Schizophrenia. It is less effective than the drugs it was purported to replace in that condition. In many ways, it is more toxic than the drugs it was supposed to replace. It’s other uses are either fabricated or simply because it is anxiotytic. We have more than enough anxiolytic drugs.It has no real niche.
- Besides being no more effective than the alternatives, it is much more expensive. This is no time for us to be driving up the cost of medicine.
- For any psychiatric drug, particularly this one, to be "the fifth best-selling drug in the world" is absolutely absurd. If people don’t like how life feels and we’re going to go along with that, legalize marijuana - it’s safer and a lot cheaper.
- By any report, AstraZeneca is near the top for bogus stunts in marketing, and that’s saying a lot in light of the overall corruption in the psycho-pharmaceutical industry [see this particularly clear summary of stunts].