Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Is America Killing Our Veterans - the off label prescribing of Seroquel and other psychotropic drugs for PTSD


Is America Killing Our Veterans - the off label prescribing of Seroquel and other psychotropic drugs for PTSD

VIA PharmaGossip:

VIA soulful sepulcher

Off-label use of Seroquel, other prescription drugs for PTSD kills Veterans: Cardiac Deaths not suicide





SOURCE Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD


VIA EarthTimes

"EL CAJON, Calif., May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD today announced the results of his research into the "series" of veterans' deaths acknowledged by the Surgeon General of the Army.

Upon reading the May 24, 2008, Charleston (WV) Gazette article "Vets Taking Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Drugs Die in Sleep," Baughman began to investigate why these reported deaths were "different." And, why they were likely, the "tip of an iceberg."

However, in a literature review covering the years 2000-2007, entitled Sudden Cardiac Death Secondary to Antidepressant and Antipsychotic Drugs: [Expert Opinion on Drug Safety; 2008, Number 2, March 2008 , pp. 181-194(14)] Sicouri and Antzelevitch conclude: (1) "A number of antipsychotic and antidepressant drugs can increase the risk of ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death?" (2) "Antipsychotics can increase cardiac risk even at low doses whereas antidepressants do it generally at high doses or in the setting of drug combinations," and (3) "These observations call for?an ECG at baseline and after drug administration."

This March 2008 article and the entire 2000-2007 medical literature it reviews was available to the Inspector General had they chosen not to ignore it.

On April 13, 2009, I wrote the Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG) pressing him about his "sequence of deaths" statement and the existence of a definitive analysis of these sudden deaths. Four days later the OTSG responded: "The assessment is still pending and has not been released yet."

Andrew White, Eric Layne, Nicholas Endicott and Derek Johnson were four West Virginia veterans who died in their sleep in early 2008. Baughman's research suggests that
they did not commit suicide and did not "overdose" leading to coma as suggested by the military. All were diagnosed with PTSD. All seemed "normal" when they went to bed. And, all were on Seroquel (an antipsychotic) Paxil (an antidepressant) and Klonopin (a benzodiazepine).

They were not comatose and unarousable ? with pulse and respirations or pulse intact, responsive to CPR, surviving transport to a hospital, frequently surviving. These were sudden cardiac deaths."


The soldiers, veterans, their families and nation await the truth about this epidemic of antipsychotic-antidepressant, sudden cardiac deaths in the military.
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I have been writing here about this issue of dangerous psychiatric drugging, and the resulting horrific damage it has caused for some time now. Yet, still little is being done to curtail this tragedy from continuing to ravage our people and nation.

Please feel free to browse through my archives here, or do your own web search. I believe you will be as disturbed and dumbfounded by lack of action our government and elected representatives have taken to this late juncture to protect our citizens, as I am.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Male Hormone Replacement - Big Pharma and Solvay Pharmaceuticals are at it again mass marketing, popularizing, & main streaming disease for profit.







<--Do You Feel Like this?











When you really


want to feel like this -->









Side note: I can not confirm or deny that this photo is actually Astra Zeneca's infamous Wayne MacFadden with Mistress, but if the picture fits....




Male Hormone Replacement - Big Pharma and Solvay Pharmaceuticals are at it again mass marketing, popularizing, & main streaming diseases for profit.


DO YOU KNOW YOUR "T" ?

Are you getting a little older? Ever feel a little run down or tired? Do you sometimes feel the big "D" and blue? Are you not that spry young leg humping pup you used to be? Have you maybe gained a few pounds over the last several decades? Are you no longer able to leap tall building in a single bound, or stop a run away locomotive in it's tracks? Maybe you just don't have the same old marathon sexual energy you had when you were twenty something?

Well it appears you are one of the newest emerging target markets for Solvay Pharmaceuticals; though I'm quite sure many other Big Pharma Cartel members will be joining them in the very near future.

This is one of the many reasons DTCA (direct to consumer advertising) needs to be outlawed. If the FDA and our elected representatives are going to allow marketing of disease such as this Solvay Campaign I'm highlighting here; then we might as well make all drugs legal and available over the counter to anyone of any age. We just need to call it out for what it is - BUYER/CONSUMER BEWARE - THEY ARE MARKETING DISEASE!

OK, where was I? (My "T "must be jumping around like popping corn on a camp fire or somethun) Now on with the story anywho.

I happened upon this TV commercial brought to you by none other than Solvay Pharmaceuticals the other day asking you the "maturing male" the question - "IS IT LOW T?"




Well when I heard the words "Low T"

This photo was pretty much the first thing that came to mind. But after going to the web site and finding no small people what so ever, I figured this was something that needed to be addressed here on my blog.



Well it appears Solvay Pharmaceuticals (a subsidiary of Abbott Corp. ) sure wants you to believe "Low T" is a huge health problem and emerging profitable market. Of course their commercial doesn't actually say what "Low T" is, or do they pimp/advertise their testosterone gel product in the TV commercial? (unless they hid it in such small print that it was not discernible or distinguishable to most viewers watching).

They just direct you to their web site (Is it Low T?) that has a really slick interactive format, and even one of those do it yourself screening test.

I took the screening test just for fun. Answering that I had no symptoms and checked "NO" on every question. Yet, I was still told at the end of the screening that I better get into to see my doctor for some further testing?

"Your answers show that you have a lower risk for low testosterone (Low T)."

"But it's still important to talk with your doctor about your symptoms. They
may be caused by treatable conditions."



I have to be honest here,
After taking this screening test
I was getting a wiener bit
concerned that my dog wasn't going to be placing any high marks @ the manly races.




Did you guys out there have any inkling that you're not just getting older, but you may have a serious ball busting and disabling disease called "Low T" condition.

In fact Big Pharma wants you to believe their aggressive promotion of 'T" disease is growing at epidemic proportions throughout America with millions upon millions of aging men being Low T ripe consumers for their much needed Testosterone-Gel treatment.

This even gets better when you carefully read the warnings and side effect profile for this "T" drug.






Is it possible that your beautiful young daughter
could start out looking
<---- like this


















And once you give her your loving T- Gel hug before going off to school
She ends up looking like this ---->














Or maybe your wife after a little loving "Hanky Panky" time wakes up one day looking like this

AndroGel® (testosterone gel) is a prescription medicine used to treat adult males who have low or no testosterone.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Signs of puberty that are not expected have happened in young children who were accidentally exposed to testosterone through contact with men using AndroGel.

AndroGel can transfer from your body to others. This can happen if other people come into contact with the area where the AndroGel was applied to your skin.
Women and children should avoid contact with the unwashed or unclothed application area where AndroGel has been applied
  • Possible increased risk of prostate cancer
  • In large doses, AndroGel may lower your sperm count
  • Swelling of your ankles, feet, or body, with or without heart failure. This may cause serious problems for people who have heart, kidney, or liver disease
  • Enlarged or painful male breasts
  • Having problems breathing while you sleep (sleep apnea)
  • Blood clots in the legs. This can include pain, swelling, or redness of your legs

  • Come on guys! When you might have serious Low T, what's a little risk?

    ________________________________________________

    UPDATED May 28, 2010

    It appears WebMD is in the dirty and misleading testosterone marketing game as well (do you wonder who getting paid well to run "Low T" ads on their site? Couldn't be any conflict of interest here?). The test on their site is quite a bit more in-depth than "Abbott Pharmaceuticals" . So again I took the test just for fun. Once again I answered across the board that I had no symptoms (even though the test is designed in such a way that is quite misleading and tilted toward finding some form of "Low T" diagnosis which requires you see your doctor and get on medication).

    Of course it appears their true intent is to get you to believe you have a serious "LOW T" health problem that can be medically treated ( these kind of test are the worst kind of shame marketing schemes we face today; since they take a possible serious rare medical condition and try to make it a wholesale main stream diagnostic pandemic that must be treated. They blatantly create and market disease, then create a need "that where you the consumer comes in" that they just happen to have a potentially dangerous, but expensive/profitable wonder drug under patent to treat).

    They use the same tired old "smoke and mirrors" approach over again and again while still trying to appear on the edges "balanced". Let me just cut and paste portions of the results I received from their self test here, and you can answer for yourself whether this screening appears misleading, ludicrous, and totally biased in favor of broadening the diagnosis of Low T to the masses for nothing more that dangerous and unethical profiteering?

    ________________________________________________

    OK, my total score says "I'm clean" with no symptoms of "LOW T". But do you think that is going to stop WebMD and the drug makers from twisting my good results into a sales pitch anywise. Just read on and see how they use a magicians slight of hand in their marketing efforts.


    * Total Score: You likely have no or little overall negative effect related to your testosterone level.

    then here come the fastball pitch "strike one"

    "Health

    Your Health Score is 49 out of 50 points
    It's great that you are seeking more information about your testosterone level. We understand that it's difficult for many men to open up about sexual function and health issues, such as those related to low testosterone. Know that your concerns are valid and should not be treated lightly. An estimated 13 million men in the U.S. have low testosterone levels, but only 10 percent of them are receiving treatment. A level of testosterone that is too low can affect sex life, mental state, and overall health, contributing to obesity, diabetes, and possibly even cardiovascular disease. Treatment that is warranted may also correct other associated problems, including erectile dysfunction, memory loss, decreased bone density, reduced muscle strength, lack of sexual desire, fatigue, and mood swings."

    Then comes more good news

    "YOUR MEDICAL HISTORY It's wonderful that you do not have any existing medical conditions. Congratulations to you for maintaining your good health! It's also wonderful that you understand that your sexual health is an important part of your overall good health. "

    Followed by how my good health can be medicated into the "better range" by "Low T" treatments. Nothing quite like planting the wellness seeds of malcontent. "Strike Two"

    "HOW TESTOSTERONE IS ADMINISTERED A wide variety of prescription medications are used to treat low testosterone and erectile dysfunction. Testosterone replacement therapy medications are available as creams, gels, under-the-skin implants, injections, patches, and pills. There are some potential side-effect concerns when treating a low testosterone level, including growth of the prostate gland or a potential increased risk of prostate cancer, and breast tenderness and enlargement. (Men who have prostate cancer or male breast cancer should not be given testosterone replacement therapy at all.) Other side effects include reduced testicle size and decreased sperm production; acne and baldness; development or worsening of sleep apnea; and overproduction of blood, which can stress the heart; and liver abnormalities. A doctor should make sure that potential benefits of therapy for you outweigh potential risks from treatment, and monitor your levels of testosterone while you are on treatment."

    Then comes my bad health news for my supposed great symptom free health?
    "Strike Three" and your "OUTED"

    "Well-Being

    Your Well-Being Score is 22 out of 25 points
    Your responses to several questions indicate that symptoms of low testosterone seem to be strongly affecting your life and health. You need to talk to the doctor about being thoroughly evaluated. In the meantime, if you want to try decreasing symptoms, you should focus on healthy lifestyle changes. This is especially important now that you are older than 40. Committing to a healthy lifestyle will increase your longevity and vitality. Learning relaxation and stress-reducing techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) also may provide helpful ways for you to better cope with your symptoms."


    This is followed by a the whole list of possible treatments I should pursue while I'm waiting to get into my Low T doctor for the real deal medication treatment.

    Let us remember that I reported no adverse symptoms in this supposed "health check".

    This screening test was supposedly thoroughly reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD?????? ( Nice going modern medicine and WebMD. Doctor's opinions and endorsements have now become just as cheap, unreliable, and seedy as "door to door sales people", "telephone solicitors", "politicians", and "used car salesmen")
    The link ------>Testosterone Health Check - Take the WebMD Testosterone
    Assessment
    _________________________________________________





    Monday, May 3, 2010

    The Spin, The Spies, The Lies, - V-fluence - Astra Zeneca



    The Spin - The Spies - The Lies - V-fluence - Astra Zeneca

    As this coined "V-Gate" appears to be gaining some traction, The Big Pharma spin machine has been hard at work over the weekend preparing for this informational version and running of the Pharma "Kentucky Derby" this Monday morning.


    Of course they own the track, the concessions related to this event, have the best jockey's under contract, have all the best training facilities, own all of the expansive breeding farms, and even own most every horse in this race.



    Yet with that reality pretty much accepted by the hovering spectator masses; there appears to be this long shot little tiny pony dark horse nobody that has caused them to stand up, take notice, and even worry.

    So with that overly simplified analogy being used, let me again respond to AZ's PR spin misters and Mr. Byrne.

    Mr. Byrne has once more used deception and slander with the inquires and answers given to Ed Silverman @ Pharmalot in this mornings article.

    QUOTE: "Byrne tells us that ‘Stan’ gained access to the site, not by merely clicking on readily available links, but entered through a data entry portal by repeatedly attempting to log in with passcodes and typing in code. “You can argue about the definition of hacking, but he didn’t just click on a link,”

    OK, let's go through this again for everyone.

    I just clicked and it opened Mr. Byrne.

    Fact: I was not the only person to just click and open this link Mr. Byrne?

    You have also stated in your former press release this was an isolated one time event.

    Fact: Your v-fluence tracking site was left sitting wide open to anyone that might have stumbled upon it for well over a week.

    Fact: I, as many other bloggers use a free limited "Active Meter" service to monitor our blogs stats. This is where the direct link to these v-fluence posted screen shots appeared for a simple click and view.

    Fact: I have nothing to gain from posting your company actions, except for exposing your operations for the public's greater good, debate, & knowledge.

    ( Full Disclosure: I Stan do not receive, or do I gain any monetary or other related benefits from this site. I am simply an independent citizen and mental health advocate seeking "truth" )

    Now since Mr Byrne, V-fluence, and your client **Astra Zeneca** (which you have also denied) In this interview where you have chosen to slander me with false criminal allegations yet again.

    CALLING YOU OUT:

    I will make you this open ended public offer that should set the record straight on any misconceptions anyone reading about V-fluence's embarrassing situation may have.

    I will give up my computer to an independent forensic computer specialist for a through examination. And in return V-Fluence and Astra Zeneca will make available all documents/data they have gathered and used related to your snooping upon individuals, related social sharing media, and blogs to an independent body for evaluation. (How about Senator Grassley's office as one option)

    People may have noticed this site is still up and running. If I was this "notorious hacker" as you have alleged Mr. Bryne, don't you think by now with your political V-influence and deep pockets that Google and Blogger would have had this blog shut down?

    You would also think I would have had the FBI knocking on my door by now (and yes I called the FBI to let them know exactly the facts of this situation )

    Again evidenced through your deafening silence related to the questions I have asked in a prior post. Mr. Byrne, once more the ball has been placed in your court.

    Let me end this post by stating you're no where near the big horse that War Admiral was, and I humbly in turn would not deserve to be grazing in the same pasture as Seabiscuit.

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    From Pharmalot:

    AstraZeneca PR Man, Bloggers And Hacking

    By Ed Silverman // May 3rd, 2010 // 7:18 am

    vfluenceOne of the more interesting exercises conducted by drugmakers involves monitoring what is written about their products on the Internet. This is no easy task, given the enormous volume of verbiage. To cope, assorted experts are retained, but the actual inner workings of such efforts rarely come to light. AstraZeneca, however, is encountering an embarassing moment. The drugmakedrugmaker appears to have hired vFluence Interactive, which uses proprietary data mining tools and analytics to keep tabs on “relevant and influential content.”

    Late last week, vFluence posted an item claiming its site was hacked by an unnamed blogger (see this), which came in apparent response to a post on ‘Is Something Not Quite Right With Stan - A Mental Health Blog.’ This particular site accessed reports written by vFluence concerning AstraZeneca and its Seroquel antipsychotic, which is the subject of thousands of lawsuits charging the drugmaker with failing to disclose diabetes risks associated with the pill. AstraZeneca, by the way, just paid a $520 million fine for off-label marketing (see here).

    The ‘Stan’ site, as you can see, contains a few summaries of what some blogs, such as PharmaGossip, have written about Seroquel. And the revelation has prompted a few bloggers to criticize AstraZeneca for monitoring various blogs. Meanwhile, ‘Stan’ denies any hacking: “They left their site door wide open to public viewing, and I simply peered in…” The link ‘Stan’ provides, however, is now disabled.

    vFluence is run by Jay Byrne, who previously headed public affairs at Monsanto (see here) and worked for the US Agency for International Development. For his part, Byrne tells us that ‘Stan’ gained access to the site, not by merely clicking on readily available links, but entered through a data entry portal by repeatedly attempting to log in with passcodes and typing in code. “You can argue about the definition of hacking, but he didn’t just click on a link,” says Byrne, who declined to confirm that AstraZeneca is a client. “And it’s odd to me that people who say things in the public realm should take offense that anyone is paying attention. Everyone in health care should be aware and pay attention to what’s being said about them online. We’re not going after anyone’s personal information.”

    Separately, Byrne also post an item in which he maintains drugmakers “seek to responsibly use (online) data to (sic) in best interests of the patient communities they serve.” An AstraZeneca spokesman declined to say anything specific about vFluence, but did write that “we believe it is important to read what is openly written about the business and our medicines to better understand issues that are important to journalists, bloggers and the public.”

    In other words, having access to as much information as possible. This should not come as a surprise. Companies of all stripes regularly engage in what is called business intelligence, which includes tracking what is written on the Internet. Whether this episode involved hacking is another matter. Interestingly, though, the drugmaker’s desire to have an opportunity to review relevant information about its medicines sounds like something that has come up in the litigation.

    Hat tip to Soulful Sepulcher and Bnet

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