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Asked last night whether doctors should avoid prescribing other arthritis pain medicines similar to Vioxx, Janet Woodcock, acting deputy commissioner for operations of the Food and Drug Administration responded: "Clinicians have to evaluate the data and make benefit/risk decision for patients."
The FDA has said it is unclear whether other drugs like Vioxx could pose similar dangers and said it will be looking for additional long-term studies. [these 'studies' are being done on YOU, without your knowledge or permission.]
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PRESS RELEASE - April 06, 2004
SACRAMENTO-- April 6th, Lawsuits were filed in three separate California courts against twelve companies who either produce or use the artificial sweetener aspartame as a sugar substitute in their products. The suits were filed in Shasta, Sonoma and Butte County, California.
The suits allege that the food companies committed fraud and breach of warranty by marketing products to the public such as diet Coke, diet Pepsi, sugar free gum, Flintstone's vitamins, yogurt and children's aspirin with the full knowledge that aspartame, the sweetener in them, is neurotoxic.
Aspartame is a drug masquerading as an additive. It interacts with other drugs, has a synergistic and additive effect with MSG, and is a chemical hyper-sensitization agent. As far back as 1970, Dr. John Olney founded the field of neuroscience called excitotoxicity when he did studies on aspartic acid, which makes up 40% of aspartame, and found it caused lesions in the brains of mice. He made world news on the aspartame/brain tumor connection in l996. Dr. Ralph Walton, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine has written of the behavioral and psychiatric problems triggered by aspartame-caused depletion of serotonin.
Aspartame causes headache, memory loss, seizures, vision loss, coma and cancer. It worsens or mimics the symptoms of such diseases and conditions as fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer's, chronic fatigue and depression.
Aspartame liberates free methyl alcohol. The resulting chronic methanol poisoning affects the dopamine system of the brain causing addiction. Methanol, or wood alcohol, constitutes one-third of the aspartame molecule and is classified as a severe metabolic poison and narcotic.
Recent news is full of reports of world-class athletes and other healthy consumers of aspartame suddenly dropping dead. Sudden death can occur from aspartame use because it damages the cardiac conduction system.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Reputed street gang members, organized crime associates and at least two pharmacists were arrested Thursday, accused of being part of a ring that sold the powerful painkiller OxyContin in the Boston area, authorities said.
The ring operated from Arizona to Boston, and was based in New Jersey, said Robert O'Leary, a Union County prosecutor.
Authorities were still carrying out search and arrest warrants Thursday morning, and planned to release additional details later in the day.
At least two pharmacists, two members of the Bloods street gang and "two known organized crime associates" had been arrested by midmorning, Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow said.
"This case is highly unique in that it involves traditional organized crime figures, street gangs and pharmacists selling OxyContin in huge quantities over the counter," O'Leary said. "They were all making megabucks doing this.
"The OxyContin wound up in the greater Boston area, where it wound up on the street," he said.
OxyContin was initially hailed as a breakthrough in the treatment of severe chronic pain when it was introduced in 1996. The drug has become a problem in recent years, however, after drug abusers discovered that crushing the time-release tablets and snorting or injecting the powder yields an immediate, heroin-like high.
The drug has been implicated in more than 100 overdose deaths nationwide.
Prescription painkillers such as OxyContin now rank second to marijuana as the most-abused drugs in the country, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.
(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) 11.11.04
Date: November 06, 2004
CDC, Media Hype The Flu - Facts Show Different Picture
Vaccine maker Chiron had their license suspended and a year's worth of flu vaccines produced in a British factory was not approved for sale in the US - contamination problems. The media treated us to stories of seniors standing in line for hours to "get the flu shot". What they did not say was that the flu is nowhere near as dangerous as they told us previously. Who has not heard of the "36,000 flu related deaths" every year that were brought to our attention every time it was time to "get the shot"?
Well, it appears that these deaths were so much scare mongering, arguably planted in the media to make people bare their arms for the poison needle. Thimerosal, a mercury containing preservative, which is part of most vaccines, is poisonous by any standard. Unfortunately the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration are denying that this neurotoxic heavy metal has anything to do with the autism epidemic that is sweeping the countries where vaccines are most heavily promoted.
So maybe it was a good thing that half of the US flu vaccine went missing this year? Quite possibly so, says Jon Rappoport who followed developments and published what he found on his excellent site nomorefakenews.com You can find his articles on what he calls the flu scam here.
Now that US elections are over, we can expect more hype from the media. But certainly the facts do not add up to that great urgency to go down and "get your shot immediately". Tommy Cichanowski of The Tortoise Shell Life Science Puzzle Box has forwarded a message with some of the facts we should know - the information was compiled by Frank Hartman.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health regulators see no need to tighten government safety standards despite the withdrawal of Merck & Co. Inc.'s arthritis drug Vioxx, a top Food and Drug Administration official told Reuters on Monday, saying current safeguards were working. [NOTE: be advised that FDA "approval" is NOT a guarantee of safety]
Dr. Janet Woodcock, the FDA's acting deputy commissioner for operations, said the Vioxx recall was an isolated case and did not signal problems with the agency's safety monitoring or a cozy relationship with drug makers, as some critics have charged.
"I don't think (Vioxx) teaches us a lot about other drug classes or raises alarms about the entire system," Woodcock said at the Reuters Health Summit.
Merck withdrew Vioxx in September after a study showed the painkiller doubled the chances of heart attacks and strokes. Signs of heart problems had been mounting for years, but Merck said earlier trials did not provide clear evidence of danger.
The FDA concurred but asked Merck to further explore possible side effects, Woodcock said.
Lawmakers and other critics say the FDA was too lax in monitoring Vioxx as well as antidepressants, which recently were shown to raise the risks of suicidal behavior in children and teenagers.
Woodcock said both cases showed "the whole system is working."
In the case of Vioxx, she said the FDA asked Merck to study the drug's risks. An FDA reviewer was the first to spot a possible link between suicidal behavior and the depression drugs, Woodcock said.
"We have safety standards for each class of drugs, and we should continue those," Woodcock added. ["safety standards" equals statistically insignificant deaths/damage]
The FDA is taking a closer look at drugs like Vioxx in a class of medicines called COX-2 inhibitors. The agency also has ordered an external review of the way it monitors the safety of medicines after they hit the market.
A Senate hearing on Thursday will further examine the FDA's handling of Vioxx, including charges that top officials pressured an FDA reviewer to soften his concerns about Vioxx's hazards.
Woodcock said the FDA does not suppress its reviewers' findings, but it does aim to give the public a consistent message. "We completely dispute the idea that there's any suppression of reviewers," she said. [the consistent message is "keep buying/using the drugs"]
Officials have realized the public wants "more information, even though it might be preliminary," Woodcock said. Legal restrictions often prevent the FDA from releasing confidential information, she said. [it's absolutely none of my business why or how I die]
But companies could register their clinical trials and post the results on a public database, she said. That would also allow the FDA to speak freely about the data, if the company made it public sooner, Woodcock added.
May my beloved partner ROMI rest in peace - no matter wherever her bits and pieces/frozen carcass may be held hostage.
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