PETER ROST: PHARMA MARKETING EXPERT WITNESS. AWP, MEDICAL DEVICE EXPERT.: How to Make Billions and Cause 27,000 Heart Attacks
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How to Make Billions and Cause 27,000 Heart Attacks

One of my favorite blogs is PharmaGossip. Today this site republished a story written for Salon, about Merck and the Vioxx scandal.

This piece is so well written, almost like a thriller, and scary, so if you've had abstinence symptoms because I had less time to focus on pharma in the last week, due to the HuffPuff Troll scandal, here you can get your cravings satisfied.

You really, really, should go and read the entire story about How Merck stacked the Vioxx deck.

And by the way, if you haven't had enough of the HuffPuff Troll story, you can go to HuffPost's Yaco-Mink Exposed as Big Pharma Shill and find another enlighting account about what transpired.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

on the PharmaGossip blogsite article there is a sidebar referring to Actonel. Be alert to the Actonel issue, and related medications. Actonel may cause a number of frightening symptoms, such as RA, which turns out to be gout, swelling, bleeding, even heart attack. Some of these symptoms were described by the arthritis foundation in a request for information about the drug.

6/28/2006  
Anonymous Rosethejet said...

I am probably going to sound like a terrible broken record today, but this is just further proof that the love of money is the root of all evil.

We have a pervasive atmosphere of evil in this country and as trite as it may seem, somedays I think the Gordon Gecko character actually was more of a inspiration to people than a turn off.

Greed is Good was his creed.

We have lost all perspective of what is right in order to justify this hunt for more money.

As well it shows what sheep we have become by buying into this bullshiite. I've seen ads lately that make me want to hunt down the advertisers and manufacturers and throttle them.

RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME???

You HAVE got to be kidding me and people are going to their doctors and asking for this?

Sheeple indeed.

6/28/2006  
Anonymous thebronxzoo said...

Rosethejet

Some people do have Restless Legs Syndrome which is a very painful condition that can really disturb sleep. However most people don't and that's the point. The marketing of that drug is targeted at everyone who just doesn't get a good night's sleep.

6/28/2006  
Blogger MsMelody said...

I hate to sound like a broken record,too,by hyping a book. But what Merck did to consumers with Vioxx pales when compared to what Eli Lilly has rained on diabetics for the past 20+ years. When they bought the biotech rDNA insulin discovered at UC-SF and stolen by fledgling Genentech, they positioned themselves to become undetectable murderers.

Under the pretense that there was a need for 'human' insulin (granted, there was a very small need for those few who had allergic responses to bovine/porcine products), they pulled a few strings at FDA (no, I don't have proof) and this first genetically-engineered drug was approved in an unbelievably short span.

Skillful marketing and the withdrawal (very slowly over a period of years) of all animal insulins left ONLY their rDNA crap on the market. Because the FDA has such an inept "adverse events reporting" system . . . and because treating diabetes is so patient-intensive, countless deaths which have been attributed to "the disease" and the "noncompliant patient" have escaped being laid at Lilly's doorstep!

I've long been looking for a whistleblower from the ranks of Lilly who have decided enough is enough--but have never succeeded. As rosethejet said, the love of money . . . . and obviously, Lilly is willing to spread money lavishly to buy silence. Maybe someday, someone with information to "out" this horrific company will get an attack of conscience, or ethics. . . but till then, the best I can offer for diabetics, and those who love/care for a diabetic is Brent Hoadley's book "Too Profitable to Cure."

http://www.tooprofitabletocure.com

6/28/2006  

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