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"Regulators and researchers corrupted by Big Pharma"

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Regulators and researchers corrupted by Big Pharma
By Evelyn Pringle
Jun 28, 2006, 00:44

Over the past six years, 10 Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved drugs have been withdrawn from the market due to deaths and injuries, leading lawmakers to accuse the FDA of not doing its job in protecting the public from unsafe drugs and to call for measures of improvement.

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Blogger MsMelody said...

While the FDA is certainly NOT doing its job, whether because of underfunding, lack of Congressional oversight, or being handed increased responsibility without resources to empower it, the agency MUST be fixed.

Dr. Rost's post HOW TO MAKE BILLIONS AND CAUSE 27,000 HEART ATTACKS speaks directly to this issue. I hate to sound like a broken record by hyping a bookm 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." He points to the complicity of the FDA, and stretches the wrongdoing by both the FDA and pharmaceuticals to encompass not just diabetics--but all who suffer from chronic diseases. If you have to take "a pill a day" for the rest of your life--YOU are the fodder for the mills of greed.

Anonymous Reaniel said...

The problem is fundemantal... The FDA exists to "approve" drugs, not to "test" drugs. The testing itself is done by "researchers", who are usually not doing their work as they're supposed to...

Why? Because they need to give positive results for these drugs in order to recieve grants and fundings they need. In short, the reports they issued were literally "bought" by the Big-Pharma's.

I really don't see the reason why there shouldn't be a complete revamp of the way we're approving drugs, because the current system isn't working. Unlike the social security this administration is so obsessive with "revamping", this is a lot more urgent, since people are literally "dying" out there.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

CounterPunch (which is always an excellent place to read), ran this article on June 26th.

Anonymous gary said...

The sad things is, msmelody, if the gubment would ban trans fat, the steady stream of diabetics would dry up, as would the profits in this sector.

You have to love a 'food' substance that was discovered by Dupont. Even cockroaches won't eat it, and yet it's in just about all our fast foods, frozen foods and pastries.

Denmark and others HAVE banned it, but the food industry has stuffed too much cash in our leader's pockets for it to happen here.

Funny, but it ALWAYS boils down to money, right Ms Huffy?

Blogger MsMelody said...

Gary--agree about the food-industry problem--but aren't they overseen by the same agency that regulates DRUGS?

This message just appeared in my INBOX. UNBELIEVABLE!!!

You won't believe today's news unless you actually read it. In an unprecedented power grab, the FDA has declared that all drug companies are now immune to lawsuits on any drug that has been granted FDA approval.

It's the biggest handout to drug companies ever, and the action further establishes the FDA as a rogue agency acting to protect Big Pharma, with no respect for the laws of the land or the safety of health consumers.

Read the full, astonishing story at:

For how long has the public been told that it is "greedy, ambulance-chasing lawyers" that are the cause of our health care problems? Somehow, they NEVER speak to the GREEDY pharmaceutical industry that is more than willing to kill for a buck.

Anonymous Gary said...


"Even a terrorist nuclear attack on a major U.S. city would not equal the number of Americans who have already been killed by the negligent actions of the FDA."

I made a similar arguement in the local paper last week. We are so obsessed with a few thousand dying at the hands of terra-ists, while our own coporations kill 100's of thousands of US citizens every year from food, drugs and various other products. All preventable.

Instead we spend hundreds of billions on a stupid ass war over oil. We could have bought Iraq for what we've spent so far.

I did some contract work for Searle on Celebrex, prerelease. I was assured that it was a completely harmless material. We were blowing this crap all over the lab. I was only involved for a few days; I pity the fools who worked with that stuff for years.

One thing about low-level FDA. They wanted consistant, traceable data, precision if you will, they could care less about accuracy. That was hard for me to comprehend.

Blogger Rev. Joker Cross, KSC said...

The FDA is plenty funded. Part of that funding comes from the drug companies. The it is the only such organisation in the world funded by the very people it is supposed to be regulating, as far as I know.

Conflict of interest? You betcha.

Anonymous Gary said...

More support for the drug industry.

So, we covered drugs and rock 'n roll today, but it feels like something is missing?

Blogger whig said...

Dr. Rost:

I'd very much like your opinion on this article.

The lawlessness of the FDA, Big Pharma immunity, and crimes against humanity (opinion)

by Mike Adams


"June 30, 2006 is a day that will be long remembered as a dark milestone in the history of FDA and its campaign against health consumers. On June 30, an FDA "Final Rule" goes into effect, establishing a regulatory power grab of such scale and scope that it attempts to bypass all laws, the will of Congress and fundamental protections for consumers. This "Final Rule," which may as well be called a "Final Solution" for drug consumers, claims that consumers can no longer sue drug companies for the harm caused by any FDA-approved drug, even if the drug's manufacturer intentionally misled the FDA by hiding or fabricating clinical trial data."

Blogger MsMelody said...

If you REALLY want to read a great article about the misdeeds (or murders) in which the FDA is complicit, try this link: (The article is titled "The Ultimate Terrorist")

No punches pulled here.


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