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Dr Sherif (Hippocrates) Sultan.


Remember Hippocrates?

Primum non nocere  – “first, do no harm.”

An article in today’s Irish Independent entitled ‘HSE Gags Surgeon After Cholesterol Drug Claims’ has truly shocked me to the core. The article tells the sorry tale of a leading surgeon who is gagged for giving his informed opinion. The HSE is Irelands’ Health Service Executive. Its Code of Governance states:

“The Health Service Executive (HSE) was established under the Health Act 2004 as the single body with statutory responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services in the Republic of Ireland. As outlined in the Health Act, 2004 the objective of the Executive is to use the resources available to it in the most beneficial, effective and efficient manner to improve, promote and protect the health and welfare of the public.”

Dr Sherif Sultan, a leading vascular surgeon at University College Hospital Galway, researched a number of statin studies and concluded that they may do more harm than good in healthy people. He found there was a lack of evidence to show they should be given to healthy people and therefore avoiding the risk of statins’ side effects. Commenting in the Independent, Dr Sultan said: “I have received an official warning from the HSE and have been instructed not to liaise directly with the press in my capacity as a HSE consultant.” Today is a bad day for human rights in Ireland. Surely the HSE is violating this man’s Constitutional right to ‘freedom of expression’, not to mention Irish Citizens right to ‘Bodily Integrity’?

Statins adverse effects can include increased risk of Diabetes, Impotence, Acute Renal Failure, Myalgia and Severe Memory Loss. Last year the FDA (US Medicines Regulator) added diabetes and memory loss warnings to all statins. So Dr Sultan is right to be concerned. It begs the question; is our Government running the HSE or is Big Pharma pulling the strings once again? He further stated that analysis by the ‘British Medical Journal’ showed the superiority of exercise over drug therapy. Imagine saying exercise was superior to a possibly dangerous drug? Put him in the stocks; seriously gag the man, he’s lost the plot!

Statins are the most prescribed medications drugs globally, meaning Dr Sultan is going up against a multi billion dollar industry. A quick search through David Healy’s RxISK website reveals, among other things: 6264 cases of Myalgia, 1879 deaths, 783 cases of Acute Renal failure, 908 cases of Depression and 653 cases of Memory impairment, all reported as an adverse effect of taking Pfizers’ Lipitor. It is common knowledge that the numbers of adverse effects is seriously under-reported and the above numbers are for just one of the Statin drugs.

Cardiologist Pat Nash of the ‘National University of Galway’ contradicted Dr Sultans position and was quick to ‘reassure patients that statins are safe’. 1879 deaths is not what I’d call safe Dr Nash. I’m sure his argument has nothing to do with the support that NUIG receives from Pfizer, Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline and MSD pharmaceuticals, or its research links with Lundbeck!

I wonder what our grandparents would have thought about doctors medicating healthy people, and that we were buying into it? I know what mine would have said. ‘Cyclafeetis!’ I think it is we who have lost the plot! Good on ye Dr Sultan.

Philippe Pinel 1745-1826 (Plagurised from “there is an art in medicine in knowing when to treat but an even greater art in knowing when not to treat.”

Independent Article.

HSE Code Of Governance.

Statin Induced Amnesia;

Reported Adverse Effects.

5 thoughts on “Dr Sherif (Hippocrates) Sultan.”

  1. An article in The Lancet by Prof Abraham in 2002 entitled “The Pharmaceutical Industry as a Political Player” identifies the problems faced by government when dealing with pharmaceutical companies back then. eg
    “Capture of the regulatory agency
    When the interests of industry and public health diverge or conflict, the role of the government’s regulatory agency is crucial. The more the pharmaceutical industry influences the perspective of the regulatory agency—so it comes to adopt their interests over and above those of patients—the more the agency could be said to be captured—-”
    I guess that’s how it still is in Ireland.


    1. Yes Sarah, sadly it looks like it. Not surprised though. I’d say if we ever get transparency here, there will be a lot of nervous Government Ministers slinking around! The pharmaceutical companies won’t protect them either; it will be ever man for himself!


    2. In January 2011 I was very grateful indeed for the medical intervention I received from ambulance crew,coronary team and nurses at UCC following a serious and unexpected sudden cardiac arrest, which clearly saved my life. However after surgery & stent insertion matters took a different turn, when whilst strapped to machinery and with seemingly innumerable attachments, I was made aware that I was expected to henceforth consume 8-9 different pills a couple of times a day.
      Although feeling quite vulnerable and realizing that anxiety on my part could only make this worse, I challenged the nurses, then interns, about the contra-indications of these for my personal health. Sadly this information was not only withheld, but my concern dismissed as irrelevant..
      However even though an increased in my frustration and stress levels would likely endanger another arrest, on the third day I refused to take them and presto, got an audience. .Then, sure enough when I was given the FDA information from the pill container I found that several meds were absolutely no no, and some of questionable value at all when weighing up pros and cons.
      After discharge I did a lot of research on this and to my dismay found out that much if not all pharmacological research into pharmaceutical synthetic products was OWNED AND CENSORED by Big Pharma. Digging a little deeper I found that FDA warnings only appeared because of aggressive civil action in the US. Up to recently there’s little if any game-changing patient driven constraint here in Ireland. So, as I see it, until patients start confronting their doctors and solicitors- who obviously prefer to think better of themselves- we will remain victims of our own gatekeepers, who continue in awe of their economic domination of our health.
      continue to be at the mercy of this graft.


  2. “It is common knowledge that the numbers of adverse effects is seriously under-reported ”

    Since the I.E. Gov. usually visits my page after I’ve commented here:

    “Under-reporting of adverse drug reactions : a systematic review.”

    “The median under-reporting rate across the 37 studies was 94% (interquartile range 82-98%).”

    “Most Clinical Trials Don’t report results.”

    I can only hope that I.E. Gov. will visit These two pages and perhaps reflect that unlike My utterly bought and Paid for Govt., perhaps Your’s might actually DO something about it on behalf of the Citizens of Ireland over the Chemical Cartels doing business in Ireland.


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