For decades, declarations by perturbed relatives that a loved-one’s death was iatrogenic (induced by medical treatment), were often dismissed as anecdotal. Accounts imparted by concerned loved-ones were likely to be rejected, albeit often kindly – yet thrust aside as the demented rantings of a grieving loved-one. Placated with persuasive words, relatives often slink away, suitably… Continue reading When Science and Anecdote Collide
Meet Larry, 63. Larry underwent a 'triple bypass' operation last Christmas, which involved spending 26 days in the Mater hospital, Dublin. Open heart surgery is known to be a very serious procedure; not least because the sternum (which is opened during surgery) can take up to 12 weeks to heal. Cardiologists acknowledge that Heart surgery is life-changing, both… Continue reading Meet Larry..
Yesterday the New York Times reported that a drug named 'Acthar', which is used to treat Infantile spasms, used to cost $50 but is now priced at $28,000. Despite questions over its efficacy and drug trials which were suspended, aggressive marketing by Questcor Pharmaceuticals and the support of a 'Dr. Thrower' (who also happens to be a paid speaker… Continue reading Like taking candy from a baby.
'RTE Radio 1' has a Facebook page which proudly states "We're delighted that RTÉ took home three awards at this year's GSK Irish Medical Media Awards." Two of the awards were won for documentaries, one on depression and another for clinical trials involving children. Seriously though? That's GSK; GlaxoSmithkline! Why is a pharmaceutical company (which… Continue reading GlaxoSmithKline awarding the Irish media? No thanks!
So Lundbeck are seeking approval for their latest offering Vortioxetine. This is the drug which Lundbeck director 'Torsten Madsen' is referring to in this video. He says ”Some of the studies that we conducted did not have the outcome that we had hoped for, so we speculate that, emm, the reason is due to a too low dosing of 21004″ (Or… Continue reading Lundbeck’s Vortioxetine (Lu AA21004) Will the FDA and the EMA approve another ‘killer’ drug?
In March of last year, an Inquest was held into the death of Peter Needham, 40 (a former British Aerospace inspector). Mr Needham was described as a normal, happy, sociable, lovely guy. His dad described him as 'a beautiful son'. How did Peter (a sociable and popular man) get to the Inquest stage at 40? Very easily! (1) 40-year-old Peter had… Continue reading Peter Needham (another victim) and yet another Coroner’s warning.
Lundbeck's PR department are going into overdrive at the moment. Due to the patents expiring on Celexa and Lexapro, Lundbeck are heavily reliant on finding the next block-buster drug. They seem to think they have found it in LU AA21004. This drug is also known as vortioxetine and according to Lundbeck, 8 out of 10 trials have shown the drug to be… Continue reading How safe is Lundbeck’s new drug LU AA21004?
Last week an Irish pharmaceutical company, Warner Chilcott PLC and some of its employees, received subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts. The Feb. 22th subpoena seeks information on payments to people involved in... (i) Off-label drug use, (ii) Medical education, (iii) Clinical trials, (iv) Sales and marketing activities, (v) Payments to people who recommend… Continue reading Irish Pharma company ‘Warner Chilcott’ receives subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s Office
Here we go again, corruption of the worst kind within the pharmaceutical industry. This week GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been fined again, this time over the deaths of 14 babies during illegal drug trials in Argentina. Link. In 1996 another Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer was involved in the killing of 11 Nigerian babies and the injuring of numerous others, in an… Continue reading India: 12 doctors fined €72 for performing illegal drug trials on children and mentally ill patients.
BE - Ratiopharm (Teva) and Tiefenbacher v. Lundbeck (escitalopram) Brussels court holds escitalopram to be the same product as citalopram under Articles 3(c)-(d) of the SPC-Regulation, Brussels Commercial Court, 3 October 2011 Link. When the licence for Citalopram (Cipramil, Celexa) was coming to an end, Lundbeck launched their new wonder drug Escitalopram (Lexapro, Cipralex) and marketed this supposed… Continue reading Brussels court finds Escitalopram/Citalopram to be the same product.