Category: CBDiary

Is the FDA Worth Defending?

When the crude rightwingers take over, the sophisticated liberals start looking not-so-bad in the rearview mirror. We tend to forget how effectively they served the corporations. As the TrumPence Administration sets about destroying the Food & Drug Administration, I’m thinking twice about publishing in O’Shaughnessy’s a list of  35 FDA-approved pharmaceuticals that had to be withdrawn from the market when they proved harmful. I intended to run it because the FDA promotes the cult of the Randomized Controlled Trial —a cult that upholds marijuana prohibition. The Biomedical Establishment disparages all other formats in which evidence of safety and evidence might be...

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Merckantilism

By Fred Gardner    Merck’s CEO Ray Gilmartin announced a “voluntary recall”  of Vioxx on September 30, 2004. Evidence that using Vioxx doubled a patient’s risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke —based on a review of 1.4 million patients’ records— was about to be published in Lancet by David Graham, MD, an FDA investigator.  The FDA director’s office, devoted valet of Big PhRMA, had contacted the Lancet in a futile effort to stop publication of their own scientist’s findings! The US Food and Drug Administration had initially approved the novel painkiller in May 1999 (after a hasty “priority...

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Merck Pays a Pittance for Mass Deaths

 By Fred Gardner November 29, 2011 One of the most downplayed stories of our time ended with a whimper this week.  “Merck has agreed to pay $950 million and has pleaded guilty to a criminal charge over the marketing and sales of the painkiller Vioxx,” the New York Times reported Nov. 23 (in the business section, where important medical news is usually found).  The pharmaceutical giant copped to a misdemeanor: urging MDs to prescribe Vioxx for Rheumatoid Arthritis prior to 2002, when the Food & Drug Administration approved its use for that disorder. The FDA had initially approved Vioxx (after...

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Review confirms health benefits of nuts

December 20 from O’S News Service:  “Higher nut intake is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, total cancer and all-cause mortality, and mortality from respiratory disease, diabetes, and infections,” according to a review published December 5 in BMC Medicine.  Researchers led by Dagfinn Aune at Imperial College Londons searched PubMed and Embase and found 20 prospective studies to include in their meta-analysis.  They conclude that significant benefit is provided by eating about an ounce of nuts a day. Except for people allergic to nuts, consumption of this amount presented virtually no risk.    Here’s an informative ‘graf from...

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Lao Tzu’s Advice Falls on Deaf Ears

December 19, 2016   As the Electoral College anoints President-Elect Trump, we turn to The Way of Life by Lao Tzu: “A leader is best when people barely know that he exists; not so good when people obey and acclaim him; worst when they despise him. ‘Fail to honor people, they fail to honor you.’ But a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will all says, ‘We did this ourselves.'” “When people lost sight of the way to live came codes of love and honesty. Learning came, charity came, hypocrisy took charge....

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