Why the pharmaceutical company and legislators are still defending fluotexine?


Prozac Affects Babies, Sexual Function, Report Says
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent
Tue Apr 27, 2004 05:18 PM ET
Source: Reuters.com

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of the most popular antidepressants, best known by the brand name Prozac, can affect the development of babies when pregnant women take the drug, according to a government report released on Tuesday.

Normal doses can cause babies to be born lighter and sleepier than normal, or make them jittery or cause respiratory problems, the panel appointed by the National Toxicology Program said.

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CDC to reveal common gonorrhea drugs don't work
Source: Advocate.com
Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Because of growing cases of drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea, the government is expected to announce this week that common treatments against the sexually transmitted disease no longer work and other drugs should be used, top experts said Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to announce Thursday new recommendations for treating gonorrhea, said spokeswoman Jessica Frickey, but she declined to give details. Two health officials who worked with the CDC on its new gonorrhea guidelines told the Associated Press that a different antibiotic will be recommended.

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It's official: Statins proponents have lost their minds!
By Anthony Colpo, April 26, 2004.
Source: The Omnivore

Mainstream medicine's fetish for statin drugs continues to sink to ever lower depths, as clearly evidenced by the conclusions of two recent journal articles. After reading these two articles, I felt a deep sense of disgust, the likes of which I haven't experienced since Channel Nine suddenly pulled Smallville off the air earlier this year - with three episodes to go 'til the season finale, damn it!

The first article, authored by the American College of Physicians, admonishes that all diabetics with CHD or CHD risk factors should promptly begin taking statins, and that doctors monitoring these patients should not bother with regular liver function testing or muscle enzyme testing, "except in specific circumstances."

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Texas Jury Rules Against the Maker of Fen-Phen, a Diet Drug
By REED ABELSON and JONATHAN D. GLATER
Source: New York Times
Published: April 28, 2004

A jury in a state court in Beaumont, Tex., ruled yesterday that the pharmaceutical company Wyeth should pay $1 billion to the family of a woman who died from lung disease that the plaintiff's lawyers said was caused by a diet drug the company made in the 1990's.

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US seeks £1bn from Europe over GM ban
Paul Brown, environment correspondent
Tuesday April 27, 2004
Source: The Guardian

The US has demanded that the EU abandon its ban on the growing of genetically modified crops and pay at least $1.8bn (£1bn) in compensation for loss of exports over the past six years.

The challenge is outlined in papers filed to the World Trade Organisation that have been seen by the Guardian.

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Appeals court lets man sue state over false HIV test result in 1991
By Diana Penner (source: Indystar.com)
diana.penner@indystar.com
April 22, 2004
 
A Brownsburg man who erroneously believed he was HIV-positive because of an incorrect test report from the Indiana Department of Health has won a legal round.

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Congress Seeks to Control Steroid Precursors
Source: Yahoo News
Thu Apr 22, 4:00 PM ET
By Susan Heavey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -  A congressional committee on Thursday moved to ban steroid-like substances from store shelves but exempted DHEA, a dietary supplement that one lawmaker warned is as dangerous as its popular cousin "andro."

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Nightmare of the GM weeds

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Nightmare of the GM weeds
Source: GMWatch.org

Colin Merritt, biotechnology manager for Monsanto says GM soya had been an 'exemplary success' in South America, both environmentally and economically. But then that's always Monsanto's story...

On top of the latest news from Argentina, there have been reports of health problems with Monsanto's GM corn in the Philipinnes, while Monsanto's GM cotton was so unsuccessful in Indonesia it had to be withdrawn!

Indian States where it was grown declared it a disaster and "unfit for cultivation" and an internal report for the federal government reported the area coverage under Bt cotton was "almost negligible" and concluded, "This points to the low acceptability of Bt cotton by farmers."

The Monsanto initiated GM sweet potato project in Kenya has proven a complete dud and in South Africa the level of indebtedness has actually increased where Monsanto's GM cotton is being grown...

Yet success has been claimed by Monsanto in all these areas!

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Revealed: how drug firms 'hoodwink' medical journals
Pharmaceutical giants hire ghostwriters to produce articles - then put doctors' names on them

Antony Barnett, public affairs editor
Sunday December 7, 2003
Source: The Observer

Hundreds of articles in medical journals claiming to be written by academics or doctors have been penned by ghostwriters in the pay of drug companies, an Observer inquiry reveals.

The journals, bibles of the profession, have huge influence on which drugs doctors prescribe and the treatment hospitals provide. But The Observer has uncovered evidence that many articles written by so-called independent academics may have been penned by writers working for agencies which receive huge sums from drug companies to plug their products.

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ABC's Primetime Live Report on Autism: Yellow Journalism At It's Worst
Friday April 23, 1:48 pm ET (Source: Yahoo News)

SafeMinds Calls Upon ABC News to Make On-Air Correction; 'Investigative' Report Appears to Lack Even Most Basic Facts

WASHINGTON, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- SafeMinds -- America's leading scientific organization investigating the risks that mercury-containing medical products pose to our children-is outraged by the biased comments made in last night's Primetime Live Thursday story, "Out of Darkness," that profiled a family with three autistic children. When describing the potential causes of autism, Primetime reporter Elizabeth Vargas stated matter-of-factly that at one time vaccines containing Thimerosal were suspected of being a cause of childhood autism, but "now doctors don't think so."

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