Compo verdicts bad news for Pfizer

ABC News Australia

By Madeline Genner for PM
N0vember 24, 2009

A US woman has been awarded more than $80 million in punitive damages and more than $4 million in compensation after she developed breast cancer.

She argued successfully that her breast cancer was linked to a hormone replacement drug.

In a second case, another woman was awarded more than $30 million.

The jurors heard testimony that Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, which is now owned by Pfizer, paid consultants and ghostwriters of medical journals to play down concerns of breast cancer.

Across the US more than 10,000 product liability cases have been filed over hormone replacement drugs, and this week’s verdicts could lead to similar cases in Australia.

Women, Compliance And Medicine

The Huffington Post

November 24, 2009

by Susan Kim Playwright, TV writer. Author: “Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation” w/Elissa Stein

When I was a teenager, I was a candy striper at my local hospital. This was admittedly not from a selfless desire to help others, but was a desperate attempt to bulk up my nonexistent extracurricular resume. That being said, I did learn useful things, such as how to push a wheelchair into an elevator without tipping it over and how to water flower arrangements. I also first heard of the term “compliance,” the readiness with which a patient follows medical advice. This reinforced feelings I had secretly already formed about doctors and experts in general. Compliant patients were the good ones, the winners who got better. Woe to those who went their feckless ways, disregarding the expertise of others!

Easy Blood Test Boosts Clarity of Breast MRI In Premenopausal Women

Med India

November 24, 2009

A study has determined that a simple blood test corresponding to the follicular phase (days 3-14) of a normal menstrual cycle could reduce repeated breast MRI scans in premenopausal women with irregular periods.

The test could aid in optimal scheduling of MRI scans in such women, which could possibly reduce the number of repeat scans and non-diagnostic tests patients experience and providing clearer images on which doctors make their recommendations, said the authors.

Drug firms won’t fund vaccine plan

Irish Times

CARL O’BRIEN

November 24, 2009

MAJOR DRUG companies have said they will not contribute to a State-run compensation scheme for people who suffer adverse reactions to vaccines.

The Government is considering establishing a scheme which would entitle individuals who suffer severe adverse reactions from immunisation programmes to payments of between €15,000 and €200,000.

HPV Goes to Federal Court

Black News.com

By Ndaba, creator of BlackCommunityCenter.com

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) – With a brutal and mysterious wave of HPV experimental vaccines related illnesses hitting the Black community, one controversial educator from the BlackCommunityCenter.com has taken the previous President Bush and his Department of Health and Human Services Administration to federal court on January 16, 2009 (Ndaba v. George Walker Bush et. al., Civil Action No. 09-0117 RMU) before President Obama took office in Washington DC, concerning the inherent dangers presented in receiving the Government mandated experimental HPV vaccines pre-emptively for Black females in DC public schools.

And Liberty for All. Immigrant Gardasil Mandate Dropped.

Age of Autism

November 23, 2009

Liberté pour Tous or Pharma Free-for-All? The CDC Relents on Mandatory HPV Vaccine Requirement for Immigrant Girls and Shingles Vaccine for Immigrants Over 60 But Retains Remaining Mandates

By Adriana Gamondes

As reported by the Alliance for Human Research Protection (HERE), the activist collective of scientists, researchers and reform physicians may have had a hand in influencing the CDC’s decision to back down from the requirement that immigrant girls receive a mandatory HPV vaccine series before being granted citizenship to the US. The CDC announced it was also rescinding the Zoster “shingles” vaccine mandate for immigrants over age 60.

Along with the AHRP’s interventions and the vaccine injury movement’s rallying and injury tallying (as of summer, 2009, 15,000 adverse events from Gardasil, 3,000 injuries and 48 deaths have been reported, (HERE), we can be sure the general public’s recent skepticism over the H1N1 flu vaccine “free-for-all” brought pressure to bear on the CDC as well.

FDA officials conspired with Merck to defame Truth Teller–NEJM credibility

Alliance for Human Research Protection

June 2006

Two documented news reports provide evidence validating our charge that FDA officials and drug manufacturers. In this case, Merck and FDA officials colluded to deceive the public about the safety of widely prescribed drugs–in this case, Vioxx. Furthermore, prestigious medical journals publish reports about drug trials whose lethal effects are concealed—in this case, The New England Journal of Medicine.

The drug’s hazards are shown to have been carefully hidden from the public and from prescribing doctors through a coordinated effort by Merck and FDA officials. Bloomberg News reports that Merck has set aside $970 million to defend the Vioxx lawsuits and nothing to cover liability. The company has vowed to fight every case.

Vaccinations are Causing Impaired Blood Flow (Ischemia), Chronic Illness, Disease and Death for us All

Health Freedom Alliance

November 20, 2009

By Andrew Moulden MD, PhD

This is a stern, yet humble, warning to all citizens of the globe. It is now proven that we are all being harmed by repeat vaccinations. This evidence must be circulated broadly in light of the imminent Fall, 2009 plan to turn North American schools into MASS vaccine centers to institute triple flu vaccine to us all. Children will be the first to be injected with experimental flu vaccines. The entire vaccine industry, as it turns out, has been experimental. We did not know that we were causing damages – for us all.

Cancer Confusion for Women

The Huffington Post

Roseanne Colletti

Emmy Award Winning Correspondent
Posted: November 22, 2009 07:43 PM

I don’t know about you, but I’m confused. Who is telling me the truth about mammograms and Pap smears? A federal panel says women can wait until 50 for yearly mammograms. A group representing obstetricians and gynecologists advises women can wait until 21 for their first screening for cervical cancer.(acog.org)

Hormone Therapy: Synthetic Progestins Are Not The Same As Progesterone

Huffington Post

by Christiane Northrup

It’s 2002 all over again, and women are being warned against taking hormone replacement because of its link to breast cancer. Why is history repeating itself? Because we haven’t learned an important lesson. Synthetic progestins are not the same as progesterone, and reporting on them as if they confer the same risks and benefits is absurd.