Saturday, March 17, 2007

Big Pharma Drugs and Lawsuits

Court dockets could be filling up.
Attorney Generals are suing Big Pharma.
The lawsuits are multiplying like rabbits.

There are lawsuits on the 5 atypical antipsychotics: Abilify, Geodon, Risperdal, Seroquel and Zyprexa.

At least 8 State Attorney Generals have sued the makers of those antipsychotic drugs in the states of Alaska, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia

At least 4 more states have issued subpoenas to the makers of those antipsychotics:
California, Florida, Illinois and Vermont

And on the federal level:
Bristol-Myers Squibb agreed to settle a federal investigation on Abilify.

Johnson & Johnson said it received subpoenas from U.S. attorneys on Risperdal

And Congressman Waxman has sent subpoenas to Eli Lilly on Zyprexa and AstraZeneca on Seroquel.

TMAP - Texas Medication Algorithm (guidelines) Project - It looks like TMAP is going to go down with a large slam. The Texas attorney general says TMAP was just one part of an elaborate marketing scheme to increase psychotropic drug sales.

TMAP was recommended by the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.
And just FYI - TeenScreen was also recommended by the New Freedom Commission and Laurie Flynn, the head of TeenScreen was also involved with TMAP.

Connecting the dots just couldn't be easier. Thank goodness for the researchers and whistle blowers, who by the way are not all Scientologists (wink)- some are even Baptists, Jews and Catholics - among others. (gasp!)

Also there is breaking news about the dangers of sleeping pills like Ambien and Lunesta. The most widely prescribed sleeping pills can cause strange behavior like driving and eating while asleep, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which announced Wednesday that strong new warnings would be placed on the labels of 13 drugs. As recently as last year there was a huge media push for these drugs in print ads and TV ads. Sleep studies have been cited to promote later school start times across the country, and also claimed that we are experiencing "sleep deficits" that are causing car accidents and other calamities. People believe that studies were all designed to push these sleep medications. The National Sleep Foundation has received funding from the pharmaceutical companies. According to a Washington Post article on sleep research, NSF has received money from the makers of the sleeping pill Ambien to alert people about an insomnia "public health crisis" as part of a marketing campaign. (Washington Post, A2, 2/15/02)