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)


Dana said...

Oh, come on. Ambien is a trip. You should really try some and you will see what I mean.

My husband suffers from depression and the psychiatrist down at the clinic prescribed Ambien as a mild sleep aid that is supposed to also treat depression. So he takes it and starts asking me why we are in Atlanta. He was stumbling around, and in a panic. I asked him why on earth he thought we were in Atlanta and he answered, "Because of all the bodies." (this was right after the Olympic bomb thing there). OK, he was obviously hallucinating.

So we tell the doctor, because you are supposed to do that sort of thing. The doctor was very concerned, and by the questions he was asking and the furious notes (and the fact that my uncle suffers from schizophrenia), I knew exactly what he thought and that he didn't think it had anything to do with the meds.

He would not accept the simple fact that the only thing wrong before Ambien was the depression. So being the person I was at the time, I took one. It was weird. It was like being awake in your own dream. I was vaguely aware that what was going on wasn't real, and that some of it was, but it was real easy to sort of drift with random thoughts that somehow seemed to materialize.

But you aren't asleep.

The only drug trip I've ever been on.

Needless to say, we didn't go back to that doctor. It was a psychologist with a little book on pills he picked up at WalMart that found that Ambien had previously been reported to have similar side effects in some people. You'd think the licensed psychiatrist should have been able to find the same info.

I'm not against all meds by any hubby was on Zoloft for awhile and it worked wonders. He needed it while working out some other issues, and has been off it for eight years. I just wish more doctors approached meds in that light, rather than as if all these issues were purely bio-chemical and only in need of some permanent chemical treatment.

Irdial said...

There is a series of documentaries in three parts that is airing right now on BBC2 which you really need to watch if you are interested in mental health screening:

'The Trap' has so far proven to be unmissable, as are all Alan Curtis's works; I urge you take the time to get these films!