Wanting A Body To Die For...
Opinion By Nurse Mark
It seems that there is no limit to the risks
the Big Pharma drug pushers will subject us to in their quest for profit.
Risks that range from the merely embarrassing to the risk of death itself...
Over the last couple of weeks there has been a fuss
going on over whether a new diet drug, to be called Zimulti in the US (AKA
rimonabant, or Acomplia in Europe) is safe to be approved by the FDA for sale in
It seems, you see, that this drug has a rather
nasty side effect for some people - it makes them want to kill themselves.
Hmmm... first we have one drug company giving us a
diet "drug" that has a "side effect" so common and so embarrassing that they
actually recommend that people taking this drug carry with them an extra pair of
pants to manage the apparently near-inevitable, foul-smelling "accidents". The
fat-blocking drug Zenical has not been a big hit in prescription form, so Drug
Giant GlaxoSmithKline has gotten approval to market this sick joke as an
Now we have
another Drug Giant, Sanofi-Aventis, who want to push a
pill that even they acknowledge can increase risk of suicide. In their pleas to
the FDA for approval to sell their drug in the US they suggested that maybe if
doctors just didn't prescribe the drug to depressed patients all might be
A recent Reuters news
article reveals the lengths that Sanofi-Aventis is willing to go to in their
pursuit for profits. The company claims that The drug's
benefits "clearly outweigh the defined risks that are manageable in clinical
practice" - in other words, "We know this is a risky drug, but if you're careful
and lucky maybe you can keep your patient safe from doing self harm..." More
revealing is this little piece of information: "The French drugmaker has
predicted in the past that the drug could generate sales of $3 billion a year or
more. Sales for the first quarter of 2007 were about $20 million." and then
this: "Zimulti is an important drug for Sanofi, which faces potential generic
competition to key products."
here we have a French company that is desperate to be allowed to sell a drug
that works by blocking the function of key areas of the brain, raises risk of
suicidal thoughts and actions, and really doesn't work all that well - because
it wants to find a new source for those billions of American dollars that will
go away with competition from generic drugs.
Fortunately, it looks like saner heads could prevail
- the committee advising the FDA on the risks of this drug versus it's benefits
has recommended that the math just doesn't add up. The drug does not cause any
really meaningful weight loss (about 5% more weight lost over the course of a
year than in those not taking the drug) but it does cause a meaningful increase
in suicidal thoughts and suicides in those taking it.
We are still awaiting the final decision by the FDA.
We'll be watching this with a wary eye, as FDA director Andrew von Eschenbach
has shown us that in his FDA money is more important than people, and that risks
like these are simply something to be "managed" like Avandia, the FDA approved
diabetes drug that has been killing people. There were 3.2 billion dollars at
stake with Avandia and Sanofi is predicting $3 billion a year or more with
Zimulti - is this enough money to make a few human lives meaningless to these
corporate giants? I'm betting it is...
makes this all the more tragic is that there are millions of overweight
Americans who are so desperate for an easy answer to end their obesity that they
will happily assume the risks that this new drug poses - thinking of course that
"it won't happen to me"... Just as there are millions of Americans who fall for
the MLM "Hoodia" come-on's, the bizarre and unhealthy diets, the anorexia and
bulimia solutions, the risky surgeries, there will be millions who will try a
dangerous drug, blindly believing that if the FDA "approved" it, and their
doctor "prescribed" it, then surely it must be OK.
Perhaps if the USDA weren't so busy protecting the
Big Agribiz Conglomerates and the Big Food Manufacturers and promoting their
high carbohydrate, low protein low fat 'guaranteed-to-make-and-keep-you-fat'
diet, and the FDA weren't so busy crushing any and all competition to it's Big
Pharma masters we might see some real solutions to our epidemic of obesity.
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