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Scandal at the FDA: board members with drug maker ties voted to approve drug that's killing women?

~ The Rebel ~ 2012/08/17 09:28:55
An investigation by the
Washington Monthly and the British Medical Journal determined that at least four
members of an FDA advisory board which voted to approve a drug used in the birth
control pills Yaz and Yasmin had either done work for the drugs' manufacturer or
received research funds from the manufacturer. Though the four committee members
disclosed their ties to the FDA, the FDA decided that the ties did not matter
and did not make the disclosures public. Tragically, the drugs the committee
endorsed have been killing the women who take them.

The birth control
pills Yaz and Yasmin contain a drug called drospirenone, which the FDA advisory
committee endorsed last December. According to the Alliance for National Health
(ANH), women who take drospirenone are nearly seven times more likely to develop
thromboembolism (obstruction of a blood vessel by a blood clot, which can cause
deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, stroke, heart attack, and death) than
women who do not take any contraceptive pill. Women who take drospirenone have
twice the risk of developing thromboembolism than women who take widely
prescribed contraceptive pills containing levonorgestrel.

FDA OK's votes by members with financial ties to drug makers but not
members who oppose dangerous drugs


Each of the four advisory board
members with ties to the pills manufacturer voted in favor of the pills. The
committee's decision that the drug's benefits outweighed the risks was decided
by a four-vote margin. Interestingly, while the FDA allowed the four members
with financial ties to vote on the drug, it barred another member and former
researcher, Sidney M. Wolfe, from voting on the grounds that he had "an
intellectual conflict of interest". Based on several years of data, Wolfe had
advised his readers six years earlier not to take Yaz. Because of this
"conflict", he was barred from voting.

Read More: http://www.tbyil.com/FDA_Scandal_Drospirenone.htm

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  • U-Dog 2012/08/17 10:25:30
    U-Dog
    +3
    This type of cronyism is rampant within our government and our semi-feudal society today and yet the lazy minded sheople are more convinced than ever that these elitist top down crony-cap crooks, with their rigged standards and markets, are superior and will protect them better than good old fashioned independence, homework and the competition of an open free market.

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  • Rabbit 2012/08/18 02:20:48
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    This is the age of corruption. Corruption seems to be the new normal and we are their copper-tops.
  • Picasso's Cat 2012/08/17 14:28:23
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    It's called acceptable losses for the potential profits that could be made.
    Most big corporations operate on that logic, how else are they gonna pay for that house in the hamptons?
    First rule of thumb when considering new drugs: wait 5 years first, so the consumer can test it out and find out what it will actually do to the human bio!
  • U-Dog 2012/08/17 10:25:30
    U-Dog
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    This type of cronyism is rampant within our government and our semi-feudal society today and yet the lazy minded sheople are more convinced than ever that these elitist top down crony-cap crooks, with their rigged standards and markets, are superior and will protect them better than good old fashioned independence, homework and the competition of an open free market.

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