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July 31, 2008

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Keep up-to-date on the latest health and politics news with our regular updates and analysis of the key stories from around the world.

Natural Health News

July 29, 2008

Vitamin C-rich diet may slash diabetes risk
Increased blood levels of vitamin C may reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 62 per cent, says a new study from Cambridge.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

July 17, 2008

Vitamin K good for young bones, too: study
A child's vitamin K status could have important long-term implications on bone health, and higher levels could benefit children with arthritis, suggests a new study. An improved status of the vitamin was linked to improved bone health in both healthy children and well as sufferers of juvenile idiopathic arthritis, according to findings of the study published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

July 16, 2008

Childhood diarrhea: Treat with zinc over 6 months of age
Zinc supplementation benefits children suffering from diarrhoea in developing countries, but only in infants over six months old, Cochrane Researchers have found. Their study supports World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for the treatment of diarrhoea with zinc, although not in the very young.
Read article at physorg.com

July 16, 2008

Science looks rosy for astaxanthin and stomach health
The pigment that gives salmon its pink colour may reduce the symptoms of indigestion and heartburn, says a new study. A high dose (40 mg) of the carotenoid was found to significantly reduce to heartburn, and the effects were mostly pronounced in people infected with the Helicobacter pylori bacterium that causes stomach ulcers, according to research published in the journal Phytomedicine.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

July 15, 2008

Black tea extract may offer heart benefits
Extracts from black tea may reduce total cholesterol levels by nine per cent and LDL cholesterol levels by 12 per cent, according to a new study from Japan. Consumption of the black tea extract (BTE) was also associated with beneficial changes in blood levels of triglycerides and body weight, according to results published in the journal Nutrition Reviews.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

July 9, 2008

Mum's vitamin D during pregnancy strengthens kid's teeth
Higher intakes of vitamin D during pregnancy may lead to stronger teeth in children, according to researchers from University of Manitoba, Canada.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

July 25, 2008

European Regulators To Limit Antibiotics
The European Medicines Agency recommends restricting the use of antibiotics based on moxifloxacin because of the potential risk of liver damage, and also wants strengthened warnings.
Read article at pharmalot.com

July 22, 2008

Warning over epilepsy drug topiramate linked to birth defects
The babies of women who take an epilepsy drug while pregnant are at increased risk of birth defects, scientists warn. The drug topiramate, which is also used to treat migraines in some people, was linked to a significantly higher risk of cleft palate or lip and genital deformities.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

July 20, 2008

NH Legislators: Criminal Probe Into Antipsychotics
A group of 17 New Hampshire legislators want the state's Attorney General to pursue a criminal investigation into several drugmakers that sell antipsychotics after learning the state's Medicaid program has spent increasingly large amounts on these medications for children.
Read article at pharmalot.com

July 17, 2008

Merck To Start Making Vioxx Payments
After a couple of postponements, the drugmaker next month will begin issuing payments to people who claim they were harmed by the notorious painkiller as part of the $4.85 billion settlement reached last November.
Read article at pharmalot.com

July 16, 2008

Wyeth Settles Lawsuits Before Trial Over Menopause Medicines
Wyeth avoided a trial this week in Nevada by agreeing to settle two women's claims that its hormone-replacement drugs Prempro and Premarin caused their breast cancer. The company agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to Las Vegas residents Vesta Woodhouse, 71, and Annie Woods, 61, to resolve allegations that it failed to adequately warn them about the drugs' breast cancer risks.
Read article at bloomberg.com
Comment: Wyeth said in March that it's facing more than 5,000 lawsuits over the menopause drugs, which are still on the market. Its sales of the drugs topped $2 billion before a 2002 study found women using the medicines had a 24 percent higher risk of breast cancer.

July 14, 2008

Roche Pharma suspended from body
Swiss drug firm Roche Pharma has been suspended from the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) for a minimum of six months. The ban is in connection with breaches of its code of practice, the ABPI said. It relates to activities between 2003 and 2005, including actions held to bring discredit on, or cut confidence in, the pharmaceutical industry.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

July 11, 2008

Actavis Sued Over Digitek Heart Drug
A growing number of lawsuits have been filed against the Icelandic drug maker over charges that its recalled heart med was dangerous and defective, and led to one death, the Associated Press reports.
Read article at pharmalot.com

July 10, 2008

Pharma Spending On Vermont Doctors Increases
A total of 84 drugmakers spent more than $3 million dollars in Vermont in fiscal 2007 to influence sales, a 33 percent increase over the previous year and a 42 percent jump from two years ago, according to a report issued by the state's attorney general. The money was used to pay for fees, travel expenses, gifts and other items to docs, hospitals, universities and others for marketing purposes. The top five spenders were Lilly, Pfizer, UCB, Novartis and Merck, and payments by these drugmakers represented 56 percent of the total amount reported by the 84 drugmakers that filed disclosures, according to the AG report.
Read article at pharmalot.com

July 10, 2008

New Pharma Code: No Pens, But Lunch Is Free
All those cheap pens and mugs, along with other gifts, given to doctors will no longer be allowed under new voluntary guidelines being issued by PhRMA, the US trade group. But there are no limits on speaking and consulting fees for docs, and routine free meals in physician offices - plus dinner invites to educational events - will still be permitted.
Read article at pharmalot.com

July 10, 2008

Widow Sues Pfizer Over Chantix Suicide
On January 3, David Collins killed himself with a shotgun, three months after he began taking Chantix, Pfizer's controversial smoking-cessation pill. Now, his widow, Linda, has filed what may be the first product-liability lawsuit against the drugmaker over Chantix side effects and an alleged failure to provide sufficient warnings. And her lawyer predicts many more such lawsuits are on the way.
Read article at pharmalot.com

July 9, 2008

Nigeria: Pfizer - Kano Govt, Victims Reject $10 Million Offer
Out-of-court settlement talks between pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and the Kano State government broke down at the weekend after the government and representatives of victims' families turned down an offer of $10 million compensation from the company.
Read article at allafrica.com
Comment: The victims' families have asked the Nigerian Federal Government to ban Pfizer products in Nigeria until it pays compensation and apologizes to Nigeria for using innocent children as guinea pigs. In this latest development, the chairman of the victims' association has stated that it is "amazing how the same company would offer to pay $21million for settlement of all legal fees incurred by both parties in the case, while paying a paltry $10 million to the 200 victims in Nigeria."

July 9, 2008

Drugmaker hit with $10 million fine for fraud
Leiner accused of falsifying expiration dates on its generic OTC medications
COLUMBIA --A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a drug manufacturer that operated a plant in Fort Mill to pay $10 million in connection with fraud. U.S. District Judge Joseph Anderson Jr. fined Leiner Health Products LLC $1 million and ordered the company to forfeit an additional $9 million in profits for falsifying information on expiration dates for its medications, U.S. Attorney Walt Wilkins said.
Read article in the Charlotte Observer (USA)

July 9, 2008

NY man claims drug caused compulsive gambling
A former Wall Street banker who said he lost $3 million from compulsive gambling caused by a popular drug used to treat Parkinson's disease is suing companies involved with the drug for his losses. The lawsuit, filed in New York State Court on Tuesday, accuses the privately held German drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim, Pfizer and Pharmacia & Upjohn of breach of warranty, negligence and negligent misrepresentation.
Read news report at reuters.com

July 9, 2008

Glaxo Exec Resigns From UK Watchdog Group
Paul Blackburn, a Glaxo vp and financial controller, has left the board of Ofsted, the UK's official education watchdog agency, amid growing controversy that his appointment reflected improper ties between the governing Labor Party and the drugmaker.
Read article at pharmalot.com

July 8, 2008

FDA issues warning on Cipro, similar antibiotics
Federal drug safety officials have imposed the government's most urgent warning on Cipro and similar antibiotics, citing risks that they can cause tendon ruptures, a serious injury that leaves some patients incapacitated.
Read article at physorg.com

July 8, 2008

Pharma fallout: Drugmakers in N.J. to cut or relocate more than 1,100 jobs
With sales flagging for key products, pharmaceutical companies have notified New Jersey of plans to trim or relocate more than 1,100 jobs in the coming months. The biggest hit is from Schering-Plough, which plans to cut at least 500 jobs statewide as part of a previously announced reduction of 5,500 positions, according to spokesman Stephen Galpin. This is the first time the company, which has been hurt by declining sales of its cholesterol drug franchise, has given a threshhold number for layoffs in the Garden State.
Read article in The Star Ledger (New Jersey/USA)

July 6, 2008

Massive jump in cancer jab reactions
THE new cervical cancer jab is believed to be behind a huge jump in the number of women and girls suffering bad reactions to vaccinations in NSW. The first annual State vaccination statistics to include Gardasil reveala 1600 per cent surge in reported adverse side-effects among young females who were immunised last year. These include allergic reactions, collapsing, dizziness, nausea and unexplained illnesses.
Read article in the Sunday Telegraph (Australia)

July 4, 2008

Sulston argues for open medicine
A Nobel Prize-winning scientist has hit out at what he terms the "moral corruption" of the medical industry. Britain's Sir John Sulston says that profits are taking precedence over the needs of patients, particularly in the developing world.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

July 3, 2008

Children's suicide attempts raise concerns about ADHD medication
New questions are being raised about the safety of a drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder amid reports that more than 40 Canadian children have attempted suicide after taking it.
Read article in the Globe and Mail (Canada)

June 25, 2008

Parkinson's Drugs Again Linked to Compulsive Disorders
Impulsive gambling, shopping, sex and binge eating common among patients, study shows
People taking dopamine agonists to treat Parkinson's disease are at risk for impulse-control disorders such as compulsive gambling, buying and sexual behavior, University of Pennsylvania researchers report. In fact, people taking these particular medications are three times more likely to engage in these behaviors compared with Parkinson's patients not taking these drugs.
Read article on the U.S. National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health website (USA)

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Other Health-related News

July 28, 2008

Organic food 'good for you' says EU
The European Commission has launched a campaign to inform consumers of the benefits of organic food and support those involved in the ever-growing organic market. The promotional campaign focuses on increasing awareness of organic produce among young people to ensure a future market for organic, under its main slogan: "Organic farming: Good for nature, good for you." Professionals in the industry can use the slogans for marketing purposes. But despite undertones that imply health benefits from organic produce, the European Commission is denying its support for organic farming over conventional, saying is merely seeking to help the organic sector.
Read article at foodnavigator.com
Comment: The European Union is well known to have been designed to protect patents and corporate control – not the health and interests of its citizens. So could the launch of this campaign signal that it is finally beginning to pay proper attention to the health and interests of its citizens? Or will the interests of multi-billion euro European corporations and their patents on health-endangering products such as GMO seeds, pharmaceutical drugs, artificial food additives and pesticides remain its primary focus? Only time will tell…

July 25, 2008

California bans restaurants from using trans fats
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California on Friday became the first state to ban trans fats from restaurant food, following several cities and major fast-food chains in erasing the notorious artery-clogger from menus. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation that will ban restaurants and other retail food establishments from using oil, margarine and shortening containing trans fats. In a statement, Schwarzenegger noted that consuming trans fat is linked to coronary heart disease.
Read Associated Press news report at google.com

July 14, 2008

Natural health industry wins fight against government
Health Minister Tony Clement changes his mind about including alternative products in new legislation
OTTAWA -- In a surprising about-face, Health Minister Tony Clement has agreed to key demands of the natural health products industry after the sector launched a grassroots campaign against restrictions on homeopathic medicines and herbal remedies in new legislation. When Clement proposed amendments to the Food and Drugs Act in April, natural medicines were lumped in with pharmaceutical drugs, raising concerns they would be subject to the same type of oversight. He now admits it was a mistake not to create a separate category under the law.
Read article in The Vancouver Sun (Canada)

July 7, 2008

Health Freedom Calls on Labour to Bury the "Anti-Vitamin" Bill
Health Freedom New Zealand (HFNZ) calls on Labour to do the right thing by the New Zealand voting public and get rid of the Anti-Vitamin Bill (Therapeutic Products and Medicines Bill) from the legislative agenda, thereby removing the threat of untold misery for New Zealand citizens.  "The government needs to admit that the Bill is dead and must be finally buried," says HFNZ spokesperson Nicola Grace. The exceedingly unpopular "Anti-Vitamin Bill" has failed to attain the numbers for parliament support.  It has been rejected by two Health Select Committees, an Administration Select Committee, Maoridom, National, Greens, Maori Party, Act, New Zealand First and independents Taito Phillip Field and Gordon Copeland as well as hundreds of thousands of New Zealand voters. Deplorably, instead of dumping the bill, Labour are claiming the Bill has been "put on hold" until they can coerce voting levels to its favour.  Health Minister, David Cunliffe has confirmed Labour will go ahead with ANZTPA and are currently in negotiations with the Australian Government.
Read press release on the Health Freedom New Zealand website

June 25, 2008

Native Essence Herb Company Sues FTC
TAOS, N.M. -- For the first time, the Federal Trade Commission is being sued over the use of history. A New Mexico herb company says the First Amendment gives it the right to tell customers the historical use of herbs in treating serious diseases. The FTC says this violates its guidelines. Now the issue is headed to court. Native Essence Herb Company, and its owners Mark and Marianne Hershiser, has sued to strike down the FTC's guidelines.
Read article on the BNET website

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Political News

July 15, 2008

EU parliament 'failed to comply' with law on MEP expenses
European ombudsman Nikiforos Diamandouros has criticised parliament for failing to comply with transparency laws for MEPs' expenses. It follows a complaint from a Maltese journalist, whose request for details of his country's five MEPs' allowances was rejected by the assembly on the grounds of data protection. The journalist had lodged a complaint with Diamandouros, arguing that taxpayers have a right to know how MEPs spend public money.
Read article at theparliament.com

July 10, 2008

Bush Signs New Rules on Government Wiretapping
Bush signs bill overhauling government eavesdropping rules, giving telecoms lawsuit immunity
President Bush signed a bill Thursday that overhauls rules about government eavesdropping and grants immunity to telecommunications companies that helped the U.S. spy on Americans in suspected terrorism cases.
Read article on the ABC news website (USA)

July 10, 2008

Many troops 'feel like quitting'
Almost half of UK military personnel are ready to leave the forces, a Ministry of Defence survey suggests.
Read article at BBC News (UK)
Comment: With the likes of George Bush and Nicolas Sarkozy now openly telling us to prepare for war and discussing WWIII, and the latest reports now suggesting that US members of Congress have voiced support for a pre-emptive nuclear strike on Iran, is anybody really surprised by the results of this survey?

July 9, 2008

European Parliament bars Euro-sceptic Groups
MEPs took yet another step towards arbitrary rule this afternoon, adopting new rules designed explicitly to prevent Euro-sceptics from forming a Group.
Read Daniel Hannan's blog on the Daily Telegraph website (UK)

For more political news, visit the news pages on the website of the International Alliance for Health, Peace and Social Justice, and the news page on the European Referendum Initiative website.

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