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August 29, 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

August 25, 2008

Researchers Say Vitamin D Might Prevent Disorders, Including Multiple Sclerosis
Newark, NJ (AHN) - Researchers say that people who get plenty of the sunshine Vitamin D may end up preventing certain diseases. Having more of the vitamin that serves as the principal regulator of calcium in the body, may also protect against specific autoimmune disorders including multiple sclerosis (MS) according to Sylvia Christakos, PhD, of the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. In addition, having more Vitamin D in the body might prevent the production of malignant cells, such as breast and prostate cancer in their bodies, Christakos found.
Read article at allheadlinenews.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

August 23, 2008

FDA investigates possible Vytorin link to cancer
Federal drug safety regulators said Thursday they are investigating whether the cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin can increase patients' risk of developing cancer.
Read article at physorg.com

August 23, 2008

Drug giants accused over doctors' perks
Free flights, meals and match tickets can damage patient care, say critics
Drug companies are spending millions of pounds every year on all-expenses-paid trips to conferences around the world for doctors and other hospital staff, in what critics say is a massive marketing exercise dressed up as medical education.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)

August 22, 2008

FDA Rule Shields Pharma From Lawsuits?
The rule, which would limit changes that can be made to product warnings was posted on the FDA web site and is likely to protect drug and device makers when they have “knowledge of potentially hazardous side effects,” Gerie Voss, director of regulatory affairs for the American Association for Justice, tells Bloomberg News. Eight Democrats from the House and Senate objected in January after the FDA published a proposed version of the rule. The lawmakers wrote in a letter that the measure sets a higher standard for when companies can make changes to package inserts alerting consumers to new safety information without waiting for FDA approval. And the effect would be to protect companies from being sued for failing to disclose risks. “The final rule is going to give drug and device companies the ability to claim complete immunity for failing to warn about potentially hazardous side effects of prescription drugs and medical devices,” Voss tells Bloomberg.
Read article at pharmalot.com

August 20, 2008

Killing People for Profits....and Other Drug Company News
Buried in a brief filed at the U.S. Supreme Court the other day by ten current and former editors of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine is this heart of darkness claim that's received all too little public attention: “Pharmaceutical companies at times learn about dangers caused by their drugs long before the FDA does, but have failed to disclose this information to the FDA. Thus, as exemplified by the cases of Pondimin/Redux, Vioxx, and Trasylol, the drug companies have withheld key information from the FDA and ardently negotiated against stricter label warnings ---- all the while continuing to market their unsafe drugs to an unsuspecting public. In the case of these three drugs alone, literally tens of thousands of American lives have been lost or ruined long after the manufacturers realized that the drugs were not safe.”
Read article on the U.S. Politics Today website
Comment: The brief concerned was filed in connection with a case involving a Vermont musician by the name of Donna Levine who went to a hospital emergency room to get relief from severe migraine and wound up having her arm amputated because a nausea medicine, Phenergan, was wrongly administered. Levine successfully argued in Vermont courts that even though Phenergan labeling complied with FDA requirements, the adequacy of the warning still wasn't established. Wyeth, the maker of the drug, has appealed the $6 million verdict to the U.S. Supreme Court on the grounds that FDA approval gives it blanket immunity from state laws challenging safety, efficacy or labeling. The Supreme Court will hear the case November 3. For full details of this case and its implications, visit the Alliance for Human Research Protection website. To read the brief filed by the New England Journal of Medicine editors, click here.

August 20, 2008

Diabetes drug users urged to see doctor
More than 30,000 Australians taking the controversial diabetes drugs Avandia and Avandamet are being told to have their treatment reviewed after the medications were linked with heart failure and death.
Read article at news.com.au (Australia)

August 20, 2008

Roche Tries To Bar Expert Witness In Accutane Trial
A federal appeals court will soon decide whether to allow testimony from an expert witness who sought to show that the Accutane acne med causes a chronic bowel disorder, the Associated Press writes. Yesterday, attorneys urged a three-judge panel to admit the testimony from the expert, which is central to their argument that the prescription drug causes inflammatory bowel disease. For its part, Roche contends Accutane is not connected to the disease and that the expert made “leaps of faith” in trying to track a connection between the two. The case is the latest in a wave of lawsuits that accuse Roche of downplaying a link between Accutane and inflammatory bowel disease. Plaintiffs lawyers have already won a trio of multi-million dollar jury awards, and they say they have hundreds of other patients with similar cases.
Read article at pharmalot.com

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GMO News

August 20, 2008

Why Prince Charles is Right
We are grateful to Prince Charles for cautioning the world on the blind, head long rush to spread GM seeds and crops worldwide, especially in the Third World. It has become necessary for him to do so because the biotechnology industry is using the current food and fuel crisis to push GM crops on grounds that they will increase yields. This is doubly false. First, the current crisis is a result of speculation and diversion of food crops to biofuels, it is not a crisis of production, at least not yet, even though industrial monoculture has been failing through decades of unsustainable practices. Second, genetic engineering so far has only achieved the transfer of single gene traits such as herbicide resistance and Bt-toxin production. Yield and environmental resilience – most relevant for food security - are complex multigenic traits, and there is no GM crop currently engineered for high yields or that produces higher yields. Quite the opposite is the case. GM crops have been a disastrous failure on all counts.
Read press release on the Institute for Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

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Other Health-related News

August 22, 2008

Hands up! Back slowly away from the vitamins!
Feds crack down on reports of natural remedy healings
The Goliath-sized Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Food and Drug Administration have launched an attack on a small radio program and its accompanying website for recommending natural remedies to health problems, but in this case, David is fighting back. Daniel Chapter One, a national Christian radio program and natural healing ministry, told WND today it may end up going to court against the FTC and FDA over the agencies' attempts to censor the information the ministry releases regarding "natural alternatives" to chemical and drug medications.
Read article at worldnetdaily.com

August 19, 2008

Annette King Called Upon to Resign Immediately
In 2003 the then Health Minister Annette King ordered a class 1 recall (death eminent) of all Pan Pharmaceuticals natural products in alignment with the Australian TGA recall. This recall, instantly recognised as illegal by industry, has now been confirmed as illegal by the NSW Supreme Court in Australia in a court case between Jim Selim, the owner of Pan Pharmaceuticals and the TGA. Jim Selim then sued the TGA for $141 million dollars according to the documents lodged at the Federal Court. Friday 18th of August the ‘Australian’ reported that Selim was awarded $55 million in damages, a figure the Australian taxpayer will have to pay. The Australian Government does not plan to investigate the TGA’s illegal behaviour despite demands for an inquiry. A class action suit against the TGA involving some 100 businesses that went under because of this recall, is likely to ensue and the ticket may just include Minister Annette King. “We are glad for the New Zealand taxpayers and natural product users that we were able to halt our Government’s plans to allow our regulator to be absorbed into this unaccountable and out of control agency. The fact that the TGA is able to emerge unscathed without even an inquiry after their malfeasance, which has landed the Australian taxpayers with a $55 million dollar penalty, speaks volumes to the ‘sacred cow’ status it enjoys. One has to ask why the Australian Government is happy to give away $55 million dollars without asking why,” says Health Freedom spokesperson Nicola Grace.
Read press release on the Health Freedom New Zealand website
Comment: Health Freedom New Zealand (HFNZ) is a non-partisan, non-profit, consumer health rights advocacy and action group dedicated to reinstating, protecting and defending the rights of consumers in New Zealand to make their own health decisions. To learn more about HFNZ, click here. To make a donation, click here.

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Political News

August 26, 2008

Russia not seeking new Cold War, but not afraid - Medvedev
Russia does not want a new Cold War but is not afraid of one should it occur, the Russian president told the Russia Today international news channel on Tuesday.
Read article on the RIA Novosti website (Russia)

August 26, 2008

Russia recognizes Georgia's breakaway republics
Russia's president signed decrees on Tuesday recognizing Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states despite warnings by Western leaders not to do so.
Read article on the RIA Novosti website (Russia)

August 25, 2008

Opposition parties unite to rule out Lisbon re-run
Opposition parties and anti-Lisbon Treaty groups today rounded on Europe Minister Dick Roche after he claimed a second referendum on the controversial document may be necessary. In an unusual show of unity, Sinn Féin, the only Dail party opposed to the Treaty, Fine Gael and Labour all insisted another vote was not an option.
Read article at breakingnews.ie (Ireland)

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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