The Pharmaceutical "Business with Disease"
Up to date news and comment about the "Business with Disease".
UK Pre-school Kids Are Given "Chemical Cosh" Drugs To Curb Hyperactivity
December 23, 2014
A survey by the Division of Educational and Child Psychologists at the British Psychological Society, a representative body for psychology in the UK, found that children as young as two years old were being given "chemical cosh" drugs, a term given for a strong sedative, to keep a control on hyperactivity.
Clarithromycin-statin mix can cause drug interactions, requiring hospitalization
December 22, 2014
The combination of the common antibiotic clarithromycin with some statins increases the risk of adverse events, which may require hospital admission for older people, according to a new study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
Amgen slaps record-breaking $178K price on rare leukemia drug Blincyto
December 18, 2014
We now have a new record price for cancer treatment. Amgen's leukemia drug Blincyto, approved by the FDA this month to treat an uncommon form of the disease, will cost $178,000 per patient. It's the latest in a new round of expensive treatments, each of which seems to top the last.
Comment: With the price of some of its pharmaceutical medications now skyrocketing, what the Drug Cartel doesn’t want you to know is that safe, natural approaches for controlling leukemia and cancer are already available. You can learn more about the natural control of diseases by subscribing to receive the Dr. Rath Research Institute's free news pages.
Seniors still given potentially dangerous sedatives, study finds
December 17, 2014
Doctors continue to prescribe sedatives such as Xanax or Valium for seniors despite the significant risks they pose, a new study contends.
US FDA warns Pfizer antipsychotic linked to serious allergic reaction
December 16, 2014
The US FDA is requiring Pfizer to slap yet another warning label on its antipsychotic Geodon (ziprasidone).
Carl Duisberg: Streets to be Renamed
December 16, 2014
The German cities of Dortmund und Luedenscheid have decided to rename streets named after the former BAYER chief executive Carl Duisberg. Corresponding initiatives are under way in Frankfurt, Wuppertal, Krefeld and Leverkusen. Wuppertal is the birth place of Carl Duisberg, Leverkusen is the home of BAYER's headquarters. With a population of 580,000 Dortmund is the biggest city of the Ruhr region. The historians of the municipal archive concluded: “Under his leadership the company produced poison gas during World War I. (…) Duisberg was one of the leading German industrialists who enforced the deportation of Belgian civilians to Germany as forced labourers during the war – this was illegal even under the international martial law applicable at the time.”
England now nation of 'pill-poppers' with 50 per cent taking prescription drugs
December 10, 2014
England is now a nation of 'pill-poppers' with nearly half the population regularly taking prescribed drugs, a new study has revealed.
Drug Makers are Targeting Patients in Physician Offices More Than Ever
December 4, 2014
Walk into any physician’s office and promotional messages about medicines can be seen no matter where you look – brochures are typically displayed on a counter and advertorial messages are often playing on a flat-screen TV mounted on a wall. This type of patient outreach, which is called point-of-care marketing, is hardly new, but what is different is that the pharmaceutical industry and other companies selling health products are relying on this form of promotion more than ever before, according to a new study.
Drug Firm Hired Doctors with Troubling Track Records to Promote Powerful Painkiller
November 29, 2014
An Arizona pharmaceutical company had no qualms about hiring doctors with questionable records or reputations to promote a powerful painkiller that has killed some patients.
Big Pharma and criminal super profits
November 26, 2014
Expenses for medicine at Danish public hospitals have doubled in only seven years.
IMS Health Study Forecasts Global Spending on Medicines to Increase 30 Percent by 2018, to $1.3 Trillion
November 20, 2014
The report, The Global Outlook for Medicines Through 2018, found that the total global spend for pharmaceuticals will increase by $305-335 billion on a constant-dollar basis, compared to $219 billion during the past five years. Global spending is forecast to grow at a 4-7 percent compound annual rate over the next five years, with most countries experiencing an increase in drug expenditure per capita.
Comment: With its current global sales already having reached 1 trillion dollars a year, the pharmaceutical “business with disease” is financially unsustainable. The sooner it can therefore be replaced with a new healthcare system, based on scientific breakthroughs in the areas of vitamin research and cellular health, the better it will be for all mankind. To learn about the necessary strategies for creating a truly sustainable preventive healthcare system, read Dr. Rath’s Barletta Declaration.
Ohio Bill Would Grant Anonymity to Execution Drug Makers, Secrecy for Drug Ingredients
November 18, 2014
A new bill in the Ohio legislature would hide information about pharmacists, doctors, drug companies and drug ingredients from the public.
Comment: The drug industry has already been proven to have supplied the Zyklon B pellets that were used to kill concentration camp prisoners in the gas chambers during WWII. As such, for an industry that claims to be focused on improving human health, the fact that it continues to sell drugs for use in executions clearly demonstrates that its primary concern is making profits for its shareholders.
Taking NSAIDs with fibrillation meds boosts risk of bleeding
November 18, 2014
People who take blood thinners for atrial fibrillation and also use common painkillers, even briefly, are more likely to suffer serious bleeding, according to a new study.
Big Pharma Sells Ineffective, Potentially Deadly Anti-Cancer Drugs
November 17, 2014
Medical experts are saying that the biggest flaw of Big Pharma today is a high percentage of ineffective products being sold without previous clinical trials. This is particularly true when anti-cancer medications are concerned.The sad fact is that Big Pharma prefers to invest in advertising and bribing officials instead of attempting to make their products truly effective. Today pharmaceutical manufacturing is handsomely funded by politicians and organized crime, since it’s has become one of the most efficient money laundering schemes and has already corrupted a large number of US and EU officials.
Canada court rejects doctors’ bid to force child to have chemotherapy
November 16, 2014
OTTAWA – A judge in Canada has rejected a bid by doctors to force an aboriginal girl into chemotherapy treatment in a groundbreaking ruling that affirms the right to pursue traditional healing over mainstream medicine.
Comment: In the health care systems of the future, the ‘Age of intoxication’ by pharma-toxic chemotherapy will inevitably be replaced by the ‘Age of cellular regulation’. To learn how natural health approaches can block all key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease, read our groundbreaking book, ‘Victory Over Cancer’, authored by Dr. Rath and Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki.
Drug firm head held over India surgery deaths
November 14, 2014
Indian police have arrested the director of a drug-manufacturing firm which allegedly supplied medication to women in a mass sterilisation that left 13 dead in central Chhattisgarh state.
Ebola Contracts Worth $2 Billion Could Benefit Drugmakers
November 10, 2014
Drugmakers including Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., Johnson & Johnson and Emergent Biosolutions Inc. are among companies standing to gain from what may be $2 billion in U.S. contracts related to Ebola.
Comment: Predictably, with some estimates suggesting that up to twenty thousand people may already have died from Ebola in the current outbreak, the focus of the pharmaceutical investment business with disease is cynically turning towards the potential profits that can be milked from this increasingly desperate situation.
Pharmaceutical industry gets high on fat profits
November 6, 2014
Imagine an industry that generates higher profit margins than any other and is no stranger to multi-billion dollar fines for malpractice.
Comment: With even the world’s oldest national broadcasting organization, the UK’s BBC, drawing attention to the profiteering, influence and criminal nature of the pharmaceutical industry, there can surely now be little doubt that the “business with disease” is under threat like never before.
World Health Chief Rips 'Profit-Driven' Healthcare Industry for Ebola Fail
November 4, 2014
Speaking before a gathering of African health ministers on Monday, the leader of the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the blame for the Ebola crisis lays largely on the "profit-driven" pharmaceutical industry, which does not invest in cures "for markets that cannot pay."
Hidden heart risk of prostate cancer drugs: Treatment found to treble risk of fatal attack among men who already have cardiac problems
October 29, 2014
Prostate cancer drugs taken by thousands of men have been linked to fatal heart attacks in a study.
Ebola: The making of a $1 billion drug
October 28, 2014
Ebola will soon spawn the next $1 billion drug. At least that's what some experts are betting on. The deadly virus has struck such fear globally that people are betting many governments will start stockpiling Ebola drugs to combat any future outbreaks.
Comment: As this article demonstrates, to the stakeholders of the pharmaceutical “business with disease” the Ebola epidemic is simply another opportunity to make billions of dollars and hold governments and the people of the world to ransom.
War on cancer is stalling because pharmaceutical firms only create drugs they know will make a profit, leading scientist claims
October 24, 2014
The system for researching new cancer treatments is ‘broken’, one of Britain’s top academics has claimed. Professor Paul Workman, chief executive of the Institute of Cancer Research in London, accused ‘risk averse’ pharmaceutical firms of only developing drugs they know will turn a profit.
Comment: The so-called “war on cancer” is a fraud. Pharmaceutical companies and doctors alike know that the drugs used in chemotherapy kill not only cancer cells, but healthy ones too. As a result chemotherapy causes severe side-effects and additional diseases, including new cancers. This inevitably leads to the use of still further drugs, which in turn bring more side effects that require treatment. It’s a vicious circle and a license to print money for the pharmaceutical industry. In short, the only reason that cancer still remains a death verdict today is the billions of dollars drug companies make from selling drugs to treat it. But there is an alternative approach that can free the world from this nightmare, you can learn about it here.
Many Americans in debt, bankruptcy paying for cancer care
October 22, 2014
Besides the danger and worry from the disease itself, many Americans battling cancer are faced with high bills for medical care, two new reports show.
Comment: Cancer costs the global economy nearly $1 trillion per year. Compared to other causes of death, this makes it the single largest drain on national economies.
Big pharma has an interest in rich people being sick
October 17, 2014
What profit is there in a healthy population? If everyone were healthy, it would be the job of the pharmaceutical companies to persuade us that we were not well.
Comment: The publication of this article on The Guardian newspaper website shows that our own long-held analysis of the pharma industry is gradually becoming mainstream.
Drugs flushed into the environment could be cause of wildlife decline
October 13, 2014
Potent pharmaceuticals flushed into the environment via human and animal sewage could be a hidden cause of the global wildlife crisis, according to new research. The scientists warn that worldwide use of the drugs, which are designed to be biologically active at low concentrations, is rising rapidly but that too little is currently known about their effect on the natural world.
Comment: Evidence is growing worldwide that the pharmaceutical industry is polluting the environment and that even our drinking water supplies are now contaminated with measurable amounts of dangerous chemical drugs. A study published in 2009, for example, found that fish caught near wastewater treatment plants serving five major U.S. cities had residues of pharmaceuticals in them. Testing has also revealed that at least 46 million Americans are drinking water contaminated with pharmaceuticals. Meanwhile, scientists in the UK have found cancer drugs in tap water and rising levels of antidepressant drugs in coastal waters which they fear could seriously upset the natural balance of the ecosystem and potentially damage the food-chain. The world’s highest drug levels in water are believed to occur in India, where 21 different active pharmaceutical ingredients – at 150 times the highest levels detected in the U.S. – have been found.
The truth about Trasylol
October 12, 2014
Made from the lung tissue of cows and used to stop excessive bleeding during surgery Trasylol was the wonder drug for the German pharmaceutical giant, Bayer. At over a thousand dollars a dose, it made them hundreds of millions for decade after decade. But there were problems Bayer kept secret; evidence that Trasylol massively increases the risk of heart attacks, kidney disease and strokes.
Juncker seen making U-turn on medicines policy
October 10, 2014
Jean-Claude Juncker has ceded to pressure from MEPs and abandoned his plan to return control of medicines and pharmaceutical products to the Industry Commissioner. This responsibility will instead remain in the hands of the Health Commissioner, EurActiv France reports.
Sanofi joins list of Big Pharmas fielding bribery allegations
October 7, 2014
Now, it's Sanofi digging into potential bribery in the Middle East. The French drugmaker told U.S. officials that it's eyeing allegations from an anonymous whistleblower about improper payments from 2007 to 2012.
Researcher Financial Conflicts Influence Flu Drug Studies
October 6, 2014
Researchers with financial ties to flu drug companies more often reported positive findings in their studies of the treatments, a new analysis found.
HIV cure continues to evade doctors
October 3, 2014
Giving drugs within hours of HIV infection is not a cure, say doctors treating a baby in Milan, Italy.
Comment: The truth about HIV and AIDS is not as the media is portraying it to be. A clinical trial published in November 2013 definitively confirmed that Dr. Rath was right and that long-term supplementation with micronutrients for HIV-infected patients reduces the risk of immune decline and illness. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the world's most widely circulated medical journal, it is particularly notable that the patients in this study had not previously received toxic antiretroviral (ARV) drug therapy. Moreover, and contrary to what the Pharma Cartel and its stakeholders in medicine and the media would have you believe, this study was simply the latest in an increasingly long line of research showing that micronutrients are effective in the control of HIV and AIDS. You can read summaries of many of these studies for yourself on the Worldwide Studies and Research page on the Dr. Rath Health Foundation website and in the Online Library on the World Health Alphabetization website. With even Dr. Luc Montagnier – recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of HIV – having now spoken out for nutrition and micronutrients in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the end of this epidemic is now within sight.
Takeda Accused of Putting Actos Profit Ahead of Safety
October 3, 2014
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. was accused by a lawyer for a woman who blames Actos for her cancer of sacrificing safety for profit by failing to warn patients and doctors about the diabetes medicine’s risks.
Certain autoimmune drugs in pregnancy may up newborn infection risk
October 3, 2014
When given to pregnant women, a common treatment for ulcerative colitis may inadvertently lower their baby's ability to fight off infections at birth, new French research suggests.
Pharmaceutical Giant GlaxoSmithKline “Accidentally” Released 45 Liters of Concentrated Live Polio Virus in the Environment
October 2, 2014
As reported to ECDC by Belgian authorities, on 2 September 2014, following a human error, 45 litres of concentrated live polio virus solution were released into the environment by the pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in Rixensart city, Belgium. The liquid was conducted directly to a water-treatment plant (Rosieres) and released after treatment in river Lasne affluent of river Dyle which is affluent of the Escaut/Scheldt river.
Pharma industry denies it lobbied for medicines to move to DG Enterprise
September 29, 2014
Europe’s pharmaceutical industry has said it did not lobby for medicines and medical devices to be moved from the European Commission's health directorate (DG Sanco) to the enterprise directorate (DG Enterprise).
Comment: The Brussels EU Commission is removing responsibility for policing pharmaceutical drugs from its Health and Consumers department and giving it instead to its department of Enterprise and Industry. This decision, taken by new Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker – who despite his claims to the contrary, was not elected into the post he holds – puts the commercial, profit-driven interests of the trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical “business with disease” right at the heart of European health policy decisions. In doing so Juncker has simultaneously removed any lingering traces of doubt that it is now official Brussels EU policy to put the business interests of the Pharma Cartel before the health interests of 500 million European citizens. If you live in Europe we urge you to send a message to Juncker via his Facebook or Twitter pages and express your outrage regarding this highly dangerous, unethical development. And towards the goal of a truly democratic Europe for the People, by the People, we urge all European citizens who have not already done so to sign our petition on the website of the European Referendum Initiative.
Risks of opioids outweigh benefits for headache, low back pain, other conditions
September 29, 2014
According to a new position statement from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the risk of death, overdose, addiction or serious side effects with prescription opioids outweigh the benefits in chronic, non-cancer conditions such as headache, fibromyalgia and chronic low back pain.
FDA says asthma drug Xolair raises risk of heart, brain problems
September 27, 2014
The asthma drug Xolair is associated with a higher risk of heart attack, mini-stroke, chest pain and blood clots in the lungs and veins, among other problems, though the extent of increased risk is unclear, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday.
Patancheru poisoning – the untold cost of the Western world’s cheap drugs
September 24, 2014
A crisis that has been over 20 years in the making continues to unfold in the Patancheru area of Andhra Pradesh, near Hyderabad, southern India. The Patancheru situation echoes elements of the tragedy, denial and corporate recklessness associated with the Union Carbide disaster of Bhopal, some 900 km to the north. But unlike Bhopal, where the acute exposures and deaths from the Union Carbide gas escape that killed and maimed thousands could not be concealed, the Patancheru situation, born out of long-term, chronic exposure to pharmaceutical effluents, has received much less public and international exposure.
Big Pharma is a colourful tycoon game that explores an ugly industry
September 24, 2014
Big Pharma is a strategy management game inspired by the likes of Transport and RollerCoaster Tycoon. You run your own company, developing new drugs through research and production lines with an aim to sell them all for a nasty profit. But some uncomfortable truths about the business of healing underpins it all.
Comment: One of the most interesting and educational PC games we have seen in a long time!
Common diabetes drug metformin could cause thyroid and heart problems, experts warn
September 22, 2014
A drug widely prescribed to those with diabetes could cause thyroid, heart and a host of other health problems, a study has warned.
Jada Johnson, 11, refuses chemotherapy, may be forced back into treatment
September 20, 2014
Jada Johnson’s family is worried their 11-year-old daughter may be apprehended by the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) after refusing chemo and turning to traditional indigenous medicine.
Comment: In order to ensure the survival of its multi-billion dollar “Business with Cancer” the Drug Cartel has to ensure that nobody – not even an 11-year-old child – is able to escape its dictatorial grasp. In this situation we are reminded once again of the experiences of the parents of Dominik Feld. Speaking after Dominik’s death at the hands of pharmaceutical medicine in 2004, his mother movingly described how, to the drug industry’s stakeholders in the medical profession, her son’s interests were secondary to trying to show the world that Dr. Rath was wrong and that the results of his cancer research are false. The reality is however that chemotherapy is a highly toxic and dangerous treatment that contributes to a quarter of all deaths from cancer. In fact, unbeknown to the vast majority of patients, the overall contribution of chemotherapy to 5-year cancer survival in adults has been estimated to be a mere 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in the USA. To learn about natural health approaches to cancer that have been scientifically shown to block all key mechanisms that make it a deadly disease, click here. To learn why, after the banking and oil industries, the pharmaceutical “business with disease” is the next global industry fighting for the survival of its credibility, visit the Pharma Facts website.
GlaxoSmithKline fined $490m by China for bribery
September 19, 2014
China has fined UK pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline $490m (£297m) after a court found it guilty of bribery.
Pharmaceutical CEO: This Controversial Deal Will Be Great for Us…And You (Trust Us)
September 17, 2014
In an op-ed appearing in Forbes on Tuesday, the CEO of Eli Lilly, a U.S. pharmaceutical corporation, paints a glowing picture of how the proposed Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) would benefit consumers on both sides of the Atlantic – but it’s pure fantasy.
Comment: Significantly, it turns out that the Senior Vice President of Eli Lilly is one of the Trans-Atlantic Business Council’s Co-Chairs responsible for pushing the TAFTA deal. No wonder, therefore, that the company’s CEO is simultaneously painting a glowing picture of how it would supposedly benefit consumers.
Common prostate cancer drugs could speed tumour growth
September 17, 2014
Common treatments for prostate cancer could speed the growth of tumours, a major study has warned.
Epilepsy Drugs found to Lower Vitamin D Levels
September 15, 2014
Epilepsy is defined as “a chronic neurological condition characterized by recurrent seizures.” Epilepsy affects about 2.8 million Americans (2.3 million adults and 467,711 children under 17 years of age). There are 150,000 new cases of epilepsy diagnosed each year at an annual cost of $15.5 billion to our healthcare system. One of the biggest side effects of drugs taken for epilepsy is accelerated bone loss and development of osteoporosis and even fractures. This side effect is so severe that chronic use of drugs to control epilepsy have been found to be an independent risk factor for fractures. Now a new study suggests that one of the reasons for this fracture risk is because antiepileptic drugs may deplete vitamin D blood levels.
Comment: One of the biggest secrets in the drug industry is that pharmaceutical drugs deplete the body of vitamins, minerals and other essential micronutrients. The “Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook”, a remarkable reference book published in 1999, cites 459 published studies on this subject and specifically identifies around 150 classes of drugs that cause nutrient depletion.
Statin Drugs Linked to Thyroid Cancer in Women
September 14, 2014
A concerning new study published in the journal Clinical Epidemiology has found that "statin use is associated with thyroid cancer in female patients."
Fury at EU Commission pharma policy move
September 13, 2014
The new European Commission says it will remove responsibility for medicines, including the European Medicines Agency, from the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers and give it back to DG Enterprise and Industry, in a development which has appalled health activists. This “opaque and unjustified” decision by President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker’s new Commission “will put the commercial, profit-driven interests of the pharmaceutical industry, rather than patients and consumers, at the heart of European policymaking on medicines,” warns Health Action International (HAI).
Pharma sales ‘will reach $1 trillion’ in 2014
September 11, 2014
Global sales in the pharmaceutical industry are set to go over the $1 trillion mark (£616 billion) this year, according to a report by Thomson Reuters.
Comment: Keep this eye-opening statistic in mind the next time anybody asks you to donate money to a medical charity that supports research into drugs to treat diseases. As a trillion-dollar-a-year industry, the pharmaceutical “business with disease” doesn’t need your money. The sooner it is replaced with a new healthcare system based on scientific breakthroughs in the areas of vitamin research and cellular health, the better it will be for all mankind.
Long-term use of pills for anxiety and sleep problems may be linked to Alzheimer's
September 9, 2014
Taking benzodiazepines—widely prescribed drugs to treat anxiety and insomnia—is associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, particularly for long-term users, suggests a study published in BMJ today.
Beta-blockers don't improve heart failure, A-fib outcomes
September 4, 2014
Patients with heart failure and atrial fibrillation given beta-blockers have no significant reduction in all-cause mortality compared to those given placebo treatment, according to research published online Sept. 2 in The Lancet.
30 Million Americans On Antidepressants And 21 Other Facts About America’s Endless Pharmaceutical Nightmare
September 2, 2014
Has there ever been a nation more hooked on drugs than the United States? And I am not just talking about illegal drugs – the truth is that the number of Americans addicted to legal drugs is far greater than the number of Americans addicted to illegal drugs.
Drug companies seek dismissal of City of Chicago’s opioid lawsuit; claim issues fall within FDA’s jurisdiction
August 31, 2014
Competing drug makers have joined forces to ask a federal judge to toss a lawsuit the City of Chicago brought earlier this summer over accusations they deceptively marketed opioid painkillers.
Comment: The lawsuit that is the subject of this news story alleges that drug companies misled the public and doctors about the health risks of opioid pain medications by engaging in false advertising, fraud and deceptive marketing through a conspiracy that is said to have boosted their profits and created an increase in addiction and health care costs. Whilst only time will tell what the outcome of this case is, one thing is already for sure: The Pharmaceutical and Chemical Cartel has a century-long history of waging war and placing profit over life. Ultimately, therefore, the only way to ensure the survival of mankind is to publicly unmask the Cartel’s modus operandi and enable the people of the world to look behind its curtain of deception.
Takeda, Lilly Lose Bid to Overturn $9 Billion Actos Award
August 29, 2014
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly & Co. lost a bid to have a judge throw out a combined $9 billion punitive-damage award over claims the drugmakers hid the cancer risks of their Actos diabetes medicine.
Ice Bucket Challenge Nears $80-Million Mark
August 25, 2014
The ALS Association has raised $79.7 million to combat Lou Gehrig’s Disease since July 29, as the Ice Bucket Challenge continues to encourage people around the world to dump ice over their heads and send in money.
Comment: A serious neurodegenerative disorder, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and motor neurone disease – causes muscle weakness and atrophy throughout the body. Most patients die from the condition within three to five years from the onset of symptoms. With the so-called “Ice Bucket Challenge” having gone “viral” at a time when the pharmaceutical industry’s annual global drug sales are expected to skyrocket from $956 billion in 2011 to nearly $1.2 TRILLION in 2016, the key question has to be asked: Why is it that a trillion-dollar-a-year industry expects people to donate money to support its research? The uncomfortable reality behind the “Ice Bucket Challenge” is that vested interests do not want you to realize that the pharmaceutical industry is not a health industry but an investment industry. Driven by the income it has to generate for its shareholders, the drug industry’s primary motivation is profit – not human health. Significantly, therefore, in sharp contrast to the ineffectiveness of patented pharmaceutical drugs in treating ALS, studies have shown that natural non-patentable micronutrients such as polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, CoQ10, vitamin B12, selenium and others are helpful in controlling it. A particularly notable example in this regard is Professor Stephen Hawking, who has now survived over 50 years since first being diagnosed with ALS. Hawking has publicly stated he suspects the cause of his disease is a poor absorption of vitamins and has therefore supplemented his diet with a wide variety of vitamin and mineral supplements on a daily basis since the latter half of the 1960s. As such, rather than being expected to pin their hopes on the “Ice Bucket Challenge” and the trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical “business with disease”, it is high time that ALS patients, their doctors and families were told the truth.
EU regulator warns on possible MS drugs side effects
August 20, 2014
Europe's drug safety regulator said multiple sclerosis treatments known as interferon beta need stronger label warnings because some patients treated with the drugs have suffered side effects affecting the kidney and other organs.
Comment: In contrast to the dangers of drugs in treating multiple sclerosis, scientific research and clinical studies have demonstrated the health benefits of vitamins and other safe micronutrients in fighting it. To learn more, visit the Studies Worldwide page on our Foundation website and the Online Library on the World Health Alphabetization website.
Actor friend of Robin Williams claims the drugs he was taking for Parkinson's disease led to his suicide
August 17, 2014
Actor Rob Schneider claims the drugs tragic Robin Williams was taking for Parkinson's disease made him suicidal and could have led to his death.
Comment: As with the deaths of Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger before him, it seems possible that the tragic and untimely passing of Robin Williams may turn out to be yet another sobering reminder of the life-threatening dangers of patented synthetic drugs.
Pfizer is Liable for Harm Caused by a Generic Version of its Drug: Court
August 15, 2014
The decision is potentially significant, because this is one of the few cases in which a court has found that a brand-name drug maker can be sued, even though a consumer had taken only the generic version. Consequently, the ruling may be considered by other courts deciding similar cases and prompt still more such lawsuits.
Ethical to use untested Ebola drugs, says WHO
August 12, 2014
Untested drugs can be used to treat patients infected with the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization says.
Comment: The antiviral properties of vitamin C and certain other micronutrients have been proven beyond any scientific doubt. Moreover, their benefits in augmenting and improving the immune system have been recognized by no less than nine Nobel prizes. As such, rather than recommending untested patented chemical drugs, the World Health Organization should take advantage of these scientific facts and promote them as primary public health measures to contain the Ebola epidemic.
Thousands at risk from anti-blood clot drugs...says doctor who was one of the first to push for their use
August 10, 2014
Hundreds of thousands of hospital patients are being injected with potentially dangerous blood-thinning drugs for no good reason, a leading expert is warning.
Ebola Drug Firm Shares Go Bonkers After FDA Announcement
August 8, 2014
Shares of Tekmira Pharmaceuticals closed at $20.70 on Friday, surging 45% in one day of trading. On Thursday afternoon, management announced that the FDA loosened a hold on the Ebola treatment in the company's development pipeline.
Comment:With the US FDA’s announcement coinciding with the World Health Organization’s declaration that the Ebola outbreak is an international health emergency, the cynically opportunistic nature of the pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’ has once again been laid bare for all to see. Through the further instrumentalising of the outbreak, the share prices of companies producing drugs for Ebola will continue to rise and the industry’s investors can immediately make millions of dollars of profit from trading in them. To learn how the Ebola outbreak provides a chance to embrace natural medicine, read Dr. Rath’s statement on our Foundation website.
China jails British investigator Humphrey linked to GSK
August 8, 2014
A British company investigator, Peter Humphrey, has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail for trafficking personal data in China. The Shanghai court also sentenced his American wife Yu Yingzeng to two years. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) China, which is being investigated for possible bribery, hired Mr Humphrey last year.
Taking the Pill 'raises the risk of breast cancer by 50 per cent'
August 1, 2014
Women taking contraceptive pills have a 50 per cent higher overall risk of developing breast cancer, a study has found. Some pills with high levels of oestrogen can raise the risk threefold, compared with that of women who have never taken the Pill or who have stopped using it, US scientists found.
Comment: Long-term intake of contraceptives is well known to cause a depletion of vitamins and other essential cellular nutrients in the body. In addition to raising the risk of breast cancer, this is also the reason why women taking these drugs additionally have an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and other forms of cardiovascular disease. Moreover, far from being a recent discovery, this fact has been known since as long ago as 1972 when a study published in the scientific journal Nature reported that women taking hormonal contraceptives had significantly lower vitamin C blood levels than normal.
Harvard Study Questioning Cholesterol Drugs in Low-Risk Cases Survives Oxford Challenge
August 1, 2014
The verdict is in on a bruising spat between big-name researchers at Harvard University and the University of Oxford over a paper questioning the value of prescribing cholesterol-lowering drugs to people at low risk of heart disease. The decision goes to Harvard—and that’s not great news for pharmaceutical companies that make the medications.
Comment: With sales of statins (so-called ‘lipid regulators’) having declined by almost 11 percent worldwide last year, this outcome is bad news for the Pharma Cartel as it will make it harder for it to offset falling sales by expanding the use of the drugs to healthy patients. To discover how high cholesterol levels can be eradicated naturally, without statins, visit the Cellular Health section of our Foundation website and learn how micronutrients are important for healthy cholesterol levels.
Novartis apologizes for not disclosing side-effects of leukemia drugs sooner
July 31, 2014
The Japanese unit of Novartis AG apologized on Thursday for failing to report to authorities in a timely manner side-effects of its leukemia drugs, in the company's latest scandal in the country.
Comment: The toxic side-effects of chemotherapy drugs for cancer and leukemia are not the exception, but the rule. So highly dangerous are these chemicals that they actually contribute to a quarter of all deaths from cancer. Worse still, and unbeknown to the vast majority of patients, the overall contribution of chemotherapy to 5-year cancer survival in adults has been estimated to be only 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in the USA. To learn about natural health approaches that have been scientifically shown to block all key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease, read Dr. Rath and Dr. Niedzwiecki's groundbreaking book, Victory Over Cancer.
Paracetamol 'has no effect on back pain': Research casts doubt on most popular GP remedy
July 24, 2014
Taking paracetamol has no effect on lower back pain despite being the treatment most widely recommended by doctors, according to a study.
GSK confirms it fired staff for corruption in China in 2001
July 17, 2014
GlaxoSmithKline said it fired staff in China for bribing officials in 2001 in a case that predates wider allegations of corruption for the British drugmaker in the country by more than a decade.
China charges GSK-linked investigator and his wife
July 14, 2014
The charges are the latest chapter in an extremely damaging story for Glaxo, which is accused by prosecutors of having bribed its way to winning drug supply contracts in the company.
Big pharma weigh sell-off of old drugs
July 12, 2014
The world's biggest drugs companies are in talks with bankers about ways to cash in their multi-billion pound portfolios of older drugs in the face of declining sales.
Comment: This story provides a good illustration of how the primary driving force for the 'business with disease' is not health, but shareholder profits. Once a pharma company's drugs lose patent protection they immediately face competition from generic rivals producing cheaper versions of them. This inevitably results in declining sales of the original patented drugs, falling profits and shareholder pressure to create new ones. The extent to which the industry seeks to hide the fraudulent nature of this business model from patients is illustrated in this article by the use of disingenuous phrases such as "portfolio rationalisation" and "shrinking to grow".
Research finds association between certain pain relievers
July 10, 2014
A University of Florida study has found that the regular use of some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, increases the risk of stroke, heart attack and death in postmenopausal women.
Chemotherapy shown to affect memory in young cancer patients
July 8, 2014
A significant number of young cancer patients suffer memory related side effects from chemotherapy according to a study by The University of Manchester to be announced at Teenage Cancer Trust's International Conference on Teenage and Young Adult Cancer, Royal Society of Medicine.
Comment: Unlike vitamin C which has been scientifically proven to be selectively toxic to cancer cells, chemotherapy is unable to distinguish between cancer cells and healthy cells. As a result, it damages all cells in the body indiscriminately and has justifiably been compared to a "shotgun" approach. To make things even worse, chemotherapy particularly affects those healthy cells in the body that are multiplying rapidly, such as the white blood cells of the immune system. Thus, at a time when the body of a cancer patient has the greatest need for effective defence, the immune cells are being systematically destroyed by highly toxic procedures. The future of medicine doesn't have to be like this, however. There are already natural health approaches that have been shown to block ALL key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease. To learn about them, click here.
'Marketing based medicine': how bad is it?
July 7, 2014
It should be the scandal of the century. It potentially affects the health of almost everyone. Healthcare providers and consumers alike should be up in arms. But apart from coverage in a few credible news sources the problem of 'Marketing Based Medicine,' as psychiatrist Dr Peter Parry terms it, hasn't as yet generated the kind of universal outrage one might expect.
Comment: The pharmaceutical ''business with disease'' is the largest deception and fraud business in human history. Instead of delivering health, the patented chemical drugs produced by this investment industry most often result in the exact opposite: new diseases and frequently, death.
Prescription Overdose Deaths in Florida Plunge After Tougher Measures, Report Says
July 1, 2014
Prescription drug overdose deaths in Florida fell sharply after the state began strengthening its prescribing laws and stepping up enforcement. Federal researchers said Tuesday that it was one of the first significant documented declines in the nation since the epidemic of prescription drug abuse took hold more than a decade ago.
Tokyo prosecutors said on Tuesday they will charge the Japanese unit of Novartis AG and a former employee in connection with allegations of data manipulation in promoting its best-selling blood pressure drug Diovan.
Erin Brockovich calls for end to Bayer's Essure
June 24, 2014
She was the single mother who took on corporate America and won. Julia Roberts played her in the Hollywood version of her life's work. Now Erin Brockovich is working to raise awareness about what she considers a dangerous method of permanent birth control - Essure.
Comment: The Essure Problems group on Facebook currently has over 9 thousand members who complain about pain, severe fatigue, bleeding, kidney problems, heart problems and perforation of internal organs from Bayer’s Essure device. Following their suffering these and other crippling problems, some women have had to resort to invasive surgery to have the device removed.
First major review provides evidence of sharp
June 17, 2014
The number of deaths involving commonly prescribed painkillers is higher than the number of deaths by overdose from heroin and cocaine combined, according to researchers at McGill University. In a first-of-its-kind review of existing research, the McGill team has put the spotlight on a major public health problem: the dramatic increase in deaths due to prescribed painkillers, which were involved in more than 16,000 deaths in 2010 in the U.S. alone. Currently, the US and Canada rank #1 and #2 in per capita opioid consumption.
Comment: One of the particular features of the pharmaceutical ‘Business with Disease’ is that maintaining and expanding diseases is a precondition for its growth. A key strategy to accomplish this goal is the development of drugs that merely mask symptoms while avoiding the curing or elimination of diseases. The pushing of painkillers as “cures” for minor aches and pains is a classic example of this.
Pharma execs in China spooked by probes
June 16, 2014
China's crackdown on corruption in the pharmaceutical sector has frightened foreign executives so much that some fear they could be jailed and have asked their lawyers if they should leave the country for six months. Others are thinking of going for good.
Common blood pressure medication may pose risk to older adults
June 16, 2014
Adults over 65 who have recently begun thiazide diuretics are at a greater risk for developing metabolic-related adverse events, researchers at UT
Southwestern Medical Center have found.
Comment: With a clinical study conducted by the Dr. Rath Research Institute having shown that high blood pressure can safely be controlled naturally, without drugs, modern Cellular Medicine provides a major breakthrough in our understanding of the causes, prevention and adjunct treatment of high blood pressure. If you suffer from high blood pressure and would like to learn more about the natural options that are available for controlling it, we invite you to visit the Cellular Health and Studies Worldwide sections on our Foundation website.
Tokyo prosecutors raid Novartis Japan in Diovan probe
June 12, 2014
After Japanese authorities arrested an ex-Novartis employee Wednesday, prosecutors raided the company's Tokyo office to continue their probe into data manipulation. The move comes six months after Japan's health ministry first filed a complaint to prosecutors alleging that the company used exaggerated advertising to market the blood pressure drug Diovan.
European Medicines Agency's revolving door with Big Pharma
June 12, 2014
As the management board of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) votes today on its new clinical-trial data transparency policy, fresh concerns are being raised about how it handles revolving door cases.
People Have Reported Millions Of Bad Drug Reactions To FDA - Here Are The Most Common
June 11, 2014
Death is the most commonly reported bad reaction to prescription drugs in men, according to information from a newly released Food and Drug Administration database. The second most common negative effect reported in men is ineffectiveness.
High Dosage of Statins Increases Diabetes Risk
June 10, 2014
A latest study, conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia, has found that cholesterol-lowering statins prescribed to patients with heart problems increases diabetes risk. The effect is more prominent in patients consuming higher potency statins.
Comment: Dr. Rath's Cellular Medicine approach provides a breakthrough in our understanding of the underlying causes of high cholesterol and makes possible the effective prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease. The primary cause of coronary heart disease and other forms of atherosclerotic disease is a chronic deficiency of vitamins and other essential nutrients in millions of vascular wall cells. This leads to the instability of the vascular walls, lesions and cracks, atherosclerotic deposits and, eventually, heart attacks or strokes. Since the primary cause of cardiovascular disease is a deficiency of essential nutrients in the vascular wall, the daily optimum intake of these essential nutrients is the primary measure to prevent atherosclerosis and help repair artery wall damage. To learn more, we recommend you visit the Cellular Health section of our Foundation website and read Dr. Rath's classic book, "Why Animals Don't Get Heart Attacks...But People Do!"
Italian fraud squad raids drug agency in Roche-Novartis probe
June 5, 2014
Italian finance police searched the offices of the Italian Medicines Agency (Aifa), looking for evidence in a criminal probe of potential fraud and market manipulation by the Swiss drugmakers Novartis and Roche.
Thalidomide: Britons launch legal case
June 5, 2014
Eight Britons who believe their disabilities were caused by Thalidomide have launched legal action against the drug's manufacturer and distributor.
Comment: Secret files obtained by the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper in Australia reveal that Grunenthal, the pharmaceuticial company which manufactured thalidomide, ignored and covered-up repeated warnings that the drug could damage unborn babies. To download legal documents containing these files, click here and here.
GlaxoSmithKline's Chinese reps demand to be repaid for bribes,
June 4, 2014
GlaxoSmithKline's top brass is already up against potential penalties in China and the U.K. for the bribery scandal that broke last summer. But now, it's taking heat from within the company, the Financial Times reports. Junior Chinese employees say they want to be repaid for bribes their superiors ordered them to pay.
Stopping Statins May Benefit Terminally Ill Patients
May 31, 2014
CHICAGO - People in the late stages of cancer and other terminal illnesses are not only unharmed by discontinuing statins for cholesterol management, they may benefit, according to a study presented Friday by researchers at Duke Medicine representing a national research network.
Comment: With statins having previously been shown to raise the risk of developing cataracts, breast cancer, muscle pain and muscular injuries, diabetes, serious kidney problems, osteoarthritis of the knee, nerve damage, eye damage, fatigue and even calcification of the arteries, the findings of this study - which included the fact that patients who stopped taking them lived longer - are hardly surprising.
UK fraud office probes GSK after claims of foreign bribery
May 28, 2014
Britain's fraud office has launched a formal criminal investigation into GlaxoSmithKline, posing a new challenge to the drugmaker, which already faces claims of bribery in China and four other countries.
Italy seeks 1.2 bn euros in anti-trust damages from Roche, Novartis
May 28, 2014
Italy's health ministry is seeking 1.2 billion euros ($1.6 million) in compensation from Swiss pharma giants Novartis and Roche for the manipulation of sales of a cheap drug used to treat eye problems, Italian media reported Wednesday.
Boehringer to settle lawsuits against blockbuster drug
May 28, 2014
German drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim said on Wednesday it would pay about $650 million to settle U.S. lawsuits that claimed the company's blockbuster blood thinner, Pradaxa, had caused severe and fatal bleeding in patients.
Memory Problems After Chemo Linked to Brain Changes
May 27, 2014
Breast cancer survivors who had chemotherapy show changes in brain activity during multitasking chores, according to a new Belgian study.
Comment: For around a century now, chronic diseases have been exploited by Pharma Cartel interests as markets for patented chemical drugs. In cancer an additional, particularly appalling, aspect of this exploitation deserves consideration: In the minds of patients, the diagnosis of 'cancer' has been deliberately promoted as a 'death verdict'. This was not done by accident as it resulted in millions of cancer patients accepting literally any procedure - including highly toxic chemotherapy - in the desperate hope that it would save their lives. Today, however, Dr. Rath and Dr. Niedzwiecki's groundbreaking book, Victory Over Cancer, is inspiring people all over the world to learn about natural health approaches that have been scientifically shown to block all key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease. By spreading awareness of the new Cellular Medicine approach to controlling cancer, and educating people regarding the facts about chemotherapy, millions of lives can be saved both safely and naturally.
More foreign drug firms face scrutiny in China: report
May 27, 2014
China is reportedly putting more foreign drug firms under scrutiny, state media said Tuesday, days after the conclusion of a police probe into alleged bribery by employees of Britain's GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
California Counties Sue Drugmakers Over Painkiller Abuse
May 23, 2014
Are drugmakers responsible for an epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse? A new lawsuit alleges that 20 years ago, pharmaceutical companies set out to turn drugs that were narrowly prescribed for short-term acute pain into commonplace remedies for such conditions as arthritis and back pain, downplaying the risk of addiction.
Sleeping pills increase CV events in heart failure patients
May 17, 2014
Sleeping pills increase the risk of cardiovascular events in heart failure patients by 8-fold, according to research from Japan. The study was presented today at the Heart Failure Congress 2014, held 17-20 May in Athens, Greece. The Congress is the main annual meeting of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology.
GSK bribery scandal could cause 'irreparable damage', says China
May 16, 2014
State news agency says allegations against British drugmaker serve as "a warning" to other foreign firms.
Cancer-stricken First Nations girl forgoing chemo
May 16, 2014
A 10-year-old Ojibwa girl with cancer has quit her chemotherapy to pursue traditional Aboriginal treatments at the New Credit First Nation reserve in Ontario, prompting her doctors to contact the Children's Aid Society. Makayla Sault, who says she's suffered horrible side effects from the chemotherapy for her acute lymphoblastic leukemia, explains her reasons for giving up the treatment in a video posted to YouTube this week
Comment: The only reason that cancer remains a death verdict in the 21st century is that drug companies are making billions of dollars from selling toxic chemotherapy drugs that do not treat the root cause of the disease, namely, micronutrient deficiencies. Moreover, and still unbeknown to millions of people worldwide, the chemicals used in chemotherapy are dangerous even after they are excreted through the patient's skin, urine, stool, tears, semen or vaginal fluids. The people at particular risk include family members, caregivers and literally anyone touching a chemotherapy patient. Even health professionals face health risks while handling chemotherapy drugs. These risks include damage to their DNA, birth defects, the development of cancers and organ damage. To learn about safe natural approaches to controlling cancer that have been scientifically shown to block all key mechanisms that make it a deadly disease, visit the Victory Over Cancer website.
Statins: BMJ investigates claims over side effects
May 15, 2014
Two articles claiming cholesterol-reducing statins may be unsafe are to be investigated and could be retracted by the British Medical Journal. The authors have withdrawn figures suggesting up to 20% of users would suffer harmful side effects such as liver disease and kidney problems.
Comment: In reading this news story, one is reminded of George Orwell's classic novel "1984" in which news stories from the past are continuously rewritten so that the historical record always supports the current party line. Bearing in mind the continued absence of any scientific evidence that cholesterol can damage an otherwise intact blood vessel wall, the retraction of these BMJ articles could essentially be seen as a deliberate attempt to rewrite the past and, through so doing, protect the Pharma Cartel's multi-billion dollar statin drug business. To learn the truth about cholesterol and statins, visit the Cholesterol Facts website.
Chinese police charge British former GSK China head with bribery
May 14, 2014
Chinese police on Wednesday said they had charged the British former China head of drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline PLC and other colleagues with corruption, after a probe found the firm made billions of yuan from elaborate schemes to bribe doctors and hospitals.
Pfizer's bid for AstraZeneca shows that big pharma is as rotten as the banks
May 11, 2014
Global pharmaceutical companies are dodging the risks by loading R&D costs on to taxpayers.
Comment: With every passing day, the truth about the Pharma Cartel is becoming more and more apparent to the people of the world. Artificially created and strategically developed over an entire century by the same investment groups that control the global petrochemical and chemical industries, the Cartel is a trillion-dollar-a-year investment industry that is driven by the profits of its shareholders. To understand how, after the banking and oil industries, the pharmaceutical "business with disease" is the next global industry fighting for the survival of its credibility, visit the Pharma Facts website.
Big Pharma stands to profit by cleaning out its medicine chests
May 4, 2014
Leading global pharmaceutical companies have started to view their vast portfolios of older, established prescription drugs as vehicles for raising large sums of cash to fuel development of new medicines with far higher profit margins.
Comment: The multi-trillion dollar Drug Cartel and its investors unfailingly place profit over human health. Ultimately it isn't important to the Cartel how profits are generated, simply that they are. So long as profits are produced, the lack of effectiveness of drugs in treating the primary cause of disease - or even the dangerous side-effects they cause when administered to patients - are essentially seen as irrelevant. To learn more about the true nature of the Drug Cartel, visit this page on our Foundation website.
Botched Oklahoma execution turns spotlight on US pharmaceutical firms
May 1, 2014
Oklahoma's bungled execution of a convicted killer, who died 43 minutes after the first drugs were injected into him, has put the spotlight on two American pharmaceutical companies.
Comment: With the drug industry already having been proven to have supplied the Zyklon B pellets that were used to kill concentration camp prisoners in the gas chambers during WWII, it is high time that the companies profiting from selling drugs for use in modern-day executions are publicly exposed.
GlaxoSmithKline's Spin Doctoring Doesn't Cure Corruption Problems
April 28, 2014
Andrew Witty, GlaxoSmithKline's CEO, has been a busy man over the past couple years, taking every opportunity to convince the public that the company has reformed its culture and marketing practices. But despite the full-on PR campaign, claims continue to surface about Glaxo using bribes to induce doctors to prescribe Glaxo drugs.
Young people who take high doses of antidepressants are twice
April 28, 2014
Young adults taking high-dose antidepressants such as Prozac and Seroxat have double the risk of suicidal behaviour, warn researchers. A U.S. study of almost 162,000 found those aged 24 or younger were twice as likely to deliberately self-harm compared with youngsters taking standard doses of SSRI pills.
Popular heartburn and anti-nausea drug taken by millions
April 26, 2014
A drug taken by millions of people to relieve heartburn and nausea is set to be restricted after nearly 60 people died from heart problems after taking the medication. Following a European review, domperidone, also known as Motilium is to be curtailed after it found 57 people are known to have died.
GSK under growing pressure from UK authorities, lawyers warn
April 21, 2014
British drug giant GlaxoSmithKline will come under more pressure from prosecutors in the UK and US after admitting that it is investigating bribery allegations in several countries, legal experts have said.
Study finds adverse respiratory outcomes for older people with COPD taking benzodiazepines
April 17, 2014
A group of drugs commonly prescribed for insomnia, anxiety and breathing issues "significantly increase the risk" that older people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, need to visit a doctor or Emergency Department for respiratory reasons, new research has found.
Drug firms have used dangerous tactics to drive sales to treat kids
April 14, 2014
Pharmaceutical companies wooed academic leaders, ghostwrote articles, suppressed damaging health data and lavished doctors with gifts to make prescribing powerful psychotropic drugs to children a blockbuster profit center, a trail of lawsuits over the past two decades shows.
UK drug company Glaxo 'paid bribes to Polish doctors'
April 14, 2014
UK drug company GlaxoSmithKline is facing a criminal investigation in Poland for allegedly bribing doctors, BBC Panorama has discovered. Eleven doctors and a GSK regional manager have been charged over alleged corruption between 2010 and 2012.
Comment: With Glaxo having already paid a record $3 billion in criminal fines in the United States in 2012, its sales in China plunging after a bribery scandal there last year and further allegations of bribery now being investigated in Iraq, the company's problems seem set to deepen. Ultimately however, until such time as both governments and patients alike appreciate that the 'business with disease' is the largest deception and fraud business in human history, the corrupting influence of the pharmaceutical industry on the practice of medicine will continue to be the single greatest obstacle to the health of mankind.
Stockpiles of Roche Tamiflu drug are waste of money, review finds
April 10, 2014
Researchers who have fought for years to get full data on Roche's flu medicine Tamiflu said on Thursday that governments who stockpile it are wasting billions of dollars on a drug whose effectiveness is in doubt.
Comment: Studies with Tamiflu have reported myriad side-effects including nausea, vomiting, headaches, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Other research has revealed it can cause dangerous psychiatric problems - such as delirium, delusions and hallucinations - and even death. Notably therefore, the official World Health Organization guidance on Tamiflu, issued in 2004, which urged governments to stockpile the drug, was authored by scientists who had previously received payment from its manufacturer, Roche. In sharp contrast to the ineffectiveness of drugs in controlling influenza, research published by Dr. Rath and Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki has demonstrated that a unique micronutrient mixture has high antiviral activity - even at prolonged periods after infection. Natural micronutrient approaches based on the nutrient synergy concept are safer than drugs in controlling viral infections and work by acting on several different cellular mechanisms at the same time - something that is not achievable with pharmaceuticals. To learn more about Dr. Rath's breakthrough discoveries in infectious diseases, visit the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute.
Takeda, Lilly Jury Awards $9 Billion Over Actos Risks
April 9, 2014
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY) were ordered to pay a combined $9 billion in punitive damages after a federal court jury found they hid the cancer risks of their Actos diabetes medicine in the first U.S. trial of its kind.
Everyday painkillers almost DOUBLE the risk of
April 9, 2014
Common painkillers used by millions of people can almost double the risk of an irregular heartbeat which triggers heart attacks and strokes.
17 deaths reported in Japan after drug injections
April 9, 2014
The Japanese unit of major drugmaker Janssen Pharmaceuticals says 17 people have died after being injected with its drug to treat schizophrenia since it was launched in Japan last November.
Drugmaker GSK investigates alleged bribery in Iraq
April 7, 2014
Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, already facing corruption accusations in China, is now investigating allegations of bribery in Iraq, the British company said on Sunday.
Medical school leaders cash in on drug company boards
April 1, 2014
While university doctors who moonlight for drug companies have faced intense scrutiny in recent years, new research suggests much larger sums of money are being paid to their bosses - the leaders of medical schools and hospitals who serve on drug company boards.
New Blood Pressure Guidelines May Take Millions of Americans Off Meds
March 29, 2014
About 5.8 million American adults may no longer be prescribed drugs to treat high blood pressure under recently revised guidelines, according to a new study. In February, the Eighth Joint National Committee released controversial guidelines that relaxed blood pressure goals in adults 60 and older from 140/90 to 150/90. The guidelines also eased blood pressure targets for adults with diabetes and kidney disease.
Comment: Whichever way one looks at it, this development is bad news for the Drug Cartel. With its multi-billion dollar sales in patented blood pressure drugs at risk of contracting as a direct result of these revised guidelines, and safe natural alternatives for eradicating high blood pressure already available, millions more people can potentially now be freed from their fatal dependency on the pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’.
Study: FDA Blocks Natural Treatments to Protect Profits of Drug Companies
March 27, 2014
A research letter published in JAMA on March 17, 2014 reported that Americans believe that the FDA helps drug companies prevent the development of cures to major diseases.
Comment: Following the 2013 survey which confirmed that most people now feel drug companies see cancer as a money-making opportunity rather than as a disease to be eradicated, the publication by JAMA - the world’s most widely circulated medical journal - of this research letter suggests that our Foundation’s long-held analysis of the pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’ is gradually becoming mainstream.
World War I: "BAYER not recognizing responsibility"
March 26, 2014
Last year the company BAYER AG celebrated its 150th anniversary. However, the dark sides of the company’s history were completely ignored: neither its mutually beneficial relationship with the Third Reich nor pesticide poisonings or deadly pharma products were mentioned in the celebrations. Now we are approaching the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. Once again BAYER is avoiding any discussion of its numerous corporate crimes.
Comment: As the patent owners of mustard gas and other chemical warfare agents, Bayer played a key role in the perpetration of atrocities that took place during WWI. To learn about Bayer’s role in WWII as part of the notorious IG Farben Cartel, visit the Profit Over Life archive.
Why is heart failure not more rigorously assessed in clinical trials of antidiabetes drugs? In a Personal View, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal, Professor John McMurray of The University of Glasgow and colleagues review evidence that hospitalization for heart failure is one of the most common and prognostically important complications of diabetes. Moreover, increasing evidence shows that some glucose-lowering drugs increase the risk of heart failure. Yet, heart failure is rarely considered as a key outcome, or even part of composite cardiovascular outcomes, in clinical trials of glucose-lowering drugs.
The number of young American adults taking medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder nearly doubled from 2008 to 2012, according to a report to be released Wednesday by the nation's largest prescription drug manager.
Drugmaker Roche must pay more than $1.5 million in damages to a woman who developed bowel disease after using the company's Accutane acne medicine, a jury ruled in her retrial. Officials of Basel, Switzerland-based Roche failed to properly warn Kamie Kendall's doctors that Accutane could cause ulcerative colitis and were liable for her injuries, jurors in state court in New Jersey concluded today.
A potent new painkiller hit the US market this week, despite warnings from top experts that the drug may deliver a deadly setback in America's battle with opioid addiction.
Comment: In the world of the 'business with disease', the key driving forces are profit and the accumulation of wealth. It isn't important to the Drug Cartel how these profits are generated, simply that they are. To learn more about the main principles governing the pharmaceutical industry, click here.
The study volunteers died an average of four months after entering the study, and those who took cancer drugs during the study didn't live any longer than those who didn't. They did, however, receive more painful and costly medical interventions, which led to a worse death: 65 percent died in their preferred place compared to 80 percent of those who stopped treatments. Those taking chemotherapy were more likely to die in a hospital intensive care unit than at home and were more likely to get resuscitated and placed on a ventilator.
Comment: Chemotherapy is a highly dangerous treatment that contributes to a quarter of all deaths from cancer. Worse still, and unbeknown to the vast majority of patients, the overall contribution of chemotherapy to 5-year cancer survival in adults has been estimated to be only 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in the USA. To learn why, after the banking and oil industries, the pharmaceutical "business with disease" is the next global industry fighting for the survival of its credibility, visit the Pharma Facts website.
A new study has found that birth control pills and obesity may increase the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS).
A coalition of addiction experts, physicians and others is urging U.S. health officials to reverse course and block the launch of a powerful painkiller called Zohydro, expected to hit the market next month.
Doctors should stop prescribing statins and blood pressure drugs to over 80s because they have little effect and many older people would rather be allowed to die naturally, a health expert has warned.
Comment: It is a sad fact that millions of elderly people all over the world are still living in ignorance about the new scientific possibilities for improving their health naturally and extending their lives. In contrast, those who have been fortunate enough to learn the truth about natural therapies are already using them to successfully live longer, healthier lives. Seen in this light, this news story is simply a tragic reflection of the extent to which the multi-billion dollar patented drug business has utterly failed to improve human health.
Blood pressure pills may be doing more harm than good as they increase the risk of elderly people having falls, scientists have found.
Comment: Modern Cellular Medicine provides a major breakthrough in our understanding of the causes, prevention and adjunct treatment of high blood pressure, with a clinical study conducted by the Dr. Rath Research Institute having shown that the condition can successfully be controlled naturally, without drugs. To learn more, visit the Cellular Health and Studies Worldwide sections on our Foundation website.
The "safest" drug for relieving aches and pains, lowering fever and treating headaches in pregnancy may not be so safe after all, according to a new report - it may raise the risk of ADHD and similar disorders in their children.
Comment: Additional research suggests that acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol and sold under the brand name Tylenol, may cause heart failure and strokes, blood cancer, hearing loss and many other serious health problems.
Psychotropic drugs have been used for the purpose of suppressing fear and enabling murderous rage for a long time. In Dispatches, his extraordinary book about the war in Vietnam, Michael Herr passes this along about the use of drugs by American soldiers: "Going out at night the medics gave you pills. . . . I knew one 4th Division Lurp [Long-Range Reconnaissance Patrol] who took his pills by the fistful, downs from the left pocket of his tiger suit and ups from the right, one to cut the trail, the other to send him down it. He told me that they cooled things out just right for him, that he could see that old jungle at night like he was looking at it through a starlight scope." Today, many of our children are prescribed the same psychotropic drugs as were given to our soldiers, in the children's case for the treatment of such conditions as ADHD and for psychiatric disorders.
Allowing pharmaceutical companies to conduct drug trials is the equivalent of a defendant alone presenting all the evidence to determine whether he is guilty or not, argues Peter C Gøtzsche, co-founder of The Cochrane Collaboration, a global independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, and author of the recently released Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare.
Comment: With the Cochrane Collaboration being well known for having previously attempted to discredit vitamin therapies, its co-founder's belated recognition that the drug industry's business model fulfils the criteria for organized crime, according to US law, is clearly a welcome development. Nevertheless, whether or not this intervention will ultimately result in any significant changes to Cochrane itself still remains to be seen.
Pharma's reputation stays low in 2013
February 14, 2014
The reputation of pharma companies remained at a low ebb last year, with performance ratings down across the board compared to 2011, according to a survey of patient groups.
One of the largest and most meticulous studies of mammography ever done, involving 90,000 women and lasting a quarter-century, has added powerful new doubts about the value of the screening test for women of any age. It found that the death rates from breast cancer and from all causes were the same in women who got mammograms and those who did not.
Comment: It is notable that this study also found that one in five cancers discovered with mammography and treated was not actually a threat to the woman's health and did not need treatment such as chemotherapy. But with cancer drugs now producing annual sales valued at over 60 billion dollars a year, the financial stakeholders of the pharmaceutical industry will clearly have a vested interest in opposing this finding.
By 2018, it is estimated that the global pharmaceutical market will be worth more than $1.3 trillion USD. To corner their share of profits, established drug companies have to fight fierce competition from generic products, adhere to stringent government regulations and sway a consumer base that is better informed than ever before. New research from Concordia University's John Molson School of Business shows that Big Pharma has begun these efforts by embracing "brand personality," a marketing strategy traditionally employed by consumer-focused companies like Apple, Coca-Cola and Harley-Davidson.
Comment: The pharmaceutical industry is an investment industry driven by the profits of its shareholders. Improving human health is not its driving force. Artificially created and strategically developed over an entire century by the same investment groups that control the global petrochemical and chemical industries, its huge annual profits are based on the patenting of new drugs. These patents essentially allow drug manufacturers to arbitrarily define the profits for their products. To learn the truth about the pharmaceutical industry, visit the Pharma Facts website and read 'The Laws of the Pharmaceutical Industry' on our Foundation website.
The pharmaceutical industry has been name-checked in a new report on corruption in the EU which has put the costs to the economy at a staggering €120bn a year.
Comment: Do not allow the publication of this report to fool you into thinking that the Brussels EU is about to take any dramatic action against the corrupt nature of the Pharma Cartel. Instead, given that the so-called "European Commission" - the executive level of the Brussels EU - essentially serves as the unelected political stakeholder of multinational pharmaceutical corporations, it will simply continue to craft the laws of Europe on their behalf. Seen in this light, the name-checking of the Cartel in this report is essentially little more than a political distraction.
Aspirin is still overprescribed for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF) despite the potential for dangerous side effects, according to research published today.
Comment: Research shows that regular use of aspirin increases the risk of developing Crohn's disease; irregular heart rhythm; erectile dysfunction, hearing loss and age-related macular degeneration. To learn how cardiovascular disease can be eradicated naturally, without aspirin, visit the Cellular Health section of our Foundation website.
South Africa's health minister accused multi-national drug companies of orchestrating a "satanic" and "genocidal" plot to rig patent laws, according to a newspaper interview published Friday.
China's biggest drug distributor says two former executives are the target of a corruption investigation, widening a graft probe that has focused on foreign pharmaceutical makers.
Japan's health ministry filed a criminal complaint against Novartis AG's local unit on Thursday after the pharmaceuticals company promoted its best-selling blood pressure drug Diovan using manipulated data.
About 600 Australian women have expressed an interest in a potential class action against the manufacturers of the contraceptive pills Yasmin and Yas, reporting adverse reactions including blood clots and strokes after taking the pills.
Comment: Long-term intake of contraceptives is well known to cause a depletion of vitamins and other essential cellular nutrients in the body. This is the reason why women taking these drugs also have an increased risk for heart attacks, strokes and other forms of cardiovascular disease. Moreover, far from being a recent discovery, this fact has been known since as long ago as 1972 when a study published in the scientific journal Nature reported that women taking hormonal contraceptives had significantly lower vitamin C blood levels than normal.
Sleeping Pill Side Effects: May Be Linked To Increased Heart Attack Risk Say Scientists
January 8, 2014
The first study to link the sleeping pill zolpidem - known as Ambien in the US and Stilnoct in the UK - with cardiovascular problems has been published, raising concerns about its long term use.
Japan's health ministry plans to file a criminal complaint against the local arm of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis over alleged exaggerated advertising for a popular blood-pressure drug, an official said Wednesday.
Comment: An extensive range of studies and lawsuits now clearly documents the strategies via which pharmaceutical companies hide, ignore, or misrepresent evidence about drugs; distort the medical literature; and misrepresent products to prescribing physicians. For patients, the consequences of this can include serious adverse reactions and even death.
Millions of patients are wrongly diagnosed with depression and needlessly given antidepressant drugs when they are simply sad, a study warns.
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