Turing Pharmaceuticals is lowering the price of the important toxoplasmosis drug, Daraprim, by 50%. This is a cause for thanksgiving, as Martin Shkreli, the company’s CEO, raised the per pill price from $13.50 to $750.00 when Turing bought the rights to the drug. It will now cost $375.00 per pill. The price could still be better, but it is Thanksgiving, so we know to expect a turkey and Martin Shkreli doesn’t disappoint.
Health & Medicine
Conventional animal husbandry calls for the use of antibiotics in otherwise healthy animals to promote growth and limit the spread of disease. Unfortunately, this is having a serious impact on public health. Excessive antibiotic use is creating antibiotic-resistant superbugs that are especially dangerous to children.
“We have started a grassroots movement to get an unsafe medical device off the market. Our fight to get PMA revoked from Essure is gaining rapid traction.” The amazing women of Essure Problems are hitting the road to DC to lobby for the revocation of Bayer’s pre-emption status for its dangerous Essure “permanent” birth control.
A federal judge dismissed two co-defendants from the Androderm testosterone products liability MDL last week. One, the parent company of the other Actavis defendants, was dismissed for having no actionable role in the Androderm issue. The other, Watson Laboratories, Inc., a Nevada Corporation, was dismissed because it was named in error. Its name is virtually identical to that of the properly named co-defendant, Watson Laboratories, Inc. a DELAWARE Corporation. Watson Delaware is now called Actavis Laboratories UT, Inc.
This video is a small sampling of a subset of patients who were implanted with Bayer’s Essure “permanent” birth control device. The known subset totals 24,000 women and counting. Those women who haven’t gone public or who may not even know that Essure is the source of their problems, aren’t included in that number.
Despite evidence to the contrary (24,000+ women’s stories), doctors are still promoting Bayer’s Essure “permanent” birth control device. This video is not, as one would expect, from the early days of Essure. It was published last year. In it, the doctor states that Essure is 100% effective as a contraceptive. Not even Bayer says that!
This video is two years old. Two. Years. Since then, the death toll (known to me at the time of writing) is seven. This doesn’t count women who have taken their own lives rather than continue to suffer. Two. Years. In that time, Bayer continues it’s canned responses and the FDA held a hearing. That’s pretty much
Red Reynolds shows us her E-journey: life before, during and after Essure. Bayer may cite studies trumpeting Essure’s safety (hint: Bayer PAID for those studies, they weren’t independent!), but this video shows what Essure can and is doing to women’s bodies and lives. Watch it now!
Bayer, the maker of the Essure “permanent” birth control implant, is sponsoring a medical conference in Armenia. The conference, “Health-related issues of quality of life,” is co-sponsored by the Armenian Association of Young Doctors. The AAYD uses Bayer’s name in its PR campaigns for the conference, which sends a message that Bayer agrees with AAYD’s message. AAYD’s current president is a raving homophobe who wants to see LGBTQ people burned alive. While Bayer disavows support of this view in private messages to another blogger, it has to date refused to issue a public statement leading many of us to wonder if Bayer supports homophobia.
Brigham & Women’s Hospital thinks its appropriate to bully those who speak out against dangerous medical devices and procedures. Guess what? I think it’s appropriate to point out this unacceptable behavior. This post contains a call to action from two doctors – one also a patient – asking for assistance. Please lend your voice.