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Merck & FDA, Match Made in Death and Money

Here is an interesting story that just broken from Fox news health: “Merck & Co Inc.'s drug to reverse the side effect of muscle relaxants used during surgery has finally been approved for use.  The FDA said on Tuesday that it approved the drug, Bridion, to reverse the effects of deep paralysis caused by the drug rocuronium (a muscle relaxant used at the beginning of surgery to help doctors insert a breathing tube.)  Analysts expect the drug, known generically as suggamadex, to generate annual sales of 557 million by 2020, according to Thomson Reuters data. Briand’s path to approval has been rocky.  The product was originally developed by Organon BioSciences, which was acquired by another drug company Schering-Plough in 2007. Merck acquired the drug when it bought Schering-Plough in 2009.” 

So Merck has clout with the FDA and they walked it through the FDA when the other two drug companies could not. Now if you really want insight into how all of this works, and the insidious nature of the FDA and what they have done to the American consumer then you have to get Jonathan Emord’s book, The Rise of Tyranny.  I am going to read an excerpt from it right now.  This from the chapter, The FDA Approval of Unsafe Drugs:

In September 2003, the FDA medical reviewer Dr. Andrew Mosholder discovered evidence that antidepressant drugs including Paxil, Zoloft and Effexor could increase the risk of suicidal thoughts in children.  The FDA had assigned to Dr. Mosholder the task of evaluating claims of an association between antidepressants and suicidal behavior in kids in June 2003.  Dr. Mosholder did the research and he found evidence of increased risk of suicidal thoughts principally on review of 22 pediatric trials involving 4,250 children. He concluded, overall, that the children in the studies who took the antidepressants were on average twice as likely to have suicidal thoughts as the children on placebo. Mosholder findings were leaked to the media and then the FDA internal affairs began a criminal investigation of Dr. Mosholder!  In the summer of 2003 in the UK, Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHPRA) prohibited the prescription of antidepressant drug Paxil to depressed patients.  In December 2003 that same organization declared the antidepressant Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa, Luvox, Remeron and Paxil unsuitable for those under 18 years of age.  The committee on safety of medicines a sub agency of MHPRA found the risks of treating depressive illnesses in children under 18 with certain selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors outweighed the benefits of treatment.  But long before Dr. Mosholder issued his report linking suicidal thoughts to these antidepressants, the FDA management scheduled him to speak before a February 2004 meeting of the FDA advisory committee considering safety risks associated with these drugs. Mosholder’s negative findings caused the FDA management to reconsider whether Dr. Mosholder should be allowed to speak.  And January 2004, the FDA’s director of division of neuro-pharmacological drug products, Dr. Russell Katz told Mosholder that he would not be permitted to present his findings to the committee.”  
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So the FDA hired Dr. Mosholder to check out whether or not the antidepressants caused children to have suicidal thoughts. Mosholder does the research and concludes - yes they do!  As a matter of fact, teenagers who take these drugs are twice as likely to have suicidal thoughts as the kids in the study who were taking placebo.  Twice as likely! So yes, unequivocally, the drugs make teenagers suicidal.  The research is so overwhelming, the FDA was forced to put a warning on the box of antidepressants warning physicians that these drugs may in fact increase the risk of suicide in adolescents. 

Now – let’s think this through: if you were a sound physician, a humanistic physician, how could you in good conscience prescribe these drugs to adolescents?  You wouldn’t!  But nonetheless MDs do it all of the time – because remember the medical doctor is not trained in medicine.  The MD is trained in allopathic reductionistic medicine and allopathic reductionistic medicine as a self-regulating self-policing industry.  It believes that the human body is a biochemical bag waiting to break and when it does break, there’s nothing you can do to cure it.  Nothing you can do to fix it.  Your only option is to manage it.  And so when somebody is depressed.  It’s not the MDs job to cure the depression.  It’s not the MDs job to figure out what’s causing the depression.  It’s the MDs job to manage the depression - and so what if the antidepressants prescribed cause children to commit suicide.  It’s only a small percentage of children that do that and the greater good is what must be taken into consideration.  In point of fact research studies have also shown that antidepressants are less effective than placebo at helping people to feel better. But because we do not have free medical market, and the MDs exist as a self-regulating, self–policing industry, this type of bad medicine persists.  The icing on the cake... because medical doctors are basically intellectual cowards they are not going to rock the boat.  They’re not going to think outside of the box that they were trained in.  So even when their therapeutics fail, even when their therapeutics harm, even when their therapeutics bankrupt, and even when their therapeutics kill, they keep rolling them out.  There ought to be a law! 

Ladies and gentlemen fire your medical doctor today!  Tune in and turn on to real medicine right here with me, your steadfast advocate for health, Dr Glidden.

-Live long and prosper-

Dr. Glidden