Contaminated chemo drugs, the FDA, and chemical warfare against the…

Chemo drugs are highly poisonous to begin with. But suppose, on top of that, they’re contaminated and tainted?
Welcome to the FDA: the handmaiden to Big Pharma; the promoter of destructive medicines; the opponent of natural health; the agency that should have been disbanded and fumigated decades ago. Corruption Central.
In today’s episode, the Agency has issued a slap on the wrist to Fresenius, a major provider of health care in Europe, with two dozen drug-manufacturing facilities around the world.
Bloomberg reports: ‘U. S. regulators warned Fresenius SE after the company’s Indian plant that makes cancer-drug ingredients for the U. S. market aborted hundreds of drug-quality tests because they seemed like they were going to fail due to impurities.’
‘When workers at the plant found potential tainted products, they halted the tests and said human or machine errors were to blame instead, according to a Food and Drug Administration warning letter dated Dec. 4 that cited 248 aborted checks at the West Bengal facility.’

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on December 29, 2017.

Contaminated chemo drugs, the FDA, and chemical warfare against the public

Chemo drugs are highly poisonous to begin with. But suppose, on top of that, they’re contaminated and tainted?
Welcome to the FDA: the handmaiden to Big Pharma; the promoter of destructive medicines; the opponent of natural health; the agency that should have been disbanded and fumigated decades ago. Corruption Central.
In today’s episode, the Agency has issued a slap on the wrist to Fresenius, a major provider of health care in Europe, with two dozen drug-manufacturing facilities around the world.
Bloomberg reports: ‘U. S. regulators warned Fresenius SE after the company’s Indian plant that makes cancer-drug ingredients for the U. S. market aborted hundreds of drug-quality tests because they seemed like they were going to fail due to impurities.’
‘When workers at the plant found potential tainted products, they halted the tests and said human or machine errors were to blame instead, according to a Food and Drug Administration warning letter dated Dec. 4 that cited 248 aborted checks at the West Bengal facility.’
The FDA’s warning basically instructed Fresenius to do better. Re-examine all their manufacturing and testing practices. Hire an outside consultant.
That’s comforting, isn’t it? With contaminated chemo drugs floating around the world, the FDA says nothing about ferreting out these medicines – and here is the capper from the Bloomberg article:
‘The agency also warned that if the company doesn’t correct the issues raised in the letter, FDA workers could refuse products made at the facility admission into the U. S.’

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on Dec 29, 2017.

DEATH BY BIG PHARMA: 5 POPULAR PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS THAT DESTROY HEALTH

Since Western medicine tends to focus on the symptoms, rather than a cure, major red flags in certain drugs are becoming more obvious. There are five very popular and widely prescribed pharmaceuticals that will actually destroy your health more than they will help temporarily.
Rather than carefully identifying the root cause underneath and working to improve it in a holistic way (like changing environmental factors or diet) doctors are caught in a money web created by the pharmaceutical companies to generate revenue, and it’s often at the cost of patient health.
The majority of prescription drugs for chronic conditions are associated with nutrient deficiencies and a number of side effects that become another health battle of their own. Soon, patients are stuck in a cycle of prescription after prescription; trying to manage the symptoms caused by the medication that came before it. In fact, the CDC states that 48.9% of people are currently taking at least one prescription and 23.1% of people are taking three or more. -Real Farmacy
The five dangerous drugs that all of us living in a ‘western medicine’ society should be aware of are:

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on DECEMBER 18, 2017.

Drugmaker Raises The Price Of Vitamins By 800%, Makes Shkreli Blush

Avondale, a secretive Alabama-based drugmaker, has gained unwanted national attention after the company increased the price of a bottle of vitamins to almost $300 that can be bought on the internet for $5.
In the latest example of price-gouging in America’s lightly regulated pharmaceutical industry, records show Avondale inflated the price of Niacor, a prescription-only version of niacin, by ‘809 percent last month, taking a bottle of 100 tablets from $32.46 to $295’, according to the Financial Times.
Niacor is the prescription form of niacin, a type of vitamin B3 that is used to treat high cholesterol and the increased risk of a heart attack. With one easy search on Google, a generic version of Niacor can be bought for $5.75 on Jet.com – meanwhile, if the consumer wants the prescription brand, well, they might have to sell their Apple Watch.
Avondale’s development of price-gouging is certainly bad timing on management’s behalf when considering Martin Shkreli, who in the past year has become the most hated man in America after he bought the rights to a drug, then raised prices by 5,500 percent. In the world of Big Pharma, buy-and-raise schemes are not limited to just Shkreli, but it’s rampant across the industry, such as Valeant Pharmaceuticals who has been accused of raising drug prices by more than 5,000 percent.
The Financial Times said Avondale acquired the rights to Niacor from Upsher Smith, a division of Japan’s Sawai Pharmaceutical, earlier this year. The buy-and-raise scheme was immediately applied to Niacor, as management faced little or no competition among other drugmakers, along with limited government regulation.
Niacor isn’t the first time the company inflated drug prices, management ‘increased the price of SSKI by 2,469 percent, taking a 30ml bottle from $11.48 to $295,’ according to the Financial Times.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 15, 2017.

Big Pharma’s control over the news

Over the last 11 months, pharmaceutical companies have spent a stunning $3.2 billion on TV ads for drugs.
That much money buys you influence. It buys you control.
If a major network suddenly decided to set its hounds loose and investigate the overall devastating effects of medical drugs on the public, there would be hell to pay at the network. Drug companies wouldn’t stand for it.
Robert F Kennedy, Jr., whose film, Trace Amounts, about toxic mercury in vaccines, was getting no media coverage, made this comment:
‘I talked to Roger Ailes [then CEO of FOX News], who I have known since I was 17 years old, he’s very sympathetic with this issue and saw the film Trace Amounts. I said to him, ‘I just want to go on one of your shows. Nobody will allow me to talk about this or debate me.’ He said to me, ‘I can’t allow you on any of them. I’d have to fire any of my hosts that allowed you on my station.’ Because he said, ‘My news division gets up to 70% of advertising revenues during non-election years from the pharmaceutical companies’.’
That’s called control.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on December 15, 2017.

3 PROVEN THINGS SCHOOLS CAN DO TO CURB THE ADHD EPIDEMIC WITHOUT PRESCRIBING DRUGS TO KIDS

We really just don’t know what the long-term, generational effects of such widespread use of ADHD medications will be on our society and the individuals who’ve been taking these meds their whole lives.
There have never been long-term studies because the medications have not been around for very long, yet the FDA and Big Pharma are perfectly comfortable pushing these pills onto the public.
The truth is that they do not want people to be healthy and free of dependency on pharmaceuticals, they want customers and cash flow and don’t care if children as young as one year old are being put on these drugs.
If these institutions actually cared for our well-being and welfare, they would undoubtedly strive to put as few people as possible on these meds. They would especially refuse to give these to children without thoroughly examining all options and possibilities before introducing prescription speed to alter the behavior of kids who don’t seem to adapt well to the modern schooling environment.
If they really cared for our welfare, they would demand that before any child is given these medications they were given the opportunity to try out and explore natural, non-chemical alternatives.
We have plenty of evidence suggesting that common sense alternatives work well to positively influence the behavior of school children, and here are three that we know work well.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on NOVEMBER 18, 2017.

BIG PHARMA MOGUL ARRESTED FOR BRIBING DOCTORS TO PRESCRIBE FENTANYL

Federal authorities arrested the billionaire founder and owner of Insys Therapeutics Thursday on charges of bribing doctors and pain clinics into prescribing the company’s fentanyl product to their patients.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) charged John Kapoor, 74, and seven other current and former executives at the pharmaceutical company with racketeering for a leading a national conspiracy through bribery and fraud to coerce the illegal distribution of the company’s fentanyl spray, which is intended for use as a pain killer by cancer patients. The company’s stock prices fell more than 20 percent following the arrests, according to the New York Post.
Kapoor stepped down as the company’s CEO in January amid ongoing federal probes into their Subsys product, a pain-relieving spray that contains fentanyl, a highly-addictive synthetic opioid. Fentanyl is more than 50 times stronger than morphine, and ingesting just two milligrams is enough to cause an adult to fatally overdose.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on OCTOBER 27, 2017.

Fraud, Exploitation and Collusion: America’s Pharmaceutical Industry

The rot within manifested by the pharmaceutical industry almost defies description.
The theme this week is The Rot Within. America’s Pharmaceutical industry takes pride of place in this week’s theme of The Rot Within, as the industry has raised fraud, exploitation and collusion to systemic perfection. What other industry can routinely kill hundreds of thousands of Americans and suffer no blowback? Only recently has the toll of needless deaths from the opioid pandemic finally roused a comatose corporate media and bought-and-paid-for, see-no-evil Congress to wonder if maybe there should be some limits placed on Big Pharma and its drug distributors. The Drug Industry’s Triumph Over the DEA (WaPo) Explosive ’60 Minutes’ investigation finds Congress and drug companies worked to cripple DEA’s ability to fight opioid abuse What other industry can raise prices any time it wants because, well, it can?Longtime correspondent/physician J. F. recently submitted a chart of medication price increases (below)–nothing special, nothing out of the ordinary, just the usual because we can price increases.

This post was published at Charles Hugh Smith on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017.

STATES PREP LAWSUIT THAT COULD DEVASTATE BIG PHARMA

The same lawyer that took on big tobacco and landed the largest corporate settlement in the history of the U. S. is gearing up for his next victim: the opioid industry.
Mike Moore, the former attorney general of Mississippi, began asking states last summer to sue pharmaceutical companies for what he argued was a calculated misrepresentation of the benefits and addictions risks of using opioids. Moore wants to get roughly 25 states behind his cause, and build such a strong case against the pharmaceutical industry that it is forced to cower to the states’ demands.
Moore used a similar strategy in 1994 as Mississippi attorney general, filing the first ever state lawsuit against tobacco companies. He later helped spearhead another lawsuit and negotiations that ended in a $246 billion settlement.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on OCTOBER 5, 2017.

Reminder: murder at the FDA

File this one under: ‘studiously ignored by major media.’
I first posted this story in August of 2012. It was based on a Truthout interview of a man who did drug reviews for the FDA. He examined applications to approve new medical drugs.
Pharmaceutical companies must have their new drugs certified as safe and effective before they can enter the market, before doctors can prescribe them. The FDA does this certification. Thumbs up or thumbs down.
Here’s the story:
In a stunning interview with Truthout’s Martha Rosenberg, former FDA drug reviewer, Ronald Kavanagh, exposes the FDA as a relentless criminal mafia protecting its client, Big Pharma, with a host of mob strategies.
Kavanagh: ‘…widespread racketeering, including witness tampering and witness retaliation.’

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on September 22, 2017.

The Real Cause of the Opioid Epidemic: Scarcity of Jobs and Positive Social Roles

The employment rate for males ages 25-54 has been stairstepping down for 30 years, but it literally fell off a cliff in 2009. We all know there is a scourge of addiction and premature death plaguing the nation, a scourge that is killing thousands and ruining millions of lives: the deaths resulting from the opioid epidemic (largely the result of “legal” synthetic narcotics) are mounting at an alarming rate: *** We also know that the proximate cause of this epidemic is Big Pharma, which promised non-addictive painkillers that lasted for 12 hours but delivered addictive painkillers that did not last 12 hours. The unsavory truth was reported by the Los Angeles Times last May (2016) in a scathing investigative series: ‘You Want a Description of Hell?’ Oxycontin’s 12-hour problem. There are plenty of other participants who share responsibility for the public health and law-enforcement disaster: physicians who all too readily passed out prescriptions for powerful synthetic opioids like aspirin; the government agencies that approved the synthetic heroin as “safe” (heh) and paid for their distribution via Medicaid, the Veterans Administration, etc., and the patients who all too willingly accepted the false promises of synthetic opioids.

This post was published at Charles Hugh Smith on SUNDAY, JULY 02, 2017.

Exposed: the Nazi roots of the European Union

World War 2 continued by other means
This is an intelligence briefing. Here I present the bare bones of what has been happening before our eyes…if we would see it.
Once upon a time, there was an industrial combine in Nazi Germany called IG Farben. It was the largest chemical/pharmaceutical octopus in the world. It owned companies, and it had favorable business agreements with companies from England to Central America to Japan.
The author of The Devil’s Chemists, Josiah DuBois, traveled to Guatemala, on a fact-finding mission, in the early days of World War 2, and returned with the comment that, as far as he could tell, Guatemala was ‘a wholly owned subsidiary of Farben.’
The pharmaceutical empire was and is one of the major forces behind the European Union (EU). It is no accident that these drug corporations wield such power. They aren’t only involved in controlling the medical cartel; they are political planners.
This is how and why Big Pharma fits so closely with what is loosely referred to as the New World Order. The aim of enrolling every human in a cradle-to-grave system of disease diagnosis and toxic drug treatment has a larger purpose: to debilitate, to weaken populations.
This is a political goal. It facilitates control.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on June 7, 2017.

Here we go again: FDA Commissioner in pocket of Big Pharma

The excellent medical reporter, Martha Rosenberg, has written a piece at Salon: ‘The FDA Now Officially Belongs to Big Pharma.’ Here are a few highlights:
It is hard to believe only four senators opposed the confirmation of [the new FDA Commissioner]…[he] received money from 23 drug companies including the giants like Johnson & Johnson, Lilly, Merck, Schering Plough and GSK…’
‘[He] also lists financial links to Gambro, Regeneron, Gilead, AstraZeneca, Roche and other companies and equity positions in four medical companies. Gilead is the maker of the $1000-a-pill hepatitis C drug AlterNet recently wrote about. This is FDA commissioner material?’
Oh, wait. I’m sorry.
Gee whiz. How could I have made that mistake?
I must have been asleep. Wow. I apologize. Martha Rosenberg published that Salon article in February of 2016, and she was talking about Robert Califf, who had just been confirmed as the new FDA Commissioner.
Califf was nominated by Obama, not Trump. Oops.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on Apr 17, 2017.

TRUMP’S PICK FOR FDA ATTEMPTS TO DISTANCE HIMSELF FROM BIG PHARMA

Critics are calling attention to the relationship between pharmaceutical companies and President Trump’s nominee to the Food and Drug Administration.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb is promising to recuse himself from more than 20 companies he is involved with should he be accepted as the head of the Food and Drug Administration. Gottlieb made the promise after his relationship with pharmaceutical corporations became a concern to those who oppose his nomination to the FDA. In a letter to the ethics head of the Department of Health and Human Services, Gottlieb promised to recuse himself from more than 20 companies in which he is financially involved.
Gottlieb is a physician who was the deputy commissioner at the FDA from 2005 to 2007 under the Bush administration.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on APRIL 3, 2017.

The Most Important Civil Rights Issue Trump Could Solve with an Executive Order: End the “War on Drugs” Gulag

Here is an opportunity for “Black Lives Matter” and the Trump administration to find common cause.
President Trump has a golden opportunity to strike a major blow for civil rights with a single executive order: end the failed “War on Drugs” and shut down America’s drug-war gulag. None of the previous three presidents expended any political capital on curbing the immensely destructive “War on Drugs” or freeing the (in many states, preponderantly African-American and Hispanic-American) prisoners in America’s drug-war gulag. “Fake-liberal” Bill Clinton did nothing, “fake-conservative” George W. Bush did nothing, and “fake-liberal” Barack Obama did nothing to end the “War on Drugs” or curb the gulag it created. Their parties and supporters were delighted to appear “tough on crime” while destroying the lives of hundreds of thousands of African-American, Hispanic-American and other Americans with long sentences in the gulag for selling nickel bags of “illegal” drugs, while America’s parasitic Big Pharma industry reaped billions of dollars in profits selling “legal” opiates while handing our self-serving politicos millions in campaign contributions. The imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of young Americans–preponderantly Americans of color in state after state– in America’s drug-war gulag is the greatest violation of civil rights since the 1960s— yet fake-liberals and fake-conservatives alike have done nothing but turn their self-serving gaze away from this needless, costly, stupid waste of lives and treasure.

This post was published at Charles Hugh Smith on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017.

Here’s What Happens to Stocks After the Inauguration…

In just a few short days, Obama will hit the road. There’s a new sheriff in town – and he’s looking to make some yuuuuge changes.
In the meantime, he’s minting market-moving headlines.
Donald J. Trump is preparing to take the oath of office on Friday by churning out more business news than you can shake a comb over at…
He’s put Big Pharma on notice over price increases. He shook down Boeing for going over budget building the new Air Force One. And he took almost every single car company to the woodshed for moving jobs overseas.
All told, Trump has targeted 61 separate companies on Twitter over the years, according to Yahoo Finance. And he’s giving no indication that he’ll let up on the gas.

This post was published at Wall Street Examiner on January 17, 2017.

Trump vs. Big Pharma Welfare Queens

‘They’re getting away with murder,’ said President-elect Donald Trump at last week’s epic news conference.
No, he didn’t mean Russian hackers. He was talking about red-blooded American drug companies.
Trump went on: ‘Pharma has a lot of lobbyists and a lot of power, and there is very little bidding. We’re the largest buyer of drugs in the world, and yet we don’t bid properly, and we’re going to save billions of dollars.’
That last part isn’t quite correct, though.
Trump said there’s ‘very little bidding’ when the government buys drugs. In fact, there’s no bidding at all when Medicare buys prescription drugs. The Bush-era legislation that created Medicare Part D bars the government from negotiating lower prices, despite it being the drug industry’s biggest customer by far.
That’s one reason pharmaceutical and biotechnology stocks performed so well in the last decade. And it’s why the prospect of losing that advantage pushed those sectors lower.
However, the Trump-inspired loss is actually minor compared to what another president once did to drug stocks. The dot-com bubble has some lessons we best not forget.

This post was published at Mauldin Economics on JANUARY 17, 2017.

Profits over People: How Big Pharma’s Money Affects Our Health and Wallets

Americans pay the price.
Earlier this month, I posted two articles on Big Pharma, back to back. The first one was my classic approach: How PE Firms Are Flipping Drugs in Price-Gouging Scheme that Cannibalizes the Entire US Economy (with 109 great comments).
The second one was coincidence. The digital ink wasn’t dry on the first article, when its was revealed that the Justice Department was getting antsy: ‘More than a Dozen’ Drugmakers under Criminal Investigation for Price-Fixing, Shares Plunge, after Getting Crushed All Year (56 great comments).
But as always, there’s more to it. Here are some hard numbers from a different angle that shed a lot of light on how the industry works.
By TheLawFirm.com:
Transparency in the pharmaceutical industry is long overdue – but thanks to a new law, these companies are now required to disclose payments made to doctors, teaching hospitals and to various other companies.

This post was published at Wolf Street on November 25, 2016.

Hillary Clinton and official science: meet Ms. Matrix

Note: This piece is not about Hillary’s performance at the debate last night, which was, to put it mildly, an empty suit on parade. An endless string of clichs and vague generalities. This is about a cardinal covert threat she poses as a potential leader.
‘Government science exists because it is a fine weapon to use, in order to force an agenda of control over the population. We aren’t talking about knowledge here. Knowledge is irrelevant. What counts is: ‘How can we fabricate something that looks like the truth?’ I keep pointing this out: we’re dealing with reality builders. In this case, they make their roads and fences and buildings out of data, and they massage and invent the data out of thin air to suit their purposes. After all, they also invent money out of thin air.’ (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
Hillary Clinton made a failed attempt, in 1993, to put together a national health insurance plan. It would have codified the diagnosis and treatment of virtually all medical conditions. It would have created a monopoly on medical ‘truth.’
Clinton, like all champions of centralized power, recognizes that government control of science is essential. This control involves partnerships with mega-corporations like Monsanto. Clinton’s former Rose law firm has indeed represented Monsanto.
To say Clinton is in bed with Big Pharma would be a vast understatement. Wherever official science translates into control and profits, she is there.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on October 10, 2016.