MedicAlert lifeline lent to patients in drug trials Thu, 1 May 2003 The Modesto Bee reports that MedicAlert Foundation International which maintains an electronic database of its members’ medical records which are accessible in to treating physicians and paramedics in emergencies, is venturing into the clinical drug trial arena. The company is establishing an arrangement…

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FDA Requires Bar Codes on Drugs-IG resigns Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2003 On a positive note, the FDA has finally come up with a proposal to cut medical errors in hospitals. Drug manufacturers will be required to put drug bar codes on every prescription drug to protect patients from fatal errors. In 1999, the Institute…

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Ethics of U Penn surgical “drug implant” experiment Tuesday, October 07 Notwithstanding a legion of prominent bioethicists at major universities such as the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University, researchers at these institutions are not deterred from engaging in high risk human experimentation whose ethics are questionable. One has only to recall the preventable…

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“Orgasmatron” implant experiment – legitimate or dubious? Fri, 28 Nov 2003 The FDA has approved what one can only call a bizarre expriment to test a surgically implanted device (orgasmatron) in the spine, of women–ostensibly to treat “sexual dysfunction.” To implant the device, “wires connected to a battery pack are inserted through the skin and…

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Bush signed Pediatric Research Equity Act Fri, 5 Dec 2003 Bush signed the Pediatric Research Equity Act into law, ensuring additional income for the drug industry and for an army of physicians who are in the drug testing business at universities, clinics, and in private practice. This collaborative business arrangement has put company interests above…

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Suicide in Psych Drug Trials: FDA Orwelian doublespeak – Insight Magazine Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2002 Insight Magazine’s interview with Dr. Thomas Laughren, team leader for the neuropharmachological drug-products division of the FDA, shows that FDA was caught off guard when Dr. Arif Khan independently analyzed FDA’s data revealing that the new psychotropic drugs–including antidepressants…

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July 08, 2002 Critique: U.S. to Vaccinate 500,000 Workers Against Smallpox 7 Jul 2002 FYI Dr. Meryl Nass, a member of the board of The Alliance for Human Research Protection and a recognized expert on Gulf War Syndrome and the use and consequences of experimental vaccines, raises serious concerns about the safety and wisdom of…

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August 26, 2002 OHRP Retreats from Providing Public Info re: Compliance Activities FYI A newly posted announcement by the Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP), dated July 15, rescinds the agency’s announced policy of making public the content of its letters of determination following the agency’s investigation of compliance / noncompliance with federal human protection…

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Research at US Veterans Hospitals Nationwide Under Investigation_NYT Sun, 13 Apr 2003 Veterans returning from service in the military deserve better than the medical care that awaits them at the nation’s Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers. The Associated Press reported on Friday, April 11, that a study shows that patients suffering heart attacks who are…

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Guardian Reports: MHRA to Issue New SSRI Restrictions Mon, 14 Jun 2004 The Guardian reports that the British Committee on safety and Medicines, which was first to issue warnings about the potential suicidal risk for children prescribed an antidepressant of the SSRI class, are now about to issue similar warnings for use in adults: “The…

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