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Seroquel and diabetes April 6, 2009

Filed under: big pharma,corruption,evil corporations,FDA — clementine @ 12:52 am
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So, in case you don’t know (and if you’re a regular reader, yes, I know you do) Seroquel is linked to diabetes and a host of other illnesses and ailments. We know that the maker of Seroquel, AstraZeneca, buried studies for nearly 10 years in regards to all of this. Of course I’m disgusted by this. We all are.

And something that is equally disturbing, which I have voiced here before, the makers of these drugs that lead to weight gain and diabetes almost always have a drug that treats diabetes.The FDA is considering two new drugs to improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes. And you guessed it, AstraZeneca is behind this. Their new drug to treat diabetes? ONGLYZA™.

Once again, I’ll end with Bill Maher:

The government isn’t your nanny-they’re your dealer….
There’s no money in healthy people.

 

AstraZeneca and Seroquel on front page of WP March 18, 2009

Today, AstraZeneca and the Seroquel debacle are on the front page of the Washington Post. I’m posting some of my favorite snippets but I encourage you to read the entire article linked above.

A Silenced Drug Study Creates An Uproar
By Shankar Vedantam
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 18, 2009; Page A01

The study would come to be called “cursed,” but it started out just as Study 15.

It was a long-term trial of the antipsychotic drug Seroquel. The common wisdom in psychiatric circles was that newer drugs were far better than older drugs, but Study 15’s results suggested otherwise.

As a result, newly unearthed documents show, Study 15 suffered the same fate as many industry-sponsored trials that yield data drugmakers don’t like: It got buried. It took eight years before a taxpayer-funded study rediscovered what Study 15 had found — and raised serious concerns about an entire new class of expensive drugs.

Study 15 was silenced in 1997, the same year Seroquel was approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat schizophrenia. The drug went on to be prescribed to hundreds of thousands of patients around the world and has earned billions for London-based AstraZeneca International — including nearly $12 billion in the past three years.

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