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Pharmaceutical Ethics Remain In Question After Child-Deaths by Khalida
October 3, 2008, 8:45 pm
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Dr. Joseph Glenmullen, above, concluded in his assessment that GSK knew about suicide risks of their drug Paxil.

Dr. Joseph Glenmullen, above, concluded in his assessment that GSK knew about suicide risks of their drug Paxil.

By Safiyah A. Khafidh, Islamic Post Staff Writer

Local authorities in northern Argentine province of Santiago del Estero are investigating the deaths of 7 children, out of a total of 14 Argentinian youth, who had apparently been administered Synflorix, an anti-pneumonia and antibiotic vaccine under testing in Latin America.
Synflorix is manufactured by the British company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), which company is the result of a merger of Glaxo Wellcome and the popular SmithKline Beecham in the year 2000.
There were also two reported deaths in Panama.
Although GSK refutes the possibility that the deaths are linked to Synflorix, the Health Professionals’ Labor Association (HPLA) in Santiago del Estero, one of the groups that notified the Argentine food and drug administration, believes the pharmaceutical giant bears some of the responsibility and is guilty of unethical testing.
“They didn’t explain to the parents that this was an experimental vaccine, and a lot of the parents who signed consent forms were illiterate,” Ana Maria Marchesse, a pediatrician at HPLA, told the Associated Press. “In some cases, they first gave them the vaccine and then gave them a 13-page consent form to sign that I had to read three times to understand,” she added.
GSK has also come under the scrutiny of U.S. Senate Finance Committee for not disclosing an alleged high suicide risk associated with children and adolescents taking their anti-depressant drug, Paxil.
Senator Brian Downey in February of this year and, in June, Senator Chuck Grassley   submitted reports in which they alleged GSK to have been aware of the suicidal effects of Paxil since 1989.
“The British counterpart to our country’s FDA found that GlaxoSmithKline withheld important safety data on Paxil,” Grassley said. “If the company engaged in this behavior in the U.K., then I want to make sure that the same didn’t happen here in the U.S. The FDA should investigate this question thoroughly and be forthcoming about its findings,” he stated in an official press release.
In a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Senator Grassley claimed GSK hid deadly information about Paxil:
“For the last few years, I have been looking at how drug companies try and influence medical care in America. Companies can do this by, for example, creating studies favorable to their drugs, by hiring doctors to promote their products, and in some cases even intimidating critics of their drugs.
“Today, I would like to talk about a different tactic –drug companies hiding data. I don’t mean that they actually hide the data. But they make these numbers so difficult to find that they might as well be invisible.
“Last February, I asked GlaxoSmithKline to turn over a couple of reports on Paxil, a drug used to treat depression. These reports were written by Dr. Joseph Glenmullen, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard.
“Based on the review of documents uncovered in litigation, Dr. Glenmullen concluded that GlaxoSmithKline knew for almost two decades that Paxil is associated with an increased risk of suicide. He submitted these reports as an expert witness in several lawsuits now pending around the country.
“So what did GlaxoSmithKline do with these reports? Well, the company tried to hide them. They went to the judge and asked to have Dr. Glenmullen’s report and all the confirming documents placed under seal-that means that no member of the public could see them. In fact, Glaxo has been doing everything possible to ensure that this information remains under court seal.”
The senator subsequently requested a formal inquiry into the drug maker.
GSK, in their response to Sen. Grassley, called the issues raised by Dr. Glenmullen “scientifically flawed;” “old news” which had been “created to support plaintiffs’ allegations in litigation against GSK.” The response, however, dealt mainly with adult reactions to the drug and made no mention at all of a 64 million dollar settlement in 2007 made with parents of children who had taken Paxil.
GSK manufactures numerous vaccines besides Synflorix, along with other drugs such as Nicoderm, Zantac, Panadol, and Flonase. The company also produces common household items like Aquafresh toothpaste, and the Ribena nutritional juice supplement sold in the U.K.
GSK and Merck & Co., another pharma giant, are currently competing in the production of cervical cancer vaccines which are being heavily marketed in the U.S. and Canada to young girls and their mothers. The vaccine, said to help prevent the occurrence of the cancer in sexually active girls and young women, are on the required list for school vaccinations in one state so far, Virginia. Cervical cancer is classified as a sexually transmitted disease.
The Canadian government, in turn, plans to spend $300 million on the cervical cancer vaccine program, a move which has sparked debate. “This kind of money could be better used to solve so many other problems in women’s health,” Dr. Abby Lippman, a professor at McGill University in Canada and policy director of the Canadian Women’s Health Network told the New York Times, “Some of our provinces are running out of money to provide primary care. I’m not against vaccines, but in Canada and the U.S., women are not dying in the streets of cervical cancer.”
(It is of note that parents may, in fact, legally refuse to have the cervical cancer vaccine from being administered to their girls without offering an explanation, while other vaccinations may be refused for religious reasons as applies.)
The New York Times also reported Merck’s version of the vaccine as having received expedition from the FDA, and went from the application to approval stage in only six months. The process usually takes three years to complete and “5 to 10 more for universal acceptance,” according to Dr. Diane Harper, a professor of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School who worked with the World Health Organization on cervical cancer vaccine programs. She claims that those families whose girls are receiving the vaccines after the rush through FDA procedures should be “willing to accept the risk” as only adequate timing will reveal the side effects of the vaccine.
Both GSK and Merck continue to insist that safety is their primary concern.



Dr. Jemille: Psychoactive Medication: Why is it so hard to quit? by Khalida

Dr. Jemille Wasi, Islamic Post Staff Writer

On a daily basis I have patients who come to the office asking for every type of psychoactive medication known to man.  The most popular ones on the list include antidepressants, antixylotics (for anxiety), and pain medications.  A great majority of these individuals are not even suffering from the conditions that these medications are, so-said, designed to treat.
Worldwide this problem has become so great, and now it is even spilling over into our microcosmic Islamic community.  People go to the doctors with all of their various complaints and issues, and most of the time we are sent home with some type of medication.  What a lot of people don’t know —and are sadly quite often not told by many doctors— is the addiction potential of these medications. Chemical dependency is an issue that affects many countries in the world today.  In the past most drugs of addiction were of the recreational variety.  Now the trend is that prescription drugs are becoming the major agents of abuse.  These medications are given on a daily basis to treat a multitude of medical conditions. Most of these drugs have the potential to create chemical dependency, and this is a fact that I see on a daily basis.
The threshold between therapeutic levels of drug, and amounts that produce side effects, is a balance that doctors tightrope everyday. Most doctors know the side effects, and the dependency potential, but continue to prescribe these drugs because of the apparent “benefits outweigh the risk.”
This is particularly problematic for psychological conditions because the true etiology of these conditions is under-recognized in the medical community. This leads to the prescribing of drugs for conditions that are not truly understood by the medical community at large so the benefits cannot assuredly be determined.
The evidence that is used to continue to prescribe these drugs is rooted in tests that are performed on animals or trials in which human beings are given the drug and asked about the desired effects.  Most of the people involved in these studies are not asked what they feel. Nevertheless, many people who test pharmaceutical drugs—or most patients who have tried these drugs —often report not feeling anything at all, a feeling of numbness to everything around them.
Added to this, many of these drugs cause euphoria.
The end result is that patients receive likely addicting drugs that may or may not work for their particular condition, but leave the patient numb and euphoric in many cases. Here lie two common problematic symptoms of drug addiction.
So why are these drugs addictive?  It is believed that most of these drugs act in the brain by replacing deficient amounts of natural occurring chemicals.  In route to doing this they are said to act on the so called Emotion and Reward centers in the brain that are thought to be responsible for emotional elevation and making one feel good about themselves.  Also these drugs are said to block unwanted emotional responses such as anxiety and sadness. Additionally there is the social aspect.  There is a negative stigma associated with recreational drugs of abuse. This is not the case for prescription drugs.  Not only is it socially acceptable, it is often championed for people to be on these medications.  Moreover those who promote the drugs create desperation in the patient to keep taking it.  Added to this is the constant bombardment of drug companies advertisements persuading us about the benefits of their drug. Have you seen those commercials where someone is happily skipping along the beach after taking the medication?  Do you also notice the comforting, sly way in which they tell you about the side effects?
Conversely this issue affects the medical profession itself. Many doctors and nurses are finding themselves addicted to the same medicines that they are prescribing to their patients.  The number of medical personnel afflicted by prescription drug dependency increases everyday.  This has led to more exposure given to the matter.
It may not surprise some to know that addiction to prescription drugs is now outweighing dependency to recreational drugs worldwide.
This growing trend has spilled over into the Muslim community.  Some of us have strayed away from our traditional values and means of dealing with health issues, only to fall victim to this ever-growing plague.  It is sad to know that there are members of the Islamic community dependent on pain medications and antidepressants.
This downward spiral of addiction needs to be stopped.  People need to take a more active approach at trying to understand exactly what they are taking and why.  We have to continue to try bringing to the forefront the true nature of some of these diseases in order to benefit mankind in finding adequate cures. In our own households and communities we need to care for and support one another so that the desire and need to seek these interventions become unnecessary.  As Muslims we cannot be concerned for only our community but we must take the position of El Sheikh Gilani and show concern for all of mankind. Let the addiction end and the recovery begin.  As always only from Allah, Glorified is He, the Most High, can we be healed!



Karadzic’s Occult Ties Recall That of Previous Genocidists by Khalida

The many personalities of Dr. Radovan Karadzic seem at conflict to the common perception held of the ethnic-cleansing psychiatrist, but are typical of past and present-day globalists.

By Noora Ahmad, Islamic Post Staff Writer

Radovan Karadzic (clockwise from left) January 2008 shortly before his arrest while practicing as an energy healer; July 31 at the Hague shows a face of fear despite claims of an “invisible advisor” who would help represent him;  analyzing the moment, circa 1996; (bottom two) the alleged head of a vast criminal organization of corruption and extortion, Karadzic served a one year sentence for theft in 1983.

Radovan Karadzic (clockwise from left) January 2008 shortly before his arrest while practicing as an energy healer; July 31 at the Hague shows a face of fear despite claims of an “invisible advisor” who would help represent him; analyzing the moment, circa 1996; (bottom two) the alleged head of a vast criminal organization of corruption and extortion, Karadzic served a one year sentence for theft in 1983.

When Dr. Radovan Karadzic was apprehended by authorities last month, the first thing he asked was that his hair be trimmed and the topknot, a war symbol of Celtic cult origin, be removed.
After 13 years in hiding, Dr. Karadzic had taken up a practice in quantum energy healing, among other things, selling metal tools known as “wellbeing harmonizers of bioenergy;” part of an anti-stress program for businessmen, also marketed to sportsmen to help them achieve better results, for his presumably very unsuspecting clients in Belgrade, Serbia.
Shock and surprise spread throughout the international community as a black enrobed, unkempt Dragan Debic, unlicensed “complementary therapist,” was taken into custody from a city bus as the newly-discovered Dr. Radovan Karadzic, formerly the well-known, and  well-groomed, psychiatrist and partner in crime of Slobodan Milosevic. Together with Genreal Ratko Mladic, the two hold the responsibility of the genocide of over 8000 of Bosnian Muslims during 1990’s, execution-style; many more succumbed to brutality, torture and rape in Serbian concentration camps.
An alter ego, perhaps? Not according to historians familiar with the inner trappings of the authors of death camps; those mentors of psychological torture and experimentation.
According to historians who trace the satanic roots of those who have committed genocide throughout history, Karadzic, as   Dabic, fully clad in the cloak of a modern-day Celtic occultist, was simply returning to his roots.
The Yugoslav conflict, like the conflict in Iraq today, had nothing to do with Christian against Muslim, but everything to do with neo-paganism against Muslims and also Christians, using the mind control techniques of psychiatry to effectively wipe the two off the face of the Earth.
Radovan Karadzic, is not a Christian,  though the majority of his misguided followers may be; nor were other genocidists who borrowed the name in an attempt to disgrace the true followers of Christ: Chile’s Augusto Pinochet (3000 killed and 30,000 tortured); Italy’s   Benito Mussolini (many thousands); Serbia’s Dr. Slobodan Milosevic, Gen. Ratko Mladic and Dr. Radovan Karadzic (responsible for the deaths of more than eight thousand); the Dominican Republic’s Rafael Trujillo (15,000); France’s Maximillian Robespierre (40,000); Spain’s Francisco Franco (200,000); Cuba’s Fulgencio Batista (200,000); and Germany’s Adolph Hitler (11 million ). These figures are the most conservative estimates given by historians.
By the same token, how can Saudi Abdul Aziz –who, to his credit- slaughtered over eight thousand Muslim men, women and children in his raids to establish the Kingdom of Saud; how can he be called a Muslim? At least Russia’s Vladimir Lenin, with hundreds of thousands of dead attributed to him, and also Joseph Stalin (10 million), as well as China’s Mao Tse-tung (50 million) declared themselves openly as atheists; whereas, the other mass murderers previously mentioned were also followers, even if  unwittingly, of the same atheistic Darwinian doctrine that has led man to behave at levels worse than beasts, and commit acts which reflect an extreme form of the eugenicist theory, survival of the fittest.

El Sheikh Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani in his discourse “Ascent of Man,” reiterates that Darwin’s theories were not new even at the time, and corresponded to the ancient pagan belief that man descended from the lowest of life forms into apes. Darwin claimed that, over time, some life forms have become more advanced than others, with the most developed being the Aryan European nation. By the principles of Eugenics, lesser life forms, or subhumans, are only fit for slavery or extermination so that those higher up in the food-chain may thrive.
Francis Crick, geneticist and 1962 Medecin Nobel Prize winner, elucidated the justification for mass murder and genocide: “No newborn child should be recognized as human before he/she takes a number of tests directed at his/her genetic endowment …If he/she does not pass these tests, he/she looses his/her rights to life.”
According to Peter du Preez, in his book Genocide: The Psychology of Mass Murder, what is happening in Afghanistan (12,000 killed) and Iraq (one million killed) has not been classified as genocide because, as du Preez asserts, “The U.N. definition of genocide… refers to an ‘intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such.’ It does not refer specifically to ‘political’ groups, for the very good reason that many of the signatories were busy liquidating their own political opponents and were determined not to be hampered in their efforts.”

(Photos: Havida Emmarkl, Ikala Mujic, Metro, AP and Gary Knight)