adverse drug reactions

Scientists have written to the Prime Minister and Health Secretary Andrew Lansley expressing their concern about drug failures and adverse drug reactions.

More than 10,000 people die every year from bad reactions to prescribed treatments and scientists are calling for a fresh approach.

The experts believe adverse drug reaction has reach “epidemic proportions” amid rising costs in prescriptions.

Drug testing on animals before they are used on humans is being partly blamed.

The letter claims many increasingly prevalent ailments, like Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, cancers and stroke, remain without adequate treatment.

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Family sues over flu vaccine reaction

A Perth couple whose infant daughter was severely disabled shortly after having a flu vaccine is launching legal action against the Australian pharmaceutical company that distributed the product.

The move comes after the US Food and Drug Administration threatened to revoke CSL’s licence because of manufacturing deficiencies.

Last year a number of children suffered severe reactions to the CSL ‘fluvax’ brand.

Mick and Kirsten Button’s 11-month-old daughter Saba suffered brain injury, as well as liver and kidney failure, a short time after having the flu shot in April last year.

The Button family’s lawyer Julian Johnson says the family is alleging the flu vaccine was faulty.

“In those proceedings it will be alleged that the flu vaccine manufactured by CSL was defective, within the terms of the Trade Practices Act,” he said.

Mr Johnson says the family is also pursuing compensation from the government.

“There will be claims against the State Government in relation to their administration of the flu vaccine program last year, which will run as part of the same court case as the action against CSL,” he said.

Is Terry Polevoy the Information Source for Doctor’s Data?…

September 12th, 2010 – I read Court documents, including Original Complaints (the lawsuit itself) all of the time.  It occurred to me, when I first read the Doctor’s Data v Barrett, Federal Court case that the attorneys writing that case were very well informed about how the quackbusters operate.  I thought to myself “these people must have been reading my newsletters…” But, as I began to re-read the case several times, looking for stuff to write about, I decided that it was very likely they had a well-informed source of their own  – perhaps someone inside the quackbuster ranks.

As I thought about that I realized that because the upper echelon of the quackbuster operation tend to use their soldiers like Kleenex, there was a very long list of victims that might fit the bill.  As I thought about it I realized that it would have to be somebody who was relatively close to the top of the operation – at the same time disenchanted, for whatever reason, with the people at the top. Read More…

Botts and Barrett – Fumble Bumble Stumble Jumble…

I check my Pacer Account every few days and yesterday found four new filings in the Doctor’s Data v Barrett, Federal Court case.  After that I am even more convinced that the script writers for Saturday Night Live are designing Barrett’s Defense.

The four documents, all presented by Stephen Barrett‘s three attorneys (actually two-and-a-half – I will explain) tell a story that will somewhat amuse you.  It certainly amused me.

One of the documents, this one filed by Michael K. Botts, Esq. is a plea to the Court for Reconsideration, with explanations, to be allowed to represent Barrett at all.  It seems the Chicago Court rejected Botts. I will let you read this document shortly.

Another document brings in a second “local attorney” to represent Barrett – to try and save the day.

A third document is a Motion to Extend time to answer (no big surprise) filed by the newest “local attorney.”

And, the fourth document is a Notice of Hearing on Motion to extend time sent to Doctor’s Data legal firm.

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Pharma Not in Business of Health, Healing, Cures, Wellness

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Barrett Has Four Days Left – Then He Goes to Default…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

I just checked my “Pacer” (Federal Court information system) file,
and Barrett has not yet brought in a lawyer, and filed a response to
the Doctor’s Data lawsuit against him. Could it be this easy? Could
it be that rancid old Stephen Barrett, when push comes to shove, just
could not back up his public statements in a Court of law, and is just
going to let the collection agents pick him clean? Could it be that
Doctor’s Data will have unlimited access to Barrett’s years records
showing whom he plotted with?

(I’m really getting all excited thinking about this).

As I said in my last article:

In the Federal Court System a defendant is given 21 full days to
properly Respond to a lawsuit. Let’s assume, for the moment, that
since Stephen Barrett was sued by Doctor’s Data on June 18th, 2010,
that he was served with papers on the 19th, the next day. Counting 21
days from that moment brings us to Monday, July 12th, 2010 – the
deadline for Barrett to hire an attorney who can practice in Federal
Court in Chicago, Illinois, and prepare, and submit a Response to the
Court. That’s eight days from now – and Barrett does not even have an
attorney yet.

Well, he only has about four more days… And, as I indicated:

What happens if Barrett does not Respond?

If Barrett does not Respond then Doctor’s Data simply files for what
is called a “Default Judgment,” asking the Court to award everything
they asked for – the Five Million in Damages, the Fifteen Million in
Punitive Damages, and a permanent Injunction barring Barrett from
talking about Doctor’s Data, etc.

The Judge’s answer is almost automatic..

Once the Judge issues the Default Judgment and the Permanent
Injunction Doctor’s Data, through their attorneys, will go into the
“Judgment Collection” phase, using an attorney firm that specializes
in draining blood out of reluctant Defendants. Barrett will meet a
lot of people who have tattoos on their faces in the process of
collecting Stevie’s furniture, his car, his Mont Blanc pen, and the
gold fillings from his teeth.

So, why hasn’t Barrett “lawyered up” and answered?

Let’s think about that. There are probably three main reasons:

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Tim Bolen

Orac the Nipple Ripper…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

Friday, November 20th, 2009

I’ve been wondering who would pick up the reins of the quackbuster operation once Stephen Barrett croaks, which could be very soon.   I think I found the candidate.  He’s perfect for the job – has all of the right qualifications, and seems eager to fill the spot.

For years there was a contest, among the quackpot faithful, to be crowned the heir apparent, and many were groomed for the job.  But, problems kept coming up, so there was no obvious Crown Prince.

Everybody who follows my newsletter could figure out that there were two major candidates vying for the top spot – sometimes even trying to push Stevie off the bus a little early.  I am, of course, referring to Bobbie Baratz, the current president of the National Council Against Health Fraud and Terry Polevoy, Canada’s low-budget Barrett copy.

Bobbie Baratz was, for a time, head and shoulders above Polevoy in the race, for he had three doctorate degrees (MD, DDS, and PhD) and he flaunted them in everyone’s face, offering himself, just like Barrett did, as a virtual expert in EVERYTHING.  To here him talk, and talk and talk, and talk, and talk, and talk, and talk, and talk, and talk, and talk, and talk, and talk, you could get the impression that he was a one stop shop, a virtual fountain of infinite knowledge about health care (and much more) – or at least he wanted everyone to think so. Read More…