Sunday, September 05, 2010
GlaxoSmithKline's Avandia. Are the Regulators in Bed With the Industry?
Tomorrow [Monday, 6th Sept] sees the BBC flagship programme, Panorama, once again expose the failings of the British medicine regulatory system, the MHRA, with regard to the way they have [once again] failed to act promptly with regard to the serious adverse reactions to GlaxoSmithKline's diabetes drug, Avandia [Rosiglitazone]
There have been many concerns regarding Avandia over the years, many of which have been covered by investigative journalist, Evelyn Pringle.
Tomorrow's airing on BBC One is likely to infuriate patients and doctor's alike here in the UK. They will have many questions, one of which is, to me at least, obvious. Why on earth have they not been protected by the British medicine regulatory system?
No doubt blogs will start appearing soon, created by patients and advocates in the UK who need answers to questions.
If investigative journalists such as Evelyn Pringle and Shelley Jofre [BBC] can exposed dangerous drugs then questions should be asked why the MHRA are not doing the same.
Below are some links to Evelyn Pringle's articles about Avandia, some of which date back to 2007. Evelyn is an Award Winning Investigative Journalist and Researcher.
June 2007  - Glaxo Stuck in Damage Control Over Avandia
June 2007  - Lawmakers Go After Thugs at FDA Over Avandia
June 2007  - Avandia Hearing Exposes FDA as Negligent Watchdog
June 2007  - FDA and Glaxo Share Blame for Avandia Disaster
July 2007 - FDA Gave Glaxo Extra Year to Profit Off Avandia
August 2007  - Avandia FDA Mole Hawks Lethal Medication Patches
August 2007  - FDA Officials Form Hit Squad to Protect Avandia Profits
August 2007  - FDA Henchmen Protect Avandia Profits
September 2007 - Studies Find More Health Risks With Avandia
November 2007 - Lawmakers Warn Drug Makers To Knock It Off After Avandia Debacle
January 2008 - Government Estimates 83,000 Excess Heart Attacks Caused By Avandia
Here's a news item about Avandia that was uploaded to youtube three days ago. [Too little, too late for those that have suffered heart attacks]
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