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Gary Franchi and Next News Network interview Trends forecaster Gerald Celente covering our current condition and future paths. Topics discussed cover the economy, the power play behind ever expanding wars and the natural resources involved, Wall Street and the government blessing to the “too big to fail” organizations plus the recent gun control moves by the administration and the history behind it all.
(FORBES) Pay attention, as I can’t say this seriously enough. Last week, the FDA took a drug off the market, and the reasons should send shivers of fear down the backs of consumers, investors, generic drug companies – and the FDA.
The FDA announced last week that the 300mg generic version of Wellbutrin XL manufactured by Impax Laboratories and marketed by Teva Pharmaceuticals was being recalled because it did not work. And this wasn’t just a problem with one batch – this is a problem that has been going on with this particular drug for four or five years, and the FDA did everything it could to ignore it.
The FDA apparently approved this drug – and others like it – without testing it. The FDA just assumed if one dosage strength the drug companies submitted for approval works, then the other higher dosages work fine also. With this generic, American consumers became the FDA’s guinea pigs to see if the FDA’s assumption was right. It wasn’t.
In December 2006, the first generic versions of the popular anti-depressant Wellbutrin XL were approved by the FDA. The drug comes in two dosage strengths, 150 milligrams and 300mg. The 300mg dose is generally used for patients with more severe depression and anxiety and patients who don’t respond to the lower dose. The FDA approved generic versions of both dosage strengths from a few generic drug companies: Teva Pharmaceuticals (manufactured by Impax Laboratories and marketed by Teva Pharmaceuticals), Anchen, Actavis, Watson Pharmaceuticals and Mylan Pharmaceuticals. Almost immediately, the FDA started receiving reports from patients that claimed the 300mg dose was being associated with side effects and reduced efficacy.
The People’s Pharmacy, a well-known syndicated radio and newspaper columnist husband and wife team, notified the FDA that hundreds of patients had logged their own complaints of side effects with the then-recently approved generic version of Wellbutrin XL. The FDA brushed off the People’s Pharmacy and others that raised the issue, stating that they had faith that the drugs were equivalent and that perhaps the patients, who had mental disease, were more prone to perceived problems with a change in the medication than others. This was seen by many as essentially telling patients “it’s all in their head.” After several more years and public outcry, the FDA was forced to take action.
What Action Did The FDA Take?
Instead of doing its own study on the drug, the FDA asked the drug maker to conduct a study to determine whether the generic drug was equivalent to the brand. The FDA, in their recent press release, claims that Teva started the trial but later abandoned it because of slow patient enrollment. It was already 2010, several years after knowing there was a problem, the FDA was forced to do its own study.
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FBI SPECIAL AGENT TERRY REED TELLS ATTKISSON: “I WILL TELL YOU THAT DRUG CARTELS ARE BECOMING INCREASINGLY AGGRESSIVE IN TARGETING AND RECRUITING OFFICERS TO WORK WITH THEM”
Mexican drug cartels are using money, drugs and sex to pay off corrupt U.S. Border Patrol agents in order to smuggle drugs and people into the United States, CBS News Investigative Correspondent, Sharyl Attkisson reports this weekend on CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD.
“I will tell you that drug cartels are becoming increasingly aggressive in targeting and recruiting officers to work with them,” FBI Special Agent, Terry Reed, tells Attkisson. “They’re using cold war style tactics – money, sex, drugs – to convince officers to work with them and to help get their products and their people across the border.”
In the report, to be broadcast Jan. 13, 2013 on CBS SUNDAY MORNING (9:00 AM ET) on the CBS Television Network, Attkisson reveals that while the vast majority of the federal agents guarding the borders are honest, drug cartels are working harder than ever to infiltrate their ranks. A new Inspector General report lists 358 convictions of Customs and Border Protection agents and their associates since 2004. Misconduct complaints are up by more than 75%, Attkisson reports.
Reed tells Attkisson that one agent arrested for corruption was making $2,000 for every person smuggled across the border into the United States. He also says that the FBI is concerned that the cartels could collaborate with terrorist organizations to smuggle more than people across the border.
“It’s what keeps us up at night,” Reed says. “It’s what drives our behavior. Whether it’s a terrorist or the components to a dirty bomb being smuggled into the US, we know that these vehicles are not being inspected by corrupt officers – they’re being waved through the checkpoints.”
Attkisson’s report will be broadcast Jan. 13, 2013 on CBS SUNDAY MORNING (9:00 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network. Rand Morrison is the executive producer.
By Ali Papademetriou
It’s no secret that millions of Americans are prescribed an array of pharmaceutical drugs to “treat” a variety of conditions. It’s also been brought to surface in recent years just how corrupt the industry really is, and how medical professionals and psychiatrists are bribed big bucks to prescribe their patients pills that they might not even need, all for the cause of making a sleazy profit.
The federal government has been a big help for Big Pharma on many levels. After all, the pharmaceutical industry and ever-growing biotechnology industry (which is developing more and more drugs recently and collaborating with the pharmaceutical industry) have close ties with Washington.
One of the most corrupt scandals the federal government and pharmaceutical industry has been getting away with started back in the 90’s with the school system. For the past couple of decades, school administrators, teachers and psychologists have been threatening repercussions on both students and parents if they do not oblige with the school’s request to medicate the student with psychotropic drugs for behavioral issues such as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1990 granted children with disabilities special services. When it was first drafted, IDEA did not include children with ADHD as being eligible to fit the program’s criteria. Although, after a complex lobbying campaign the following year, the Department of Education pushed a Policy Clarification Memorandum, which mandated that schools include ADHD as a disability that be covered by IDEA.
Michigan parent, Lawrence Smith lost his 14-year-old son of a heart attack after long-term use of a drug that was prescribed to him through his school. Smith was told, “If we didn’t consider drugging our son after the school had diagnosed him with ADHD that we could be charged for neglecting his educational and emotional needs. If we hadn’t been pressured by the school system, Matthew would still be alive today.” Showing a clear relationship between the federal government, Big Pharma, and the public school system.
Similarly, Pennsylvania mother, Vicky Dunkle lost her 10-year-old daughter, Shaina to convulsions as a result of taking a similar medication as Matthew. “If I had followed my heart instead of the advice of ‘professionals’ that thought they knew my daughter better than I did, my precious Shaina would be alive now.”
Now, Big Pharma is getting away with another huge scandal that could potentially affect a lot of patients, and it’s getting the OK directly from the feds. A federal appeals court has granted pharmaceutical representatives the ability to push drugs that have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. As it’s not the job of the federal government to approve food or medication anyway, this headache is just proof of the corruption within the government itself. It says something has to be regulated, and then because of crony profiting purposes, it allows its very own laws to be breached.
As Natural News reported, a representative from Ireland-based Biopharmaceutical Company, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, who was originally charged with illegally marketing off-label used prescription medications, has been lifted of the crime after a federal appeals court in New York ruled his offense as just “free speech”.
Now after a small judiciary panel gave the OK, drug reps can now persuade doctors to prescribe medications for uses that have been unapproved. Regardless of the corruption within the system, being that this actually takes away some regulation could prove victory for liberty advocates and small businesses trying to sell a product that has been approved by another small business or organization, rather than the government, such as the herbal and natural remedy industry.
Passing along a new post from Tona over at Blount County Public Record. Photo added to the original post.
Arming the teachers?
Eric Holcombe raises the point that I’ve posted on Senator Stacey Campfields blog. The solution is to get your kids out of public school and take charge of their education, rather than complain to the government about the crappy job they do educating and protecting your kids.
By Eric Holcombe:
Some are suggesting arming teachers or providing firearms training to prevent school shootings.
I just can’t see spending money to give Saundra Thompson a weapon. Or Mark Berndt. Or Dr. Michael Halliburton. How do you know which ones are drug dealers that haven’t been caught yet? Plus, some of them already have guns. Some of them get busted and just move to another state because we are keeping their crimes secret in the “war on drugs”.
Maybe if people realize they are afraid for the teachers to have guns, they will think twice about letting them have their children every day.
See how it works? Take a few anecdotal examples and then generalize the population. It’s an old saw. Maybe you’ve seen it before.
All liberty comes with risk. Eliminating the liberty doesn’t necessarily eliminate the risk.
“HSBC will pay $1.9 billion to settle a money-laundering probe by U.S. federal and state authorities, reports CBS News. The financial institution was in violation of the Bank Secrecy Act and the Trading With the Enemy Act.
The U.S. probe found transfers of billions of dollars on behalf of nations such as Iran, which is under international sanctions, and is often believed to funnel money to such groups as Hamas. There were also transfers through HSBC’s U.S. division by Mexican drug cartels.”*
There’s a two-tier justice system in America. Need proof? Bankers for HSBC were found guilty of laundering billions of dollars for drug cartels and groups linked to al-Qaeda. Their punishment? Pay a small portion of their billions of profit, and defer bonuses. Stephanie George received a life sentence without parole in 1997 because her boyfriend stashed half a kilogram of cocaine in her home and she had a couple of previous small-time drug deal on her record. Cenk Uygur breaks down this ridiculous disparity of justice between the rich and the poor, explaining why we need to change the system.
By Jon Rappoport
(NaturalNews) His name is Marty Makary. He’s a cancer surgeon and researcher at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the School of Public Health.
Propublica’s Marshall Allen interviewed him about patient harm, in conjunction with an ongoing propublica investigation.
Keep in mind that these quotes are coming from a mainstream doctor who is inside the system and who believes in the system. That makes Makary’s statements all the more shocking.
“…1 in 4 hospital patients are harmed by a mistake.”
“A cardiologist in Wisconsin was fired for pointing out that EKGs were misread more than 25% of the time.”
“We [doctors] are also evaluated by the number of ‘value units’ at the end of each fiscal quarter. Our management will sit down with us and say your work units are down or up and in order for you to receive a large bonus you need to increase the number of operations you do…”
“There is New England Journal of Medicine-level data that suggests that almost half of [health] care is not compliant with evidence.” [In other words, almost 50% of all health care in America isn't even based on published mainstream studies...and, I should add, there is conclusive evidence that half of these studies are untrustworthy in the first place. Therefore, to say that conventional doctors are winging it is a vast understatement. JR]
“…up to 30% of health care in unnecessary…”
“I saw cases where a patient was not told about a minimally invasive way of doing a particular surgery because of physician preference or training, and the doctor would just hope the that he [the patient] wouldn’t find out.”
(Salem-News.com) Jim Sabow was a career Marine, a Harrier pilot, third in command of El Toro, and he wasn’t going to allow the illegal drug running to keep taking place on his base.
In early 1991, something happened at the El Toro Marine air base that was so bad, so shameful, that it will not go away. It’s the highly controversial death of Marine Colonel James Sabow. A fighter pilot, a hero of the Vietnam War, a man considered by those who knew him, to be ‘general material‘.
First and foremost, Jim Sabow was the last man who would have ever contemplated suicide. He made it through 220 missions as a fighter pilot in Vietnam and had risen far in rank. The only officers who ever criticized him were almost certainly the same ones involved in his demise.
By any logical account based on a large amount of evidence from multiple sources, Colonel James Sabow was murdered because he was going to bring the roof down on a number of senior Marines at El Toro, for their involvement in the continual running of drugs to aid terrorist groups in Nicaragua known as the Contras.
Today the old El Toro Marine Air Station is a closed down, deserted ghost town; a toxic EPA Superfund site that poisoned and contaminated the Marines who worked here.
The flightline was the center of west coast Marine air operations, and the place where Col. Sabow and other pilots took off and landed in their fighter jets.
You remember Marine Colonel Oliver North? He was national news for a long time for his role in the program that led to vast amounts of toxic white drugs landing in the streets of America, through the weapons for drugs program; the Iran/Contra Affair.
These government-supplied drugs were deadly for America, particularly in black neighborhoods that were already stricken with poverty.
Propaganda perpetuated by former and current US Presidents have claimed that clean energy will replace oil and set the economy straight however behind closed doors, the march toward further acquisition of oil reserves in foreign nations have been the back bone of recent wars involving the US and Middle Eastern nations.
As peak oil looms in the background, the global Elite use the might of the US military to force regime changes in strategic areas of the world that benefit their interests and devastate the people of sovereign nations.
Before the oil runs out, the global Elite plan on squeezing every last bit of money from the populations of the globe. In order to do so, they must control the reserves. They accomplish this by warring with countries, devastating economies and imposing sanctions of independence through international mandates from the UN.
Keeping the general population dependent on oil is not just about paying for gas at the pump. Nearly all products are derived from oil in some form. The downward spiral of oil reserves and desperate use of the resource could mean the end of industrialized civilization.