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Friday, May 20, 2011

Drugs for Profit, the Same for Care

Pfizer worries about financial impact of the Aricept 10mg dose patent approval ending so it gets double dose OK from FDA.

Aricept 23 mg failed to demonstrate a clinically meaningful benefit

Public Citzen petitioned  FDA Commissioner to immediately removal from market Pfizer's Alzheimer's drug, Aricept  23 mg dose, because of serious safety hazards and failure to demonstrate efficacy. The petition also urges FDA to add a label warning on Aricept and generic donepezil (5 mg and 10 mg) stating: "Use of 20 mg per day is counter indicated."
Aricept  (donepezil) 23 mg was approved July 23, 2010 on the basis of a single clinical trial (Study 326) --despite the recommendation by both FDA medical reviewers and statistical reviewers NOT to approve the drug  because it had failed to demonstrate efficacy but significantly increased risks to patient safety.
Patients in the trial had already been taking Aricept 10 mg for three months. They were randomized to Aricept  at either 10 mg dose or 23 mg.  Complete article

Vitamins for Alzheimers
May 04, 2011
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Dec 27, 2009
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Dec 13, 2008
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For-profit hospice industry raises worries
BLOOMINGTON, Ind., May 19 (UPI) -- End-of-life hospice care is being dominated by investor-owned chains that cherry-pick patients and cut labor costs to maximize profits, U.S. researchers say.
Dr. Robert Stone, an emergency medicine physician in Bloomington, Ind., and Joshua Perry of Indiana University say end-of-life hospice care was once the province of charitable organizations, but 52 percent of hospices are now part of the for-profit sector.
For-profit hospice industry grew by 128 percent from 2001 to 2008, while the non-profit sector grew by only 1 percent. During the same period, government-sponsored hospices increased by 25 percent.
"Research shows that for-profit hospices, and especially publicly traded chain providers, generate higher revenues than their non-profit counterparts," Stone says in a statement. "They do this in part, studies show, by selectively recruiting longer-term patients, most of whom do not have cancer, thereby gaming the Medicare payment system."  Complete Article
Hospice Patients Alliance

Selections from Natural Health News
Apr 16, 2010
Dying hospice patients have been denied morphine in their final hours because a doctor couldn't be reached in the middle of the night, nurses told The Associated Press. Massachusetts, the model for the federal health care overhaul,
Oct 07, 2009
Ellen Wild told The Times that her father died at a hospice in Edina, Minn., on Sept. 18. This information is provided by Creating Health Institute through our Health Matters(c) project.
Oct 24, 2008
This item is important to me in relation to a recent case of the demise of a person with ALS in N. Idaho, through the hospice system. Dr. Hawking is renown as one of the great minds of our times, and yet with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease)
Aug 15, 2008
I received this article from Hospice Patient's Alliance. If people contemplate and really see the sanctity of life, their "quality of life" arguments fall away and they will understand that we are here to care for each other, ...


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Anonymous said...

Well, well, well another dummy drug revealed. Yep, I can see the Pfizer execs scurrying to secure their bonuses and pay raises.