Thursday, November 2, 2017

Psychiatry and Pharmaceutical Companies Targeting Grandma

This is a report from CNN of all networks. This is a surprise since broadcast firms rely so much on pharmaceutical advertising that they almost never report on their crimes.
This report does involves Nuedexta, which is approved for patients with uncontrollable laughing or crying which is known as pseudobulbar affect, or PBA. It is a condition that only affects 1% of the population. The drug had been initially targeted for people with multiple sclerosis and ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
CNN in their report indicated a California psychiatrist Romeo Isidro had received hundreds of thousands of dollars in promotional payments from Avanir the maker of Neudexta. Apparently 50% of Nuedexta’s sales have gone to dementia patients and patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Sales have since jumped 400% and made $300 million in 2016.
According to the pharma company Avanir, they say 40% of people with dementia are afflicted with PBA, but this has been disputed by many experts. The actual test that produced the 40% afflicted rate was funded by the drug producer Avanir. We smell a rat do you?
The rat has a keeper and that keeper has no gate. It is the FDA. Nuedexta is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat anyone with PBA. This entitles Avanir to include those with neurological conditions like dementia. Yet most responsible geriatric physicians say PBA affects less than 5% of all patients with dementia.

In CNN’s report a Los Angeles nursing home last year, regulators found that more than a quarter of its residents 46 of 162 had been placed on Nuedexta, noting that a facility psychiatrist had given a talk about the drug to employees. This psychiatrist was a paid speaker fee from Avanir. End CNN’s report

Do you see the direct correlation between drug companies and psychiatrists? It’s all about money and nothing about patient care. Pharma funds a front research group to get the result they want. The FDA is run by psychiatrists, so they approve those research reports, and people die.

If you’re elder parents or grandparents are in a long term care facility. You need to stand up to their caregiver. Your parent stood up for you on the playground. Fight the insanity by getting involved in your elderly parents last years.

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