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Jul 19, 2011


Dr. Jeff Condit

Thanks for staying on top of this initiative. I am a former combat veteran, a specialist in the treatment of PTSD and now a retired VA mental health care provider. I saw firsthand the intrusiveness of the drug industry at the VA and the industry's incredible lack of clinical sensitivity and concern. These were well-dressed, highly paid company shills who had products to push in order to make handsome profits. Their motivation was not to take care of sick veterans. They spent large amounts of money wining and dining physicians in order to convert them to use their companies' products. I formally objected to our Chief of Staff about this practice. (She apparently disagreed and regularly partook in the drug company perks to include paid vacations ). Over the course of my 17 year career I developed a deep suspicion of what these folks did and said. I had no confidence in the alleged efficacy of the products they pushed. Keep an eye on these vermin.

Daniel Haszard

Eli Lilly Zyprexa,Risperdal and Seroquel same saga

The use of powerful antipsychotic drugs has increased in children as young as three years old. Weight gain, increases in triglyceride levels and associated risks for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The average weight gain (adults) over the 12 week study period was the highest for Zyprexa—17 pounds. You’d be hard pressed to gain that kind of weight sport-eating your way through the holidays.
One in 145 adults died in clinical trials of those taking the antipsychotic drugs Zyprexa. This is Lilly's # 1 product over $ 4 billion year sales,moreover Lilly also make billions on drugs that treat the diabetes often that has been caused by the zyprexa!
Daniel Haszard Zyprexa victim activist and patient who got diabetes from it. http://www.zyprexa-victims.com

Laurie Smyla

Thank you for your tenacity regarding this issue. I am in complete agreement that there seems to be an unhealthy alliance between the pharmaceutical companies and the FDA. It is caused by years of insiders hoping back and forth between the so called drug regulatory agency, (FDA) and the pharmaceutical industry.

Paul Thacker

Thanks. We're going to push the FDA to watch this issue.

Wife of Veteran who almost died from these drugs for PTSD

This needs to be an alert but NOT just for methedone either...remember there are 12 other drugs listed it should not be taken in combination with. Central Nervous system depressants being the biggest! Many veterans and soldiers that have died in their sleep while on this drug were taking Paxil and Lorazepam, not to mention a few others...what is even worse this is the ONLY anti-psychotic being approved by the DoD to to used in a combat zone by our troops for sleeping..it is NOT a sleeping pill and should NOT be prescribed as one either!!! The VA and DoD get around this because they will state they are not prescribing this to treat PTSD, which is partly true...they will say they are using it to treat a symptom...those symptoms being ones that accompany PTSD...like the inability to sleep...the bottle will be labeled for mood or sleep, not PTSD...off label at it's best and dangerous! This new label is to cover someones bottom and your right without a huge bulletin alert the doctors in the VA and DoD will just keep handing it out....

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