“No one in the FDA, pharma, or biotech has children. Nor do they have any family members with children or friends with them either.
Isn't a suspicious coincidence that the educational requirements and field/scope of study is the same for the FDA and pharma/biotech. Who would have imagined that when switching out of a gov job and moving to the private sector that they would use their education and work experience to get a job at those specific places? I think you are definitely on to something here!”
EvolveorPerish on Jul 11, 2012 at 21:01:16
“Yes, its called a revolving door and it creates minor conflict of issues. Just minor, nothing to worry about : )”
“Really? A $3 billion dollar fine is going to be part of a global-media conspiracy? it wouldn't show up on investment blogs or financial reports. This global corporate-government-media conspiracy can just sweep $3 billion under the table? Gee, why would the government fine whoever $3 billion then help cover it up? Yeah, it must be me...not you. Of course.”
“Have a link? If anyone was fined $3 billion it would be in the news.
BTW, learn what the difference is between an element and a compound.”
FrenchKissed on Jul 12, 2012 at 01:01:10
“It was in the news, only it was for Vioxx... wait, no- that was $366 million. It was GSK that had to pay $3B it was for off-label marketing (Paxil for use in patients under 18, Wellbutrin for combating substance abuse, Advair for mild asthma instead of moderate to severe only and for COPD). Also not reporting post-approval safety data for Avandia (very serious) and defrauding the US government by not giving Medicare the best reported price on their drugs (because they offered a lower price when bundled, which means individually they paid more).
One thing is for sure- those two qui-tam reporters and their lawyers made out like bandits.They didn't mention how much they made for blowing the whistle but the most I've seen is $90 million and that was for a $2 billion settlement.”
hbserfer on Jul 11, 2012 at 02:12:55
“A metal introduced to the body as foreign is just that, element or compound. The body cannot deal with it. Learn some Alchemy instead.
Why don't you look up the spike in paralysis in India following the polio campaign last year...They all happened around those GAVI missions. Bill seems to always spread viruses.”
Kiera Leatherman on Jul 10, 2012 at 23:34:52
“"If anyone was fined $3 billion it would be in the news."
You have too much faith in media.”
John Richard Smith on Jul 10, 2012 at 19:30:19
“"Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, joined by other attorneys general and the U.S. government, this week announced a $3 billion settlement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to resolve allegations the pharmaceutical company engaged in various illegal schemes related to the marketing and pricing of drugs it manufactures.
This week’s action is the largest healthcare fraud settlement in history. California will receive more than $46 million, the largest share among the states under the settlement.
The $3 billion settlement includes $2 billion in damages and civil penalties to compensate state and federal healthcare programs, including California’s Medi-Cal program, for harm allegedly suffered as a result of the illegal conduct.
In addition, GSK has agreed to plead guilty to federal criminal charges related to drug labeling and FDA reporting and pay a $1 billion criminal fine."”
Dyson on Jul 10, 2012 at 18:14:22
“Also I like how the number of vaccines is now up to "150 doses".
Next we will see these guys saying is that babies get 300 shots at birth, directly into the brain.
Worst thing is, most of them will believe it.”
Marsha McClelland on Jul 10, 2012 at 18:12:14
“'Big Pharma criminality no longer a conspiracy theory: Bribery, fraud, price fixing now a matter of public record'
"Those of us who have long been describing the pharmaceutical industry as a "criminal racket" over the last few years have been wholly vindicated by recent news. Drug and vaccine manufacturer Merck was caught red-handed by two of its own scientists faking vaccine efficacy data by spiking blood samples with animal antibodies. GlaxoSmithKline has just been fined a whopping $3 billion for bribing doctors, lying to the FDA, hiding clinical trial data and fraudulent marketing. Pfizer, meanwhile has been sued by the nation's pharmacy retailers for what is alleged as an "overarching anticompetitive scheme" to keep generic cholesterol drugs off the market and thereby boost its own profits.
The picture that's emerging is one of a criminal drug industry that has turned to mafia tactics in the absence of any real science that would prove their products to be safe or effective. The emergence of this extraordinary evidence of bribery, scientific fraud, lying to regulators and monopolistic practices that harm consumers is also making all those doctors and "skeptics" who defended Big Pharma and vaccines eat their words."”
Heywood Merton on Jul 10, 2012 at 17:55:06
“This is standard-issue antivax blender-style cognition. GSK was fined $3 billion over off-label marketing. It has nothing to do with vaccines. The private action against Merck over mumps efficacy under the False Claims Act (i.e., the two plaintiffs hope to cash in) hasn't even seen a day in court.”
“What's easier, blaming a nebulous entity that inflicted a disorder on their kids through method equivalent to a 19th century-level scientific explanation or understanding cutting edge scientific research?
“Cutting edge? Science is trial and error. Guinea pigs and mice and labs wrapped up in nice articles and big ad budgets. With enough money I could make you look like Elvis and sing like him too. Illusion is easy when the price is right. The issue is facts and truth. Facts are not the truth but a case for it. Facts can be altered when evidence to support them is manufactured. But the truth is always the truth. Few are ever objective enough to find it.”
John Richard Smith on Jun 22, 2012 at 05:49:05
“Certainly Josephius there is a population of ASD children where the 'cause' resides in the genes. But at this time only some 15% of autism can be directly linked to CNV's and gene deletions and that's after 30 - 40 years of genetic research. I have a feeling it will rise to as much as 35 - 45 % over the next decade.
One of the most significant findings in the last ten to five years is the immune system.”
“I love the way you cite a toxicology report about aluminum (elemental metal) and mention aluminum salts as if they have the same effects...they don't. OMG! Table salt is sodium (explosive!) and chlorine (highly toxic!). It's amazing people are sprinkling it on everything.
"massive environmental exposure"
Massive? Really? What is the cut-off where it isn't massive, but just a lot?”
“The Taliban are threatening to end polio vaccinations for children in N.W. Pakistan if the U.S. doesn't stop their drone attacks. Where's Jenny to help them out? Dr. Jay? Andy Wakefield? Barbara Loe Fisher? Dan Olmsted?
Someone dispatch AoA immediately! Send in the rescue angles! Help end the scourge of polio vaccinations!”
melaniki57 on Jun 22, 2012 at 14:23:03
“Hmm. I'm Native American. Wonder why we never needed them before the ships landed?”
demmel on Jun 19, 2012 at 14:42:16
“When facing the reality of having one's child die or be permanently disfigured from preventable diseases, autism becomes less of a concern. We have short memories in this country, coupled with an immediate demand for perfection.
I have a son with Autism, and I believe in vaccination.”
“"7 years of age any immunity (if he had any) has long since waned"
So, you had his Ab's titered then? Just guessing? I had my series 13 years ago and my titers are just fine.
And even if he doesn't have acceptable Ab titers, he has memory and plasma cells. Upon his next exposure, they can pump out Abs in hours instead of waiting 2 weeks (which would be too late for HepB).”
Willow-the-Witch on Jun 15, 2012 at 10:43:19
“I had my series...well, actually, I've had more than 3 shots in the course of the last 20 years. My last titer was about 3 years ago. I hit on the low end of immunity, but I was assured that was plenty enough to elicit an immune response. (Note my post above...this was a major concern in my household and contracting Hep B would have cost me my job).”
“This is a classic example of what the fringe thinks: that there was a conspiracy to destroy some (not all) frozen brain tissue samples in one bank because they supposedly would have been the missing evidence to prove that vaccines cause autism.”
Willow-the-Witch on Jun 15, 2012 at 10:23:41
“It's a shame they don't put as much effort into finding that missing link in evolution.”
“"suspicious loss of autism brains for environmental research"
I bet the black helicopters were involved!”
jened on Jun 14, 2012 at 20:23:13
“Joe, you're an every day science kinda guy, so what's your explanation for two alarms and a temperature gage all failing? Sure does sound like quite the coincidence, statistically speaking? Seriously what are your theories?”
“Not entirely. Immunocompromised individuals, those on medications for autoimmune disorders, people undergoing chemotherapy, the underimmunized, the elderly, and unimmunized infants are all susceptible. Not to mention, the concept of maintaining a population of walking incubators probably isn't a great public health strategy for anybody.”
samaxtics on Jun 14, 2012 at 20:16:16
“Immuno-compromised individuals have to be wary of all infections; not just those that have vaccines. Sick people should be at home. Unless of course you are suggesting that only vaccinated people stay home when they are sick?
Less than 10% of adults have had the pertussis booster. Why do people only rant about unvaccinated children?”
AwesomeInfo on Jun 14, 2012 at 18:49:52
“So maybe focusing on the child instead of the parents belief is a more appropriate public policy.”
“With all due respect, I have spent 18 years researching autism and living with an autistic child. I have spent countless hours reading articles, FULL reports and speaking with the leading researchers in autism and autism spectrum disorders. I have sat in medical conferences and conferences for autistic individuals and their caretakers. With my son, we have participated in 17 research studies as well as the Autism Genome Project. You do not understand the FULL report as you only read the abstract. If you knew anything about medical papers and their publication, you would know that the abstract does not contain the conclusions, simply the working theory that the study began with.”
“"Since the Serotonin system is the first to degenerate with age, they believe that that gene is why older parents have more autistics. "
This makes no sense.”
Willow-the-Witch on Jun 15, 2012 at 10:29:02
“Sorry, Cindbird, but I'm not following your logic on this one. When most people refer to genes "degrading" or cells aging, it is in reference to the loss of telomere repeats. This isn't a concern in the gametes because they do not go through repeated divisions. The egg spends most of its life in arrested development. There is no opportunity for the loss of telomeres because there are only the two divisions.
Now, deletion of genes or other mutations is most certainly possible, but I'm not understanding how the parent's degrading serotonin system (in somatic cells) has any effect on the sex cells.”
Cindbird on Jun 14, 2012 at 20:15:06
“The serotonin system is keyed from the hypothalamus to the thalamus. The genes which control this system break down as we age. Because they are weaker in constitution, the older an individual is the more the gene for the serotonin system degrades in the sperm and egg. That gene is one that then passes degraded and inconsistent copies of it's self to the developing fetus.Thus causing a disordered serotonin system and damaged thalamus. The thalamus is a two-way relay station sending information to the sensory areas and then back to the motor systems. A break down in that system results in the person's difficulty or inability to process sensory information and then act on it.”
“You should re-read your link. From the abstract:
"Although autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have a substantial genetic basis, most of the known genetic risk has been traced to rare variants, principally copy number variants (CNVs). To identify common risk variation, the Autism Genome Project (AGP) Consortium genotyped 1558 rigorously defined ASD families for 1 million single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and analyzed these SNP genotypes for association with ASD."”
Cindbird on Jun 14, 2012 at 20:08:56
“Read the full report not the abstract. They found that there is a core of 50 to 100 genetic mutations which occur in all autistics and affect the serotonin and oxytocin systems. Thus causing a disordered brain chemistry during gestation that then triggers a change in the way the individual responds to serotonin and oxytocin. It has long been known that autistics do not produce serotonin in thalamus in sufficient quantities to allow for proper sensory integration. A genetic difference in the way that the hypothalamus keys the thalamus has been found to be a cause of the sensory problems in autism. At the last Autism Society of America conference this difference was explains as the primary reason for hypersensitivity in autistics. As they get older, the levels of serotonin DO change which is why the older the child is the harder it is to gain sensory integration.”