CHANTIX POISONING OF VETERANS TO CONTINUE
BUSH VA SEES NO PROBLEMS WITH INDUCED SUICIDE OF TERROR-WAR VETS
OBAMA CRITICIZES VETERANS AFFAIRS CHIEF;
MCCAIN SAYS NOTHING
Medical Ethicists & Vets Advocates Horrified: "No Informed Consent"
"'Disposable Heroes': Veterans Used To Test Suicide-Linked Drugs"
" Dr. McFall says the VA decided to continue the Chantix study because 'it would be depriving our veterans of an effective method of treatment to help them stop smoking.' "In all fairness, suicide would help our veterans stop smoking. It would also trim the rolls of those requesting financial benefits, or health care. That would save the Republican government money it needs for Halliburton in Iraq (only a few months left to cash in). It might also lead to closing, or privatizing the VA medical system. Pretty much of a four-bagger, this Chantix.
No matter who reported this, or why, the facts remain:
1. No informed consent. Even in the 3-months-too-late notice sent to Vets in the study, there was no mention of suicide.
2. VA doctors continued to use a drug on suicidally-inclined patients after they knew it could lead to suicide.
3. The drug is STILL being given to veterans with PTSD.
4. Veterans groups, Democratic & Republican Congressmen and Barack Obama have expressed outrage and demanded answers, and an end to this experiment.
"32,000 Vets To Be Warned About Suicide-Linked Drug Chantix"
" Chantix has been linked to at least 40 suicides and 400 attempted suicides in the population at large, according to the FDA which published its first alert Nov. 20, 2007.
The FDA issued a second warning, and there was an alert from the drug's maker, Pfizer, before the VA finally began to warn veterans in the study on Feb. 29, 2008.
But even then, the VA omitted the word 'suicide' from the cover letter sent to veterans.
Secretary Peake said the new VA warning letter he is sending will specify that suicide is one of the possible side-effects of Chantix.
'I have no problem putting suicide in there, myself,' said Peake.
He said the VA would not hesitate to stop the study if needed, as some in Congress have demanded.
'We're not enrolling new people in this study,' he said, but there are no plans to stop the current project.
'Chantix is an FDA-approved drug,' Peake said, 'and we're trying to find the best way to support smoking cessation.'
But Peake said there was no evidence to suggest the study should be stopped. "
NO EVIDENCE???!!! Exactly how many suicides would be considered "evidence," Doc? One Vet down, and how many to go? I'll keep count for ya.
PFIZER STATEMENT ON CHANTIX & PTSD:
" Based upon post-marketing reports first reflected in a November 2007 labeling update, Pfizer today updated the CHANTIX label in the U.S. to include a warning that patients who are attempting to quit smoking with CHANTIX should be observed for serious neuropsychiatric symptoms, including changes in behavior, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior.
... Patients with serious psychiatric illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder did not participate in the controlled clinical trial program. "
Pfizer came out with this in NOVEMBER 2007. The VA took out the words "suicide" & "suicidal," and passed it along in MARCH 2008.
"VA using PTSD sufferers in drug testing"
" A medical ethicist said the VA's behavior in the Chantix study violated protections in medical experiments.
'When you're taking advantage of a very vulnerable population, people who have served the country, and the agency that's responsible for their welfare isn't putting their welfare first, that's a pretty serious breach of ethics,' said Arthur Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at University of Pennsylvania. "
Dubya: "Ethics?" McCain: "What?"
"32,000 Vets To Be Warned About Suicide-Linked Drug Chantix"
" 'Our first responsibility is to our veterans,' said Peake, who said he has asked VA doctors to review 'the communications process' involving all VA studies using veterans who are suffering from PTSD. Some 400,000 veterans are being treated for PTSD.
The Bush White House had initially defended the VA's handling of the Chantix experiment. "
But, hey, it's only 32,000 disabled Afghan & Iraq war heroes, right? Oh, wait: There's actually 400,000 of these McBushwar survivors with PTSD. So far.
"White House Derides Investigation That Exposed Drug Testing On Vets As ‘Irresponsible Reporting,’ ‘Awful’"
Now, think it's time for a change?
"VA Denies Ethical Lapse in Smoking-Cessation Trial"
" The media report prompted presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama (D-Ill.) to write to the VA's chief, expressing outrage 'that our government would irresponsibly endanger veterans who have already sacrificed so much for our country. ... It is distressing that our government could once again let down our veterans and their families.' "
Don't forget this in November, when it comes time to vote. Support the troops AFTER they get home, too!
"New Study Highlights Dangers of Anti-Smoking Drug Chantix"
VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS
"VFW Demands Accountability Over Chantix"
VETERANS FOR COMMON SENSE
"June 18 VCS in the News: Congress and VCS Demand a Stop to Experimental Drug Testing on Veterans with PTSD"
INSTITUTE FOR SAFE MEDICATION PRACTICES
"Strong Safety Signal Seen for New Varenicline Risks"
[Cross-posted at Out Of Iraq Bloggers Caucus
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