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Trade groups take ‘supplements save health care costs’ message to Capitol Hill December 11, 2013

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The Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus in conjunction with the leading dietary supplement industry associations held a briefing yesterday for members of Congress to drive home the point that supplements are not only good for users’ health, but good for the nation’s health care bottom line, too.

The briefing, titled “Smart Prevention: Health Care Cost Savings Utilizing Dietary Supplements,” was held by the DSC and the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the Natural Products Association (NPA), and the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA).

The message given to Congressional staffs was backed by data gather in the recent Frost and Sullivan survey commissioned by the CRN Foundation that showed that demonstrated that supplementation at preventive intake levels in high-risk populations can reduce the number of medical events associated with heart disease, age-related eye disease, diabetes, and bone disease in the United States, representing the potential for significant cost savings.

High engagement

Mike Greene, the vice president of government relations for CRN, said the message seemed to get through.  Such briefings tend to be high traffic affairs, with Congressional staffers coming and going as competing needs arise for their time.

“Typically staff members are very busy. I was interested in the simple fact that people stayed. We weren’t talking about the health benefits of dietary supplements, but we were talking about the economic benefits of dietary supplements,”Green told NutraIngredients-USA.

Part of the meeting consisted of a presentation of the report’s findings by Steve Mister, president and CEO of CRN, and included a statement by John Shaw, executive director of NPA.

“Chronic diseases are one of the greatest contributors to health care costs in this country,” said Mister. “If we can identify and motivate those at risk to effectively use dietary supplements, we can control rising societal health care costs, but also give sick individuals a chance to reduce the risk of costly events and, most importantly, to improve their quality of life.”

The new report by economic firm Frost & Sullivan that examined four different chronic diseases and the potential for health care cost savings when U.S. adults, 55 and older, diagnosed with these chronic diseases, used one of eight different dietary supplement regimens.

Systematic review

The report, performed a systematic review of hundreds of scientific studies on eight dietary supplement regimens across four diseases to determine the reduction in disease risk from these preventive practices. The firm then projected the rates of medical events across the high-risk populations and applied cost benefit analyses to determine the cost savings if people at high risk took supplements at preventive intake levels.

The report, demonstrated that supplementation at preventive intake levels in high-risk populations can reduce the number of medical events associated with heart disease, age-related eye disease, diabetes, and bone disease in the United States, representing the potential for significant cost savings.  Calculated potential savings in health care costs ranged as high as $3.9 billion for omega-3 supplements in the reduction of significant cardiac disease events.

 “Nutritional supplements proactively contribute to the overall health and well-being of American consumers. But as we can see from this data, the benefits of supplementation are much more far-reaching,”  Shaw said.

 “I’ve always known that dietary supplements have benefits. Most people know that.  But by doing this report we’ve shown that dietary supplements can reduce health care costs as well. This information is new and its fresh and it’s interesting to see how it has been received,” Greene said.

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Heart surgeon speaks out on what really causes heart disease May 22, 2013

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Written by: Dr. Dwight Lundell
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We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.

I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled “opinion makers.” Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.

The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice.

It Is Not Working! 

These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.

The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.

Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.

Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.

Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.

Inflammation is not complicated — it is quite simply your body’s natural defence to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process,a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial.

What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body? Well, smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.

The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.

Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.

What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.

Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding. you kept this up several times a day, every day for five years. If you could tolerate this painful brushing, you would have a bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated injury. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that could be going on in your body right now.

Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or internally, it is the same. I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. Several times a day, every day, the foods we eat create small injuries compounding into more injuries, causing the body to respond continuously and appropriately with inflammation.

While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed with omega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades. These foods have been slowly poisoning everyone.

How does eating a simple sweet roll create a cascade of inflammation to make you sick?

Imagine spilling syrup on your keyboard and you have a visual of what occurs inside the cell. When we consume simple carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into each cell where it is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works.

When your full cells reject the extra glucose, blood sugar rises producing more insulin and the glucose converts to stored fat.

What does all this have to do with inflammation? Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels.

While you may not be able to see it, rest assured it is there. I saw it in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who all shared one common denominator — inflammation in their arteries.

Let’s get back to the sweet roll. That innocent looking goody not only contains sugars, it is baked in one of many omega-6 oils such as soybean. Chips and fries are soaked in soybean oil; processed foods are manufactured with omega-6 oils for longer shelf life. While omega-6’s are essential -they are part of every cell membrane controlling what goes in and out of the cell — they must be in the correct balance with omega-3’s.

If the balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation.

Today’s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of these two fats. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as 30:1 in favor of omega-6. That’s a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation. In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy.

To make matters worse, the excess weight you are carrying from eating these foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out large quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to the injury caused by having high blood sugar. The process that began with a sweet roll turns into a vicious cycle over time that creates heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally, Alzheimer’s disease, as the inflammatory process continues unabated.

There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and processed foods, the more we trip the inflammation switch little by little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.

There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state. To build muscle, eat more protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegetables. Cut down on or eliminate inflammation- causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them.

One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef.

Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labelled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.

The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.

What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.

Article retrieved from: http://www.sott.net/article/242516-Heart-Surgeon-Speaks-Out-On-What-Really-Causes-Heart-Disease

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Are you taking too many meds? May 31, 2011

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Editor’s note: Americans have been led to believe — by their doctors, by advertisers and by the pharmaceutical industry — that there is a pill to cure just about anything that ails them. This week, the networks of CNN go deep into the politics and the pills.

(CNN) — For Alesandra Rain, it all started with sleeplessness. In 1993 she was having marital troubles and her business wasn’t doing well. Anxiety kept her up at night, so her general practitioner prescribed sleeping pills. “It worked fabulously. I felt very relaxed and I would sleep better,” Rain remembers. “I thought this was certainly the right prescription for me.”

Then a few weeks later, another symptom developed. “It was so unusual. I started having bronchitis and lung infections,” she recalls. She went to a pulmonologist who prescribed an antibiotic. Another complication soon followed.

“My heart started skipping beats, so I was referred to a cardiologist,” explains Rain, who says other than a series of surgeries after a car accident, she had been completely healthy until this point in her life. The cardiologist ran a few tests and prescribed medication to treat arhythmias. It didn’t end there.

Eventually she developed seizures. At this point, she was already taking at least six different prescriptions from three separate specialists. She went to see a neurologist who prescribed an anti-seizure medication on top of that.

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How Effective Is Chemo Therapy? May 13, 2011

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An important paper has been published in the Australian journal Clinical Oncology. This meta-analysis, entitled “The Contribution of Cytotoxic Chemotherapy to 5-year Survival in Adult Malignancies” set out to accurately quantify and assess the actual benefit conferred by chemotherapy in the treatment of adults with the commonest types of cancer. Although the paper has attracted some attention in Australia, the native country of the paper’s authors, it has been greeted with complete silence on this side of the world.

All three of the paper’s authors are oncologists. Lead author Associate Professor Graeme Morgan is a radiation oncologist at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney; Professor Robyn Ward is a medical oncologist at University of New South Wales/St. Vincent’s Hospital. The third author, Dr. Michael Barton, is a radiation oncologist and a member of the Collaboration for Cancer Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Liverpool Health Service, Sydney. Prof. Ward is also a member of the Therapeutic Goods Authority of the Australian Federal Department of Health and Aging, the official body that advises the Australian government on the suitability and efficacy of drugs to be listed on the national Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule (PBS) — roughly the equivalent of the US Food and Drug Administration.

Their meticulous study was based on an analysis of the results of all the randomized, controlled clinical trials (RCTs) performed in Australia and the US that reported a statistically significant increase in 5-year survival due to the use of chemotherapy in adult malignancies. Survival data were drawn from the Australian cancer registries and the US National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) registry spanning the period January 1990 until January 2004.

Wherever data were uncertain, the authors deliberately erred on the side of over-estimating the benefit of chemotherapy. Even so, the study concluded that overall, chemotherapy contributes just over 2 percent to improved survival in cancer patients.

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Implant Focus Shifts to Implant-Related Cancer January 27, 2011

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A mix of caution, approval, and a touch of I-told-you-so greeted the FDA announcement that breast implants have been linked to a rare form of lymphoma.

In general, emphasis on the rareness of the disease and its association with breast implants predominated among physicians and surgeons familiar with the situation.

Plastic surgeons and a lymphoma specialist told MedPage Today that the 34 cases of anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL) among U.S. breast-implant users — and about 60 cases worldwide — are not a reason for deep or widespread concern.

Moreover, the FDA found itself on the receiving end of kudos from the medical community, as plastic surgeons applauded the agency for bringing the issue out in the open and heading off a potential flood of concern.

“I am very pleased that the FDA has brought this to light and that the plastic surgery organizations are working together with the FDA for the safety and betterment of our patients,” Alan Matarasso, MD, a plastic surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, told MedPage Today.

In an email response to MedPage Today and ABC News, Miami plastic surgeon Constantino Mendieta, MD, noted that the FDA pointed out that “ALCL associated with breast implants is extremely rate. A woman is more likely to be struck by lightning than get this condition.”

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How Big Pharma Controls Medicine January 23, 2011

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The large pharmaceutical companies–Big Pharma–control medicine in the U.S. And they stand between us and good medical care.

Let’s be blunt about it. Big Pharma is all about money. First, last and always, it’s about the money. They dress it up with talk about the frontiers of science, conquering disease, improving  life, etc., but it’s not about any of these things. It’s about selling drugs and making money.

Pharmaceutical companies rake in big, big bucks. And they lavish it around to buy the assurance that a large stream of big bucks will continue to flow through the pipeline.

First, Big Pharma, with help from politicians, has totally corrupted the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA would rather serve the drug companies than perform their duty of protecting the public. And too many meetings take place out of public sight.

Second, Big Pharma controls medical schools with endowments, plush jobs for go-along administrators, etc. Med schools teach what their big contributors want taught.

For instance, med schools teach that Armour thyroid, the natural, desiccated thyroid medication that has proved its worth for more than 150 years is unreliable, and any doctor who prescribes it is obviously out of touch with science. This nonsense turns truth on its head, but it’s taught as gospel.

And med school professors continue on to laud Synthroid as the thyroid medication of choice. Now that facts are that Synthroid is unreliable, has no science to back it up and no record of success. But it sure brings in a ton of money.

Med students, bless their hearts, think they’re being taught the truth. And it takes some serious intervention to dislodge that misinformation.

One doctor, David Brownstein, MD, did everything med school taught him to do as he treated his dying father. And his father got worse. In desperation, Dr. Brownstein looked beyond what he had been taught–and found solutions in alternative treatments. His father went on to live for many more happy years. Most doctors, though, don’t have such a strong motivation, so they continue as true believers.

And med schools don’t end the effort. Maintaining a medical license requires continuing education, so Big Pharma provides it–in exotic, luxurious locations. Taught by prestigious names in the medical field–paid by drug company sponsors, of course–who repeat the indoctrination of med school. All while cosseting receptive doctors–and at no cost. No tacky university lecture halls for them, thank you very much.

And still the beat goes on! Armies of sales reps descend on doctors’ offices daily. They use their constant presence to cement the med school mantra: “Big Pharma is your friend.”

They deliver lunch for the doctor, at no cost, of course. Leave behind pens, pencils, prescription pads, laptop computers, office software systems, sample drugs and on and on. Anything to keep the gravy train going.

Here’s where it all comes down. A doctor committed to Big Pharma cannot be simultaneously committed to you. Look for signs of influence. Some are obvious. A closed-circuit TV in a doctor’s office pretty much shouts that your well-being won’t take first place.

One push for Big Pharma nowadays is stacking State Medical Boards with their enforcers so doctors have no choice but to do Big Pharma’s bidding. At least, if they want to keep their medical license, they don’t.

Another is working with the World Health Organization to make it illegal–around the world–to buy natural remedies such as vitamins, minerals, etc. With alternative medicine growing by leaps and bounds as people flee from standard medical care, drug companies want the WHO to destroy the threat.

We are in a war. Not of our choosing, to be sure, but a war none-the-less.

Don’t lose by default. We need health tea parties. On-line activity. Letters to politicians. Involvement in the various community organizations. In sum, since it seems to be the only way to create change nowadays, we need to make noise. And choose you doctors carefully.

The life you save may be your own.

Author: Bette Dowdell

 

Prescription Drugs Associated with Violent Behaviour January 23, 2011

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A recent study published by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) revealed the top 31 prescription drugs that can cause violent behaviour in patients. Anti-depressants Pristiq, Paxil and Prozac were listed in the top-ten list of most dangerous drugs, along with an insomnia medication, an ADHD drug, an anti-smoking medication and a malaria prescription drug.

Top Ten Prescription Drugs Associated with Violence

The study concluded that, among others, the following drugs have links to violent behaviour in patients:

Varenicline (Chantix) This drug is used to treat smoking addiction. Aside from its many other side effects, the study reveals that it is 18 times more likely to be linked with violence and aggression compared to other drugs.

Fluoxetine (Prozac): According to this study, the popular SSRI antidepressant Prozac is 10.9 times more likely to be linkied with violence compared to other medictions.

Paroxetine(Paxil): Also a popular SSRI antidepressant, Paxil is associated with severe withdrawal symptoms and a greater risk of birth defects compared to other medications.

Amphetamines (Various): Amphetamines are typically used to treat sufferers of ADHD. The drug affects the brain’s dopamine and noradrenaline systems. According to the study, amphetamines are 9.6 times more likely to be linked to violence than other drugs.

Mefoquine (Lariam): A prescription drug for malaria, Lariam has long been known for its adverse side effects such as severe depression, anxiety, paranoia, aggression, nightmares, insomnia, seizures, birth defects and hallucinations. It is 9.5 times more likely to be linked with violence than other drugs

Atomoxetine (Strattera): This drug is used to treat ADHD and is reported to be 9 times more likely to be associated with violence compared to other medication.A benzodiazepine which is used to treat insomnia.

Triazolam (Halcion): This drug is said to be 8.7 times moe likely to be linked with violent behaviour than other drugs. Other known side effects include heacaches, dizziness, drowsiness and suicidal thoughts.

Fluvoxamine (Luvox): An antidepressant that affects serotonin levels (SSRI), Luvox is 8.4 times more likely than other medications to be linked with violence, according to the study.

Venlafaxine (Effexor): This drug is used to treat depression and anxiety disorders. Effexor is reported to be 8.3 times more likely than other drugs to be related to violent behaviour.

Desvenlafaxine (Pristia): This is an antidepressant drug which affects both serotonin and noradrenaline It is 7.9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.

Conclusion of Study on Prescription Meds and Violence

In conclusion, the ISMP study stated that: “Acts of violence towards others are a genuine and serious adverse drug event associated with a relatively small group of drugs. Varenicline, which increases the availability of dopamine, and antidepressants with serotonergic effects were the most strongly and consistently implicated drugs”.

This research does not necessarily mean that these drugs cause violent behaviour, and additional research is underway.

Prescription Drugs Associated with Reports of Violence Towards Others, information retrieved 15 January, 2011

Too many drugs allowed on market January 23, 2011

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A Tory MP who has led a decade-long crusade against Health Canada’s prescription drug safety protocols says Canadian lives are at stake during the agency’s closed-door talks this week aimed at updating the Food and Drugs Act. Terence Young, who is one of several people taking part in Health Canada’s three days of consultations that began Wednesday, told CBC News he believes the agency is putting lives at risk by approving too many drugs too quickly.

He used his daughter’s death 10 years ago as an example. Health Canada has invited individuals representing stakeholder groups and institutions — including drug companies, patients’ groups, physicians, pharmacists and others — to discuss how the agency reviews drugs, approves them and monitors safety once doctors begin prescribing the medication to their patients.

Young, who represents the Ontario riding of Oakville, said he will keep pushing for the creation of an independent drug safety agency, instead of depending on Health Canada, which he said views its role now as “helping the pharmaceutical companies market drugs.”  Read More…

Government lets fraudulent drug companies deal with Medicare January 19, 2011

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Seven years ago, Lee Chartock, a psychiatrist in South Weymouth, Mass., got a visit from a drug saleswoman offering to pay his expenses to an “advisory meeting” in Boca Raton, Fla.

There, hucksters encouraged him and other attendees to prescribe the drug Zonegran, approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as one of several medications to treat epilepsy seizures in adults. That small market wasn’t growing. But physicians had been paid up to $1,250 to attend Florida sessions where they were encouraged to increase the drugs’ sales by prescribing it “off-label” as a diet pill, to treat mood disorders, and for epilepsy in children.

Back in Massachusetts, the saleswoman offered to pay him to give speeches on behalf of the drug’s maker, an Irish firm with R&D and other operations headquartered in South San Francisco called the Elan Corporation.

Chartock declined. Instead he filed a federal whistle-blower complaint describing an illegal marketing scheme by Elan to market Zonegran for “off-label” uses.

On Dec. 15, the Justice Department announced that Elan would pay criminal and civil penalties totaling more than $200 million. As part of a legal settlement, Elan signed a so-called corporate integrity agreement, designed to ensure it doesn’t repeat this kind of practice. For the next five years, it will employ a “compliance committee” and regularly report back to the government on whether employees are breaking the law. Read More…

Pfizer and others named in St. Clair County suit over Dilantin January 18, 2011

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Residents of St. Clair County, New York and Louisiana joined to file a suit against the makers of drugs used to treat epilepsy, saying it caused them or their deceased relatives to develop a severe and potentially deadly skin disease. Shirley Johnson, Michael Shepherd and Lyndora Thomas Taylor on behalf of the recently deceased John Taylor filed a lawsuit Dec. 28 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Pfizer, Parke Davis and Warner Lambert.

Christopher Cueto of the Law Office of Christopher Cueto in Belleville, Robert L. Salim of Louisiana and Kenneth T. Fibich of Fibich, Hampton and Leebron in Houston will be representing them. According to the complaint, the plaintiffs all developed Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) or Toxic Epidural Necrolysis (TEN) after ingesting prescription medications containing the substance Dilantin. SJS and TEN are both skin disorders characterized by the discoloration or exfoliation of skin, the shedding of hair and nails, hives or burns to the body, loss of eyesight and/or damage to internal organs, the suit states.

One plaintiff — Lyndora Thomas Taylor — lost a relative — John Taylor — to the severe skin reaction on Dec. 31, 2009, the complaint says. “Defendants’ Dilantin drug products are the most dangerous and lethal drugs that cause deaths from SJS/TENS,” the suit states. Dilantin, the substance suspected to cause the skin disorder, has been used in drugs to treat epilepsy since 1939, but was not FDA-approved as a safe and effective way to treat seizures until 1976, the plaintiffs claim.

Even then, however, the drug should never have been approved as a safe treatment, according to the complaint. “Post-marketing databases confirm that serious skin reactions have been reported in patients receiving Dilantin drug products,” the suit states. “These databases include the US-FDA Adverse Event Reporting System, World Health Organization, Upsalla Monitoring Centre, and the Health Canada Adverse Event Database and demonstrated that SJS/TEN events associated with Dilantin drug products were not infrequent and exceeded other drugs on the market that have significant relative risks of SJS/TEN, including Bactrim and Tegretol.”

To make matters worse, the defendants knew of the drugs’ dangers, but failed to adequately warn their customers of risks, the complaint says.

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