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Al Jazeera on US Pharmaceutical Industry and Qui Tam Claims, 2010


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People and Power: Drug Money

Al Jazeera, 2010

 

Daniel Carlat, MD, of The Carlat Psychiatry Blog is interviewed.

 

Also, note Harvard Professor of Psychiatry Joseph Biederman at 15:35.

Reporter: "what position is higher than you?"

Biederman: "God"

 

I don't recall this on USA TV or news aside from individual news reports. Al Jazeera appears to be a better source of news.

Pristiq tapered over 8 months ending Spring 2011 after 18 years of polydrugging that began w/Zoloft for fatigue/general malaise (not mood). CURRENT: 1mg Klonopin qhs (SSRI bruxism), 75mg trazodone qhs, various hormonesLitigation for 11 years for Work-related injury, settled 2004. Involuntary medical retirement in 2001 (age 39). 2012 - brain MRI showing diffuse, chronic cerebrovascular damage/demyelination possibly vasculitis/cerebritis. Dx w/autoimmune polyendocrine failure.<p>2013 - Dx w/CNS Sjogren's Lupus (FANA antibodies first appeared in 1997 but missed by doc).

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This is a terrific find, Barb. I watched the entire program.

 

I think there is no realistic solution to the grand problem -- corrupt establishment promoting drugs to uninformed patients. As much I'd like to envision one, I can't, not a realistic one. I'm not counting on the doctors, pharmaceuticals or regulators to save the day anymore.

 

In fact, I think most people will never even know of the connection between chronic drug use and degenerative health developments. My old CBT therapist, for example, is prediabetic and +50lbs since starting Effexor and has never and probably will never connect her many health problems with the food and drugs she eats everyday.

 

Good find Barb.

 

Alex

"Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinking fast
I'm drowning in the poison, got no future, got no past
But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free
I've got nothing but affection for all those who sailed with me.

Everybody's moving, if they ain't already there
Everybody's got to move somewhere
Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
Things should start to get interesting right about now."

- Zimmerman

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