” Two Swedish women have received new wombs donated by their mothers in the first mother-to-daughter uterine transplants… … So far, the procedures have been a success, but the final proof of success will be the birth of a healthy child”
said Dr. Michael Olausson, Surgeon and Professor.
Read First mother-daughter womb transplants performed in Sweden, CNN, September 20, 2012.
What are the two worst economic sectors in terms of pursuing profit instead of creating value?
According to Mr John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods, the answer is: Pharmaceuticals and investment banking. He believes corporations in those sectors “primarily exist to maximize the compensation of their executives and, secondarily, shareholder value rather than value creation for customers, employees, and other major stakeholders.”
UC Berkeley professor Robert Reich share his views and suggestions on how to make pharma companies into law abiding citizens
Holding pharma executives personally liable for continuing patterns of criminal conduct that the company commits under their watch.
Disgorging all profits that were booked on the brands involved during the period the transgressions occurred.
Losing patent protection for at least two years on any product that benefitted from off-label marketing or similar violations.
Vigorously applying the criminal law to reduce the illegal approach.
” … When you start thinking about it, there are so many chemicals we use until the moment we wake up to the moment we go to sleep, … … But no government agency tracks the chemicals being used in these products. Who’s looking out for the consumers? ” says Robin Kay Levine
Since 1994, Réseau DES France supports the DES victims
The support group Réseau DES France was established in 1994. Their first DES public education campaign was launched in 1997 with the brochure “DES Distilbène® Exposure, the questions you ask yourself” aimed at raising DES awareness amongst the general public. Since 1994 Réseau DES France has engaged in many areas (information, cooperation, advocacy and lobbying, and DES lawsuits to name just a few). They’ve achieved many results and successes such a the right to longer maternity leave for DES pregnancies.
” … It’s embarrassing for Lilly to say DES doesn’t cause breast cancer; that it’s all genetic… … It’s arrogant and insulting to people’s intelligence. We’re not going away. They can’t shut us up, so they’re going to have to deal with us. They will have to admit the truth. They need to accept responsibility. It’s not about the money for us, it’s about justice and recognition that those of us who have been affected by DES are hurt in a way people not affected by it don’t understand. ”
Endometriosis occurs when endometrial cells grow where they shouldn’t – in places other than the uterus lining. It is estimated that up to 10% of women, or more, suffer endometriosis. Some studies have recently indicated that molecules from plastic, that break down in heat, can mimic estrogen, and may contribute to hormone problems, such as endometriosis. The rate of endometriosis is estimated to be 80% greater in women exposed to DiEthylStilbestrol in utero.
Web-scale pharmacovigilance: listening to signals from the crowd
” Using data drawn from queries entered into Google, Microsoft and Yahoo search engines, scientists at Microsoft, Stanford and Columbia University have for the first time been able to detect evidence of unreported prescription drug side effects before they were found by the Food and Drug Administration’s warning system. ”
Adverse drug events cause substantial morbidity and mortality and are often discovered after a drug comes to market. We hypothesized that Internet users may provide early clues about adverse drug events via their online information-seeking. We conducted a large-scale study of Web search log data gathered during 2010. We pay particular attention to the specific drug pairing of paroxetine and pravastatin, whose interaction was reported to cause hyperglycemia after the time period of the online logs used in the analysis. We also examine sets of drug pairs known to be associated with hyperglycemia and those not associated with hyperglycemia. We find that anonymized signals on drug interactions can be mined from search logs. Compared to analyses of other sources such as electronic health records (EHR), logs are inexpensive to collect and mine. The results demonstrate that logs of the search activities of populations of computer users can contribute to drug safety surveillance.
Web-scale pharmacovigilance: listening to signals from the crowd, jamia, 1 May 2013.