Effets secondaires : le scandale français

Mediator, Dépakine, Vioxx, Requip…
Quand les médicaments nous empoisonnent


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On ne peut plus mettre sous le tapis les risques liés aux médicaments! Ce livre lance un appel à assainir un système où autorités sanitaires et lobby pharmaceutique sont trop imbriqués.

Après le Médiator, les autorités sanitaires françaises avaient promis : “Plus jamais ça !”. Plus jamais de victimes par milliers, plus jamais de vies brisées.

Cette enquête inédite prouve que la promesse n’a pas été tenue : non seulement l’État n’a pas les moyens de défendre les patients face à la puissance économique des big-pharmas, mais on découvre également que des études scientifiques sont biaisées et des experts épinglés pour leurs conflits d’intérêt manifestes avec les laboratoires.

Conséquence : des hommes, des femmes, des enfants souffrent d’avoir été intoxiqués sans le savoir et luttent pour faire reconnaître leur pathologie par la justice. À l’image de la Dépakine, de nouveaux scandales menacent d’éclater (vous trouverez la liste des médicaments placés sous surveillance renforcée par l’Agence française du médicament – ansm – à la fin de cet ouvrage).

On ne peut pas laisser tomber les gueules cassées du médicament, Irène Frachon, qui avait révélé le scandale du Médiator est coauteure du livre

À travers les témoignages de victimes et l’enquête rigoureuse des auteurs auprès des grands laboratoires et des institutions chargées de surveiller les essais thérapeutiques, découvrez les dessous d’un système qui, s’il permet indiscutablement de sauver des millions de vies, condamne néanmoins à un calvaire quotidien plusieurs milliers de patients chaque année.

Le Distilbène DES, en savoir plus

Want to drink some cancerous Roundup? Try some California wine…

Glyphosate found in 100% of California wines tested, even in some labeled as organic

In a recent project, an individual and Moms Across America supporter sent ten wines, including organic and biodynamic, to be tested for glyphosate based herbicides…

On March 16th, 2016 Moms Across America received results from an anonymous supporter which commissioned Microbe Inotech Lab of St.Louis, Missouri that showed all ten of the wines tested positive for the chemical glyphosate, the declared “active” ingredient in Roundup weed killer and 700 other glyphosate ­based herbicides. The highest level of glyphosate detected was up to 28.4 times higher than the other wines at 18.74 ppb from a 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from a conventional, chemically farmed vineyard. The lowest level was from a bio dynamic and organic vineyard, 2013 Syrah, which has never been sprayed according to the owner, with a level of .659 ppb. An organic wine from 2012 mixed red wine grapes, had 0.913 ppb of glyphosate.

More information
  • Widespread Contamination of Glyphosate Weedkiller in California Wine, MomsAcrossAmerica report, March 24th, 2016.
  • How Do Glyphosate Based Herbicides Contaminate Crops?, MomsAcrossAmerica, APRIL 01, 2016.
  • Watch our pesticides video playlist on YouTube.

Bullied children, anxiety, anti-depressants and the risk of medicalising childhood

Child mental health crisis ‘worse than suspected’

” We need to ask ourselves what is causing mental health problems in the first place. Because it’s my belief that many of these struggles could be avoided if we get our approach right. And if we don’t we’re giving away with one hand and taking away with the other. And we run the risk of medicalising childhood.

If a child is being bullied and they have the symptoms of depression because they are being bullied, what they need is for the bullying to stop. They need to feel safe again. They don’t necessarily need anti-depressants or therapy.

The question we should be asking ourselves is what are the emotional and mental health needs of all children and are they being met in our schools?

At one end of the scale we’ve got four-year-olds being tested, at the other end of the scale we’ve got teenagers leaving school and facing the prospect of leaving university with record amounts of debt. Anxiety is the fastest growing illness in under 21s. These things are not a coincidence.”

Natasha Devon, child mental health specialist appointed by the Government. Schoolyard bully image by Thomas Ricker.

Press releases
  • Bullied children are being wrongly ‘medicalised’, expert warns, telegraph, 28 APRIL 2016.
  • Child mental health crisis ‘worse than suspected’, the guardian, 29 April 2016.
  • Children are being wrongly prescribed anti-depressants when they just need rescuing from bullies warns schools’ mental health tsar, daily mail, 29 April 2016.
  • Stop giving bullied children anti-depressants, warns Government adviser, independent, 29 April 2016

Apple is opening up its CareKit framework to developers

Apple’s plan to turn the iPhone into a medical wonder starts now

Apple Advances Health Apps with CareKit, New Software Framework Helps Developers Empower People to Take a More Active Role in their Health, Apple Press Release, 2016.

CUPERTINO, California — March 21, 2016 — Apple today announced CareKit, a new software framework designed to help developers enable people to actively manage their own medical conditions. iPhone apps using CareKit make it easier for individuals to keep track of care plans and monitor symptoms and medication; providing insights that help people better understand their own health. With the ability to share information with doctors, nurses or family members, CareKit apps help people take a more active role in their health.

“We’re thrilled with the profound impact ResearchKit has already had on the pace and scale of conducting medical research, and have realised that many of the same principles could help with individual care, We believe that giving individuals the tools to understand what is happening with their health is incredibly powerful, and apps designed using CareKit make this a reality by empowering people to take a more active role in their care.”

said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.

CareKit will be released as an open source framework next month allowing the developer community to continue building on the first four modules designed by Apple, that include:

  • Care Card helps people track their individual care plans and action items, such as taking medication or completing physical therapy exercises. Activities can automatically be tracked and entered using sensors in Apple Watch or iPhone;
  • Symptom and Measurement Tracker lets users easily record their symptoms and how they’re feeling, like monitoring temperature for possible infections or measuring pain or fatigue. Progress updates could include simple surveys, photos that capture the progression of a wound or activities calculated by using the iPhone’s accelerometer and gyroscope, like quantifying range of motion;
  • Insight Dashboard maps symptoms against the action items in the Care Card to easily show how treatments are working; and
  • Connect makes it easy for people to share information and communicate with doctors, care teams or family members about their health and any change in condition.

“With ResearchKit, we quickly realised the power of mobile apps for running inexpensive, high-quality clinical studies with unprecedented reach. We hope that CareKit will help us close the gap between our research findings and how we care for our Parkinson’s patients day-to-day. It’s opening up a whole new opportunity for the democratisation of research and medicine.”

said Ray Dorsey, MD, David M. Levy Professor of Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Developers of health and wellness apps are excited to build these CareKit modules into apps for Parkinson’s patients, post-surgery progress, home health monitoring, diabetes management, mental health and maternal health.

  • Sage Bionetworks and the University of Rochester are using CareKit to turn the mPower ResearchKit study into a valuable tool to help better inform patients about their condition and care providers about treatment.
  • The Texas Medical Center is designing apps to guide and support care pathways for its 8 million patients to improve their health through enhanced connectivity with their care teams.
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will provide patients with more insight into their own chronic care management through home health monitoring devices that securely store data in HealthKit.
  • One Drop is empowering people with a better approach to managing their diabetes.
  • Start, by Iodine, helps people on antidepressants understand if their medication is working for them or not, and helps their doctors deliver more informed care.
  • Glow, Inc. will incorporate CareKit modules into its pregnancy app, Glow Nurture, to guide women through a healthier pregnancy.

These are a few of the first apps. For more information, visit www.apple.com/carekit.


IVF: BPA causes a linear increase in the death rate of embryos

BPA determined to have adverse effects on couples seeking in vitro fertilization

Endocrine disruptors: Manmade and natural oestrogens: opposite effects on assisted reproduction, Nature Reviews Endocrinology, 18 March 2016.

In a new study, a dramatic decrease in the frequency of implantation, pregnancy and live birth is associated with increased urine levels of Bisphenol-A (BPA) in women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). However, in women who consume soy-containing foods, the interfering effect of BPA on IVF success is negated.

“The findings by Chavarro and colleagues show that the probability of having a surviving embryo goes from more than 50 percent to under 20 percent as levels of BPA increase. … … . As findings continue to mount and confirm that daily exposure to BPA is a reproductive toxicant, it becomes vital to regulate and control this chemical.”

Fred vom Saal, University of Missouri endocrinologist and researcher, BPA determined to have adverse effects on couples seeking in vitro fertilization, MedicalXpress, April 28, 2016.

How Nurses save Lives with Preventative Services

In the U.S., 1.2 million vacancies for registered nurses will emerge between 2014 and 2022

This infographic by The University of San Francisco examines the different preventative practices nurses can adopt that could save 100,000 lives each year per intervention and an estimated $61.9 billion annually.

Say NO to the new laws on Trade Secrets

New secrecy rights for business? No Thanks!

Video published on 14 Feb 2016 by Xnet.

Update: We lost the 14 April vote in the European Parliament. But the visibility we and others gave to the dangers contained in the text has been amazing and is important. Indeed for the text to be definitely adopted at the EU level, it must still be approved, or not, by national governments on 17 May, during a meeting of the Council of Ministers. “

act.wemove.eu, campaign whistleblowers at risk.

More information

DES Awareness Week

Thank you for supporting the DES multi-generations victims!

US President Ronald Reagan declared a National DES Awareness Week in April 1985.

DES DiEthylStilbestrol Resources

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Private Profit v. Public Health

Join the campaign to remove chemicals from the EU-US trade talks

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) and the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) are today launching a campaign call via a new website and Twitter account. The campaign aims to ensure that the EU-US trade talks do not undermine EU chemicals legislation.

The United States and European Union are negotiating a new trade agreement called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This agreement is a threat to the EU’s ability to protect people from toxic chemical exposure.

EU legislation is currently much more protective than US regulations. If chemicals are included in this trade deal, the EU could see its global leadership in protecting public health through tough laws like REACH watered down. In addition to pesticide legislation, TTIP could halt the EU’s progress on a policy to limit exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals.

What we want

The European Parliament has said that toxic chemicals should have no place in the TTIP negotiations. We agree and are calling for:

  1. Chemicals to be excluded from regulatory cooperation because it would provide new channels for private profit to hold power in the drafting or revision of EU laws.
  2. No elements of the controversial EU policy “Better Regulation” embedded in a legally binding trade agreement.
  3. No provisions enabling multinationals to sideline the EU courts and sue European states, the so-called Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) or Investment Court System.What we’re already doing
    Today, at the start of the 13th TTIP round, HEAL, CIEL, the European Environmental Bureau and ClientEarth wrote to EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström to ask her to ensure that no elements of the increasingly controversial EU ‘Better Regulation’ agenda are codified in this legally-binding trade agreement. See Re: Call to exclude the ‘Good Regulatory Practices’ chapter from TTIP letter.
We need YOU!

We hope to bring together not-for-profit organisations to support our campaign, in particular those working in the areas of:

  • Public health
  • The environment
  • Trade
  • Toxic chemicals and pesticides
  • Cancer
  • Biodiversity (including those NGOs protecting bee populations)
  • Women’s and children’s rights
  • Not-for-profit health insurance organisations.

A new campaign to protect EU chemical laws, HEAL, 25 April 2016.

Génon K. Jensen, Executive Director, Health and Environment Alliance, Email, Tel: +32 2 234 36 40.

Lisette van Vliet, Senior Advisor, Chemicals & Chronic Disease Prevention, Health & Environment Alliance, Email, Tel: +32 2 234 36 45.

David Azoulay, Program Director, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Email, Tel: +41 22 789 05 00.

Aleksandra Terzieva, Campaign Coordinator, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Email, Tel: +32 471 93 17 08.

US Drug Pricing

Drug prices top Americans’ list of health care concerns

Americans are worried about the cost of prescription drugs for serious diseases, following weeks of news coverage about companies hiking prices for critical medicines.