Primodos and Birth Defects : What was the Risk?

Sky News investigation exposes Primodos pregnancy drug cover-up

Around 1.5 million women in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s took Primodos in the early stages of pregnancy. Some say their pregnancies resulted in miscarriage or birth defects.

Sky News’ hour-long documentary Primodos: The Secret Drug Scandal is presented by senior political correspondent Jason Farrell, who has been investigating it for six years.

Sky News revealed how documents were destroyed and information withheld about a drug that may have deformed and killed babies in the womb.

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Primodos : Will the Government’s Findings be Transparent Enough?

Is there a lot of secrecy surrounding the Government Independent Review?

March 2017 : Maria Eagle’s interview with Sky News, speaking about the Primodos scandal and the ongoing campaign for answers.

Prescribed to women in the 70’s as a hormone pregnancy test, the drug has been associated with birth defects in children. But shockingly this link has never been acknowledged, and no apology has been offered for the devastating impact that it’s had on the families affected.

Sky News revealed how documents were destroyed and information withheld about a drug that may have deformed and killed babies in the womb.

More Information

  • Visit Maria Eagle MP on Facebook.
  • Sky News March 2017 press releases:
    • Calls for public inquiry over Primodos pregnancy drug after Sky News documentary, Sky News, March 2017.
    • Primodos: Sky News exposes pregnancy drug cover-up on Sky News, March 2017.
    • ‘Taking Primodos caused me lifetime of regret‘: The story of mother Marie Lyon, Sky News, March 2017.
    • UK pregnancy test drug Primodos used for abortions in Germany, Sky News, March 2017.
  • Sign the petition : Expose cover up of Hormone Pregnancy Tests on 38degrees.
  • Our blog posts about the primodos pregnancy test drug.
  • Watch more videos about prescription drugs side-effects on YouTube.

Primodos : The Secret Drug Scandal

Sky News investigation exposes Primodos pregnancy drug cover-up

Sky News’ hour-long documentary Primodos: The Secret Drug Scandal is presented by senior political correspondent Jason Farrell, who has been investigating it for six years.

Sky News reveals how documents were destroyed and information withheld about a drug that may have deformed and killed babies in the womb.

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Primodos UK Health Scandal : an MP’s Views in ref to the Government Independent Review

Families and their members of Parliament will not go away, warned Maria Eagle

October 2016 : Maria Eagle MP’s speech about the Primodos scandal.

Prescribed to women in the 70’s as a hormone pregnancy test, the drug has been associated with birth defects in children. But shockingly this link has never been acknowledged, and no apology has been offered for the devastating impact that it’s had on the families affected.

Sky News revealed how documents were destroyed and information withheld about a drug that may have deformed and killed babies in the womb.

More Information

  • Visit Maria Eagle MP on Facebook.
  • Sky News March 2017 press releases:
    • Calls for public inquiry over Primodos pregnancy drug after Sky News documentary, Sky News, March 2017.
    • Primodos: Sky News exposes pregnancy drug cover-up on Sky News, March 2017.
    • ‘Taking Primodos caused me lifetime of regret‘: The story of mother Marie Lyon, Sky News, March 2017.
    • UK pregnancy test drug Primodos used for abortions in Germany, Sky News, March 2017.
  • Sign the petition : Expose cover up of Hormone Pregnancy Tests on 38degrees.
  • Our blog posts about the primodos pregnancy test drug.
  • Watch more videos about prescription drugs side-effects on YouTube.

Primodos Duogynon used for Abortions

Sky News investigation exposes Primodos pregnancy drug cover-up

Sky News’ hour-long documentary Primodos: The Secret Drug Scandal is presented by senior political correspondent Jason Farrell, who has been investigating it for six years.

Sky News reveals how documents were destroyed and information withheld about a drug that may have deformed and killed babies in the womb.

More Information

  • Sky News March 2017 press releases:
    • Calls for public inquiry over Primodos pregnancy drug after Sky News documentary, Sky News, March 2017.
    • Primodos: Sky News exposes pregnancy drug cover-up on Sky News, March 2017.
    • ‘Taking Primodos caused me lifetime of regret‘: The story of mother Marie Lyon, Sky News, March 2017.
    • UK pregnancy test drug Primodos used for abortions in Germany, Sky News, March 2017.
  • Sign the petition : Expose cover up of Hormone Pregnancy Tests on 38degrees.
  • Our blog posts about the primodos pregnancy test drug.
  • Watch more videos about prescription drugs side-effects on YouTube.

Primodos Pregnancy Drug Cover-Up

Sky News investigation exposes Primodos pregnancy drug cover-up

Sky News’ hour-long documentary Primodos: The Secret Drug Scandal is presented by senior political correspondent Jason Farrell, who has been investigating it for six years.

Sky News reveals how documents were destroyed and information withheld about a drug that may have deformed and killed babies in the womb.

More Information

  • Sky News March 2017 press releases:
    • Calls for public inquiry over Primodos pregnancy drug after Sky News documentary, Sky News, March 2017.
    • Primodos: Sky News exposes pregnancy drug cover-up on Sky News, March 2017.
    • ‘Taking Primodos caused me lifetime of regret‘: The story of mother Marie Lyon, Sky News, March 2017.
    • UK pregnancy test drug Primodos used for abortions in Germany, Sky News, March 2017.
  • Sign the petition : Expose cover up of Hormone Pregnancy Tests on 38degrees.
  • Our blog posts about the primodos pregnancy test drug.
  • Watch more videos about prescription drugs side-effects on YouTube.

Primodos Pregnancy Test Linked to Child’s Death

Sky News investigation exposes Primodos pregnancy drug cover-up

Sky News’ hour-long documentary Primodos: The Secret Drug Scandal is presented by senior political correspondent Jason Farrell, who has been investigating it for six years.

Sky News reveals how documents were destroyed and information withheld about a drug that may have deformed and killed babies in the womb.

More Information

  • Sky News March 2017 press releases:
    • Calls for public inquiry over Primodos pregnancy drug after Sky News documentary, Sky News, March 2017.
    • Primodos: Sky News exposes pregnancy drug cover-up on Sky News, March 2017.
    • ‘Taking Primodos caused me lifetime of regret‘: The story of mother Marie Lyon, Sky News, March 2017.
    • UK pregnancy test drug Primodos used for abortions in Germany, Sky News, March 2017.
  • Sign the petition : Expose cover up of Hormone Pregnancy Tests on 38degrees.
  • Our blog posts about the primodos pregnancy test drug.
  • Watch more videos about prescription drugs side-effects on YouTube.

Primodos and Gestest Drugs Use Linked to Horrific Birth Defects

Sky News investigation exposes Primodos pregnancy drug cover-up

Sky News’ hour-long documentary Primodos: The Secret Drug Scandal is presented by senior political correspondent Jason Farrell, who has been investigating it for six years.

Sky News reveals how documents were destroyed and information withheld about a drug that may have deformed and killed babies in the womb.

More Information

  • Sky News March 2017 press releases:
    • Calls for public inquiry over Primodos pregnancy drug after Sky News documentary, Sky News, March 2017.
    • Primodos: Sky News exposes pregnancy drug cover-up on Sky News, March 2017.
    • ‘Taking Primodos caused me lifetime of regret‘: The story of mother Marie Lyon, Sky News, March 2017.
    • UK pregnancy test drug Primodos used for abortions in Germany, Sky News, March 2017.
  • Sign the petition : Expose cover up of Hormone Pregnancy Tests on 38degrees.
  • Our blog posts about the primodos pregnancy test drug.
  • Watch more videos about prescription drugs side-effects on YouTube.

How to eliminate the risk of the third leading cause of death

Dr Peter Gøtzsche’s views on prescription drugs

Video published on 1 April 2015 by John McDougall.

Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD is a Danish medical researcher, and leader of the Nordic Cochrane Center at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has written numerous reviews within the Cochrane collaboration.

Dr.Gøtzsche has been critical of screening for breast cancer using mammography, arguing that it cannot be justified; His critique stems from a meta-analysis he did on mammography screening studies and published as Is screening for breast cancer with mammography justifiable? in The Lancet in 2000. In it he discarded 6 out of 8 studies arguing their randomization was inadequate.

In 2006 a paper by Gøtzsche on mammography screening was electronically published in the European Journal of Cancer ahead of print. The journal later removed the paper completely from the journal website without any formal retraction. The paper was later published in Danish Medical Bulletin with a short note from the editor, and Gøtzsche and his coauthors commented on the unilateral retraction that the authors were not involved in.

In 2012 his book Mammography Screening: Truth, Lies and Controversy was published. In 2013 his book Deadly Medicines and Organized Crime: How Big Pharma has Corrupted Healthcare was published.

Do online pharmacies make it easy to buy many prescription drugs?

The Sunday Mirror has carried out a damning investigation, which condemns British internet pharmacies

A damning probe by the Sunday Mirror has exposed online ­pharmacies who dish out antibiotics and other pills with scant checks.

It took just 60 seconds to get one prescription approved, three minutes for another and the Sunday Mirror team was even able to get multiple batches of pills because there was no apparent cross-checking between sites.

The Sunday Mirror team easily bought five types of prescription-only antibiotics – plus slimming and sleeping pills – available from ­”Superdrug Online Doctor”, “Lloyds Pharmacy”, “The Online Clinic”, “Medical Specialists”, and other British internet chemists with just a few clicks of a mouse.

2017 Study Abstract

Background:
Improved antibiotic stewardship (AS) and reduced prescribing in primary care, with a parallel increase in personal internet use, could lead citizens to obtain antibiotics from alternative sources online.

Objectives:
A cross-sectional analysis was performed to:

  • determine the quality and legality of online pharmacies selling antibiotics to the UK public;
  • describe processes for obtaining antibiotics online from within the UK;
  • and identify resulting AS and patient safety issues.

Methods:
Searches were conducted for ‘buy antibiotics online’ using Google and Yahoo. For each search engine, data from the first 10 web sites with unique URL addresses were reviewed. Analysis was conducted on evidence of appropriate pharmacy registration, prescription requirement, whether antibiotic choice was ‘prescriber-driven’ or ‘consumer-driven’, and whether specific information was required (allergies, comorbidities, pregnancy) or given (adverse effects) prior to purchase.

Results:
Twenty unique URL addresses were analysed in detail. Online pharmacies evidencing their location in the UK (n = 5; 25%) required a prescription before antibiotic purchase, and were appropriately registered. Online pharmacies unclear about the location they were operating from (n = 10; 50%) had variable prescription requirements, and no evidence of appropriate registration. Nine (45%) online pharmacies did not require a prescription prior to purchase. For 16 (80%) online pharmacies, decisions were initially consumer-driven for antibiotic choice, dose and quantity.

Conclusions:
Wide variation exists among online pharmacies in relation to antibiotic practices, highlighting considerable patient safety and AS issues. Improved education, legislation, regulation and new best practice stewardship guidelines are urgently needed for online antibiotic suppliers.

  • Read Obtaining antibiotics online from within the UK: a cross-sectional study, academic.oup, doi.org/10.1093/jac/dkx003, 17 February 2017.
  • Read The scandal of the online pills trade which is threatening everyone’s safety, The Mirror, 11 FEB 2017. Image credit rxstars.