Neurontin and its newer, more powerful version, Lyrica, are widely used for unapproved indications that are a flagrant direct danger to the public. These most “successful drugs” were approved for use even though the FDA had no idea what they actually did in the brain. A new shocking study shows that they block the formation of new brain synapses1, drastically reducing the potential for rejuvenating brain plasticity – which means that these drugs cause brain decline faster than any substance known to mankind.
The problem of these drugs is aggravated by their blatant illegal marketing. Neurontin was approved by the FDA for epilepsy in 1994. The drug was subjected to massive illegal promotion outside the indications that cost Warner-Lambert $ 430 million (the first great good for off-label promotion). The drug is now owned by Pfizer. Pfizer also owns Lyrica, a super-potent version of Neurontin. It has been approved by the FDA for various types of pain and fibromyalgia. Lyrica is one of four drugs that a Pfizer subsidiary markets illegally, resulting in a $ 2.3 million deal against Pfizer.
Even though the marketing of these drugs has been heavily fined, they continue to rack up billions in sales from off-label uses. Doctors use them for all kinds of nervous problems because they are good at suppressing symptoms. However, such uses can no longer be justified because the actual mechanism of drugs is finally understood and they are creating a significant long-term reduction in nerve health.
Researchers in the previous study try to downplay the severity of the drugs by saying “adult neurons do not form many new synapses.” That simply is not true. The new science is showing that brain health during aging is based on the formation of new synapses. Even these researchers managed to question the common use of these drugs in pregnant women. How is a fetus supposed to produce new nerve cells when the mother is taking a drug that blocks them?
These are the kind of situations where you say that the FDA must (should) be everywhere. As usual, the FDA is sitting around reflecting on a Lyrica suicide warning, while its off-label uses include bipolar disorder and migraine headaches. you are likely to spin your thumbs for the next decade on the subject of brain damage by the FDA. Consumer Alert.
The FDA budget for FY 2018 was $5.4 billion. About 55 percent, or $3 billion, of FDA’s budget is provided by federal budget authorization. The remaining 45 percent, or$2.4 billion, is paid for by industry user fees. The FDA budget is equivalent to $9.11 per American per year.
The Food and Drug Administration said that it intends to withdraw its existing analgesic guidance for developing new pain drugs and will issue new guidance in 2019. The decision, said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., is in response to the shifting nature of the nation’s opioid epidemic.
I have just looked at a 346 page booklet written by the Dept of Health & Human Services for the FDA’s
Fiscal Year of 2019 for the Justification of the year 2019’s Estimations for the (various) Appropiations Committees.
I f the common man was to read this booklet he would say it makes no sense. That is because the common man is not a politician, a politicrat, bureaucrat or anyone else who makes their money from these things. It is a budget that throws millions upon millions at different “institutions and businesses” designed specifically to give money away: away to people who are friends of someone in government, like Trump, who has the power to make his friends and associates millions of dollars, such of which Trump, and those who “speak his language” expect them to return the “favor” by giving them a cut of the “profits.” What do these bureaucrats do for this money. Beats me, read the 346 pages of double-talk, innuendo and hyprocrisy. God help us; obviously no politicians, bereaucrats, hypocrites or any other one man or group of them means to help the common man. That is exactly why Jesus Christ came to this earth, as a common man, lived a life explaining everything in common, everyday language that even a child could understand.
And so, the antiChrist, the devil, did and does the opposite and his followers are, literally, everywhere. They are leaders of numerous countries, dictators ruling authoritarian governments where no common human beings have anything to say because the first thing that is taken away from them is that “right” of free speech.
Are we heading in that direction? No one but God knows the answer to that but a good guess is that we are. And Donald Trump appears to be the sort of “leader” who would like to have the “authority” of his good buddy Vladimir Putin, who he praises everytime he mentions the despot’s name.
Our system is breaking apart in front of our eyes: for in a system that demands you have money or be forgotten about we now see that there are soon to be many more forgotten about human beings than “remembered” human beings. In other words: the poor will soon outnumber the wealthy.
Is there an answer to this quandry we find ourselves in? Well, we (as a mass of the population) do identify ourselves as Christians, myself included, and so why do we not demand those leaders at the top of the privelaged class, who claim they are Christians also, to act like they are: to act as Jesus Christ did. Too big of an answer? But why should it be? Why cannot these people share their money and their possessions with those who have little if any of these things?
A question that answers itself: The only ones who would put everything into the “pot” would be those who have little or nothing, right? Well then do away with money: every man for himself, right?
No? Why not? Oh, you mean because the billionaires and trillionaires actually can not support themselves? If their toilet won’t flush or their car won’t start or their rugs need cleaning? Hmmm, very interesting. You mean, because they, actually, don’t really “do” anything: they just let their money do the “work” for them? Hmmmm, very interesting.
But, what if, what if a revolution by the masses of poor people overwhelm the few wealthy billionaires and …. oh, sorry … that could never happen because it did and we “won” over the Communists, right? I mean, we do live in a Capitalist World now, a world where money does all the talking, right?
Wait … I see something … a bright shining star is heading this way … ah, a man is walking this way … he looks like he is quite poor, he is dressed in shabby clothes, although clean they are … wait .. he is saying something … he says his name is Jesus Christ and he has come to judge the world … wait a minute now, what’s that line forming here: why, they’re all poor people, they’re all … hey, wait a minute, where are all the wealthy, successful people … where is … where is Trump? Ah … ahah … very interesting.