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Time to short the Medical Device Makers. Red Coat Mc Cain.



March 27, 2010 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: SLV , GLD

President Obama you were elected to end the wars. Now as goes England so goes America.

Labour's secret plans to axe tens of thousands of NHS jobs

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:51 AM on 27th March 2010


Tens of thousands of NHS workers could be sacked and thousands of hospital beds lost under plans outlined by strategic health authorities, it was reported.

The plans could also see procedures such as hip replacements scrapped and patients encouraged to email doctors rather than visit surgeries.

Proposals were drawn up by the 10 English strategic health authorities for productivity and efficiency savings.

The plans come after NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson spoke of the need to make between £15 and £20 billion in productivity efficiency savings over three years.

The Red Coat John Mc Cain  introduced a bill Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) has introduced a new bill called The Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA) of 2010 (S. 3002), that, if enacted, would severely curtail free access to dietary supplements. Cosponsored by Senator Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the bill would essentially give the FDA full control over the supplement industry.  Beware of McCain's Freedom-Destroying Dietary Supplement Regulatory BillMost are familiar with those commercials on television promoting prescription drugs that supposedly offer relief from a variety of ailments, if one would only pressure one’s doctor to obtain them. They have become a source of great entertainment and amusement to some, the kicker coming at the end of each commercial when the FDA-approved medication’s obligatory litany of warnings and dangerous side effects is recited: “Tell your doctor if....” and “Side effects may include.....” Some of the warnings are mild like diarrhea and constipation, some list serious effects like cancer or tuberculosis, and others admit that sometimes even death can result.

The point here is that these are all FDA-approved drugs being advertised and used extensively. Drugs that can cause serious diseases like lymphoma. Drugs that can kill. The FDA’s dismal safety record is well documented; even PBS ran a Frontline special that investigated and exposed the FDA’s unsafe drug record, the influence of Big Pharma inside the FDA, and lack of long-term testing and medical review of many, many dangerous drugs. The FDA seldom removes a drug from the market even after it proves to be harmful or deadly, however they do post quarterly reports with details of the latest potentially dangerous side effects of drugs currently under investigation.

Nonetheless, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) wants this same FDA, with its dismal safety record, to regulate dietary supplements. The Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA), S. 3002 (text of this bill posted on Senator McCain's website), that McCain has introduced with one cosponsor, would repeal key provisions of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) to “more effectively regulate dietary supplements that may pose safety risks unknown to consumers.” 


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#1) On March 27, 2010 at 9:29 PM, lquadland10 (< 20) wrote:

Still cost to much for me dear shoes2

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#2) On March 29, 2010 at 10:46 AM, marginjim2 (95.50) wrote:

Holy smokes !  What a way to distort reality. 

Drugs have to be tested by the FDA, first to see if they do harm, then to see if they work.  Often side effects are identified.  These have to be noted.  This system doesn't always work because: 1) the drugs will be prescribed for uses that weren't part of the test, 2) over time, long term use or use by different populations result in previously unidentified problems.  These have to be identified.  This doesn't always work because pressure by a drug firm can delay an FDA action. 

By contrast, there is NO, repeat NO requirement for a supplement maker to do or say anything about any supplement.  There is no need to find out if there are any side effects or, if side effects are known, to tell anybody about them.  There isn't even any requirement to see if the supplement actually does anything !

It's a huge industry with some products that work, some that don't and some that do a lot of harm.  It would be nice if there were some way to know which is which.  And, please don't suggest that this is something the manufacturers can be expected to do.


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