HEALTHGAP Digest - 30 Dec 2004 to 31 Dec 2004 (#2005-1)
- There are 2 messages totalling 182 lines in this issue. Topics of
1. Prozac and Randall Tobias
2. PEPFAR for Disasters
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2004 11:08:45 -0500
From: Katharine Krauss <katie@...>
Subject: Prozac and Randall Tobias
Randall Tobias: Eli Lilly Chairman, President and CEO 1993-1999.
Eli Lilly Said to Know of Prozac Risks
LONDON - A British medical journal said Friday that it had given U.S.
regulators confidential drug company documents suggesting a link
the popular anti-depressant Prozac and a heightened risk of suicide
attempts and violence.
The British Medical Journal reported in its Jan. 1 issue that
had received from an anonymous source indicated that Prozac's
manufacturer, Eli Lilly & Co., was aware in the 1980s that the drug
have potentially troubling side-effects.
The journal said the documents, reportedly missing for a decade, had
formed part of a 1994 lawsuit against Eli Lilly on behalf of victims
workplace shooting in Louisville, Ky. The gunman who killed eight
and himself in 1989, Joseph Wesbecker, had been prescribed Prozac a
before the shootings.
Eli Lilly won the case but later disclosed it had settled with the
plaintiffs during the trial.
The journal said one of the records, dated November 1988, reported
fluoxetine, the generic name for Prozac, had caused "behavioral
disturbances" in clinical trials.
The journal said it had turned the documents over to the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration, which had agreed to review them.
The journal said the office of Congressman Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y.,
was examining the documents to determine whether Eli Lilly had
data from the public and the FDA.
"This is an alarming study that should have been shared with the
and the FDA from the get-go, not 16 years later," Hinchey was quoted
In a statement to the journal, Eli Lilly said Prozac "has helped to
significantly improve millions of lives."
"It is one of the most studied drugs in the history of medicine and
been prescribed for more than 50 million people worldwide. The safety
efficacy of Prozac is well studied, well documented and well
In October, FDA ordered that all antidepressants carry warnings that
"increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior" in children.
On the Net:
British Medical Journal article:
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2004 10:44:56 -0800
From: AGUA BUENA <rastern@...>
Subject: Re: PEPFAR for Disasters
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I agree that only the UN has the "moral authority," but, sad to say,
pouring money into the UN has its own drawbacks. I wonder if their
staff who are flying to the disaster areas are required to fly first
class as is the case with WHO staff who fly for more than six hours.
But although the above is a trivial example, the UN bureacracy is
hardly a model of efficient use of available resources, at least from
my experience in developing countries that I have visited.
I heard Clare Short's dramatic and impactful speeches at UNGASS, and
never heard a word from her about the lack of UNGASS follow-up, which
her boss, Dr. Annan has obviously never made a priority...I would be
interesting in hearing her comments about UNGASS, more than three
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Bush 'Undermining UN with Aid Coalition'
By Jamie Lyons, PA Political Correspondent
United States President George Bush was tonight accused of trying to
undermine the United Nations by setting up a rival coalition to
coordinate relief following the Asian tsunami disaster.
The president has announced that the US, Japan, India and Australia
would coordinate the world's response.
But former International Development Secretary Clare Short said that
role should be left to the UN.
"I think this initiative from America to set up four countries
to coordinate sounds like yet another attempt to undermine the UN when
it is the best system we have got and the one that needs building up,"
"Only really the UN can do that job," she told BBC Radio Four's PM
"It is the only body that has the moral authority. But it can only do
well if it is backed up by the authority of the great powers."
Ms Short said the coalition countries did not have good records on
responding to international disasters.
She said the US was "very bad at coordinating with anyone" and India
its own problems to deal with.
"I don't know what that is about but it sounds very much, I am afraid,
like the US trying to have a separate operation and not work with the
rest of the world through the UN system," she added.
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End of HEALTHGAP Digest - 30 Dec 2004 to 31 Dec 2004 (#2005-1)