Vioxx Debate Echoed in Battle Over Dog Drugs

This is about heartworm medication and other prescription drugs used in dogs, which are causing illness and death, and the drug companies'shenanigans. THIS IS ALSO A LESSON IN THE STUPIDITY OF ANIMAL TESTING

Below is written by Marc Kaufman

The drug came on the market four years ago after being tested in a healthy, young population, although it was intended for use by the old and sick.

The manufacturer aggressively advertised it and ultimately made claims deemed by regulators to be beyond what testing had established. When reports of illness and death linked to the drug surfaced not long after it went on the market, the company was slow to report the problems to the Food and Drug Administration.

The agency eventually did issue a reprimand and a formal warning letter, but two years later the drug isstill being sold, and some consumers complain that too little is being done to warn pet owners of its dangers.

The medication is Deramaxx, and it's the center of another drug controversy. But this medication isn't for people. It's for dogs.

It is an anti-inflammatory closely related to the human painkiller Vioxx, which was taken off the market in 2004 and is now the subject of thousands of lawsuits against Merck & Co.

To view the above entire article, go to :

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/11/AR200605eferrer=emailarticle

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....Kasi died shortly after taking ProHeart 6 heartworm medication. OwnerStaci Walker sued Wyeth. (http://www.dogsadversereactions.com/)


1 Comments:

Anonymous Daniel Haszard said...

Appreciate your blog,mental health consumers and animals are the least capable of self advocacy,my doctors made me take zyprexa for 4 years which was ineffective for my symptoms.I now have a victims support page against Eli Lilly for it's Zyprexa product causing my diabetes.--Daniel Haszard www.zyprexa-victims.com

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