Subject: to post: Health-Med Stop Wyeth and the FDA: Your Hormones Are in Danger
From: Jackie Patru
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2006 22:47:15 -0500
To: *Darren Weeks

Hi Darren.  Can we get this up pronto?  Let's put it in the Health-Med section but maybe leave it up front (on top) for the duration of the comment period.  Thanks - Love - J
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From: Julian Whitaker, M.D.
Sent: Saturday, March 11, 2006 10:20 AM
Subject: Stop Wyeth and the FDA: Your Hormones Are in Danger

Stop Wyeth and the FDA: Your Hormones Are in Danger

Bio-identical hormones are in danger, and we must act quickly to protect your right to use these safe, effective, natural therapies.

Wyeth, one of the world's pharmaceutical giants, filed a Citizen Petition with the FDA requesting that compounding pharmacies be prohibited from providing natural hormones - and we only have until April 4, 2006, to stop them.

Show Me the Money

For years, Wyeth counted Premarin (conjugated estrogen) and Prempro (Premarin and synthetic progesterone) among their bestselling drugs. However, since 2002, when a large, well-publicized clinical trial showed that these drugs increased risk of breast cancer, blood clots, heart attacks and strokes, sales have plummeted from more than $2 billion in 2002 to $880 million in 2004.

The petition, which is rife with inaccuracies, is supported by a number of medical societies and patient advocacy groups that have financial ties to Wyeth. In fact, even the FDA has financial ties to Wyeth, reaping in the form of "drug user fees" required by the agency. Folks, this isn't about protecting women from the "dangers" of natural hormones. It's about protecting Wyeth's bottom line.

Let's Fight Back

We must hold off this threat to freedom of choice in the medical marketplace. Voice your opposition to the Wyeth petition at the FDA website. Simply fill in the required information, followed by your comments. Here's what I wrote:

"You taking away my right to have a compounding pharmacy fill a prescription for bio-identical hormones (hormones identical to those made in the human body) because Wyeth is losing money on horse estrogen and synthetic progesterone is unconscionable. I vigorously oppose your attempts to do so and will oppose them for as long as necessary to maintain my freedom of choice in the medical marketplace."

Act today. The comment filing period ends on April 4, 2006.

To your health,

Julian Whitaker, MD

P.S. To learn more about how you can help prevent the erosion of our freedom of choice, visit the Freedom of Health Foundation .

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