|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
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
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
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
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
of Health Foundation .
7811 Montrose Road
Potomac, MD 20854
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