Five countries halt use of one batch of AstraZeneca jab after fatal blood clot

First reports of deaths following Astra Zeneca COVID vaccine we have seen.

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Tess de la MareWed, Yahoo News, 10 March 2021



Astra Zeneca vaccine causes concern in Europe (Picture: Yahoo News )

Austria’s national medicines regulator has suspended use of a batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine after four patients were diagnosed with dangerous blood clotting conditions after receiving their jab.

One person died of multiple thrombosis – formation of blood clots within blood vessels – 10 days after their vaccine, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said.

A second patient was diagnosed with pulmonary embolism – where blockages form in the arteries in the lungs – but is now recovering.

As of Tuesday this week, two other clotting conditions had been identified in patients that had received a dose from the same batch.

The EMA said there is currently no evidence that the vaccine caused the conditions, and that thrombosis is not listed as a potential side effect of the vaccine.

It said that the batch labelled ABV5300 comprised one million doses and had been delivered to 17 EU countries.

Four other countries – Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia – have now suspended its use to allow time for the EMA’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) to conduct an investigation.

The EMA said: “Although a quality defect is considered unlikely at this stage, the batch quality is being investigated.”

It said PRAC were investigating the thrombosis conditions linked to the same batch as well as all other reports of thrombosis and related blood clotting conditions reported post-vaccination.

“The information available so far indicates that the number of thromboembolic events in vaccinated people is no higher than that seen in the general population,” it said.

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from Zero Hedge

Last week we warned readers to be cautious about new COVID-19 vaccines, highlighting how key parts of the clinical trials are being skipped as big pharma will not be held accountable for adverse side effects for administering the experimental drugs.

A senior executive from AstraZeneca, Britain’s second-largest drugmaker, told Reuters that his company was just granted protection from all legal action if the company’s vaccine led to damaging side effects.

“This is a unique situation where we as a company simply cannot take the risk if in … four years the vaccine is showing side effects,” said Ruud Dobber, a top exec at AstraZeneca.

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For years we have been lectured and harangued by the bansturbators, (that is, the people who get off on stopping us doing things that give us pleasure,) their fingers wagging furiously in our faces as they tell us smoking will kill us, even looking at an alcpholic drink will destroy our livrers, a pinch of salt will cause heart attacks, strokes and acute asplaxification of the nurdlers, a cream cake or two will make us obese, a steak dinner or a burger will give us cancer, and driving our cars will destroy the planet. So it was a pleasure to come across a news item about a politician who believes adults can be trusted to behave sensibly and left make their own choices in life.

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“The government may provide information, but I think people in general know what is healthy and what is not,” she added.

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Ms Listhaug is no stranger to controversy, as immigration minister she made headlines in 2017 with disparaging comments about Sweden, saying that Norway should not become like its neighbor, which was accepting more refugeesnd African despite having experiences a huge rise in crome rates, especiall in sex crimed by middle – eastern a males against European women since abolishing border controls and letting all comers claim residency in the country. Last year, she resigned as justice minister after comments about terrorists
(which were in fact true,)
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This week, opposition politicians and health advocates suffered collective apoplexy as they tried to outdo each other in denouncing in the strongest terms Ms. Listhaug’s comments on habits that are hyped as major risk factors for many serious diseases, all of which are big money spinners for Big Pharma

The secretary general of Norway’s Cancer Society, Anne Lise Ryel was shocked by the comments – saying in a statement: “I fear that this will set public health efforts back for decades, and that this will compromise the general understanding among Norwegians of the health consequences of tobacco and alcohol use.” It is notable that a way of preventing cancer (and some maverick doctors say a cure,) has been available since the 1960s but no public health charity or government department in the democratic world is promoting it. Could that be, perhaps, that no expensive drugs, therapies or surgery are involved, only self discipline.

Ryel has called for Listhaug to be removed from her post, adding that “she seems to lack understanding of what public health really means and what her role as minister in that area should be.” Perhaps she understands more than Ryel admits. This publication knows public health is about shovelling taxpayers’ money into Big Pharma’s coffers.

Listhaug stuck to her guns, fireing back in a Friday email to the Times, writing: “The government believes that people have to take responsibility for their own life, but the government has to make sure that everyone can make healthy and informed choices.”

“The number of daily smokers has declined sharply since 2000,” she added. “This confirms that the Norwegian tobacco policy and control strategy works.”

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, in 2017, 11 percent of Norwegians aged 15 or older smoked daily, one of the lowest rates among the group’s 34 member nations. Norway has also had the steepest decrease of any of the countries since 2000, when the equivalent figure was 32 percent.

The Eurosceptoc Progress Party has been a junior partner in Norway’s center-right governing coalition since 2013. Its rise to prominence created unease, coming just two years after a far-right, anti-Muslim extremist who had once belonged to the party killed 77 people in a murderous rampage. It;s rapid rise has accompanied a crime wave in the immigrant communities of Noway’s cities, with turf wars between rival immigrant gangs for control of the drugs and sex trades often erupting into violence on the streeets of the capital city Oslo.

Governments around the world have stepped up campaigns to fight unhealthy habits usually be imposing punitive taxation. France recently told people not to drink every day; a soda tax in Britain has helped lower sugar levels in some drinks, and Australia’s graphic warnings on cigarette packages, considered a success, are being copied in other countries. –New York Times While governments claim success for their authoritarian attacks on personal liberty, the rise in contraband goods smuggled from nations were taxes on tobacco and alcohol are low or zero has risen astronomically and in Europe there have been cases of small factories being set up producing low quality cigarettes made with cheap tobacco in in healthy conditions, which are paked in fake reproductions of leading brand packaging and passed off as the real thing.

Listhaug also said that smokers in Norway are made to feel like “pariahs,” and that she would not be the “moral police” in government – echoing comments made by Austria’s far-right defense of freedom of choice in their oppostion of antismoking legislation.

Listhaug is a former regular smoker who told NRK that she is now just a social smoker.

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What have I been telling you for the last ten years? For too long the NHS has been more about plundering our pockets on behalf of the Big Pharma Corporations that looking after our health.

NHS patients are being given drugs and tests they may not need because, as this blog has frequently reported over the years, GPs and hospitals are ‘incentivized’ to prescribe certain drugs, i.e. paid for the quantity not quality of their treatment, senior doctors have revealed in a new report.

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges said patients should be encouraged to ask if their medical procedures were really necessary, in a bid to halt over-diagnosis and needless treatment of swathes of the population.

In an unprecedented intervention, the medics – who represent all 21 medical royal colleges in the UK – said too many patients were being forced to endure tests and treatments which could do more harm than good.

They said the payments system in the NHS, which means hospitals are paid according to the number of procedures they perform, and GP pay linked to diagnosis and treatment, could act against patients’ interests.

The report said it was time to “wind back the harms of too much medicine” and replace a culture of “more is better” with balanced decision making.

Patients should be encouraged to ask questions such as, ‘Do I really need this test or procedure? What are the risks? Are there simpler safer options? What happens if I do nothing,’ the doctors say.

This news comes as a leading scientist said millions of people should stop taking antidepressants, because their long-term risks outweighed the benefits.

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Doctors, scientists greased by Big Pharma? Told you so.

There are few greater pleasures in life than confounding one’s critics, being in the company of Helena Bonham Carter in the penthouse suite of a luxury hotel would be one but it isn’t likely to happen anytime soon, so confounding my critics will have to suffice.

I recall a member of our community who is of the government worshipping persuasion scoffing when I one said that on a long timeline I am always proved right. Since then I have enjoyed repeatedly making him eat his words.

After FUKUS axis intervention to overthrow Libyan dictator Gadaffi, Libya has descended into lawless chaos just as I said it would. When he sneered at my prediction that by arming the Islamist rebels in a proxy war against Syrian dictator Assad, the west would precipitate a wider regional conflict he sneered that I was a Russophile who whoreshipped Nigel Farage and Vladimir Putin (I know it’s irrational but make allowances, he’s a scientist) Now what has happened as armed, trained and funded by the Obama administration ISIS continue to rampage through the middle east.

When I said after the downing of Malaysia airlines flight MH17 that the atrocity was being used by American propaganda chiefs in an attempt to justify armed conflict with Russia and its ally China, he got his knickers in a twist again. And yet the USA, using the neo Nazi regime they imposed in Kiev, is still trying to provoke armed conflict in Ukraine.

And of course when I have slated scientists for being the corrupt, greedy, self interested crooks and liars they are, he has moaned about people who are “anti – science” whatever that means.

But when I call scientists, paraphrasing Robert Burns, “a sack of rogues, bought and paid for with corporate gold,” this is the kind of thing I mean.

from Natural News:

The legacy of back room wheelin’ and dealin’ by the drug industry, which routinely pays off doctors and academic researchers to hawk oftentimes dangerous and ineffective pharmaceuticals and medical devices, could soon be blown wide open by newly enacted legislation passed as part of the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

The Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which was successfully moved through the Senate with the help of an extensive investigation led by Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), provisions that doctors who receive payoffs from drug or vaccine companies must disclose this when pushing new therapies or medical procedures from what would otherwise appear to be unbiased intentions.

The law was reportedly added to Obamacare because it was unlikely to pass on its own due to intense industry pressures against any sort of reform. Paying off doctors has become the bread and butter of Big Pharma drug marketing. It’s both discreet and highly effective, repeatedly creating the illusion that the medical profession at large endorses the latest drugs and medical procedures, many of which aren’t safe and don’t work.

Many medical groups have become dependent upon drug industry payoffs

According to the Harvard Business Review’s (HBR) Paul Thacker, who served as Sen. Grassley’s lead investigator from 2007 to 2010, doctors and medical groups routinely accepts cash payments from the drug industry for speaking engagements, scientific papers, and other medical propaganda designed to make drugs and medical devices appear safer and more effective than they actually are.

An investigation spearheaded by NPR (National Public Radio), Consumer Reports, and ProPublica found that in the three years leading up to its publishing in late 2010, drug companies had settled cases totaling $7 billion for paying doctors to promote drugs. In many cases, doctors were encouraged to prescribe drugs for off-label conditions, or to prescribe expensive drugs when they weren’t actually needed.

Follow the link below to find out how corruption of the medical professions has become so corrosive in US Healthcare that the normally corporate friendly government has been forced to act.

Learn more at Natural News:

Things are not going to be much different in the UK, as we have previously reported. After all, the big players in the prescription drugs racket are the same on both sides of the pond.

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Half the experts pushing statins for millions more patients have cash links to drug firms

Well what did you expect to happen when the government yielded to pressure from New Media commentators and started to seriously invistigate the way the drug companies work. no kudos to the government however, it has taken them far too long to hear the protests and start looking at the criminal business methods of Big Pharma and the way corporate influence has corrupted medical science and healthcare.

According to The Daily Mail, (cue Two Minutes Hate session from lefties – why do they have to have something to hate?) half of the experts urging the NHS to prescribe statins to millions more patients have financial ties to drugs firms making the pills. Now we know The Daily Mail is prone to hyperbole on certain topics (as are The Guardian and The Independent it must be said) but while the extent of finacial links might be hard to prove, those two left wing newspapers have reported on doctors being “incentivised” by drug companies.

from The Daily Mail:

Last night MPs urged the Health Secretary to launch an investigation into the panel’s links to drugs firms.

Andrew Gwynne, Labour’s shadow health minister, said: ‘Neither big companies nor individuals should stand to personally profit from decisions about our care. Jeremy Hunt should launch an investigation without delay.’

A group of leading doctors yesterday urged the NHS to scrap plans to massively increase the use of statins, warning that not enough was known about the risks.

Six of the 12-strong panel have received thousands of pounds from manufacturers – either by being paid directly to give speeches or ‘advice’, or through funding for research.

This includes the chairman, Dr Anthony Wierzbicki, who has been given funds likely to total tens of thousands of pounds from five drugs firms which make statins or similar cholesterol-lowering pills

The Guardian is not quite up to speed with the corruption angle, but they’ll get there. The paper, known in the past for its support of big Pharma has already reported at length doctors concerns about the medication of healthy people.

Statins for people at low risk of heart disease needs rethink, say top doctors. Nice guidelines will ‘medicalise’ five million healthy people, says letter signed by Royal College of Physicians chief among others.

This is in contrast to other recent reports in The Guardian with headlines dismissing concerns (no links, you can find them yourselves if you want to read):

Benefits of statins outweigh risks, says medicines regulator

BMJ rejects scare stories on statins following plea from Oxford professor

Doctors’ fears over statins may cost lives, says top medical researcher

Statin side-effects minimal, study finds

Quite a change of tone there, I think you will agree. The problem does not affect only this country however. Here’s an extract from The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal – Sentinel:

Doctors with financial ties to drug companies have heavily influenced treatment guidelines recommending the most lucrative drugs in American medicine, an analysis by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and MedPage Today has found.

The guidelines affect how doctors across the country treat patients for everything from diabetes to asthma, chronic pain, depression and high cholesterol.

Issued by leading medical associations and government institutions, treatment guidelines are supposed to be based on rigorous science. But the committees that write them have been dominated by doctors who have worked as paid speakers, consultants or advisers for companies selling the recommended drugs.

Critics say the financial relationships have corrupted medicine, resulting in cases where guidelines make dangerous or ineffective recommendations. Drug companies and some doctors counter that those with conflicts are often top experts in their field.

[ … ]

An analysis of the guideline panels, which involved 293 doctors, found:

Nine guidelines were written by panels where more than 80% of doctors had financial ties to drug companies.
Four panels did not require members to disclose any conflicts of interest. Of the 16 that did, 66% of doctors on the panels had ties to drug companies.
Some guidelines written by conflicted panels recommend drugs that have not been scientifically proven to safely treat conditions, leading to inappropriate or over prescribing. Medical experts have raised such questions about guidelines for anemia, chronic pain and asthma.

The findings offer the latest glimpse into how pharmaceutical companies, with billions in sales at stake, exert a powerful but often unrecognized influence over the practice of American medicine.

Boggart Blog has been on the case of the big Pharma drug pusher for a long time of course:

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Its just another case where we Boggart Bloggers feel justified in saying “WE TOLD YOU SO”

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Statins? Our Welfare Or Corporate Profits, Which side Is Medical Science On?

fry up
And don’t forget your cholesterol lowering pill (Source: bingabinga )

I was alerted by a friend to a discussion on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning about the cholesterol lowering drugs, statins. I can’t be arsed with Radio 4 which is entertainment for dead people so only played it within the last hour. Still I have blogged about statins, their very damaging (and often embarrassing) side effects and the enthusiasm of many doctors and scientists for making a daily does of this killer drug manadatory for people over 50 whether their cholsterol needs lowering or not, I thought journalistic integrity demanded I follow up.

The discussion was between two eminent doctors, Oxford professor of epidemiologyan, medical Witchfinder General and avid supporter of Big Pharma’s drive to make us all patients for life, Sir Rory Collins, the other was Fiona Godlee, the editor of the British Medical Journal which has been accused of publishing false information about the ineffectivess of statins for most people and the debilitating side effects for many.

Though the discussion was supposedly on the vitally important question of whether an influential journal was providing reliable information what was interesting was the partisanship of the participants, on the one hand you had Big Pharma’s man shamelessly plugging a policy of forcing drugs down the throats of people who are not ill, knowing full well that those drugs can be harmful or even fatal to those whose cholesterol levels are normal or below normal, on the other a somewhat defensive independent scientist who wants only to get the correct information about just how evil Big Pharma are to the general public.

On statins, scientists divide into one of two camps. One one side we have: “statins are wonder-drugs and should be dished out like Smarties”, (or like paracetomol until people started asking if the epidemic of liver damage ascribed to alcolhol by Big Paharma friendly scientists and senior doctors might be anything to do with the larges doses of a prescription drug known to cause liver damage that is routinely prescribed for minor aches and pains).

The other side says: “statins are powerful medicines with dangerous side-effects and it’s mad to give them to healthy people”.

Sir Rory accused the BMJ of running an article over-estimating the risks of taking statins by 20 times, then of repeating the error and not correcting it quickly enough. This is bad in itself, obviously, but, what’s worse, it also means that some patients might have been frightened off taking their life-saving statin and might have suffered “unnecessary” heart attacks or strokes as a result. As Sir Rory said, “It’s a big error”: not only are statins safe but they’re also very effective at preventing heart attacks and strokes. Now I know scientists hate anecdotal evidence but most of my friends are of an age where, if they have a doctor who is Big Pharma friendly have been pressured into taking statins. They ALL reported very bad side effects. I would rather trust anecdotal evidence from real people talking about real experience that I would the statistcal “evidence” cooked up by a bunch of lying, cheating, rent seeking whores in the pay of Big Pharma. Yes, I don’t trust scientists or anybody else who tells me they only have my best interests at heart when obviously they prioritise corporate profit over individual’s wellbeing.

Given my cynical attitude then it is natural I would do some research of a man who is so concerned for my welfare he wants the government to compel me by law to take drugs tat migh kill me. I want to know why Professor Collins is so keen on statins that he doesn’t even acknowledge the serious adverse effects manufacturers are forced by law to inform every patient about in every single packet they sell.

He’s on the editorial board of lipidsonline.org and here are his credentials and disclosures from that web site.

Rory Collins, MB
BS, is Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of
Oxford, England. He is qualified both as a medical doctor
(MB BS from St. Thomas’ Hospital Medical School) and as a statistician
(with degrees in statistics both from George Washington University in
Washington DC and the University of Oxford). He has coordinated the largest
trials in the world of treatments for heart disease, and has helped direct
many large epidemiological studies in heart disease and in cancer. His
particular interest is in the appropriate use of large-scale randomized
evidence to guide medical practice.

Disclosure: nonpublic support of research – AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck, Sanofi. – Courtesy of lipidsonline dot org

Oh, so no conflict of interest there then? Yeah rig, this shit has made a carer out of promoting statins. Funny, the website does not give any information on how many premature deaths are attributed to these dodgy drugs.

Some science enthusiasts like to hold up an ideal of scientific divinity, as if science is somehow omnipotent and infallible. To discover why they think like this we only need follow the money.

There are many ways of lowering cholesterol. You can take soluble plant fibre- psyllium husk, pectin or oat bran. You can take the B vitamin niacin and you can take plant sterols- Beta sitosterol in a complex with other plant sterols for example. All these alternatives are very cheap to make and they are not patented- so you may be sure your doctor will not be offering them as a natural alternative to the toxic products of Big Pharma. Such simple, natural remedies are not on the radar of modern, profit oriented medicine. I imagine a naturopath or other practitioner with an interest in your diet and health would probably recommend them as part of your daily diet.

There is also a school of thought that suggests high cholesterol is not a great health risk except when combined with other factors (I think according to research complex carbohydrates, white sugar, fizzy drinks, anything containing high fructose corn syrup) is the main one).

The simple argument is that it is very unlikely that human beings have spent millions of years’ evolving only to end up with metabolisms that are “unhealthy” in the majority of people.

Statins enthusiasts (or those with financial interests) will claim we don’t have “natural” diets in the modern world, but it has been shown conclusively that changing diet does little to change levels of cholesterol.

And many large-scale studies have shown that lower cholesterol is associated with higher overall levels of morbidity and mortality.

No doubt statins “work” – they do effectively reduce cholesterol levels – but whether that does any good is far from proven. And whether they do harm will take a few decades to show up. By which time Big Phrama will have pocketed the profits and moved on to even more advanced ways of killing us.

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