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Hey AstraZeneca, where’s my check?

So. I heard today that the drug company AstraZeneca, the makers of the antipsychotic drug Seroquel has settled some kind of multi million dollar claim with the government. According to the Wall Street Journal (http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100427-717519.html?mod=WSJ_World_MIDDLEHeadlinesEurope) the company allegedly “illegally marketed the drug for unapproved uses, such as for the treatment of aggression, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (Wall Street Journal).”  The company is also accused of offering kickbacks to doctors who prescribe Seroquel for off label uses. Just to be very clear, many drugs are prescribed for off label use (off label use is the use of a drug that is not what the drug is originally prescribed for).  Seroquel is an antipsychotic drug that is used to treat Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder.

 I have been taking Seroquel off and on for over a year.  If you give a crap you can do a search on my blog and you’ll find several posts discussing (translation: complaining about) Seroquel.  Here, I’ve already done it for you. You’re welcome. http://www.iyampam.com/?s=seroquel&x=13&y=4.

My buddy at Crazy Meds Suck Donkey Dong offers a good discussion of antipsychotic drugs: http://www.crazymeds.us/index.htm.  The discussion also includes a discussion of Zyprexa, a drug that I have also used.  Zyprexa’s manufacturer, Pfizer, settled their own lawsuit previously for similar allegations.  Both drugs were prescribed for me to treat insomnia, which is an off label use for both meds.  According to the Wall Street Journal, doctors are allowed to prescribe meds for off label use. Drug companies, however, are not barred from marketing their drugs for off label use. 

Not surprisingly Seroquel has side effects. To be sure, probably everyone is sensitive to drugs but some people’s reactions may be stronger than other people’s.  Some of the side effects are developing diabetes, sleeping a lot (which is why it’s prescribed for insomnia, duh), weight gain (what doesn’t), and others. See Crazymeds.com if you want the whole run down.

So here’s why I care: AstraZeneca is paying the government (including Medicaid) millions of dollars for this off label marketing thing.  There are also lawsuits regarding the side effects.  What I’d like to know is where is MY settlement check? This stuff is VERY expensive, even with health insurance. I’ve shelled out a lot of money for a pill with which I have a love/hate relationship. 

Shouldn’t PammyPam get a piece of that payout? Why does the Uncle Sam get paid but not PammyPam?  Seems a little unfair. 

US Attorney General Eric Holder says this is not a victimless crime.  He’s damn right.  I need some of that $4.9 mil. I have a coffee habit to support.

Regarding Queen of Everything

Her highness is still queen of planet blortnick and also a MODEL.

Love is closed.