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FDA: Big Pharma Drugs Are Making People Kill Themselves While They Sleep

Sleeping drugs such as Ambien have been making people kill themselves in their sleep, says the Food and Drug Administration. Drugs that supposedly help people sleep are linked to falls, burns, poisoning, limb loss, drowning, and even suicide.

According to The New York Times, this could all be solved by adding warning labels to the bottles of the pills instead of people trying to get off Big Pharma’s drugs.

Incidents related to sleeping pills have included “accidental overdoses, falls, burns, near drowning, exposure to extreme cold temperatures leading to loss of limb, carbon monoxide poisoning, drowning, hypothermia, motor vehicle collisions with the patient driving, and self-injuries such as gunshot wounds and apparent suicide attempts,” according to the FDA’s own research. But rather than tell people not to use such drugs, the FDA simply wants people to know they could kill themselves after taking the pills.

The FDA announced Tuesday that a prominent warning would be required on all medication guides for Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata, and the generic version of Ambien, which is called zolpidem. The FDA also mandates a separate warning against prescribing the drugs to anyone with a history of sleepwalking. –Futurism.

That’s a lovely side effect…

“Patients usually did not remember these events,” the agency wrote, according to Futurism. Bizarre actions have been widely reported after using sleeping pills, and the FDA has warned about this in the past – 12 years ago, in fact. That means this isn’t exactly new information. Big Pharma’s drugs have been problematic for quite some time now, but it is comforting to see others take note of just how disastrous some of these medications can be to humanity.

Some have expressed their surprise at the FDA’s admission that these pills may not be all that safe for people to use. “I am surprised to see this warning come out now,” University of Pennsylvania physician Ilene Rosen told The NYT.

 “This is something I’ve been telling my patients for the last 15 years, and in the sleep community, this is well known. And I’d like to think we’ve done a good job putting the news out there, that these drugs have some risks.”

But all drugs have risks and hopefully, people will begin to realize that medications simply treat the symptom not the underlying problem that caused the issue to begin with. Western medicine is about management, not treatment. And it isn’t just Ambien and sleeping drugs humanity should be worried about; it’s all the drugs pushed on the public every single day.

Ben Goldacre’s book Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients is great at explaining the dilemma we as a society have found ourselves in. We like to imagine that regulators have some code of ethics and let only effective drugs onto the market, when in reality they approve useless drugs, with data on side effects casually withheld from doctors and patients. This book shows the true scale of this murderous disaster. Goldacre believes we should all be able to understand precisely how data manipulation works and how research misconduct in the medical industry affects us on a global scale.

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Amazon to exit collapsing liberal “sanctuary city” Seattle as drug addiction, homelessness and high business taxes make the Leftist stronghold increasingly uninhabitable

Seeing the clear writing on the wall, corporate monolith Amazon has decided to pack its bags and head for greener pastures, with recently leaked plans to completely flee its longtime hometown of Seattle by the year 2023.

According to reports, the Seattle City Council’s recent attempt to impose a city-wide “head tax,” which would have billed Amazon and other large corporations some $275 per employee, per year, to pay for “affordable housing” – Amazon currently employs more than 45,000 people at its Seattle headquarters, which means it would have had to fork out nearly $12.5 million a year to the City of Seattle – was one of the last straws signaling to Amazon that it’s no longer welcome in the liberal enclave.

Sources say that Amazon won’t be going far, however. The company is already moving some of its employees just across Lake Washington to nearby Bellevue – which is actually where Amazon was originally started, before Jeff Bezos decided not long after the company was formed to head to Seattle, where he believed he’d find the strongest talent pool.

But because of how dramatically Seattle has changed in the interim, with its embrace of extreme Leftist politics that are highly unfavorable to companies trying to do business there, Amazon has decided to abandon its longtime roots and relaunch its operations elsewhere.

“Amazon plans to relocate its entire Seattle-based worldwide operations team to Bellevue, Wash., by 2023, adding thousands of employees to its new campus just across Lake Washington,” GeekWire recently revealed, citing an internal email it says it received from the company.

“Moving a large and critical team away from Amazon’s Seattle headquarters is a significant relocation of employees on its own, but it’s also a weighty symbolic gesture – the clearest sign yet that the tech giant is cooling on its hometown while doubling down on a neighboring city,” the report added.

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Anti-business but pro-free stuff: the epitome of the Left’s economic ignorance

There was once a time when Seattle was a booming, pro-business tech hub, drawing high-caliber talent from all across the globe. But things are now in rapid decline, as the city’s uber-liberal constituency pushes for more “bleeding heart” policies that are systematically gutting the city’s business sector.

Whether one likes Amazon or not, there’s no denying that this major corporation has created tens of thousands of relatively high-paying jobs for Seattleites, most of whom will now be moving to pro-business Bellevue – leaving what will only amount to economic blight for Seattle in their wake.

It’s a similar situation to what recently happened in Queens, New York, where the Queen of Stupidity, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), drove Amazon out of town before it even had the chance to set up shop.

This seems to be the New Leftist Way: to condemn the business community and drive it out of town, while simultaneously demanding that more “free stuff” be handed out to the public. None of the Leftist who advocate for such a paradigm ever have an answer as to how it will work economically, but they howl for it just the same.

“It doesn’t look like modern-day liberals will stop until every business is chased away and every major city becomes a giant homeless camp rife with drugs and crime,” writes Brock Simmons for The Gateway Pundit, echoing this sentiment.

“I’m guessing all the folks who work for Amazon are less than happy with walking to work through needles / feces, aggressive homeless vagrants, ridiculously expensive cost of lunch, and so forth,” wrote a commenter at The Gateway Pundit, pointing out some of the other common features of far-Left enclaves like Seattle that also contribute to their anti-business atmospheres.

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Yes, the CIA’s ‘MKUltra’ mind-control program was REAL and used to ‘drug criminals’ to ‘improve interrogations,’ new documents reveal

New details have emerged about the secret mind-control experiments that were carried out by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) back in the 1950s and ’60s, including the revelation that this deep state government agency actually drugged prisoners awaiting trial in order to “improve” the interrogation process.

Obtained by investigator and researcher John Greenewald Jr., who recently launched a website known as The Black Vault that contains more than two million pages of now-declassified documents, the dark deeds of the CIA are now public information – at least for those willing to take the time to look into them.

In a nutshell, the CIA had basically been involved in brainwashing prisoners with pharmaceutical drugs in order to get them to say and do things that the CIA wanted them to – a covert program of mind-control known more popularly today as MKUltra.

A lengthy analysis of the CIA’s MKUltra program put out by The History Channel describes it as involving the “covert use of biological and chemical materials” for the supposed purpose of maintaining “American values” – though we now know that it was obviously about something entirely different and far more nefarious.

“MK-Ultra’s ‘mind control’ experiments generally centered around behavior modification via electro-shock therapy, hypnosis, polygraphs, radiation, and a variety of drugs, toxins, and chemicals,” writes Brianna Nofil for The History Channel.

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UPS partnering with drug giants to inject you with vaccines in your own home… pilot project a blueprint for nationwide vaccine mandates at gunpoint

Just when you thought corporate America couldn’t get more insane when it comes to medical tyranny, UPS has announced a pilot project to deliver vaccines to your home, then have you injected by “health care professionals” without you ever having to leave your living room. Merck, makers of the risky vaccine Gardasil, is reportedly partnering with UPS to carry out this door-to-door vaccine initiative.

“The world’s largest package delivery firm is preparing to test a U.S. service that dispatches nurses to vaccinate adults in their homes,” Reuters is now reporting. Reuters explains how the project will work:

Workers in UPS’ 1.7 million-square-foot healthcare complex at Worldport will package and ship the vaccine to one of the more 4,700 franchised U.S. UPS stores. A home health nurse contracted by UPS’ clinical trial logistics unit known as Marken will collect the insulated package, transport it the “last mile” to the patient’s home and administer the vaccine, which will target a viral illness in adults.

Note that they don’t dare ship the vaccine directly to your home, because they don’t want individuals having access to vaccine vials without a “home health nurse” present to inject you with it. Vaccine vials might be dangerous, the thinking goes. They’re only “safe” after they’re injected into your body, at which point all health risks magically vanish.

The partner for this, Merck, has a long history of engaging in nefarious behavior, including bribing doctors, price fixing its drugs and pressuring state and federal lawmakers to enshrine its unethical profit model into law. Reuters explains why Merck is the perfect partner for UPS, since they both only care about money:

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Merck, a major UPS healthcare customer, has a portfolio of vaccines for viral illnesses ranging from shingles and hepatitis B to the flu. Spokeswoman Pamela Eisele said the company is considering the project as it looks for new ways to increase access to its medicines and vaccines and boost adult vaccine rates.
UPS logistics company uses human guinea pigs to test “experimental drugs”

The logistics company behind all this is called “Marken.” And as Reuters reports, Marken is already involved in medical experiments on human subjects. “Pharmaceutical companies already pay Marken to give vaccines to patients testing their experimental drugs,” reports Reuters:

Cathy Morrow Roberson, who founded consulting firm Logistics Trends & Insights after working for more than a decade as an analyst at Atlanta-based UPS, said the vaccine project taps the assets and expertise the company has acquired since getting into healthcare in the early 2000s. “They’re reaping the benefits of all the acquisitions and investments they’ve made,” she said.

And there you have it: It’s all about the profits. If vaccines and pharmaceuticals are where the money’s at, UPS is going to follow the money, throwing corporate ethics aside. If this trend continues, it won’t be long before UPS trucks offer “mobile chemotherapy services” to inject everybody with what will surely be called “preventive chemotherapy,” even if you don’t have cancer.

There’s big money in vaccine mandates, since you’d be forcing everybody to buy a product essentially at gunpoint. “[T]he average cost of a shingles shot was $208.72 at a doctor’s office and $168.50 at a pharmacy,” reports Reuters. Now, if they could only mandate all these vaccines by declaring medical martial law all across the country, the pharmaceutical giants would have guaranteed trillions in revenues every year (and UPS could take a piece of that pie by profiting from the logistics of delivering and injecting all the toxic vaccines that people don’t need). (Read MedicalExtremism.com for more reporting on extreme, radical medicine administered at gunpoint.)
UPS to enter the business of medical violence against children and seniors… anything to boost corporate profits

Vaccines, of course, harm and kill children every year across the United States and around the world. This irrefutable fact is openly admitted by the federal government itself, which publishes quarterly vaccine injury and death statistics via Health and Human Services: VAERS.HHS.gov. (You can download the Excel spreadsheet there and see some of the numbers for yourself.)

The entire corporate-controlled media, of course, pretends that vaccines never harm anyone. They don’t report a single case of vaccine injury, and they work to systematically ban all vaccine awareness information across social media, search engines, news media and even entertainment programming. As we have previously reported, the CDC actually has a propaganda fund that it uses to pay screenwriters to embed pro-vaccine messages into Netflix programs, sitcoms, standup comedian routines and Hollywood movies.

With this move to deliver and inject vaccines in the homes of its customers, UPS is declaring that grabbing a piece of the “home health services” market is more important than operating with ethics. The idea of UPS wanting to inject everyone with vaccines to make an extra buck will not only frighten many customers; it will motivate them to avoid having anything shipped to their homes via UPS.

UPS drivers, who are now seen as relatively friendly, helpful professionals, will soon be viewed as vaccine predators as the company pushes them to start interfacing with home residents by asking questions such as, “Have you had your flu shot yet?”
UPS will become part of the nationwide medical police state, complete with ride-along “vaccine enforcers”

In the bigger picture view, by rolling out this pilot program, UPS is actually building a vaccine mandate medical police state infrastructure where UPS drivers will act as medical fascist spies, reporting to Merck (and the CDC, of course) on customers who refuse vaccine shots. UPS drivers will be the snitches for the medical police state, and as more states follow the horrifying example of California pushing vaccine mandates (SB 277) to deny children the right to public education unless they are injected with every toxic substance mandated by the state, UPS will quickly morph into the delivery-and-injection enforcement arm of the medical police state.

No doubt this will eventually result in ride-along “vaccine enforcers” (i.e. medical police) who spy on UPS deliver customers and demand, “Show me your vaccine papers!” or face imminent arrest. Recently in Chandler, Arizona, a SWAT team staged an armed assault on a family to medically kidnap children who were unvaccinated and had a mild fever. This is what the medical police state looks like, and this is exactly what UPS is signing up for.

Here’s what the vaccine police / SWAT team in Chandler looked like as they kicked in the front door and kidnapped children while terrorizing a mother at gunpoint:

Medical martial law / vaccine police state declared in Rockland County, New York

If you doubt that this is happening, you’re wildly uninformed. Rockland County, New York has already announced medical martial law and threatening six months in prison for any person under the age of 18 who steps foot on a public sidewalk, attends a public school, enters a church or a mall without first being vaccinated, even if they have already acquired strong natural immunity by overcoming the measles without a vaccine.

The Rockland County medical martial law rollout was a test scenario to see if the public would accept a “show me your vaccine papers” medical police state without protesting. Because the sheeple went right along with it, the program will shortly be expanded to more counties and states.

UPS will be right there, ready to surveil its own customers, ready to inject them with vaccines and happily raking in profits from the pharmaceutical industry. This makes UPS the front-lines militant wing of Big Pharma, and it puts UPS drivers in the position of pushing toxic substances that even the U.S. government openly admits maim and kill children and adults every year in the United States.

Is this really the business UPS wants to be in? The business of maiming and killing people for profit? Delivering psychiatric drugs to children? Pushing chemotherapy (chemical weapons) in living rooms? Dishing out statin drugs, diabetes drugs and blood pressure drugs that kill 100,000 Americans a year?

Make no mistake: If UPS pursues this line of business, Natural News and the entire independent media will call for a nationwide boycott of UPS, and our tens of millions of readers will demand all shipments be delivered via Fedex or USPS rather than invite a vaccine snitch UPS driver onto their front porch.

Partnering with Big Pharma is partnering with the “death business.” If that’s how UPS wants to make money in the future, it will find itself having no future at all. People want UPS to deliver packages and that’s it. They don’t want UPS pushing vaccines, medication, chemotherapy and whatever else they’ll come up with next.

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Donald Trump Backs Away from Closing Southern Border, Threatens Car Tariffs on Mexico Instead

“We need help from Mexico, if Mexico doesn’t give the help, that’s okay, we’re going to tariff their cars coming into the United States,” Trump said.

The president commented on his ongoing efforts to pressure Mexico to help stop migrants from approaching the Southern border of the United States during a meeting at the White House about economic opportunity zones.

Trump backed away from the possibility of closing the border, noting that Mexico had done more in recent days to return Central American migrants back to their countries since he threatened to close the border last week.

“We love Mexico, we love the country of Mexico, we have two problems,” Trump said, pointing to the flow of migrants and illegal drugs crossing the border.

He warned that if proposed auto tariffs failed to pressure Mexico into action, he would again consider closing the border.

“The only thing, frankly, better but less drastic than closing the border is to tariff the cars coming in,” he said. “I will do it, you know I will do it, I don’t play games.”

Trump said that he would give Mexico a one-year warning, before leveling tariffs, calling it “the big ballgame.”

“If that doesn’t stop the drugs, we close the border,” he said.

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Video: California’s Corporate Pot Farmers Are Fronting for the Sinoloa Cartel-Every American Community Is At Risk! CSS-Marilyn Rupar (Pt 1)

Recently, I interviewed Marilyn Rupar, former Humboldt, CA., county resident regarding the trend across America for organized crime to penetrate the fabric of an entire community (eg Humboldt County).

However, America has never seen an organized crime network such as this. It makes the old Mafia look impotent by comparison. The Sinoloas are omnipresent. Corporate pot farmers, in the face of the legalization of recreational marijuana, have displaced the black marketeers. And they are fronting for the Sinoloa cartel.

In a later interview, we will reveal who the Sinoloas really work for. However, until then, we need to establish a baseline of cartel activity within the United States. The Sinoloas are a clear and present danger to every single American community. This interview exposes, to many Americans, for the first time, the real danger that has come to our country because ter is absolutely no border control, and if you don’t think that Pelosi and Feinstein et al aren’t participants, this series will enlighten you.

By the way, this interview was interfered with electronically. You will be able to hear it. This is an interview that the extreme Social Justice Democrats don’t want distributed. Please help make this go viral! Open the Video

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Secret cause of heart attacks revealed, by European doctor

Over the last 100 years, cardiovascular disease has become a top cause of death in the United States (as well as many other places in the Western world), claiming millions of lives through fatal events such as a heart attack and stroke. But, conventionally speaking, the cause of heart attacks – in particular – remain a ‘mystery’ to millions of people … until now.

While Western medicine attempts to treat the current epidemic of heart disease with a host of drugs – including beta blockers and statin drugs – these medications fail to address the root cause of the disease, and (many times) offer toxic side effects.

German doctor and researcher Matthias Rath, M.D., says he has discovered the real reason for heart disease, and believes that it can be prevented – and treated – with ‘Cellular Medicine.’

The true cause of heart attacks would surprise most dieticians and nutritionists

According to Dr. Rath, the founder of the Dr. Rath Research Institute, heart attacks and strokes are the natural outcome and consequence of a chronic vitamin deficiency.

Deficiencies of vitamin C and other vitamins can cause lesions and cracks in the protective arterial walls – which the body then tries to repair by depositing fat particles in the artery walls.

The accumulation of these artery-clogging deposits (also called plaque) can lead to a host of life-threatening problems, including irregular heartbeat, heart failure, heart attack and stroke.

In other words, the formation of excessive cholesterol is the body’s attempt to repair arterial wall damage – meaning high cholesterol is a symptom, not a cause, of heart disease.

Warning: Our bodies are being deprived of life-sustaining vitamins

Dr. Rath reports that cardiovascular disease is actually an early form of the disease scurvy, which is characterized by a severe, life-threatening shortage of vitamin C. While the standard American diet provides sufficient vitamin C to protect against scurvy, it is not enough to ensure the strong, stable arterial walls that help prevent atherosclerosis.

While most animals produce vitamin C in their bodies – (incidentally, the reason that animals do not suffer heart attacks as humans do) – people do not. Due to a genetic mutation, we lost this enviable ability long ago – and are now paying the price in heart health.

Thanks to the popularity of the standard American diet (with its insufficient consumption of plant-based foods), and the development of modern farming techniques, food processing and storage plus cooking, life-sustaining quantities of vitamin C are stripped from the diet.

Cellular Medicine offers a safe, effective recipe for natural heart health

The mainstay of Cellular Medicine is a set of guidelines – Dr. Rath’s Cellular Health Recommendations – which advise supplementation with specific types and amounts of essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

In addition to providing “cell fuel” and acting as “biocatalysts,” these nutrients stabilize blood vessel walls, reverse existing plaque deposits and fight high blood pressure by relaxing and dilating blood vessels.

A routine of antioxidants like, vitamin C, vitamin E, B-complex vitamins and CoQ10 can support the heart by protecting the cardiovascular system from harmful oxidation. They also increase the production of collagen, protect against elevated homocysteine levels and optimize heart muscle cells.

And, Dr. Rath maintains that the amino acids lysine and proline can act as natural “Teflon agents,” helping to rid artery walls of harmful lipoproteins – with no angioplasty or surgery.

Of course, quitting smoking, getting appropriate exercise and striving for proper nutrition (more plant-based foods and avoiding unhealthy fats + refined sugars) provide valuable coronary benefits as well – as does reducing harmful (vitamin C-depleting) stress through natural means such as biofeedback, meditation and acupuncture.

‘Putting the brakes’ on heart disease, according to a groundbreaking study

In a clinical study published in Journal of Applied Nutrition, 55 patients with coronary deposits followed the cellular health recommendations for a year.

For the first six months, the harmful deposits increased – but at a much slower rate than previously.

From the seventh through the twelfth month, the growth of the deposits essentially stopped, reports Dr. Rath.

Clearly, the routine helped to “put the brakes on” coronary artery disease, slowing and then stopping the accumulation of dangerous atherosclerotic plaque.

Results varied depending on the severity of the disease. In patients with early coronary disease, the deposits disappeared completely within a year. In patients with advanced coronary disease, further growth was stopped and artery walls were stabilized – benefits that help to prevent heart attacks.

So dramatic were the results that Dr. Rath reports that some patients who had been scheduled for bypass surgery were able to forego the procedure – a very encouraging development.

Additional studies confirm the benefits of optimal vitamin levels

Clinical studies show that optimum daily intake of vitamins can halt and even reverse the development of heart disease – and that higher intake of vitamin C is associated with increases in lifespan of up to six years.

Research has shown that even modest amounts of vitamin C – 300 mg per day, as opposed to the paltry 50 mg a day offered by the standard American diet – can slash the risk of heart disease up to 50 percent in men and up to 40 percent in women.

What do European studies reveal about heart health?

Studies conducted in Europe have shown that people in Mediterranean countries have lower rates of cardiovascular disease, when compared to their Scandinavian counterparts.

Scientists believe that this is due to larger dietary intake of fresh fruit and vegetables, which contain disease-fighting carotenoids and bioflavonoids, along with the antioxidant vitamin C and E.

The highly influential Nurses’ Health Study, launched in 1976 and published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrated the benefits of vitamins E, B-complex and C in decreasing risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and heart attack.

In a 2016 review revisiting the findings of the NHS, the authors pointed to the association between vitamin C deficiency and earlier death from heart disease – and credited vitamin C with its ability to prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol.

To no one’s surprise, big pharma is trying to protect their financial interests by continuing to try to block the spread of this potentially lifesaving information. The pharmaceutical giants would much rather push symptom-oriented, patentable substances – rather than effective and safe natural therapies.

However, if Dr. Rath has anything to say about it, Cellular Medicine will eventually be adopted by all. And heart disease, he maintains, will become a thing of the past.

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Inactive Ingredients in Drugs May Cause Allergic Reactions

Active ingredients are the ones that provide a therapeutic benefit, while inactive ingredients are just that — inactive — meaning they don’t react in the body and are instead there to enhance the properties of the medication itself, such as its taste, appearance and ability to be absorbed by the body. [ 7 Bizarre Drug Side Effects]

But it turns out that inactive ingredients may not be as, well, inactive as we think: A new study finds that, in some patients, inactive ingredients can trigger allergic reactions or other symptoms of food intolerance.

The study was published today (March 13) in the journal Science Translational Medicine. (Of note, three of the study authors hold a patent on a system that examines the burden of inactive ingredients in pills.)

The researchers began looking into inactive ingredients after senior study author Dr. Giovanni Traverso, an assistant professor in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and a gastroenterologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, treated a patient with celiac disease who had a reaction to a medication that contained inactive ingredients derived from wheat products.

Traverso and his team started by looking through the medical literature for reports of patients reacting to inactive ingredients.The researchers found some studies on patients who had allergic reactions to inactive ingredients such as lactose — present in about 45 percent of pills — as well as certain kinds of chemical dyes.

But they didn’t find any studies looking at whether certain inactive ingredients may cause less extreme, but likely more common symptoms of food intolerance, such as bloating or stomach aches.

The researchers also dug into data about inactive ingredients themselves, using a database run by the National Library of Medicine. They found that active ingredients make up, on average, just over a quarter (29 percent) of the weight of an oral pill; the remaining 71 percent of the weight comes from inactive ingredients. On average, a pill contains more than eight different inactive ingredients but can contain up to 35, they reported.

But far than 35 inactive ingredients are available. In fact, drug companies have around 1,000 inactive ingredients to choose from when manufacturing pills, the researchers found. Of these ingredients, 38 of them, such as peanut oil, lactose and some dyes, are known allergens. But though most inactive ingredients are usually tested to see if they’re toxic — and though they’re found to not have a major effect on most of the population — these toxicology tests may miss certain small side effects in some people, according to the report.

The study found that 93 percent of pills contain at least one of the 38 allergens and that almost all of them contain substances that could be problematic for people with certain food intolerances, such as gluten or sugar.

Still, not all experts are convinced that inactive ingredients are particularly problematic.

Dr. John Kelso, an allergist and immunologist at Scripps Health in San Diego, California who wasn’t involved in the study, doesn’t see a cause for concern.

“Such reactions are quite rare,” he said. “In most cases, the amount of the food protein [present] in the medication would not be sufficient to trigger an allergic reaction.”

For example, the amount of egg protein that’s present in flu shots is not enough to trigger reactions even in people with severe egg allergies allergic to eggs, Kelso told Live Science. Indeed, the the American Academy of Pediatrics revised recommendations for flu shots containing eggs, saying that it’s no longer necessary to ask people if they are allergic to eggs before giving them the flu vaccine, because the risk is so minimal, he said.

As such, “for the vast majority of patients with [a] food allergy, there is no reason for them to avoid medications with [inactive ingredients] derived from the foods to which they are allergic,” Kelso said.

He did note, however, one inactive ingredient in that may cause problems for people with allergies: gelatin. That’s because some medications and vaccines are either administered intravenously or injected can contain larger amounts of gelatin, and can trigger allergy reactions. Therefore, these drugs should be avoided for people with gelatin allergies, but Kelso added that “even most of these patients tolerate [taking] gelatin in capsule form.”


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Opioid lawsuit targets rich family behind drug that fueled US crisis

Sackler family, which owns Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, accused of fueling addiction while boosting profits

The prescription painkiller OxyContin at a pharmacy. The lawsuit takes the unusual step of personally naming the company executives.
The prescription painkiller OxyContin at a pharmacy. The lawsuit takes the unusual step of personally naming the company executives. Photograph: George Frey/Reuters

The state of Massachusetts on Tuesday sued the maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, which has been blamed for spawning America’s opioids crisis, naming leading executives and members of the multibillionaire Sackler family that owns the pharmaceutical company.

The lawsuit accuses the company, Purdue Pharma, of spinning a “web of illegal deceit” to fuel the deadly drug abuse crisis while boosting profits.

Purdue Pharma is already defending lawsuits from several states and local governments, but Massachusetts is the first state to take the unusual step of personally naming the company’s executives in a complaint, the state attorney general, Maura Healey, said. It names 16 current and former executives and board members, including the chief executive, Craig Landau, and eight members across three generations of the Sackler family that wholly owns Purdue.

The lawsuit alleges Purdue deceived patients and doctors about the risks of opioids, pushed prescribers to keep patients on the drugs longer and aggressively targeted vulnerable populations, such as the elderly and veterans.

“Their strategy was simple: the more drugs they sold, the more money they made, and the more people died,” Healey said on Tuesday.

Purdue, based in Stamford, Connecticut, issued a statement saying it vigorously denied all the allegations and looked forward to presenting “substantial defenses” to the claims in the lawsuit.

“We share the attorney general’s concern about the opioid crisis. We are disappointed, however, that in the midst of good faith negotiations with many states, the commonwealth [of Massachusetts] has decided to pursue a costly and protracted litigation process. We will continue to work collaboratively with the states toward bringing meaningful solutions,” it stated.

Maura Healey, the Massachusetts attorney general, has sued the maker of OxyContin over the deadly opioid crisis.
Maura Healey, the Massachusetts attorney general, has sued the maker of OxyContin over the deadly opioid crisis. Photograph: Elise Amendola/AP

Purdue, along with some other painkiller makers and drug distributors, is currently facing more than 300 lawsuits from city and county authorities across the country. The lawsuits have been corralled into one multi-district case in a federal court in Ohio. The judge in that case has been pushing for a huge, quick settlement to compensate victims and assist in what the government has admitted is a public health crisis, in the way the so-called “Big Tobacco settlement” happened against cigarette companies in the 1990s. But some experts are calling for the case to go to trial in order to oblige the pharmaceutical companies to produce more evidence in the discovery process.

The company is also being sued separately by more than 15 states, but this is the first that names individual members of the Sackler family, who are currently or were formerly on the board of Purdue.

The Sacklers being sued are: Theresa and Beverly, the widows of the brothers Mortimer and Raymond Sackler who built the company into the narcotics giant it is today; Ilene, Kathe and Mortimer David Alfons Sackler, three of Mortimer’s children; Jonathan and Richard Sackler, Raymond’s two sons; and David Sackler, Raymond’s grandson. These family members and a number of their siblings and children are collectively worth an estimated $13bn, according to Forbes, with the vast bulk of the fortune generated from sales of OxyContin. Feuding family members have mostly declined to talk about the opioids crisis and avoid discussing their links to it.

Purdue agreed to pay $19.5m in 2007, but did not admit wrongdoing, to settle lawsuits with 26 states – including Massachusetts – and the District of Columbia after being accused of aggressively marketing OxyContin to doctors while downplaying the risk of addiction.

The Massachusetts lawsuit, which was filed in the Suffolk superior court, alleges that Purdue’s leadership encouraged the company’s “deadly misconduct” while lining their pockets. The sale of more than 70m doses of prescription opioids in the state over the last decade brought in more than $500m for the company, Healey says.

“It was Purdue’s executives who led and directed this illegal business model, leading to addiction and deception to enrich a few while leaving a path of devastation and destruction in its wake,” she said.

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