8:30 E. Time Turn on NBC ! Neurontin scandal expose'

  1. Sales rep whistle blower !
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  3. by   aimeee
    I missed this. Got a link to the scoop?
  4. by   FROGGYLEGS
    ???

    Maybe this is the same story.

    http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/30..._FDA_OK+.shtml
  5. by   aimeee
    I guess I don't find that too shocking. I am annoyed when products which are actually beneficial cannot be used because there is not enough profit after all the stringent requirements to bring it to market. Case in point...pericolace. We all know how effective and essentially benign that was and yet it is no longer available for use. And from what I have read, it appears that the only reason is because none of the drug companies would undertake the approval process for casanthrol because there was no profit in this inexpensive nonproprietary ingredient.
  6. by   H ynnoD
    I watched part of it last night at work.The guy would try and convice Doctors that it was good for many other things,that it really was'nt.Some people got hurt.Our salesmen at work, make me mad sometimes,they'll say anything to make a sale and then expect me to back up their lies.I never would back them up and got lectured by the higher ups,now when a customer asks me a question,I send them to the boss.I don't lie anymore,just causes problems!
  7. by   nowplayingEDRN
    I know my GP has prescribed neurontin for neurogenic pain......as long as they are not Rxing it because they are pushed by the drug company reps and they are basing it on srudies, then I say marvelous.....but do not break the laws to promote your product. Doesn't really surprise me what with all the corporate scandals in the last year.
  8. by   FROGGYLEGS
    Originally posted by aimeee
    Case in point...pericolace. We all know how effective and essentially benign that was and yet it is no longer available for use.
    So pericolace is gone, eh? I haven't seen any at our facility for awhile. I guess I thought that it was out of stock because our facility is out of stock on OTC meds alot.

    That's interesting. I may have to dig up some more information on that.
  9. by   aimeee
    Yes, not only pericolace but ALL products that had casanthranol cannot be sold as a laxative anymore.

    "The FDA issued a final ruling that aloe and cascara sagrada will not be included in the final monograph for over-the-counter laxative drug products because they have not been proven safe and effective as stimulant laxatives. As of November 5, 2002, aloe extract, aloe flower extract, cascara fluidextract aromatic, cascara sagrada extract, casanthranol, cascara sagrada bark and cascara sagrada fluidextract will no longer be allowed in nonprescription laxative products. [Status of certain over-the-counter Category II and III active ingredients, Federal Register 67:31125-31127, 2002] The new rule does not protect consumers from these ingredients in products that are legally marketable as "dietary supplements."

    From another source:

    "The main basis for this alert was a failure for any one product purveyor using these ingredients to submit relevant data as to efficacy and varioius health risks. This is a conservative, skeptical kind of stance and does not confirm or show evidence of harm."

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