Archive for the ‘NEW 'Miracles'-Breakthroughs!!’ Category

New Drug! Sunitinib!~

October 14, 2009

Gosh I LOVE Imatinib, here it is, years after its discovery and it may soon go off patent…. Just in time to develop some NEW much more expensive versions (SUNITINIB) with NO proven better efficacy just in time to compensate Pfizer for losing its patent on Lipitor, the worlds FIRST TEN billion dollar drug!!!

Good for them!!!! Let’s hear for healthcare reform!!! And remember NO public option! Because then, smart people without stock inthe company would actually decide to approve what WE need, not what the company needs.

So… It is true, sunitinib is better than what it was compared to…. the F#(&$ING useless crap known as interferon for Renal cell carcinoma! And it really extended life! Wow!!! Five months more! a whole FIVE! Wow!

And, for ONLY TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS a year, for a Pill!

Yes, Tyrosine kinase inhibitors are a ‘Routine Miracle” but this sort of expensive ‘me too’ crap is exactly why the students and doctors are not ecstatic.  Ooops!!! Sorry, under the assinine part D of Medicare, it puts poor senior citizens right in the ‘Doughnut hole” where they must pay. I don’t like the term ‘doughnut hole”. I eat doughnut holes, they are tasty. 

This is the economic SHIThole!!! Oh!  Why worry? After all, it is not ME that has to pay out my money to a drug company as some sort of ‘death tax”

There are so many terrific breakthroughs, and so much more to be done. When will we reform healthcare and get some actual regulation to prevent these thieves from putting their hands in grandma’s purse as she is dying and too sick to object? WHEN did the republicans EVER become right that ‘regulation’ is bad? Regulation to ensure proper efficacy and costs are GOOD!!!

Make the ‘public Option’ work. It is the RIGHT thing!

These ‘Me too” super expensive bullshit drugs based on whatever the company can gouge out of scared sick people is EXACTLY the type of ‘market forces’ horror show, exploitative, mafia style theft that the republican party loves.

Let’s do it their way “De-regulate, sure!!! It’s always true that left to their own devices companies are really good people that would NEVER fix a study to make a billion. For instance, like Ezetamibe (Zetia) who WITHHELD the data showing NO mortality benefit until AFTER they made two BILLION dollars on this worthless Lipid lowering dogshit.

New Drug! Degarelix!! A GNrh ANTAGONIST

October 14, 2009

Wow!!! Degarelix is an ANTAGONIST of Gonadotropin releasing hormone!!! Another way to have an orchiectomy in a shot for prostate cancer! It does NOT prove to decrease mortality! but…. Another way to simulate castration!!!
My ex-wife should get approved for this indication then!

You’ve GOT to love the trade name  “FIRMa GONE!”  yes, what was ‘Firm” is now ‘Gone”!  You can’t make up stuff like this.

Wow! With the healthcare debate raging, it sure is good to have ANOTHER drug that works great (faster than leuprolide!) that ONLY costs a mere TWICE as much as an already approved drug ($2,000 a year for degarelix)

Yee Haw!!!

New Drugs! Ranolazine Approved without mortality benefit

October 14, 2009

Ranolozine: New Anti-Anginal Medicine that works by inhibiting Sodium Channels. Ranolozine does NOT affect Blood pressure or heart rate.  It inhibits short runs of ventricular tachycardia.

 

Hurrah for our FDA!!!! Another Cardiac drug approved WITHOUT evidence of mortality benefit and it ONLY costs $3,000   a year or HALF the per capita expenditure for health!! With so many ‘Routine Miracles’  you have GOT to wonder who got paid off to push this one through!!! Yippee!! Another drug with a GREAT mechanism that does….. uh….. well, my Sodium channels are inhibited.. and…. I know!!! It “Markedly decreases the incidence of CASH in your bank account!!!!”

Electrodes Implanted directly into Retina to restore Vision!

September 28, 2009

Front cover of the New York Times yesterday:

Electrodes implanted directly into the retina with a camera on the bridge of the nose bring sight to those blind for years. How extraordinary an event!! How many people can say they can bring sight to the blind?

I will be on the local NBC affiliate in Seattle this wednesday at 820 am PACIFIC time. I will be at the Kaplan centers in
San Jose (today: Sept 28 at 530)

Berkely California 300 pm tuesday sept 29

Seattle TV at 820 am (KING)

Seattle Kaplan Center at 6pm

Keep the public option real! Call your senator!

Conrad

Superiority of Radio Frequency Ablation of Esophgeal Dysplasia

August 8, 2009

Check out this weeks New England Journal!!

>95% ELIMINATION of early pre-cancerous lesions of the esophagus with an endoscopic procedure! Essentially eliminates the need for esophageal resection!!

Current standard of care is for distal esophagectomy. Cut out a third of my esophagus and pull my stomach up to my ears! Now…ZAP!!!! ZAP!!! and it is…poof! gone

With a scope, you can almost ERADICATE a disease without the need for surgery.

How about that! Is that now a “Routine Miracle”?

Is it a RIGHT or a PRIVILEGE?