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Eric Holder Held the Future of OxyContin and America's Safety - and Let it GoMarianne Skolek Salem-News.com
The AG's dirty secret led to thousands of deaths; now a Congressman is waging a battle against federal powers including the FDA, over deadly OxyContin.
(MYRTLE BEACH,SC) - "Stonewalling" -- stalling or delaying especially by refusing to answer questions or cooperate.
Margaret Hamburg, MD, head of the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has mastered "stonewalling talk tactics" while lives are being lost to death and addiction with the over-manufacturing and over-prescribing of OxyContin.
Congressman Hal Rogers of Kentucky has called out to Hamburg as well as the country's attorney general, Eric Holder.Congressman Hal Rogers of Kentucky has long lamented about his state being immersed in death and addiction due to the drug, OxyContin. "Crooked doctors operating these pill mills" in Florida are running rampant and are fueling the flow of illegally obtained prescription drugs to states such as Kentucky.
I'll begin with Attorney General Eric Holder and why the congressman shouldn't be too optimistic that Holder will take Kentucky's plight seriously.
Unfortunately Congressman Rogers don't look for help from Attorney General Holder. While in private practice as an attorney, he defended Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin -- you know the drug that is destroying Kentucky and every other state in the country. On June 1, 2011 I wrote an article exposing Holder for his ties to the pharmaceutical company, Purdue Pharma. Here is the excerpt from that article: Eric Holder, our current Attorney General, went from prosecuting bad guys to shielding them.
Here are some quotes from the congressional hearings:
Dr. Hamburg testified about the FDA "protecting patients" -- "applying the best possible science" and "past successes"
Congressman Rogers talked of "regulating prescription drugs" and the fact that there is a "400% increase in the last decade in opioid drug abuse." Here are but a few of the congressman's comments directed to Dr. Hamburg:
Rogers goes on further to say to Hamburg "Can I help you spell Broward County, Florida?" Hamburg at one point references the "pipeline" of OxyContin from New England to Florida called "Flamingo Road." With an annoying smile, Hamburg quizzically says to Rogers "Flamingo Road -- is that what you call it?"
No Dr. Hamburg that's what the whole country calls it -- Flamingo Road. Strange that the "watchdog" for the safety of the American people would not know the reference to Flamingo Road. Maybe the "watchdog" needs to be more of a pit bull and stop laying down and rolling over for the pharmaceutical industry.
Hamburg further states to Rogers "Maybe I should go to Broward County." Dr. Hamburg should go to every state in the country and watch the drowning in OxyContin firsthand. The drownings that could be prevented by regulating OxyContin for "severe" pain only and stopping the double talk and stall tactics. Congressman Rogers was visibly annoyed by Dr. Hamburg's comments such as "The FDA can make a targeted difference" when they have allowed the tens of thousands of deaths and addictions to OxyContin to run rampant and escalate throughout the country since 1995.
In total frustration, Congressman Rogers lashes out at Dr. Hamburg and says "It's really simple -- can't you change the formula -- leave out moderate." In other words, a drug as lethal as OxyContin should only be prescribed for severe pain -- if at all.
We've had enough Dr. Hamburg. OxyContin is ravaging every state and tens of thousands of families have been torn apart by this drug. Canada has released a statement that the marketing of OxyContin is the cause for their addiction epidemic. So wipe the grin off your face Dr. Hamburg. Stop stonewalling when confronted with questions that affect the safety and lives of the American people. The victims of OxyContin, and their families, have lost their patience with the FDA -- reclassify the killer drug for "severe" pain only -- or take it off the market.
By your lack of action in saving lives, you are perpetuating more loss of life while the maker of OxyContin reaps huge financial profits.
Call it what you will Dr. Hamburg, but I call it blood on your hands - and huge pharmaceutical profits will not wash the blood off -- nor will stonewalling.
Video of Dr. Hamburg "stonewalling" Congressman Rogers about Kentucky's OxyContin plague
Congressman Hal Rogers initiative UNITE - http://halrogers.house.gov/
LP -- In a word "peace". Thank you for surrounding me with it and loving me. I return it to you a thousand times.
_________________________________Salem-News.com Reporter Marianne Skolek, is an Activist for Victims of OxyContin and Purdue Pharma throughout the United States and Canada. In July 2007, she testified against Purdue Pharma in Federal Court in Virginia at the sentencing of their three CEO's - Michael Friedman, Howard Udell and Paul Goldenheim - who pleaded guilty to charges of marketing OxyContin as less likely to be addictive or abused to physicians and patients. She also testified against Purdue Pharma at a Judiciary Hearing of the U.S. Senate in July 2007. Marianne works with government agencies and private attorneys in having a voice for her daughter Jill, who died in 2002 after being prescribed OxyContin, as well as the voice for scores of victims of OxyContin. She has been involved in her work for the past 8-1/2 years and is currently working on a book that exposes Purdue Pharma for their continued criminal marketing of OxyContin.
Marianne is a nurse having graduated in 1991 as president of her graduating class. She also has a Paralegal certification. Marianne served on a Community Service Board for the Courier News, a Gannet newspaper in NJ writing articles predominantly regarding AIDS patients and their emotional issues. She was awarded a Community Service Award in 1993 by the Hunterdon County, NJ HIV/AIDS Task Force in recognition of and appreciation for the donated time, energy and love in facilitating a Support Group for persons with HIV/AIDS.
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