‘NEVER SAY DIE UNTIL YOU ARE REALLY DEAD’ ! – BATTLE TO COMBAT DENDUE CONTINUES
Posted on July 5th, 2012

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando

 At a time Sri Lanka is gripped with a deadly disease “”…” Dengue fever– and  the government and health authorities are scratching their heads  engaged in all sorts of operations and cleaning up of the environment and imposing fines on those who allow mosquito to breed in  a desperate attempt to combat the disease and  save life,  Joe de Livera  who is the “ƒ”¹…” the Sri Lankan  representative for Homeopaths without Borders ‘  made an appeal to the President on an effective homeopathic remedy  with which  he has cured many free of charge.  Among  those who recovered  within hours of administration of this  homeopathic preparation were “ƒ”¹…” almost dying patients’; in certain  cases patients’ hospital bills had  sky rocked up to Rs.200,000  for Panadol  & IV !

Joe de Livera’s humanitarian efforts were highlighted by me in a feature article under the caption “ƒ”¹…”A vision and a Mission to combat Dengue “”…” Joe de Livera appeals to the President’ which I posted to all the English newspapers in Sri Lanka only to be disappointed and frustrated to notice that humanism had been superseded by an unfathomable “ƒ”¹…”force(s)’ or warped thinking of the Fourth Estate giants that it was consigned to the nearest dust bin! 

I raise my hat to www.lankaweb.com who immediately saw the importance of the article and posted it in the world wide web which has helped the Sri Lankan society, at  least who has access to the Internet.

In my post on Lankaweb I highlighted the single handed effort that Joe De Livera was involved in to save our Nation from the ravages of Dengue which has claimed over 85 lives for the last 6 months of this year in the Western Province alone.

At a meeting held recently convened by the Mayor of Colombo, it was decided that the Homeopathic Association of Sri Lanka to  hold camps in 4 locations in the city where the single remedy that can CURE Dengue would be distributed free of charge by a team of Homeopathic doctors on June 30 and July 1 in 4 locations in the city. The response was gratifying as over 1000 patients attended these camps and were each given the remedy after they registered their name and address. It now remains to be seen as to how the  distribution of this medicine will affect the spread of Dengue in the areas where the patients lived.

Joe De Livera has also been quoted in an Editorial in the Daily Mirror of September 17 2011 which is copied  below entitled :

THE PILL POPPING CULTURE –  (Daily Mirror Editorial) Saturday, 17 September 2011

” Most of us have been brainwashed into believing that life is only possible to be lived to the fullest if the requisite medicinal drugs are taken on a regular basis. Regular health checks are promoted and are being carried out in private hospitals after which the patient is advised by the consultant that unless the drugs prescribed are used, the chances of the patient surviving without catching some life threatening disease in the future are high. It is strange that the patient who does not have any disease is often frightened into taking drugs which can be considered as being unnecessary or non-essential, and are usually sold at high prices often in some hospital pharmacies.

This has led to a pill popping culture that many innocent people, especially those in the upper strata of society, have been following for many years,  purely as “ƒ”¹…”insurance’ to ensure that they do not succumb to some disease that has been vaguely mentioned. They are not aware that their reports on blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar are found normal but they have been told it is best to take some drugs to avert the formation of cholesterol and plaque in the arteries and thereby ensure that a possible heart attack in later years, is averted.

It is rarely that the patient is advised to control his or her diet and refrain from eating fatty foods with special reference to fast foods and to also start a daily exercise routine to ensure that he or she sweats it out and replaces the sweat lost with liquids preferably water, in adequate quantities to ensure that the body is kept at peak efficiency.

The unsuspecting patient is not aware that most of the drugs taken have some side effects on the body and this often results in another drug being given at a later consultation to treat the problems caused by the first.  It is also possible that these unnecessary drugs can predispose the patient to other problems and also to be infected by a wide range of diseases including dengue for which there is no known curative drug. But according to Joe De Livera, Sri Lankan representative for Homoeopaths without Borders, a homoeopathic remedy is available for dengue and any other viral flu “”…” as referred to in one of our editorials recently. This is known as Eupatorium Perfoliatum 200c, which is used internationally and has in Sri Lanka, saved the lives of many who caught this disease and were fortunate enough to use this Remedy within a few days after being infected by this highly infectious disease.

Public health experts emphasise that western medical drugs alone cannot possibly cure all diseases in Sri Lanka. There are many forms of alternate medicine practiced here including Ayurveda and Homeopathy both of which are established and practiced and can be co-opted to cure disease, especially Dengue. Unfortunately Homeopathic remedies are not used officially by the medical profession in hospitals where patients continue to suffer as a result of a lack of a National Health Policy. It is fortunate in India that these two curative sciences are accepted and officially used by the government side by side with western medicine to help cure diseases.

Billions of rupees are being spent in importing more than 10,000 varieties of drugs under various brand names. Public health experts have appealed that the state health authorities open their eyes to the realities of life and follow the example of India and make greater use of both Ayurveda and Homeopathy in alleviating human suffering and  eradicating disease.”

It was with some glee that I read a reference to a vast racket that GlaxoSmithKline had perpetrated on the long suffering public which was taken up by the Supreme Courts in the US recently. BBC News on July 2 reported the largest fine that had been levied by the US Courts on GlaxoSmithKline of the princely sum of $3 BILLION on the largest healthcare fraud that had been perpetrated by this multimillion dollar conglomerate at the cost of thousands of lives that they had deluded into believing could only be lived if they used the 4 drugs they marketed: Paxil, Wellbutrin and Avandia.

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“2 July 2012 BBC

“GlaxoSmithKline to pay $3bn in US drug fraud scandal

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is to pay $3bn (£1.9bn) in the largest healthcare fraud settlement in US history.

The drug giant is to plead guilty to promoting two drugs for unapproved uses and failing to report safety data about a diabetes drug to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The settlement will cover criminal fines as well as civil settlements with the federal and state governments.

The case concerns the drugs Paxil, Wellbutrin and Avandia.

Deputy US Attorney General James Cole told a news conference in Washington DC that the settlement was “unprecedented in both size and scope”.

Doctors bribed

GSK, one of the world’s largest healthcare and pharmaceuticals companies, admitted to promoting antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin for unapproved uses, including treatment of children and adolescents.

The illegal practice is known as off-label marketing.

“The company also conceded charges that it held back data and made unsupported safety claims over its diabetes drug Avandia. In addition, GSK has been found guilty of paying kickbacks to doctors.”

“The sales force bribed physicians to prescribe GSK products using every imaginable form of high-priced entertainment, from Hawaiian vacations [and] paying doctors millions of dollars to go on speaking tours, to tickets to Madonna concerts,” said US attorney Carmin Ortiz”.

“As part of the settlement, GSK agreed to be monitored by government officials for five years”.

“GSK said in a statement it would pay the fines through existing cash resources”.

“Andrew Witty, the firm’s chief executive, said procedures for compliance, marketing and selling had been changed at GSK’s US unit”.

“We have learnt from the mistakes that were made,” Mr Witty said. “When necessary, we have removed employees who have engaged in misconduct.”

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Reuters

“Glaxo settles healthcare fraud case for $3 billion”

 “Washington: GlaxoSmithKline Plc agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor criminal charges and pay $3 billion to settle what government officials on Monday described as the largest case of healthcare fraud in US history”.

“The agreement, which still needs court approval, would resolve allegations that the British drugmaker broke US laws in the marketing and development of pharmaceuticals”.

“GSK targeted the antidepressant Paxil to patients under age 18 when it was approved for adults only, and it pushed the drug Wellbutrin for uses it was not approved for, including weight loss and treatment of sexual dysfunction, according to an investigation led by the US Justice Department”.

“The company went to extreme lengths to promote the drugs, such as distributing a misleading medical journal article and providing doctors with meals and spa treatments that amounted to illegal kickbacks, prosecutors said”.

“In a third instance, GSK failed to give the US Food and Drug Administration safety data about its diabetes drug Avandia, in violation of US law, prosecutors said”.

“The misconduct continued for years beginning in the late 1990s and continued, in the case of Avandia’s safety data, through 2007. GSK agreed to plead guilty to three misdemeanor criminal counts, one each related to the three drugs.”

“Guilty pleas in cases of alleged corporate misconduct are exceedingly rare, making GSK’s agreement especially unusual”.

“The agreement to settle the charges “is unprecedented in both size and scope,” said James Cole, the No 2 official at the US Justice Department. He called the action “historic” and “a clear warning to any company that chooses to break the law.”

“The settlement includes $1 billion in criminal fines and $2 billion in civil fines”.

“GSK said in a statement it would pay the fines through existing cash resources. The company announced a $3 billion charge in November related to legal claims”.

New “ƒ”¹…”era’ at GSK

“Chief Executive Officer Andrew Witty said the misconduct originated “in a different era for the company” and will not be tolerated. “ƒ”¹…”I want to express our regret and reiterate that we have learnt from the mistakes that were made,’ he said in a written statement”

“The GSK settlement surpasses what had been the largest criminal case involving a drug maker in US history. In 2009, Pfizer Inc agreed to pay $2.3 billion to settle allegations it improperly marketed 13 drugs”.

“The cases follow a trend of US authorities cracking down on how pharmaceuticals are sold, in part because of the rising cost of providing drugs through government programmes”.

“Part of civil fines address allegations that, from 1994 to 2003, GSK underpaid money owed to Medicaid, the healthcare program for the poor run jointly by states and the federal government. The company had an obligation to tell the government its “best prices” but failed to do so, prosecutors said, and $300 million of the settlement will go to states and other public health authorities”.

“A portion of the $2 billion in civil fines may go to a group of whistleblowers who contributed to the government’s investigation and who are eligible to share in the recovery under the False Claims Act. Cole said the amount has not been determined”.

“ƒ”¹…”Integrity’ plan

“As part of the settlement, GlaxoSmithKline agreed to new restrictions by the US government to prevent the use of kickbacks or other prohibited practices. The inspector general of the US Department of Health and Human Services will oversee the “Corporate Integrity Agreement” for five years”.

“The company will not be able to compensate its salesmen based on sales goals for territories. It was also required to change its executive compensation program to allow the company to “claw back” certain pay for those engaged in misconduct”.

“Witty said GSK’s US unit has “fundamentally changed our procedures for compliance, marketing and selling. When necessary, we have removed employees who have engaged in misconduct.”

“Prosecutors have not brought criminal charges against any individuals in connection with the GSK case, although the settlement expressly leaves open that possibility. Cole declined to comment on the possibility of future charges”.

“Almost exactly a year ago GSK agreed to pay nearly $41 million to 37 states and the District of Columbia in an unrelated case about substandard manufacturing processes at a Puerto Rico factory”.

“In 2010, the company took a $2.4 billion charge in connection with Avandia to settle claims from patients”.

The case is US vs GlaxoSmithKline LLC, US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, No 12-cr-10206.”

3 Responses to “‘NEVER SAY DIE UNTIL YOU ARE REALLY DEAD’ ! – BATTLE TO COMBAT DENDUE CONTINUES”

  1. nandimitra Says:

    50 years ago we never cut a kurumba comba and inverted it, we never cut banana trees,habarala trees , we never buried plastic bags and we never got dengue fever. These are new diseases that have come about because of changes in biodiversity. Apparently there are 24 new diseases due to change in biodiversity and deforestation. This is because of thoughtless development programmes of the government and urbanisation where there is no proper water drainage. just finding fault with the ordinary people for the epidemic of dengue is just denying the truth. With the new ventures of selling our land for new agricultural projects to foreigners further new diseases are in the making. Once the damage is done unfortunately there is no recourse . The govt should seriously look at its development programmes but not put the blame on the poor ordinary citizens for minor lapses.

  2. azad2608 Says:

    Dear Doctor Fernando,

    Please be kind to re publish the article (lanka web and newspapers) on the Homeopathic Remedy for dengue fever. It will be a great help if you could do it, at least we internet and newspapers readers can on-pass the same to our friends and loved ones which will then continue.

    Also from articles that I have read, all the dreader diseases such as dengue originated from the laboratories in the West. These diseases are made to make the various Pharmaceutical companies rich, these did not originate from thin air but made. AIDS, POLIO are diseases made by the West and tested in laboratories and a cure (medicine) found but released later.

    Rgds

  3. Fran Diaz Says:

    Here is a link to a natural health website to combat dengue fever.

    http://www.naturalhealthstrategies.com/dengue-fever.html

    I know many people who have over the years been totally cured of many diseases, acute and chronic, using homeopathy medicines. The internet now carries a great deal of information on homeopathy and I think there are on line study courses on the subject too.
    Sri Lanka’s own Osu Salas should start selling locally made and imported homeopathy medicines along with the necessary books for self help and also to self teach. We should offer courses of study in homeopathy and other natural medicine studies too. Most of the more enlightened countries in the aspect of Medicine have widespread use of homeopathy, viz. all the European countries, especially UK, France, Switzerland. Canada & USA too have homeopathy books and medicines for sale. India uses homeopathy widely. Generally speaking, Homeopathy is individualized medicine, with the mental and emotional symptoms being the most important.
    Though obvious, I would reiterate that the idea in Medicine should be to Cure disease, not make money and profit by disease and misery. I hear that Cuba does a wonderful job with the way they tackle their health care issues, from the point of Medical Colleges to hands on public services.

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