Memo to Big Pharmas: Get the F#&K out of China.

Anyone who is familiar with me knows that I don’t drop the f-bomb very often — it takes a bit to provoke me to that point. As the saying goes, “it takes a long time for me to lose my temper, but once lost I could not find it with a dog.” Well put a picture of my temper on a milk carton and send out the scent-hounds, for it is well and truly lost.

It is one thing for manufacturers and consumers alike to take advantage of China’s ability to manufacture toys and electronic gadgets cheaply [if sometimes nastily]. It is another thing altogether to outsource manufacture of pharmaceuticals to a country which is fundamentally incapable of safeguarding the safety and efficacy of the products they make.

I remember an older rellie in the States who was involved in NASA in the late 50’s and 60’s telling me about Wally Shirra’s comment to a journo who asked him “How did you feel?” whilst sitting in a rocket on a launchpad which had recently seen an unseemly number of things go wrong. “How would you feel,” Wally is said to have replied, “if you were stuck here, on top of 20,000 parts each one supplied by the lowest bidder?”

Anyone dependent on pharmaceuticals to keep them alive today would be forgiven for feeling the same way. Decidedly nervous.

An unseemly number of things have recently gone wrong with pharmaceutical products sourced in part or in full from unregulated, unchecked Chinese manufacturers, and it’s time for regulators in first-world countries to stand up and say, as Michael Santoro, an associate professor of business ethics at Rutgers Business School, has said,

“China is not ready to be a chemical manufacturing hub for the United States and the rest of the world. There’s far too great a safety danger. We’re getting too many safety signals in recent months. This isn’t a catastrophe waiting to happen. This is a catastrophe that is happening.”

The particular disaster that has my ire up at the moment is a drug called Heparin, which has a wide range of uses from surgery to dialysis to treating clots to clearing IV lines & ports to procedures for blood disorders such as blood cancer and immune-system diseases. “It is a mainstay of our therapy,” says University of Chicago hematologist Joseph Baron. “It’s used extensively in virtually all medical services.” There have now been literally hundreds of adverse reactions to batches of heparin manufactured in part or in whole in China, and several confirmed deaths.

Originally, the finger was pointed at the US companies whose names were on the label, but just recently the problem was traced to a Chinese plant which has never been inspected by the FDA. (See Heparin Trail: Pig Intestines From China Via Wisconsin for more details.)

But as excerpts from Santoro’s paper to be presented next month, ‘Flight of the Toxic Dragon: The Global Threat to Safety Posed by China’s Underdeveloped Drug Regulation Regime,’ show, the Heparin debacle is almost certainly just the tip of the iceberg.

China has an estimated 80,000 chemical companies, and the FDA doesn’t know how many sell ingredients used in drugs consumed by Americans or on-sold to other countries. Meanwhile, pharma is increasingly moving production to China.

Just as news of toxic toys, toothpaste and dog food made headlines, an AstraZeneca exec acknowledged plans for outsourcing production of some of bestselling meds in the Far East, including China. And Pfizer wants to outsource as much as 30 percent of its manufacturing, mostly to Asia. Three years ago, Roche granted Shanghai Hua Lin a sublicense to make Tamiflu.

Other countries (such as India) who have large drugs manufacturers which source their ingredients from China must also start taking this threat seriously, as must all countries who import finished medications from such nations. China is currently the undisputed world leader in contaminated products and sourcing products for pharmaceuticals there is just stupid.

So here’s my message to our big Pharmas: Forget this ‘lowest bidder’ shit. Get the f#&k out of China.

For more on this, see the following pieces (these are just the basics – there are many more out there):

Baxter Halts Production of Heparin

Heparin Probe Finds U.S. Tie to Chinese Plant

Heparin Trail: Pig Intestines From China Via Wisconsin

F.D.A. Broke Its Rules by Not Inspecting Chinese Plant With Problem Drug (and over 40 other NYT articles here)

Pharmalot Blog (Excellent analysis of the China Pharma problem)

UPDATE: 2 new posts on this subject. “China (again): It’s not just your pets they’re killing” and “The FDA and foreign drug ingredients”

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Journalist Who Exposes U.N. Corruption Disappears From Google. It’s official now, Google and The U.N. Run the World. All is safe and in good hands…

Fox News

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What should I bring back from Oz? OK people, treat this lovely nice when she arrives.

chocolate-zucchini.jpgShe may even make you some…….Nutella Ice Cream



                              As part of the Perth Writers’ Festival in West Australia:

Perth, Australia
Friday, February 22, 2008
9:30am-10:30am / Dolphin Theatre, UWA
Book discussion: Living the Dream
Carmen Michael and Clotilde Dusoulier are two young women who ditched their day jobs and followed their passions for travel and food respectively. Join them in a conversation about stepping into the unknown and following your dream. (Chair: Caroline Baum.)
This is a free session, included in your general admission to the festival.

Perth, Australia
Saturday, February 23, 2008
3:30pm-4:30pm / The University Club Theatre
Book discussion: A Shared Table
Clotilde Dusoulier, Pauline Nguyen and Marion Halligan recount culinary tales and consider the universal role food plays in uniting families and cultures. (Chair: Verity James.)
This is a free session, included in your general admission to the festival.

Kings Park, Australia
Sunday, February 24, 2008
2pm-4pm / Fraser’s Restaurant
Catered book discussion: A Parisian Afternoon Tea
Featuring Clotilde Dusoulier and Stephen Downes, in conversation with Chair Verity James. Includes afternoon tea featuring recipes from Dusoulier’s book Chocolate & Zucchini.
This event is sold out.

Albany, Australia
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
5pm-7pm / Tanglehead Brewery
Book discussion: Culinary Conversation
Join Clotilde Dusoulier, Stephen Downes and Pauline Nguyen as they tantalise you with culinary tales and share a conversation on the importance of food in our culture. As you listen to the visiting gourmands, enjoy a glass of champagne and taste some of the regional flavours on offer from the Great Southern. (Chair: Andrew Wenzl.)
Admission is $20; book your ticket at 9844 2222.

Chocolate & Zucchini

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Epic Automobile Advertisement War

This is funny.




Obama wavering on Iraq pullout?

I don’t really think so. But there are other questions about Obama’s world view. First, consider this:

Interviewed on Feb. 10 by 60 Minutes’ Steve Kroft, who asked him if he would still implement his plan for withdrawing all U.S. troops from Iraq by 2009, “regardless of the situation? Even if there’s serious sectarian violence?”, Obama said: “No, I always reserve as commander in chief, the right to assess the situation.”

As it happens, however, this example for a possibly weakened resolve to end the war categorically is itself an equivocation. Months ago, President Bush invoked the ominous contingency of genocide as one salient reason not to implement any plan for troop withdrawal — to keep open, in other words, the executive ability to “assess the situation” as it progressed. In reaction to this, Obama said, “If that’s the criteria by which we are making decisions on the deployment of U.S. forces, then by that argument you would have three hundred thousand troops in the Congo right now—where millions have been slaughtered as a consequence of ethnic strife—which we haven’t done. We would be deploying unilaterally and occupying the Sudan, which we haven’t done.”

So we have Obama’s half-hearted assurance that once he’s president he would consider the consequences of a precipitate withdrawal from Iraq (and Afghanistan, given his views on American involvement in the Middle East). I don’t trust this, and so far, he hasn’t said anything that makes me trust his objectivity.

I’m not against humanitarian interventions in Africa (as long as the rest of the world is willing to step up and do their part), but how many of the unending African wars and genocides do you suppose Obama would unilaterally involve us in, even where America has no strategic interest or gain, or to put it in leftyspeak, “business meddling in”?

As George Packer put in it his Sep. 17 2007 New Yorker essay, “Planning for Defeat” — hardly an optimistic gloss on our options in Iraq — “The argument is shallow: by Obama’s reasoning, America doesn’t have an obligation to prevent large-scale massacres in a country it invaded and occupied, but it does have an obligation not to be hypocritical about it.” (Packer further concluded that the more honest rendering of Obama’s position implied that it is not in the U.S. interest to forestall a humanitarian catastrophe, which would be a “strategic footnote.”

Possibly.  I’m not at all sure about Obama’s loyalties, either.  I believe he is what he has always been, the most radical leftist in Congress, I believe that he really believes in the justice of that position, and I also believe that he is blind to the realities of just such a position. In my opinion, his views are at odds with a Constitutionalist, libertarian majority of America. But, hey, that’s just me.

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Musharraf Party Trailing in Third Place, Bhutto Party in Lead After Polls Close

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan —  The party of slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto remained in the lead Monday and that of President Pervez Musharraf trailed behind in third place as vote-counting continued at the close of polls in Pakistan — a stunning development with major implications for the war on terror in the United States and abroad.

Early indications showed Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party in a strong first place in the parliamentary elections, followed by opposition Pakistan Muslim League-N of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. The pro-Musharraf Pakistan Muslim League-Q was trailing in third.Fox News

What kind of “stunning development”? Damn sure better be a good one.

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Tiz a friggin’ Zoo we have not a Blog. I friggin’ LOVE IT…Eat your hearts out all others! LOL.

This has surpassed my wildest dreams. I truly hope in someway, it has for the rest of the people that make this, OUR ZOO.

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In keeping with the theme (not really) of my last post

I give you the Head Guy of the Church of Euthanasia.

A network of “suicide gurus” who use the internet to advise people how to kill themselves has been exposed…

One of the most notorious figures on the internet suicide scene is Nagasiva Yronwode, a self-confessed Satanist who runs a shop selling occult books and charms in the small Californian town of Forestville, north of San Francisco.

Yronwode, 46, describes himself as the “outreach director” for an extremist cult called the Church of Euthanasia, which advocates suicide as a means of saving the world from the effects of overpopulation.

Read the whole thing. The comments are worth it as well.

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Yea, verily…

With thanks to Instapundit:

Taxation With Representation.

Go with God, my children.

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A Message

Fuck you, you stupid fucking Lefty twats.

Message courtesy of our friend Bingbing.

Nations Observed

Recent Visits

Looking at our SiteMeter, I noticed a pattern.

What do you guys notice? I’ll see if it’s the same as mine.


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