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An Open Letter to Victims and their Families Dealing with the Lethal Drug, OxyContinMarianne Skolek Salem-News.com
"Iron rusts from disuse. Stagnant water loses its purity -- and in cold weather becomes frozen -- even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind." Leonardo da Vinci
(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - On March 11, I wrote an article (http://www.salem-news.com/
At one point, Congressman Rogers called out to Dr. Hamburg "You are in charge of the steering wheel here -- and if you won't do it, we'll do it for you."
The best the FDA has come up with is something they call REMS -- Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy -- more paper - more bureaucracy - more ties to Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin by having them participate in documenting the risks of the drug. We already know the risks of the drug. Every state in the country is immersed in OxyContin addictions and deaths to a magnitude of unprecedented proportion. Some statistics indicate a rise in the consequences of taking this drug (in deaths and addictions) up 400% since its approval by the FDA in 1995.
REMS will not end this trail of destruction in human life. The FDA has failed the American people by their condoning the criminal activity in the marketing of OxyContin by Purdue Pharma. Why is the drug allowed to be manufactured in overwhelming quantities to find its way onto the streets for sale? Why are Purdue Pharma's heavily funded organizations such as the American Pain Foundation allowed to market for the "undertreatment of pain" in America in order to encourage physicians to prescribe OxyContin for "moderate" pain?
Why are organizations such as Partnership for a Drug Free America.org thought of as "the knight on a white charger" helping parents deal with their children's addiction to OxyContin when the website and information contained is financially supported by Purdue Pharma -- the same pharmaceutical company responsible for their children's addictions and deaths? http://www.drugfree.org/about/
Do you as parents (and family members) witnessing your loved ones addiction and untimely deaths to OxyContin -- and knowing Purdue Pharma was criminally convicted of misleading physicians and patients about the lethal qualities of the drug -- want to sit back and wait for the FDA to end the financial reign of Purdue Pharma -- and continue witnessing the deaths of loved ones?
I am asking every person throughout the country who has lost a loved one to OxyContin in death or addiction -- to demand a congressional hearing for the ouster of Margaret Hamburg, MD as the commissioner of the FDA. This epidemic is not going away and will only intensify in the ensuing years. We cannot allow the head of the agency in place to protect the American people from dangerous drugs such as OxyContin to "stonewall" us any longer. OxyContin is nothing more than a prescribed form of heroin and should not be prescribed for "moderate" pain.
Congressman Hal Rogers of Kentucky and Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack of California have taken the lead in addressing the OxyContin tsunami burying our kids. Below are the email addresses for the congressman's and congresswoman's legislative aides.
Please make this viral and email both representatives and demand hearings to "sweep the FDA clean" and end paperwork reporting -- REMS will not save lives. It is further stonewalling. OxyContin is a killer -- the FDA is an accomplice in this death reign.
If every person who reads this, sends an email to those affected by OxyContin, the emails to the congressman and congresswoman will go viral. Congressional hearings should be considered mandatory in view of the loss of human life since 1995 escalating at alarming rates -- because of OxyContin and Purdue Pharma's marketing lies.
We can no longer sit back and hope that a government agency which unfortunately is accountable to the pharmaceutical industry and not the American public -- stonewalls the safety of our country.
Several years ago while on the telephone with an official with the FDA, I was told -- "We do not have the manpower to police Purdue Pharma." Well you needn't worry anymore -- the families fighting for the lives of their children will "police" for you. First we're calling for congressional hearings into Margaret Hamburg's stonewalling -- and then a clean sweep of the FDA. We have allowed this criminal behavior to continue for far too long.
The "bus" is now filled with victims of OxyContin and the people "fighting the good fight to save lives" -- Congressman Rogers and Congresswoman Bono-Mack have the "steering wheel." Let your voice be heard and demand the removal of Margaret Hamburg, MD as Commissioner of the FDA.
Congressman Hal Rogers email firstname.lastname@example.org
Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack email email@example.com
LP -- Our parallel paths have no fences, no gates, no obstructions -- we walk as we are led knowing our faith and love will never fail us.
_________________________________Salem-News.com Investigative 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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