Treatment for mythical disease may cause cancer
A potential human carcinogen has been found in batches of Pfizer Inc.'s AIDS drug Viracept, U.S. regulators said on Monday.
Levels of the substance, ethyl methanesulfonate or EMS, were "substantially lower" than those that prompted Roche Holding AG to recall the same drug in Europe, a Pfizer letter to physicians said.
A Food and Drug Administration notice called EMS a "potential human carcinogen." Studies suggest EMS may cause cancer and birth defects in animals but no data in humans exist, the FDA and Pfizer said.
AIDS of course is the mythical disease invented by the CDC to explain why wildly-promiscuous homosexuals who were also IV drug abusers kept getting sick. It also provided a convenient rationalization for the CDC's budget, which was in danger of being cut. Using a press conference rather than peer review, Robert Gallo announced that the HIV virus is the cause of AIDS, with no proof. Having made millions of dollars off the HIV test, Gallo continues to insist he has all the proof he needs. Indeed, he feels he has millions of reasons to continue to insist there's a link.
The first "official" treatment, AZT killed thousands of people before finally being pulled. It had previously been rejected as a treatment for end-stage cancer victims because of its toxicity.
Now we find the latest "weapons" against the ravages of the mythical disease is giving people cancer.
Future generations will look back on this era with the same scorn as we do on those who tried to cure people by bleeding them to death centuries ago in hopes of "getting out the bad blood".
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Posted by Danny Carlton at September 11, 2007 8:08 AM