To Orwell Today,

Dear Jackie,

I really liked some of the articles on your Orwell page. I was drawn by the "wanted whistle" that came up on google. I liked the title: WHISTLEBLOWING WHISTLES WANTED

I'm a medical doctor and researcher involved in a very high profile battle with Procter and Gamble over pharmaceutical research fraud.

There are some links below if you are interested.

   Watchdog eyes scientific fraud. THES: 14 April 2006

   Panel to expose fraudulent medical research. The Guardian: Alexandra Smith April 12, 2006

   MHRA needs to be examined next. The Independent: Letters 10 April 2006

   Payout in P & G drug data row. THES: Published: 07 April 2006

   Britain: Drug trial leaves volunteers seriously ill (Scientist attacks lax regulatory regime). Chris Talbot, 29 March 2006, World Socialist Web Site

   Bone researcher charges P & G with continuing data concealment. 1 March 2006

   Researchers to get a bill of rights from P & G. Times Higher: February 24th 2006

   Half hour long BBC Radio Broadcast. Vivienne Parry investigates if Proctor and Gamble attempted to boost the sales of one of its drugs by hindering independent scientific research (23 Feb 2006).

   Experts cast doubt over scientists' claims for Actonel. Times Higher: published 24 February 2006

   Audio at:Efficacy of Osteoporosis Medicine Challenged. Richard Harris (NPR Radio, USA)
   (a British scientist has been in the United States this week alleging that a big drugmaker has been playing fast and loose with data to make its medicine look good.
   The drug in question is Actonel, used for treating osteoporosis and a big earner for Procter & Gamble)

   Scientist Presses Claim P&G Misrepresented Actonel Data. Sarah Ellison, February 23, 2006, The Wall Street Journal

   Interview Radio New Zealand (23 minutes) Aubrey Blumsohn, Suspended bone metabolism expert on Drug Companies

   Data row sparks research debate. Times Higher Education Supplement: 25 Nov 05

   When access to data is a real bone of contention. Times Higher Education Supplement: 25 Nov 05

   Doctor accuses drugs giant of 'unethical' secrecy. Observer: 4th Dec 05

   How the drugs giant and a lone academic went to war. Observer: 4th Dec 05

   Journals reject tougher checks on data. THES: published 20 January 2006

   Journal warned about P & G data. THES: 09 December 2005

   Calls for probe into Sheffield's relationship with the drug industry. THES: 16 December 2005

   Correspondence in Observer. 11 Dec 2005

   Whistleblower wins drugs study inquiry. Observer: 11 Dec 05

   Gag money rejected. THES: 16 Dec 05

   Did a British university sell out to Procter & Gamble? Slate: Dec 22 05

   British scientist challenges pharmaceutical company over research paper. Chris Talbot, World Socialist Web Site: 28 January 2006

   Doctor in drug research row quits NHS post. The Observer: Jo Revill, Sunday January 15, 2006

   Researchers to get a bill of rights from P & G. THES: February 24th 2006

There are also some excellent take off's of the material and the political importance of this case on some excellent pharmaceutical blogs. See especially (in approximate time order):

Consumers Union & Pharma Watch & Pharma Gossip & Brand Trainers & H C Renewal

Dr Aubrey Blumsohn

Greetings Doctor Blumsohn,

Thanks for the links to your whistle-blowing woes which are for a worthwhile cause worldwide.

In case you haven't come across it yet, there's an Orwell Today section entitled BIO-CHEM WARFARE which contains articles about medical and pharmaceutical travesties.

All the best,
Jackie Jura

PS - You being a bone doctor I bet your enemies have "a few bones to pick" with you

To Orwell Today,

Dear Jackie,

Very efficient. You really spent some effort reformatting those links.

Thanks for the support (all in response to a random email of appreciation to a web owner) and thanks for a great collection of essays.

Aubrey Blumsohn

Greetings again Aubrey,

...and thank you for being a whistle.

All the best,
Jackie Jura

To Orwell Today,

Dear Jackie,

You were previously interested enough to gather and nicely reformat all the weblinks to the Sheffield incident involving Procter and Gamble in WHISTLE DOCTOR BLOWING HARD

Thank you for being interested.

You may wish to add a link to my blog about this incident:

Scientific Misconduct Blog: Ramblings about all manner of corporate scientific misconduct

I was planning an essay specifically on Orwell and the Pharmaceutical industry - there is so much there.

-Aubrey Blumsohn

PS - As a complete side issue, I was taken aback by the mentioning of Charles Lindberg and Henry Ford in the same sentence as Orwell on the website at one point.

Hello again Aubrey,

Thanks for sending follow-up to your trials and tribulations over whistle-blowing on the pharmaceutical industry.

Yes, Orwell wrote in his typical "clear as a windowpane" prose about the goings-on of the pharmaceutical industry, ie "Teams of experts are indefatigably at work...searching for new and deadlier gases, or for soluble poisons capable of being produced in such quantities as to destroy the vegetation of whole continents, or for breeds of disease germs immunized against all possible antibodies...".

When you get your "Orwell and the Pharmaceutical Industry" essay done, send it along and I'll perhaps link it in my VACCINATIONS/BIO-WARFARE section.

All the best,
Jackie Jura

PS - I've addressed your side issue comments at: FORD-LINDBERGH-ORWELL-HITLER

Jackie Jura
~ an independent researcher monitoring local, national and international events ~

email: orwelltoday@gmail.com
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