Viagra – It’s For the Children!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Posted in category Big Pharma, Medical Tyranny

The story on FOX was prefaced with the remark, “but it’s for the children,” of course. And the media bobbleheads really believe it. And I suppose most Americans believe all of this nonsense they are fed on a daily basis from the Pharmaceutical-Government-Corporatist complex that seeks to keep you a prisoner of its rent-seeking machinations. This story on perthnow (via the New York Post) is turning some heads:

Sick kids could soon be taking Viagra

The US Food and Drug Administration approached Pfizer about using its drug to treat a lung ailment that affects about 600 children a year, the New York Post report.

Viagra, which modifies blood flows, could reduce unusually high blood pressure in a child’s lungs, or pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Yes, the pool of patients offers limited revenue opportunities, so why bother? Answer:

If Pfizer’s drug meets FDA requirements for children’s treatment, Pfizer would get an extra six months of exclusive Viagra sales without generic competition. Viagra sales in 2009 were $1.89 billion. Its patents expire in 2012.

I love the transparency.

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14 Responses to Viagra – It’s For the Children!

  1. Alex says:

    July 28th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Sadly, I’m reminded of the old Simpsons episode where Bart asks Marge to pick up some “Flintstones Chewable Prozac” from the store, to which she hollers back, “There’s no such thing!”

    Sorry, Marge, times have changed!

    A nation that wrings its hands over the (unproven, imaginary) influence of candy cigarettes now thinks that the little blue happy pill is just dandy for tots.

    “Through the Looking Glass, people …”

  2. Dan says:

    July 28th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Viagra is a medicine for treating pulmonary hypertension. That is what the drug was developed to treat.

  3. Karen De Coster says:

    July 29th, 2010 at 7:33 am

    ???? That’s an odd blanket statement, Dan. It’s a powerful drug with numerous – dangerous – side effects. Maybe you missed the part about the patent ……

  4. Karen De Coster says:

    July 29th, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Chewable Lipitor was just approved for use in the EU.

  5. Dan says:

    July 29th, 2010 at 10:01 am

    So how should people with pulmonary hypertension be treated?

  6. liberranter says:

    July 30th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    So how long will it be before we see children who’ve taken Viagra according to a doctor’s prescription either 1) suffer serious and debilitating or even life-threatening side effects, 2) display markedly “adult” behavior as a result of taking the drug, or 3) both 1 and 2, leading to both their doctors and parents/guardians/caregivers’ arrest on child abuse charges?

    Given the sheer lawlessness of the Bizarro World in which we now live, and the fact that the prison-industrial complex has as much of a lock on our ruling classes as the Medical/Big Pharma complex responsible for this piece of toxic stupidity, is the idea really all that far-fetched?

  7. Jeannie Queenie says:

    July 30th, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Meanwhile in Provincetown, MA on the Cape, schools are handing out condoms to fifth graders and older. That is, when they are not proposing the gay lifestyle as just another choice in life’s cafeteria. So should we be surprised at the notion of viagra. It is just part and parcel of the ongoing insanity among whackjobs that appear to be taking over. Welcome to the new brave world where a kid can be born with autism from vaccines, and then be given ritalin for hyperactivity, and grow breasts from hormone laden beef, to be followed by a viagra cocktail, which then requires the use of condoms. Little Johnny’s new 3R’s have changed to ritalin, ribbed and robbed. Robbed of all innocence by those who hate life and wish to destroy it for others.

    http://www.wickedlocal.com/provincetown/news/x41633549/Provincetown-school-condom-policy-gets-fine-tuned

  8. Joseph Weir says:

    July 31st, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I’m an RN and I recently overheard a conversation with a couple of docs, one of whom is a pulmonologist (lung doctor) who was saying that the study on Viagra for Pulmonary Hypertension was completely bogus as the study was backed up by the company who makes Viagra.  Most “studies” are a scam, and the patient should be very wary of being pushed into taking medications without doing their own research.  Ask the doc who did this “study” and who paid for the “study”.  Better, ask for a copy of the “study”.  

  9. cody says:

    July 31st, 2010 at 11:52 am

    im sure there are more effective drugs specifically developed for pulmonary hypertension, i mean im no doctor, but using viagra to treat this just seems kind of silly to me.

  10. Dan says:

    July 31st, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Viagra (Sildenafil) is a drug that was developed for pulmonary hypertension. Please do your research http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sildenafil. Again, what do you suggest is the proper treatment for this disease if you think this is not the correct medicine? Also, contrary to what most people assume, Viagra does not make you horny. It simply relaxes the arteries which can allow for increased blood flow in the body which includes the penis. All drugs have side effects, but if you have a debilitating disease, you have to accept these in order to treat the health issue. Please inform me of alternatives instead of saying this is big pharma pushing drugs on people.

  11. Alex says:

    August 1st, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Joseph, couldn’t agree with you more. I have known many seniors who have had all sorts of unnecessary pharmaceuticals pushed on them by doctors and hospitals because the drug was being offered to as a marketing trial tool and Medicare was paying for it, not because medical examination truly warranted the prescribed drug as being medically necessary.

    With this horrible health care subsidization (so-called “care bill” which the Republicans, despite the phantasms and orgasms of Tea Party types, will NOT repeal) of Big Pharma, I just see seniors, children, and others being made more and more into sanctioned (and sometimes unwilling) guinea pigs.

    I should also throw veterans in the V.A. system into the guinea pig mix. You’ve probably heard the recent horror stories about the V.A. giving veterans AIDS and hepatitis from not cleaning colonoscopy machines (what was truly sad about that, other than its occurence, was that Mike Judge actually had a scene similar to the colonoscopy fiasco in his movie, “Idiocracy”). The V.A. will throw government-subsidized drugs at someone in a heartbeat in order to avoid an actual diagnosis and treatment of a medical condition. As a veteran, I once had a V.A. doctor whom I had NEVER MET or been examined by, send me some statin in the mail with a handwritten note that said “Take this, your cholesterol is high.” Needless to say, I threw it in the trash. We all know the trouble Alice had in Wonderland after just mindlessly swallowing something that read “EAT ME” or “DRINK THIS.” (lol).

  12. Karen De Coster says:

    August 1st, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    “contrary to what most people assume…” I don’t assume a fricking thing – I do my research, and have been since 1981. That’s why I blog and get paid to write. Read my 11 years of archives, Dan, for your feedback/answers and my tons of commentary on Big Pharma, the power of the pharmaceutical-government complex, and alternatives. One blog post is not a lifetime archive.

    “but if you have a debilitating disease, you have to accept these in order to treat the health issue.” This is the language of useful tools. Big Government will love you! Mystifying …..

  13. flo says:

    August 2nd, 2010 at 2:31 am

    “but if you have a debilitating disease, you have to accept these in order to treat the health issue.” This is the language of useful tools. Big Government will love you! Mystifying …..

    Well you may not like it, but Dan is right. Drugs always have side effects, patient and physican have to decide wether the symptoms or illness are worth taking the risk.
    If you ask me we too easily ban drugs when they harm some people, ignoring the countless people that profited from said drug.
    All that doesn’t take away from your point that big pharma’s buisness practice is very often plainly immoral.
    In this specific case i don’t doubt that Pfizer if more interested in extending their patent rights, than helping sick children. However that doesn’t detract from the fact that the drug might improve treatment options for said children.
    I’m not familiar with off label prescription practices in the US though ie wether doctors could prescribe their patients the drug if it isn’t FDA approved.

  14. Karen De Coster says:

    August 3rd, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    No, Dan is not right. Does anyone think anymore?

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