Justinian Lane

Schering-Plough VP: No need to test drugs for safety because dying suddenly is "quick, cheap, and painless."

It says a lot that Schering-Plough would (a) make this guy VP of Clinical Research and Medical & Safety Services, and (b) send him to a meeting at the FDA regarding testing drugs for cardiovascular safety.

Enrico Veltri, a group vice president at Schering-Plough (nyse: SGP - news - people ), objected soon after. "Perhaps having renal dialysis or going blind is worse than dying suddenly, which is quick, cheap and painless," he said.

Source: The Great Drug Debate -

Veltri was objecting to a proposal to force drug companies like his to have to do additional testing of diabetes drugs for cardiovascular safety.  He seems to think that it's ok if you die suddenly from these drugs as long as you died with fully functioning kidneys and eyes.

As a friend of mine said: "Dying, brought to you by the people who made Vytorin. Dying: Quick, Cheap, Painless. Schering-Plough."

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Posted at 12:23 PM, Jul 03, 2008 in Pharmaceuticals | Preemption | The Profits Over Safety Business Model
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I had eye surgery and in the post-op pack was MAXIDEX(dexamethasone) drops by ALCON LABS.

Two days later I was BLIND

Use Google and enter EPOCRATES MAXIDEX to verify

Posted by: WEL | August 1, 2008 7:14 PM

WEL, email me at justinian at I'd like to talk to you about what happened.

Posted by: Justinian Lane | August 2, 2008 12:11 AM