Delay of new pain meds because… drug war

http://news.acelrx.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=241441&p=irol-acelrxnewsArticle&ID=2023704

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACRX), (AcelRx), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapies for the treatment of acute pain, today provided an update on the timing and potential content of the resubmission of the New Drug Application (“NDA”) for Zalviso.

AcelRx late last week received correspondence from the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) stating that in addition to the bench testing and two Human Factors studies it has performed, an additional clinical study is needed to assess the risk of inadvertent dispensing and overall risk of dispensing failures

Suicide by firearm

https://progressnownm.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/nmleg-progressive-bill-of-the-day-03-09-15/

2013 data from the New Mexico Department of Health’s Vital Records Department reveals that the second leading cause of death for children and teens age 1-18 in New Mexico is suicide – with 34% of those suicides by firearm. The third leading cause of death for children and teens ages 1-18 is homicide with 74% of those deaths being caused by a firearm…

Disability denial factories

http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2011/08/23/important-read-circulate/

HISTORY:

American firm known as UNUM PROVIDENT (US) are one of the biggest occupational health insurance companies in the world. They have been involved with the DWP since 1994.

In 2002/03 an American class action lawsuit in California identified UNUM PROVIDENT (US) as running “disability denial factories” and the Judge fined them $31.7 million. The company were ordered to re-investigate 300,000 other refused claims; something the company has still failed to complete 7 years later.(as of 2011)

In 2005 American Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi declared: “Unum Provident is an outlaw company. It is a company that for years has operated in an illegal fashion.”

UNUM PROVIDENT (UK), now known simply as UNUM Insurance, fund psychosocial disability research at CardiffUniversity…

Unum and ATOS Healthcare, and Veterans (U.K.)

http://www.whywaitforever.com/dwpatosveterans.html

An erudite and concerned disabled military veteran Mrs S… contacted me to say she had spent what little strength she has on research and has additional information that was useful in her dealings with the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SVPA) (www.veterans-uk.info) and ATOS Healthcare (www.atoshealthcare.com). She has provided me with some of her correspondence in the hope that her work can help others…

UNUM’s response to CFIDS claim is appalling (1996)

http://www.cfids-me.org/disinissues/ins2.html

Nowhere in the LTD contract does it require that the insurer “approve of” my diagnosis, it only requires that I prove I am disabled. Three doctors have documented this. I have accepted my disease and want more than anything to get on with my life…

Sadly, nothing has changed since 1996, as Unum has continued these practices up to the present day.