May. 21st, 2012

That scant eyelashes are now considered a medical problem that requires treatment?

That the FDA has gotten in bed so intimately with corporate interests that much of what we see advertised, whether prescription or over the counter, bears a strong resemblance to snake oil?

Okay, so I'm a little bitter. Sanofi is dismissive of suggestions that Lantus has any linkage between Lantus and cancer. The FDA is slightly dismissive of the studies suggesting those linkages exist.

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/DrugSafetyInformationforHeathcareProfessionals/ucm169722.htm

European experts are a little more concerned, apparently.

http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2009/06/26/study-sanofis-lantus-insulin-has-possible-cancer-link/

Both of the above entries were written in 2009.

Here is a brand new one. It might be worth it to note that as of January of 2011, the FDA continued dismissive over the possible link. This in spite of the fact that the linkage/causal factor may be exclusive to Lantus, when there is another type of long acting insulin which has not had any links to cancer of any kind.

http://drmintz.blogspot.com/2011/12/more-evidence-that-lantus-causes-cancer.html

My mom smoked from about the time she was twenty until about thirty two or three. My mom did not drink to excess. She followed her diet closely, because she did develop Type II diabetes once she had a benign tumor the size of a grapefruit removed from her pancreas. Later, she had a benign tumor removed from her thyroid.

Bear this medical history in mind.

I don't know at what point she was prescribed Lantus. That is one of the bulleted points on my research list.

Apparently, the linkage between cancer and Lantus is related to the type of relationship that Lantus has with insulin type growth factor. (I don't know all of the science yet, so I foresee a period in the near future where my head will be struggling to digest a great deal of biological science it has not been hitherto exposed to.) Bear that IGF in mind as I continue snarling.

So, Mom's history shows a tendency to have benign tumors form well before she developed malignant tumors. And yet there apparently was no hesitation in prescribing Lantus over Levemir.

I was already really angry at her general medical doctor because a simple physical examination and pressure on her abdomen would have reveal the presence of something that shouldn't have been there. I don't know if that would have been soon enough for treatment to actually be effective at killing more than my mother.

Dad asked me if I could look Lantus up just before Mom died. That's what got me started. IF, and this is a big if, I can find the right information, and a reputable lawyer, I am not above suing Sanofi and her general practitioner, the latter for malpractice. It may give you an indication of how lackluster the latter was that Mom switched in the middle of discovering she was in Stage IV cancer.

Mom was stoic, way too stoic. I wish she hadn't been. I don't think of myself as stoic in the least, but I did learn some bad habits of diagnosing myself and not going to the doctor when something happens. Hell, when I broke my foot, I didn't even see a doctor until two days later. I was convinced it was a bad sprain. The only reason I did is that it seemed to me that it was way more painful on the third day than any of my serious sprains had been.

But I'm going to do the research. If I can't do anything more than hector the FDA and Sanofi, I'm game. I told Dad that I knew that none of this would bring Mom back. I told him I knew it would make no difference to us. (Of course, it might for someone else's mother, but I have to be honest and say that's not why I'm doing it. I'm doing it because I think they need to share to agony. I'm doing it because occasionally, I act like a typical Scorpio. I didn't act like that to my ex-husband. I may sneer at jerks I've encountered in the past, and I'm not above mockery, but vengeance is not, generally, my cup of tea.

In this case, I'm kind of liking the idea.

In the King James version of the Bible, I believe there's a verse out of the blue which is: "Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord". Since I don't believe in the Lord, I'll just have to do it myself.

And by the way? I don't want to frighten anyone, but if you do know anyone with either Type I or Type II diabetes who has been prescribed Lantus, I would suggest that they ask their doctor to switch them, as Dr. Mintz in his blog entry suggests. Or just point them at the blog. But pass it on. No, the linkage has not been accepted by the FDA. Nevertheless, in 2011, the linkage was, in fact, raised in San Antonio at a medical conference dealing with breast cancer.

I think patients should be informed of the possibility. And since their doctors and the FDA won't do it, I'm asking you to pass it on.

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