The Sludge Report: More Mewlings From Peter Rost

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  • 06/27/2007
Lest anyone be uncertain that Peter Rost is not a small-minded person who blogs without regard to the totality of the facts, here is the context of Rost's gleeful pursuit of Pfizer's renewed effort to market Viracept, an "old drug" as the consistently vindictive and inaccurate Rost calls the HIV medicine.

Pfizer, according to Rost, was quick to launch marketing materials regarding Viracept. It's materials were not issued and released INTERNALLY consisted with it's own guidelines and the release was shut down. Therefore Rost cannot contain his glee at the expense of the former employe whom he drew a no-show salary from to the tune of over $600K a year while suing them.

But here are some relevant facts, perhaps, just perhaps.
1. The World Health Organization (WHO), drug companies, drug regulators, NGOs and national governments have been working together to minimise the disruption of antiretroviral therapy to individuals affected by the near-global recall of nelfinavir (Viracept).

Although it was initially thought that the recall only affected Europe following the alerts issued by Roche, the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) on June 6 th, it has, in fact, affected every country in the world with the exception of the United States and its territories, Canada and Japan.

"A very difficult situation"
On June 14th, WHO issued a statement on the recall, saying that "Roche informed WHO on 8 June 2007 of its global recall of its nelfinavir products (Viracept)." Roche estimates that around 45,000 individuals are affected by the recall globally.

Roche’s International Communications Manager for HIV and Hepatitis, Janet Kettels told "This is obviously a very difficult situation, as many people living with HIV/AIDS in the least developed countries do not have easy access to a wide range of alternative treatments."

2. Roche is in Talks With Pfizer Over Viracept Supply Following Recall
As Roche corrects a manufacturing error that resulted in a recall of all batches of its HIV treatment Viracept sold in the European Union (EU) and other world markets, the company is in discussions with Pfizer to supply the antiretroviral as a potential option in expediting the market return of the product, Roche told DID June 20.

Here's a link to the sludge report....

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