s skippy the bush kangaroo: first cannon fodder....now lab rat

skippy the bush kangaroo

Monday, November 20, 2006

first cannon fodder....now lab rat

democratic veteran alerts us to how this administration is "treating" our soldiers.
american military doctors in iraq have injected more than 1,000 of the war's wounded troops with a potent and largely experimental blood-coagulating drug despite mounting medical evidence linking it to deadly blood clots that lodge in the lungs, heart and brain.

the drug, called recombinant activated factor vii, is approved in the u.s. for treating only rare forms of hemophilia affecting about 2,700 americans. in a warning last december, the food and drug administration said that giving it to patients with normal blood could cause strokes and heart attacks. its researchers published a study in January blaming 43 deaths on clots that developed after injections of factor vii.

the u.s. army medical command considers factor vii to be a medical breakthrough in the war, giving frontline physicians a powerful new means of controlling bleeding that can only be treated otherwise with surgery and transfusions. they have posted guidelines at military field hospitals encouraging its liberal use in casualties with severe bleeding, and doctors in iraq routinely inject it into patients upon the mere anticipation of deadly bleeding to come.

...yet the army's faith in the $6,000-a-dose drug is based almost entirely on anecdotal evidence and persists despite public warnings and published research suggesting that factor vii is not as effective or as safe as military officials say. - baltimore sun (part 1 of 3 articles)

...a 36-year-old lawyer from gurnee, ill., with a wife, two young children and a successful general law practice back home, mahaffee never imagined even eight months earlier that he would be working for the army in iraq. he had finished his stint with the army in 1999, retiring after eight years in the reserves, and he hadn't drilled or worn a uniform since.

but in october of 2005 he came home from vacation to find a fedex package from the pentagon calling him back to service. like many retired soldiers, he was still part of the individual ready reserve, a limbo status that allowed the army to reactivate him. the program is so rarely used that few soldiers give it much thought, but the army, suffering a desperate shortage of junior officers, summoned him out of retirement. - baltimore sun (part 2 of 3 articles)

stay tuned to the baltimore sun for part 3.
posted by SantaBarbarian at 6:55 PM |


it's nice to sit here and comment on news articles about what they are doing to our wounded men and women over there. I'll bet it's harder to be in a field hospital and watch your wounded bleed to death despite all you can do, or suffer the complications of massive transfusions (they do exist) if you manage to save them. maybe they're trying to avoid the big complication (death) and are willing to deal with the others later. let's not be so quick to pass judgement. a lot of the advances in modern trauma medicine came from wars, not sure the FDA would have approved beforehand.
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 5:18 PM PST  

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