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VA Hepatitis C Cure Hurting Vets With Hepatitis B?

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A new FDA boxed warning on the Hepatitis C cure is reportedly the result of VA cutting corners during the development of the cure.

Veterans with Hepatitis B may be injured or killed as a result of taking the newest Hepatitis C cure developed by former VA employee Raymond Schinazi. Dr. Schinazi just retired following public outcry when he sold his interest in the drug he developed for a $400 million profit.

RELATED: What Is VA Hiding About Hep C Profiteer?

The FDA has now mandated producers of the cure publish black label warnings on the treatment warning candidates of the possibility of injury if they also have Hepatitis B.

HEPATITIS C CURE RISKS

According to MSN:

“On Wednesday, the FDA announced it would require manufacturers of certain direct-acting antiviral (DAA) drugs to place a black box label onto their products warning patients that the drugs can reactivate the dormant Hepatitis B virus (HBV) in people infected with both. The move was made after the FDA had received 24 case reports of HBV reactivation as well as reviewed the available research. Out of the 24 cases reviewed by the FDA, two patients died and another required a liver transplant. However, it’s likely that there are even more cases out there, the agency added.

“’It is currently unknown why the reactivation occurs,’ the FDA’s safety alert read, noting the risk of HBV reactivation went unnoticed in earlier clinical trials because they only recruited relatively healthy patients with Hepatitis C with no co-infections. The alert will affect nine brand name DAA drugs currently prescribed in the U.S..”

Veterans harmed by this drug may have a claim for medical malpractice against the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Rumor has it VA allowed Schinazi’s researchers to cut corners in the development of the drug. He later received one of the highest awards for VA researchers before resigning amidst scandal for profiteering on the backs of veterans who were experimented on.

According to the FDA, veterans with Hepatitis B co-infections were excluded from the trials.

LEGAL: Contact Lawyer If Injured By Hep C Cure

I am not a scientist, but why exactly was Schinazi allowed to exclude this group? Are VA doctors culpable for prescribing the Hep C cure if they fail to consider the impact on veterans who are also infected with Hepatitis B?

Maybe.

FDA WARNING EXCERPT

DOWNLOAD: FDA Hepatitis C Cure Warning

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning about the risk of hepatitis B virus (HBV) becoming an active infection again in any patient who has a current or previous infection with HBV and is treated with certain direct-acting antiviral (DAA) medicines for hepatitis C virus. In a few cases, HBV reactivation in patients treated with DAA medicines resulted in serious liver problems or death.

“As a result, we are requiring a Boxed Warning, our most prominent warning, about the risk of HBV reactivation to be added to the drug labels of these DAAs directing health care professionals to screen and monitor for HBV in all patients receiving DAA treatment. This warning will also be included in the patient information leaflet or Medication Guides for these medicines.

“Direct-acting antiviral medicines are used to treat chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, an infection that can last a lifetime. These medicines reduce the amount of HCV in the body by preventing HCV from multiplying, and in most cases, they cure HCV. Without treatment, HCV can lead to serious liver problems including cirrhosis, liver cancer, and death (see List of Direct Acting Antivirals).

“Health care professionals should screen all patients for evidence of current or prior HBV infection before starting treatment with DAAs, and monitor patients using blood tests for HBV flare-ups or reactivation during treatment and post-treatment follow-up. It is currently unknown why the reactivation occurs.

“Patients should tell your health care professional if you have a history of hepatitis B infection or other liver problems before being treated for hepatitis C. Do not stop taking your DAA medicine without first talking to your health care professional. Stopping treatment early could result in your virus becoming less responsive to certain hepatitis C medicines. Read the patient information leaflet or Medication Guide that comes with each new prescription because the information may have changed. Contact your health care professional immediately if you develop fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, yellow eyes or skin, or light-colored stools, as these may be signs of serious liver problems.

“We identified 24 cases of HBV reactivation reported to FDA1 and from the published literature in HCV/HBV co-infected patients treated with DAAs during the 31 months from November 22, 2013 to July 18, 2016. This number includes only cases submitted to FDA, so there are likely additional cases about which we are unaware. Of the cases reported, two patients died and one required a liver transplant. HBV reactivation was not reported as an adverse event in the clinical trials submitted for the DAA approvals because patients with HBV co-infection were excluded from the trials. The trials excluded these patients in order to specifically evaluate the safety of DAAs, including their effects on the liver, in patients infected with only HCV and without the presence of another virus which affects the liver (see Data Summary). We urge health care professionals and patients to report side effects involving DAAs and other medicines to the FDA MedWatch program, using the information in the “Contact FDA” box at the bottom of the page.”

So what happened? Did VA allow the Schinazi team to cut corners?

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/the-cure-for-hepatitis-c-may-come-with-hidden-risks-fda/ar-BBx328G?li=BBnbfcL&ocid=AARDHP

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    1. Thanks Seymore,

      We found a motel close, about a mile, from home that accepted our doggie!
      Shower, breakfast, cable tv, KING size bed, refrigerator, SHOWER, micro, COFFEE Machine and, OH, did I mention a SHOWER!
      They even have a full breakfast in the morning.

      We’re in 7th Heaven for at least the next 3 – 4 days. Maybe a few extra.

      I saw two “Duke Energy” (ladies) checking out our area about two hours ago. So we might get power back in a few days! Here’s hoping!
      We will more than likely have to throw all our food away, about $250 to $300 so far!
      I don’t trust food thawing out, refreezing, then thawing out again, especially chicken and pork!

      So, looking at what occurred, I think we came out pretty good!

      When the emergency people, FEMA, come around. I’m going to see if we can be reimbursed for most of what was spent! So far about $700 to $800 and counting. Money we really were trying to save!
      Plus, I do have to figure in all the gas and other things we spent money on!!!!!

      _______________

      Seymore
      Has VA ever given “blood thinners” to us?
      I ask because I’ve seen a commercial on a law suit over this on TV!
      Have you seen the one I’m referencing?
      I can’t remember the many drugs mentioned. Only it’s a good 5, possibly 6, that cause problems!
      I believe the commercial references the FDA is warning people from using these drugs!

      1. Hey Elf,

        Just a cursory Glance around the web and the following pops up.

        “Eliquis Class Action: Another Blood Thinner to Spur a Class-Action Lawsuit”; by Jared Firestone – July 27, 2015

        A hint of towards some of the litigation that was ongoing in July of 2015 show.

        “As Pfizer and Bristol-Meyers Squibb await lawsuits against them related to Eliquis, the manufacturers of other apixaban-based drugs, such as Pradaxa and Xarelto, are already facing a plethora of litigation against them. There are currently over 2,000 lawsuits against Pradaxa, a year after its manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim, settled 4,000 similar cases for a total of $650 million. The plaintiffs in this case were represented by Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine PC, Douglas & London PC, and Schlichter Bogard & Denton LLP.

        A multidistrict litigation also formed in the Eastern District of Louisiana in December 2014 after the consolidation of 50 federal lawsuits against Xarelto’s manufacturers, Johnson & Johnson and Bayer. The causes of action against the manufacturers involved have been for negligently manufacturing and for failing to warn doctors and patients of potential side effects. More specifically, the Xarelto case suggests that Johnson & Johnson and Bayer failed to fully study and research Xarelto’s safety, provide adequate warnings about safety risks, warn that the blood thinning effect is different in each patient, warn that there is no antidote, or include a boxed warning about uncontrollable bleeding.”

        *************
        *************

        Elf it is interesting to note that these are the drugs currently be prescribed to treat Hillary’s stated medical problem which she takes Warfarin. For her she uses the old school med and while all the new ones are showing up with problems.

        She knew the drugs were not safe.

      2. For a little of the information the VA has used Veterans in research and some of the research directions. Here is a link to the VA:

        Drug Class Review: Target Specific Oral Anticoagulants Dabigatran (Pradaxa), Rivaroxaban (Xarelto), and Apixaban (Eliquis) September 2013, VHA Pharmacy Benefits Management Services, Medical Advisory Panel and VISN Pharmacist Executives

        “https://www.pbm.va.gov/clinicalguidance/drugclassreviews/Anticoagulants_Target_Specific_Oral_TSOACs_Dabigatran_Rivaroxaban_Apixaban_Drug_Class_Review_Rev_Dec_2014.pdf”

        Ti is interesting to note the in the references section is where prior research on the drugs is listed. Most I believe are at universities that are in control of the area’s VAMC. Where the chief of staffs are also employed by the University so they can control the hiring and firing at the VAMC.

  10. When I look at the numbers that have been provided by the research mentioned above and the fact that the VA is stating that as of March of this year they have treated more than 42,000 veterans with these new Direct Acting Antivirals.

    The numbers mean that at the very least 3,192, and at the most 14,058, Veterans have had their life expectancy changed to an average of 11-months if they do not receive additional care. With the additional care the best these Veterans can hope for is an average of a 22-month life span.

    It is clear with that number of dead Veterans now showing up who have taken these new drugs the VA clearly knows.

    Additionally I would like to point out our current administration has place an embargo on research from being published on the future of Hepatocellular Carcinoma until 1 month after the next administration takes office in January 2017.

    “Future of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Incidence in the United States Forecast Through 2030”; Jessica L. Petrick, Scott P. Kelly, Sean F. Altekruse, Katherine A. McGlynn, Philip S. Rosenberg: J Clin Oncol. 2016 May 20; 34(15): 1787–1794. Published online 2016 Apr 4. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2015.64.7412, PMCID: PMC4966339

    The embargo is delaying the release of research completed by National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD. Paid for with our tax dollars. The research will be released on February 20, 2017. One month after the next administration takes office in January 2017. Also it is likely at that same time we will have a new replacement for Robert McDonald.

    A link to the embargo notification can be found at the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health PubMed website.

    The top line reads:

    “This article has a delayed release (embargo) and will be available in PMC on February 20, 2017.”

    The url for this page is:

    “https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4966339/”

    ~~

    With it now also known that these new drugs also can reactivate the dormant Hepatitis B virus (HBV) in people infected with both.

    This is murder. While so many are profiting of the deaths of Veterans.

  11. When I look at the numbers that have been provided by the research mentioned above and the fact that the VA is stating that as of March of this year they have treated more than 42,000 veterans with these new Direct Acting Antivirals.

    The numbers mean that at the very least 3,192, and at the most 14,058, Veterans have had their life expectancy changed to an average of 11-months if they do not receive additional care. With the additional care the best these Veterans can hope for is an average of a 22-month life span.

    It is clear with that number of dead Veterans now showing up who have taken these new drugs the VA clearly knows.

    Additionally I would like to point out our current administration has place an embargo on research from being published on the future of Hepatocellular Carcinoma until 1 month after the next administration takes office in January 2017.

    “Future of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Incidence in the United States Forecast Through 2030”; Jessica L. Petrick, Scott P. Kelly, Sean F. Altekruse, Katherine A. McGlynn, Philip S. Rosenberg: J Clin Oncol. 2016 May 20; 34(15): 1787–1794. Published online 2016 Apr 4. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2015.64.7412, PMCID: PMC4966339

    The embargo is delaying the release of research completed by National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD. Paid for with our tax dollars. The research will be released on February 20, 2017. One month after the next administration takes office in January 2017. Also it is likely at that same time we will have a new replacement for Robert McDonald.

    A link to the embargo notification can be found at the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health PubMed website.

    The top line reads:

    “This article has a delayed release (embargo) and will be available in PMC on February 20, 2017.”

    The url for this page is:

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4966339/

    ~~

    With it now also known that these new drugs also can reactivate the dormant Hepatitis B virus (HBV) in people infected with both.

    This is murder. While so many are profiting of the deaths of Veterans.

  12. Hey Namnibor,

    Here is one of those now famous Friday news releases by the VA.

    20-30 boxes of records found at a private storage facility. The records all came from the Veternas benefits office at McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Yes they do contain medical records and unfiled Claims.

    “Va. launches investigation after discovering 20-30 boxes of veterans’ records in ex-Veterans Services employee’s storage unit”, By MARK BOWES Richmond Times-Dispatch, October 7, 2016 6:45 pm

    “https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/article_83abb315-2489-5a87-b364-9991a76deb60.html”

    1. **************UPDATE***************
      Another updated article on the 20 to 30 boxes of Veterans Medical Records and their Claim files that were found hidden in rental storage locker. The records were found when the former employee’s storage unit was seized for nonpayment. The stuff in the storage unit was auctioned off and the person who bought it found the records and immediately notified law enforcement.

      To the person who bought that unit at auction and did the right thing. Thank You!!!

      And to Mark Herring the Attorney General for the State of Virginia. Thank You for seeking a criminal investigation.

      Veterans’ records found in ex-state employee’s storage unit”; By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER – Associated Press – The Washington Times, Friday, October 7, 2016

      “https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/oct/7/veterans-records-found-in-ex-state-employees-stora/”

      To quote bits of the article

      “RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is seeking a criminal investigation after applications for veterans’ benefits were found in a storage unit belonging to a former state employee who was fired last year for mishandling records, officials said Friday.

      Between 20 and 30 boxes contianing” ” Veteran’s Medical Records and Veteran’s Claim files” “were recovered from the unit belonging to the ex-employee for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, who helped veterans apply for benefits with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, said Tom Herthel, director of benefits for the Virginia department. The storage unit contained applications for VA benefits – which include medical and personnel records – and Herthel said it appears that at least some of the applications were never actually filed.

      “I am deeply concerned about the veterans whose records have been mishandled, and I have directed my team to use all available resources to identify these men and women and ensure that they receive the benefits and care that they are due,” Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs John Harvey said in a statement.”

      “Officials say they’re still trying to determine how many veterans may have been affected. The Virginia Department of Veterans Services has since moved to an electronic claims filing system, which means they can track all records to ensure they are actually filed.

      Michael Kelly, a spokesman for the attorney general, said Herring has asked Virginia State Police to open a criminal investigation into the matter. Corrinne Geller, a state police spokeswoman, said Friday that they are reviewing the request.

      The documents were found when the former employee’s storage unit was seized for nonpayment. The stuff in the storage unit was auctioned off and the person who bought it found the records and immediately notified law enforcement, Herthel said.”

      1. Holy Batshit, Batman! Great scouring the internet, Seymore Klearly!!! This should go directly to the FBI and bypass DOJ and straight to the formal hearings. Obama will just state, “These things will happen, but it’s getting better and I have full faith in Sec. McDonald to not do the right thing” (paraphrased for reality)

        And the VA cannot fathom why Veterans get a wee frustrated with their continued irresponsible loathsome antics? Those Applications and any Veteran’s awaiting an answer or just gave-up, should just be automatically granted their claims. Done.

        I worry how many of those Veterans have already passed our ranks but someone at the VA or a VA Fiduciary *may* have continued to collect benefits….or some, something along those lines? There has to be much more to this and just when we thought VA shredders were our worst fears….

  13. A heads-up on this! The VA and Dr. Shinazi *may* try to claim this is merely Immune Reconstitution Syndrome or Inflammatory Syndrome (IRIS), so you heard it here first:

    With Antivirals and Antiretrovrials, patients taking these powerful medicines quite often develop what’s called IRIS- Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome. What’s that?
    It’s the human body’s immune system on jet fuel, which means your body quite often will overact to other infections a patient may have and even activate new illnesses as well as illnesses once suppressed or in remission—this is a known fact. Look it up. It’s not just something that HIV patients go through because all these drugs act aggressively against your own immune system, and ALL these warnings and cautions are usually taught to patients and the very reason I actually am more experienced first hand and general knowledge on these things than my primary medical Dr. is….because Infectious Disease Specialists take care of all these things in today’s compartmented specialty medicine, and primary Dr.’s do not generally take such training.
    With all that explained above, albeit briefly, The VA and Dr. Shinazi surely must have rushed this damn drug to market and used the VA and Federal Protections the VA inherently has, to get this approved and labeled and a FAT payday for Shinazi, not to mention the Clinical Trials seem to be ongoing out in the wild, and I firmly believe just because we are expendable Veterans, the reason why shortcuts were obviously performed.
    I cannot wait to see my own Infectious Disease Specialist in December to hear her say, “I told you so, didn’t I?”

    She is the same Dr. that told me if I continued to utilize the VA, my life was in serious danger….this was after the VA refused to even LOOK at Genotype and Phenotype tests that showed what resistance I had to certain classes of meds and the ONLY drug combo at that time available to work for me….the VA wanted to place me on drugs from 1990’s STILL on their Drug Formulary, regardless of fact my private Specialist had empirical evidence showing they were going to kill me if they did not follow my treatment plan. The VA did not care. I left the VA and still using private specialists because I have Medicare.

    The VA needs shut down before their “Final Solution” can be played-out. Yes, I said it. The VA is killing Veterans. Is it by design?

    The excellent song by The Smashing Pumpkins that refers to “rats in a cage” comes to mind now. That song is called, “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”.
    “Despite all my rage I’m still just a rat in a cage”….says it ALL.

  14. As commenter SPrice points out the new Direct-acting antiviral medicines being used to treat chronic hepatitis C virus is not only reactivating hepatitis B virus but also other diseases.

    Recent research by an agency of the European Union “The European Medicines Agency” show that the new antivirals are also reactivating hepatocellular carcinoma.

    For more information,

    see:

    “Unexpected early tumor recurrence in patients with hepatitis C virus -related hepatocellular carcinoma undergoing interferon-free therapy: a note of caution”, Journal of Hepatology (2016).

    Also: “EMA reviews direct-acting antivirals for hepatitis C”

    Also a link to the European Medicines Agency webpage on the subject is at:

    “https://www.ema.europa.eu/ema/index.jsp?curl=pages/medicines/human/referrals/Direct-acting_antivirals_indicated_for_treatment_of_hepatitis_C_(interferon-free)/human_referral_prac_000057.jsp&mid=WC0b01ac05805c516f”

    1. Clearly Veterans have been and are currently being used as the guinea pigs to find out the problems with the drugs. With little to no regards to the negative affects the new drugs have on the Veteran

    2. Research in Japan where none of the patients had hepatocellular carcinoma before and during antiviral therapy. Show that 4.2% of the patients treated with the new Direct Acting Antivirals will develop hepatocellular carcinoma.

      “Liver Fibrosis and Body Mass Index Predict Hepatocarcinogenesis following Eradication of Hepatitis C Virus RNA by Direct-Acting Antivirals.” 2016 Oct. 1.

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27694754

      ~~~~
      Research completed in Spain showed that among patients treated with Direct Acting Antivirals who had a prior hepatocellular carcinoma that was in complete remission the Carcinoma was reactivated in 28% of the patients.

      Also the study completed in Spain showed that in patients who had no prior hepatocellular carcinoma and were treated for Hep C using the new Direct Acting Antivirals 7.6% of those patients then did develop hepatocellular carcinoma.

      “The risk of hepatocellular carcinoma after sustained virological response in patients treated with the new direct-acting antiviral drugs: should we be worry about it?”

      “https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/14787210.2016.1243466?needAccess=true”

    3. Research in Japan where none of the patients had hepatocellular carcinoma before and during antiviral therapy. Show that 4.2% of the patients treated with the new Direct Acting Antivirals will develop hepatocellular carcinoma.

      “Liver Fibrosis and Body Mass Index Predict Hepatocarcinogenesis following Eradication of Hepatitis C Virus RNA by Direct-Acting Antivirals.” 2016 Oct. 1.

      “https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27694754”

      ~~~~
      Research completed in Spain showed that among patients treated with Direct Acting Antivirals who had a prior hepatocellular carcinoma that was in complete remission the Carcinoma was reactivated in 28% of the patients.

      Also the study completed in Spain showed that in patients who had no prior hepatocellular carcinoma and were treated for Hep C using the new Direct Acting Antivirals 7.6% of those patients then did develop hepatocellular carcinoma.

      “The risk of hepatocellular carcinoma after sustained virological response in patients treated with the new direct-acting antiviral drugs: should we be worry about it?”

      “https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/14787210.2016.1243466?needAccess=true”

    4. From the Veterans Administration website titled “VA Expands Hepatitis C Drug Treatment dated March 9th, 2016.

      “VA has long led the country in screening for and treating hepatitis C. VA has treated over 76,000 Veterans infected with hepatitis C and approximately 60,000 have been cured. In addition, since the beginning of 2014, more than 42,000 patients have been treated with the new highly effective antivirals.

      In fiscal year 2015, VA allocated $696 million for new hepatitis C drugs (17 percent of the VA’s total pharmacy budget) and in fiscal year 2016, VA anticipates spending approximately $1 billion on hepatitis C drugs.

      VA expects that with the expansion, many more Veterans will be started on hepatitis C treatment every week this fiscal year.

      In addition to furnishing clinical care to Veterans with hepatitis C, VA Research continues to expand the knowledge base regarding the disease through scientific studies focused on effective care, screening, and healthcare delivery including to female Veterans and Veterans with complicated medical conditions in addition to hepatitis C.”

      “https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2762”

      *****************
      With the research from the European Union, Spain and Japan connecting the New Direct Acting Antivirals to hepatocellular carcinoma. Also the number the VA states at least 42,000 Veterans who have now been treated with these New Direct Acting Antivirals.

      Why is there no Research by the VA being published on the problems associated with these new drugs?

      Anyone who trust the VA, which is currently committing mass murder of Veterans, with any part of their health care is risking their life. There is no way possible for the Veterans Administration not to know that they are murdering Veterans with this new drug.

  15. Mr Krause,
    You should be able to sue the FDA too. They approved Ledipasvir (a year after Sof) without the input of their Committee that approves antivirals.

  16. Mr Krause:
    That’s not the only thing it’s reactivating. On 1-30-15 I emailed Dr Robert Gish(one of the top hepatologists, Medical Director for the Hepatitis B Foundation and Investigator for several of Gilead’s sofosbuvir studies), and told him I had seen two cases of reactivation of lymphoma during sofosbuvir treatment and both patients died. One of them was a Veteran. I also told him I had seen 1 case of reactivation of rheumatoid arthritis and 1 psoriatic arthritis. He answered…..

    “I have treated many cases of hcv induced lymphoma with daas. I have never seen or heard this. Have treated over 400 Pts with SOF based therapy. No reactivation.

    You should report to FDA med watch Agree ? ”

    There are now cases of reactivation of cancers and I’ve seen multiple cases of low thyroid and diabetes starting during treatment. Looks like the new cure works just like interferon.

  17. Let’s also not forget that there’s more than one strain or variant of both Hep B and Hep C. This makes it even more outrageous that they got this HEP C ‘cure’ through the pipes and slapped a random name on it and huge price sticker so quickly.
    For instance, I have to take for life a three drug combo that happens to be made by Gilead Sciences, and two of those three drugs keep my Hep B at bay as well as all the other antiretroviral stuff they do and it’s basically akin to chemotherapy, but on a genetic level and pretty amazing science…but…after now being on this combo drug for 10 years, I am still having brand new side effects not foreseen, and my Dr. is a researcher and M.D., and is kind of like a Dr. Shinazi; same field and well-regarded/respected.
    With the difference, the meds I am on DID go through rigorous years of various double blind clinical studies, the scientific method all the way, even taking OTHER viral infections into consideration. Now, why would any researcher have such a tunnel vision approach and not take the other infectious diseases into account when these DNA level/genetic attacks on viruses, when it’s well-known, even by his own vitae, being THE VA HIV/AIDS researcher….wouldn’t Shinazi have had to look at the other diseases that could be activated?
    Maybe that’s why in the 80’s and 90’s there were so many crap medications that not only did not work, but killed patients before the disease. Maybe, Dr. Shinazi brought THAT experience to the VA in his tenure?

    Many questions on this and because of the amount of $$$$ involved, I would be surprised to see this go anywhere but a “Black Box Warning”….OOPS! Sorry! Shoulda, Coulda.

    @crazy elf- That storm is going for Georgia and N.C. area next, do not go back too soon and be safe. And dry!

    1. It’s already passed through Central Florida, namnibor.

      I contacted a friend, he said we lost power around 3am this morning.
      And we had no damage to the house, thank the Lord!
      I think all I’ll have to do is throw away some food, maybe! Here’s hoping!

      We’ll be heading back tomorrow morning around 9:30am. Should get there around 3 or 4 in the afternoon!

      Did you hear, there’s a curfew in place in the county where we live. Seems there’s a lot of criminals, (aka: BLM and others), wanting to loot. The news media also reports their looking for houses with American Flags. Because they (the asswipes) believe those houses have firearms, flat screen TVs, clothes and other items. Their also saying they want to loot the stores in their own areas.
      This is what these stupid idiots are saying on Twitter, believe it or not!

      We’ll definitely take our time driving back.
      Again, thanks for caring brother!

      1. Hey Elf,

        If the power is out in your area you might want to wait until it is reconnected.

        About a month back my area was hit by the wind speeds of a cat 2 hurricane, which is wind speeds over 100 mph. Although our winds were strait line winds and in a forested area our power was out for about a week. For us with well water it meant no water.

        Not a comfortable way to live. But also I live in a small comfortable community where everyone looks out for one another.

        With all that has been said about the BLM might be worth the wait until power is restored to your area.

        Or there is always the $279 harbor freight options of a generator.

      2. Seymore, namnibor

        We got back around 4 pm yesterday. No damage.

        I have a 7500 generator. Bought it after the last hurricane. Using it now for making coffee and other things. Got to have my coffee.

        Still no outside power yet. Which means no water or sewage.
        They say, by today it’ll be restored. I don’t think that’s gonna happen.
        So, the wife and I will probably go over to I-75, on the west coast, and get a motel room for a couple of days.
        Some of the local motels are charging way too much for a room.
        It’s as though they know of the hardships people are going through, and don’t give a damn about it.
        I’ll let y’all know what happens.

  18. VA could care less. As stated before should thousands of veterans die and someone is held accountable

    The most they will get is ten year’s. If they decide it was a form of genocide.

    See how many VA employees bought stock in this drug. Fast buck. Fast trip to the grave. !

    Way to go VA. Bonus some way

    What’s one more veteran to the VA anyway. They could care less. As long as they can make a buck

  19. It’s sad that in America, seems like, no one in control of any organization is, or can be held responsible. Politicians, or people placed by politicians, use tax payers money to defend their crimes. I haven’t noticed Trumps foundation helping anyone either. Sure, we know the VA is writhing with corruption, but, who isn’t in our leaders? Greed has taken over everywhere. The people in America, are the only ones who are responsible for what we say and do. Dr. Shitnazi nor anyone else in or connected to the VA will never be held responsible. The people of America are screwed any way you look at it.

  20. It’s also been reported Duterte, Philippines President, said no more military exercises together!

    I have a friend, who’s said we’ve already had troops in Vietnam, (SOG) for some time! I believe he’s right.

    Hillary Clinton has said, I believe on Sept 28, 2016, she’ll start a war with Russia. Because she’s still accusing Russia for ALL the “computer hacking”! She’s one despicable “WAR MONGER!”
    (Here’s a thought.
    Wouldn’t it be something IF she were to win the White House, declares war, THEN NO ONE WANTED TO PARTICIPATE!)

    According to “Rueters” at 2:30 pm today, 845 Haitian’s have died due to Hurricane Mathew! Bill, Hillary, Chelsie and all the other asswipes at the Clinton Foundation should be proud of themselves! ‘Population Control’ at its finest!

    1. I have been praying for her head to wobble/bobble all around at the debates, but I guess these blood trannies from young children are keeping her stabilized. What a witch.

  21. Hey Elf,

    There is a lot to piss a person off these days.

    With the UN, Russia and Al-Nusra working out a deal for Al-Nusra to leave Aleppo in Syria. There will be another 7 or 8 thousand Al-Nusra fighters coming to the US as Syrian refugees.

    “Russia ready to support UN envoy’s proposal to allow Al Nusra to exit Aleppo with arms – Lavrov”, Published time: 7 Oct, 2016 12:29

    “https://www.rt.com/news/361911-russia-nusra-aleppo-arms/”

    1. Also Elf,

      Our leadership in the U.S. is not very happy with the talk of Al Nusra, aka Al Qaeda, leaving Aleppo. So unhappy they are now trying to throw down with Al Qaeda in the fight for Aleppo. Not that they haven’t been all along it is just that they will now make it public.

      “The US Joint Chiefs of Staff Want to Join Aleppo Battle on the Jihadi Side, in Support of Al Qaeda”, By Russia Insider, Global Research, October 06, 2016

      “https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-us-joint-chiefs-of-staff-want-to-join-aleppo-battle-on-the-jihadi-side-in-support-of-al-qaeda/5549643?utm_campaign=magnet&utm_source=article_page&utm_medium=related_articles”

    2. Meanwhile, I also heard on news today that Russia is starting to re-man all Russia’s Military Bases in…Vietnam!!!!

      Russia must have a huge influx of $$$$ to be able to do this (from Iran? from our $$ to Iran?), because it was the breakup of the USSR and cash-strapped Russia closed MANY military bases because of…lack of cash.

      Does this now mean Obama will start sending massive troops to that region again seeing how Sec. McDonald was over there not long ago giving the ground breaking of a brand new VAMC over in Vietnam, massive influx of troops to South Asian Sea region…all from some little ‘boy’ evil dictator playing Stratego with nukes in area, (N. Korea?).

      Or…is Russia simply playing the long chess game, and just causing the USA to thin out our forces? Bingo!

      1. With the massive number of Corruption trials now ongoing in South Vietnam, South Korea, Guam, Pakistan and the Philippines.

        South Korea has gotten so bad government employees can only accept bribes up to $50 after a recent law change.

        South Vietnam is also going through some major changes due to the corruption with at least 6 current high profile corruption cases.

        Guam is falling apart due to the corruption there with the new rules on h2b work visas they are losing all of their slave labor.

        As for the Philippines Duterte is demanding the US start pulling all military person out.

        Seems the populations of these countries are going against the corruption the US has placed in power there.

        I guess I can see why the Russians are ready to consider opening back up a base in Vietnam and the one in Cuba.

        The worst counties in the world right now for corruption are Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Philippines, Guam and the Ukraine.

        With the stats being produced in the US I think they are a bit bias when they rate the US corruption level.

      2. Forgot to add Japan and Taiwan to the list of the most corrupt countries.

        Japan is also another country that has had enough of importing US corruption and are telling the US to start closing military bases there also.

        Of course if you consider what we have all been learning about the corruption at the VA, the DOJ and the FBI, IRS, State Department, FDA, Congress, Senate, white house and the GSA. You know that if they were ever did a proper investigation and the truth came out the US would probably be the most corrupt country on the planet

  22. Report from Hurricane Mathew.
    When it went through Haiti, it killed 268 people. Why? Because they were still living in tents!
    Y’all remember, “The Clinton Foundation” received around $2 BILLION from donations from people around the world. Less than 2% went to helping the people devastated by that earthquake!
    There’s also reports coming to light over “massive drug smuggling” going on through the Foundation!
    If this doesn’t piss people off, oh well!

  23. Today on “military.com”,

    “Miller v. McDonald: A Clash of Venues On VA”

    (I’m not sure if I’ve got the “articles title” correct.)

    And, of course, the DAV and American Legion dispute, not only what Miller says, they defend the VA on everything VA has done for veterans! Big surprise!!!!!

    As far as ShitNAZI is concerned, he is an asswipe to the “Umpth Degree”! As far as I’m concerned, he not only ripped off taxpayers, he’s responsible for the deaths of veterans. Over this “Hep-C (alleged miracle) Drug”!
    When will these perpetrators of murdering veterans be held accountable???????

    1. VETERANS HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE PHOENIX, ARIZONA VETERANS MEDICAL LATELY ITS GETTING WORSE AND WORSE WHAT SHOULD US VETERANS TO DO TO IMPROVE VETERANS HEALTHCARE TELL ME.

      1. Arnold,

        With what is happening nation wide at all federal agencies there is very little that can be done to improve VA Healthcare. Your best bet to stay alive is to not use VA Healthcare in any form.

        What needs to be done, cannot and will not be done, by this current administration. At this juncture the only thing you can realistically do is vote wisely and speak out to let people know what is going on.

  24. I just found the hefty abbreviated vitae of former VA Dr. Shinazi and reason I am copy/pasting it here is because it specifically states Dr. Shinazi has tons of experience with HIV/AIDS CLINICAL TRIALS, so he cannot claim willful ignorance to how proper double blind clinical trials are performed and fact they ALSO apparently never even took HIV into the equation with this new Hep C ‘cure’.
    Why is this also important? Because a person with HIV, even at suppressed, undetectable viral levels from antiretrovirals IS NOT RECOMMENDED to take the Hep B Vaccine or even the Shingles Vaccine…because it can…activate/reactivate other viral infections, just as with this Hep C ‘cure’. So with this background, I’d say Dr. Shinazi is simply willfully greedy, not ignorant:

    This was taken from a company page Dr. Shinazi serves as an advisor on; “[Biomedical’s Medical Industry Advisory Board and Scientific Advisory Board were established to counsel the Board of Directors as to scientific matters that may involve the company’s proposed products.]”

    “[Raymond Shinazi, Ph.D. – Medical Industry Advisory Board
    Raymond Shinazi, Ph.D., is Research Scientist, V.A. Medical Center, Decatur, GA., Affiliate Scientist, Division of Pathobiology and Immunobiology, Emory University Yerkes Primate Research Center, and Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Biochemical Pharmacology, Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Schinazi received undergraduate and Ph. D. degrees from the University of Bath, England, and completed postdoctoral work in Pharmacology and Virology/Immunology at Yale University and at Emory. Dr. Schinazi has served on numerous editorial boards over the years, and has participated in many NIH Study Sessions and Research Review groups, including Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials GroupCore Lab, and NIH Study Sessions, (Virology Cores). He has served on the Presidential Commission on AIDS/Office of AIDS Research (Task Force on Therapeutics, and the VA AIDS Task Force/Central Office. Dr. Schinazi has published more than 260 articles and papers throughout his career.]”

  25. 1) I wonder how many unreported Veteran Lab Rats died because of exactly this in the VA’s form of clinical trials?

    2) Why would the VA exclude ANY Veterans with co-infections in the VA clinical trials when in the private infectious disease sector, co-infections with both Hep B and even HIV are **very common** and very **reason** they are included in REAL clinical trials in the private sector? (they really are incl. in REAL clinical trials)

    3) Did the VA and Dr. Shinazi exclude these co-infections in their shoddy clinical trials in an effort to get that drug out there for the landfall of promised cash?

    4) Since Hep B is so incredibly hard to treat (no cure and vaccine is hit and miss), it sure seems incredibly irresponsible to not thoroughly test this new drug’s affect on co-infected patients with Hep B and even HIV.

    5) What “other” side-effects are looming with this class of antivirals invented by Shinazi? Anitvirals and Antiretrovirals have a huge amount of daily side effects and even can react violently to over the counter herbal supplements, other meds, and even foods. I will guess right now none of which was fully fleshed-out as well. This is the VA.

    6) An idea to fix this quick: Give Dr. Shinazi a good dose of both Hep B and Hep C and HIV while at it and place him back in the lab after administering his Hep C “cure”, and start the timer and close the door after saying, “Good Luck”!!?! Place his $400 Million in a stack in an adjacent lab with a large glass window so his motivation will always be in-sight. 🙂

    Cold? No, I am only getting warmed-up. Rat Bastards!

    1. 7) Why wouldn’t the VA had thoroughly screened each and every Veteran BEFORE even allowing the clinical trials, tested each Veteran for OTHER infectious diseases before allowing ANY Veteran to take this Hep C ‘cure’? Did the VA just take the Vet’s word without medical tests? Why is it the private sector clinical trials ALWAYS performs DOUBLE BLIND clinical trials to include coinfections and NOT the VA?
      Am thinking the only “double blind clinical study” performed was done with both eyes wide shut with sights on $$$$.

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