Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fluoroquinolone Toxicity podcast

Special Projects Director Rachel Brummert was interviewed by Dr. Joe Hudak and Dr. Chris Burfield for a podcast about Fluoroquinolone Toxicity.

It is available for download on iTunes. To listen, click here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Fluoroquinolones in the Media

Fluoroquinolones in the Media

On August 30, 2013 QVF Executive Director Rachel Brummert was interviewed on KPFZ 88.1FM.

June 30, 2014, CareNovate Magazine published an article written by Executive Director Rachel Brummert.

November 3, 2014- Quinolone Vigilance Foundation's Arizona Ambassador and Public Relations Director Jenny Frank is interviewed for a news story that aired on ABC15.

November 3, 2014- Quinolone Vigilance Foundation's Arizona Ambassador and Public Relations Director Jenny Frank interviewed for a news story that aired in NBC12. Quinolone Vigilance Foundation is specifically mentioned:

November 14, 2014- ABC7 in Detroit, Michigan aired Dave Biscobing's news story featuring QVF's Public Relations Director Jenny Frank:

November 15, 2014- WRTV ABC in Indianapolis aired Dave Biscobing's news story featuring QVF's Public Relations Director Jenny Frank:

November 18, 2014- WPTV in Palm Beach, Florida aired Dave Biscobing's news story featuring QVF's Public Relations Director Jenny Frank

November 18, 2014- WCPO in Cincinnati aired Dave Biscobing's news story featuring QVF's Public Relations Director Jenny Frank

November 24, 2014- ABC10 in San Diego airs news story featuring QVF's Public Relations Director and Arizona Ambassador Jenny Frank and QVF's Palmdale, California Ambassador Tony Woods.

December 17, 2014- Executive Director Rachel Brummert is interviewed for Floxie Hope by Lisa Bloomquist.  

January 6, 2015- Journalist Yee Liu Williams publishes article about fluoroquinolones in the U.K. Quinolone Vigilance Foundation is mentioned and Executive Director Rachel Brummert is quoted.

February 2, 2015- ABC2 in Atlanta, Georgia airs news story featuring QVF's Assistant Director Donna Schutz, her fiancee Jeff Stephens who is disabled after taking Levaquin, and QVF Duluth, Georgia Ambassador Kathy Dannelly whose husband Chris died after taking the same.

February 3, 2015- Due to overwhelming response to the February 2 news story, WSB-TV aired a follow-up broadcast. The February 2 story reached 2 million people in 24 hours on social media.

February 5, 2014- ABC2 in Atlanta ran a third segment on fluoroquinolones. The news stories since the original broadcast has been shared on social media 4 million times.

February 6, 2015- CBS affiliate WBZ-TV Boston ran a story on fluoroquinolones:

February 9, 2015- QVF Assistant Director Donna Schutz was a guest speaker for a radio show about Fluoroquinolone Toxicity hosted by Dr. Gez Agolli and Dr. Cheryl Burdette of Progressive Medical Center:

February 11, 2015- CBS13 Sacramento news story:

February 13, 2015- CBS4 Miami news story:

February 18, 2015- CBS3 Philadelphia news story:

February 19, 2015- WFSB-TV Connecticut news story:

February 24, 2015- CBS Miami follow-up news story:

February 24, 2015- NBC Charlotte news story:

February 26, 2015- ABC Minneapolis news story:

March 2, 2015- CBS Dallas-Fort Worth news story:

March 3, 2015- NBC10 Arkansas/Louisiana news story:

March 4, 2015- Finland news story: Original: . Use Google Translate:

March 5, 2015- CBS Los Angeles news story. Quinolone Vigilance Foundation is linked at the bottom.

March 10, 2015- KCTV Kansas City news story featuring Quinolone Vigilance Foundation's Raymore, Missouri Ambassador Chris Butler

March 26, 2015- ABC15 Arizona

March 26, 2015- ABC Tampa Bay

March 30, 2015- CBS Denver news story

March 30, 2015- WSET Virginia

March 31, 2015- QVF's Italy Ambassador Andrea Favero featured in an article in Italy

April 2, 2015- Iowa news story featuring Patti Ireland

April 3, 2015- CBS2 New York picked up the Los Angeles news story:

April 7, 2015- CBS Pittsburgh news story

April 13, 2015- Houston news story

April 23, 2015- Rachel Brummert and Jonathan Furman interviewed for Richmond, Virginia news story

April 27, 2015- Charlotte, NC news story

April 28, 2015- New Mexico news story

April 28, 2015- Connecticut news story featuring fluoroquinolone attorney Thomas Sims

May 1, 2015- WSB-TV Atlanta aired another follow up news story

May 4, 2015- NBC-2 Ft. Meyers news story:  

May 6, 2015- CBS 5 San Francisco news story:

May 12, 2015- Tampa Bay follow up news story: 

May 20, 2015- WRIC-TV airs follow-up news story featuring Special Projects Director Rachel Brummert and QVF Ambassador Jonathan Furman.  . The original can be found here:

June 11, 2015- KSTP Minneapolis:

 July 27, 2015- ABC5 Cleveland news story:

July 27, 2015- NBC2 Tulsa news story:

July 28, 2015- NBC2 Tulsa news story: 

August 3, 2015- WFTS Tampa:

August 3, 2015- Journalist Idelle Davidson publishes article in the Washington Post about fluoroquinolones. Quinolone Vigilance Foundation is linked and Executive Director Rachel Brummert is quoted. 

August 16, 2015- Tulsa World picked up Idelle Davidson's article, originally published in the Washington Post

August 21, 2015- The Hartford Courant picked up Idelle Davidson's story, originally published in the Washington Post:

August 27, 2015- RTV6 Indianapolis:

September 16, 2015- ABC2 Baltimore

October 7, 2015- FOX25 Boston:

October 27, 2015- ABC15 Arizona

November 4, 2015- WRIC Richmond featuring Executive Director Rachel Brummert

November 4, 2015- WSBTV Atlanta

November 5, 2015- Boston

November 5, 2015- WSBTV Atlanta

November 5, 2015- Wall Street Journal

November 5, 2015-

November 5, 2015-

November 5, 2015- KSTP

November 5, 2015- ABC2

November 5, 2015- WSOC

November 5, 2015- WIAT

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November 5, 2015-ABC15

November 5, 2015- WWLP

November 5, 2015- MSN

November 8, 2015- Tech Times

November 9, 2015- Times of India

November 9, 2015- Drug Discovery & Development Magazine

New Mexico news story

New Mexico news story. Click here to watch it.

Connecticut news story

Connecticut news story which aired on April 28, 2015. This story talks about Avelox. Click here to watch it.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rachel Brummert and Jonathan Furman interviewed for WRIC news story

While I was in Virginia for QuinoloneVigilance Foundation's fundraiser on March 13, I was interviewed by WRIC reporter Kerri O'Brien.

She and her cameraman Paul met me at my hotel in Fredricksburg and we drove to Loriella Park to do the interview.

QVF Ambassador Jonathan Furman was interviewed on March 10. He was kind enough to accompany me to my interview. Jonathan and my husband were off to the side and they were taking pictures.

When we arrived at the park and while the cameraman was setting up, Kerri helped me put on my microphone. 

We began the interview with casual conversation while we did a sound check. Kerri is a New Jersey native like I am so we spent a little bit of time talking about that.

Once the sound issue was resolved we started with the interview. Kerri had me so at ease that the interview was effortless and I barely noticed the cameraman.

What I really appreciated about Kerri was that she not only wanted to hear my story about the tendon ruptures and neurodegenerative disease that I suffer with, she also wanted to talk about the work we do at Quinolone Vigilance Foundation and the FDA Hearing that I was scheduled to testify at two weeks later. She was very thorough and she wanted to paint a complete picture of Fluoroquinolone Toxicity. After she initially spoke to Jonathan and I, she knew that this was a story she needed to tell.

When we finished up, Kerri was kind enough to pose for a photo with me, my husband, and Jonathan.

WRIC decided that the story was so compelling that they wanted to hold off airing it until Sweeps so they could promote the story for a bigger audience. Thank you Kerri O'Brien and WRIC for doing such a great job with the story.

Part 1 aired at 5:30pm. Part 2 aired at 11:00pm.

To watch both broadcasts, click here.

Rachel Brummert
Quinolone Vigilance Foundation

Ciprofloxacin Rising Antibiotic Resistance by Yee-Liu Williams

U.K. reporter Yee-Liu Williams publishes Ciprofloxacin Rising Antibiotic Resistance. The original can be found here.

Ciprofloxacin Rising Antibiotic Resistance

In an age where rising antibiotic resistance is of great concern the most common sense basic action and steps are not being taken to restrict usage or know how to treat antibiotic drug victims suffering from crippling and long term ‘excruciating pain’ side effects.

Ciprofloxacin, a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, marketed by drug giant Bayer as Ciproxine, was brought on to the market in 1987. The drug was issued to soldiers in 1990s’ Gulf War in case of Anthrax, stockpiled after 9/11 against biological terrorism, and recently tied to Gulf War Illness.

This ‘potent drug’ – often prescribed by doctors as a ‘conveniently broad spectrum’ antibiotic – indeed has the ability to kill ‘super bugs'; used as experimental cancer therapy; but also has the potential to rupture tendons, soft tissue and cause permanent nerve damage.

Nevertheless it is considered as ‘acceptably safe and effective medicine to treat a range of infections’ according to Medical Healthcare and Regulatory Agency.  It is clear where the responsibility lies.
All prescription drugs have side effects said the MHRA:  “The decision to treat a patient with these medicines is a matter of balancing the expected side effects against the potential benefit. The potential risks are clearly described in the product information.”

Doctors regularly prescribe the fluoroquinolones to treat common and more persistent infections – such as urinary tract infections, prostatitis and sinusitis.

But the general ‘overprescribing’ of antibiotics by doctors is a known problem and nothing is being done to restrict their use or educate the prescribing medical profession of the severe risks.
Although it is acknowledged that a key role of the MHRA is “to provide doctors with advice on the safe use of medicines, however, the prescribing of any drug, including information on possible side effects, precautions for use and the clinical care of the patient remains the responsibility of the doctor,” said MHRA spokesperson from the Vigilance and Risk Management of Medicines.
As Professor Dr David Healy, Director of the Department of Psychological Medicine at Cardiff University, and a former Secretary of the British Association for Psychopharmacology and executive of – an organisation dedicated to making medicines safer – acknowledges the British medical profession is ‘reluctant to recognise the life-threatening risks and side effects of the fluoroquinolones along with the diagnosis of ‘fluoroquinolone toxicity syndrome.’
According to Public Health England between 2010 and 2013 resistance to ciprofloxacin increased by 18% due to the rise in antibiotic resistance.

Cameron is recently quoted as saying:
“If we fail to act, we are looking at an almost unthinkable scenario where antibiotics no longer work and we are cast back into the dark ages of medicine.”
Although the Government is looking to the future to ‘boost development of new drugs’ to deal with the ’super bugs’ – little is being done at a local level where the British healthcare system cannot cope or offer treatment to the victims in ‘excruciating pain’.
But British victims who have been suffering ’with ‘excruciating pain’ side effects – some for many years –  say the British medical profession has abandoned them.

Antibiotic resistance time bomb

“I didn’t kill myself, Bayer killed me,” were the words of rock musician, keyboardist of Def Leppard in a suicide letter of September 2012.

When Dick Decent visited his doctor for a ‘trivial’ infection in November 2009, he hadn’t predicted that doing what your doctor tells you would leave him in ‘excruciating pain’ for three years, abandoned by the British medical profession and disabled in his final year before his death.
British victims, who are convinced they have been poisoned by the fluoroquinolone antibiotics, know only too well the misery Decent had to endure, and say they too have contemplated suicide as a release from the ‘excruciating pain’ from long-term ‘neurological side effects’ brought on by the potent drug Ciprofloxacin.

At the inquest, Decent’s suicide was put down to ‘depression.’  His widow, Sara Beardes, said this was ‘misleading’ and failed to acknowledge the true cause of his suffering brought on by a drug that left him disabled in his final year.
“It was not fair what happened to my husband – his life was taken from him because of this terrible drug.  I do not want my husband to have suffered three years of torture for nothing.  I would want, if nothing else, for awareness, recognition and action to be taken regarding the fluoroquinolone group of antibiotics.” said Beardes.
NICE guidelines indicates the quinolones should only be prescribed for serious infection e.g. Anthrax and not for simple infections.

In a statement, Bayer said the company considers patient safety of ‘paramount importance’ and takes all reports of adverse events ‘very seriously.’

But the reality is that the case of ‘fluoroquinolone toxicity’ goes unacknowledged and severe side effects minimised or ignored in Britain with little or no media coverage to raise awareness.

The antibiotic is still being prescribed freely by British doctors oblivious of the serious neurological and permanent nerve damage – despite growing alarm over its use in the United States.

This antibiotic has also been implicated in the food chain farming process and also raises grave concerns for long term neurodegenerative disease being reviewed by US Foods Drugs Agency.

US Evidence

In the US several fluoroquinolones have already been withdrawn due to drug safety issues and the serious side effects of the antibiotic are well reported in the media.

With more than 2,000 lawsuits filed against drug maker Johnson & Johnson settling with 845 plaintiffs in November 2012 for the branded FQ Levaquin.

In 2008, US manufacturers were directed by the FDA to update their drug labels to highlight the risk of ‘tendon rupture and tendonitis’. The FDA issued a further alert in 2013 for ‘permanent nerve damage.’ The FDA is investigating possible links to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
US law firm, Baron & Budd, filing first lawsuits for ‘Cipro’, based on a 10-Year study, that provides evidence of oral FQs that doubles the risk of developing permanent ‘peripheral neuropathy’.
Budd said: “This is validation for the many fluoroquinolone victims who have struggled to be taken seriously but now afflicted with severe and irreversible peripheral neuropathy.”

Rachel Brummert, Chief Executive of the Quinolone Vigilance Foundation, said:
“Medical professionals in the UK and all over the world need to recognize the multi symptoms of fluoroquinolone toxicity, and the severity of the risks associated with the fluoroquinolones. We call on the UK regulatory authority to launch an immediate investigation into its current use and to create strict safeguards so more people don’t suffer irreversible, but preventable, harm.”
“The failure of regulatory authorities and the makers of fluorouquinolone antibiotics puts patients at an alarmingly high risk of developing lifelong, life-threatening neurodegenerative disorders, disability and death,” said Brummert.
Lisa Bloomquist, leading activist and researcher, of another activist group FloxieHope said:
“Fluoroquinolones damage and age cells that can lead to prolonged illness.  Several studies have shown that they have been explored as cancer fighting chemotherapy drugs. It is inappropriate to use such damaging drugs to treat simple infections. They are over-prescribed and should be thought of as chemo drugs.”

British ‘Floxed’ Victims

Most people don’t learn of the risks to the fluoroquinolones until it is far too late – once they have been “floxed” – as is commonly known amongst sufferers across the world.  Unlike other antibiotic drugs – when side effects normally cease if discontinued – serious side effects can persist for years.
Robert Oldfield, 62, a former teacher from Stafford, prescribed ciprofloxacin for prostatitis, in 2009 has stopped taking medication because of increased effects.
“If I died today I wouldn’t care because I have no life.  My neurologist now acknowledges ‘fluoroquinolone toxicity’ – but if I am to die I want it acknowledged the harm caused by this drug – otherwise my life has been wasted.”
“I believe there are number of people out there who don’t know why they might be ill – they should check if they have ever been prescribed Ciprofloxacin.”
Jane Allan, 49 from Essex, suffering since 2012, was prescribed the drug for a persistent cough:
“My life is living hell – the doctors don’t know anything, can’t diagnose it, can’t treat it – how many others are suffering like me?
“I can’t live with the pain anymore – the constant burning, all over muscle pain, sleepless nights – I just want out – to find a way of how to die painlessly and quickly.”
It is the insidious ‘delayed nature’ and myriad of side effects – often worst long after the antibiotic has been taken – that affects the central nervous system – with onset from initial dosage that can progressively get worse – even when the drug is discontinued.
Side effects include but are not limited to: severe burning electric shock type sensation, constant muscle pain, ruptured tendons, tendonitis, fibromyalgia, tingling, numbness, memory loss, inter cranial head pressure, dizziness, insomnia, anxiety, depression, neurological degenerative disease and many others.

The total number of victims, or wider pattern suffering in Britain, are unknown due to admittance by the MHRA of lack of under reporting.

MHRA have confirmed 61 deaths potentially linked to the fluoroquinolone antibiotics since 2000 with 1,874 ‘spontaneous unique reports’ with associated 5,195 adverse drug reactions.
There are no plans to research the concerns raised by British victims where the MHRA and EMA Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee maintain they ‘continuously monitor safety signals’.
The deaths attributed to ‘antimicrobial resistance’ are said to cause at least 50,000 deaths in Europe and the United States; with 700,000 deaths implicated globally every year according to economist Jim O’Neill.

The worldwide deaths are predicted to rise more than 10-fold by 2050 presented in the recent study commissioned by David Cameron.

Calls for further enquiry and investigation may fall on deaf ears in the race for a ‘disinfected future’ but also presents a doomed world of PharmageddonAt its core social and health policy fails to address the problem.

So what action is being taken today for suffering victims and to prevent other unsuspecting patients from high risk of developing lifelong, life-threatening neurodegenerative disorders, disability and death?

Saturday, April 4, 2015

CBS2 New York news story

CBS2 New York picked up the Los Angeles news story. The original can be found here.

Iowa news story

Former Quinolone Vigilance Foundation Iowa Ambassador Patti Ireland featured in Iowa news story. QVF is linked at the bottom.

Italy news story

Quinolone Vigilance Foundation's Italy Ambassador Andrea Favero featured in article in Italy. The original is here.

Translation to English can be found here.

Virginia news story

WSET Virginia airs news story.

CBS Denver news story

CBS Denver airs news story featuring Lisa Bloomquist and Michael Kafferly.

ABC Tampa Bay news story

ABC Tampa Bay news story.

ABC 15 Arizona news story

 ABC 15 in Arizona airs another fluoroquinolone story.

Other Arizona stories can be found here and here