One has to wonder how many publicists in hiding are on Lundbeck’s payroll. Who are these self-proclaimed medical bloggers or scientists promoting and sugar coating the company’s image?
This latest one is something for sure. “Isis the Scientist” wrote on August 5th, and it’s for real, although the name sounds more like a cartoon character, at least Dr. Isis (yes, she’s a doctor) is talking serious business here and it’s published online by ScienceBlogs.
First of all, it’s hard to tell where Dr. Isis has been since the now famous press release from Lundbeck was disseminated about everywhere around the globe on July 1st. Somehow it reached her on August 5th. So what’s the point in having a computer, an Internet connection and a blog if one has to rely on carrier pigeons to get press releases? Still that’s not the topic of day, no more than doctors who are on Lundbeck’s payroll to get its drugs approved for distribution in various countries.
After the usual diatribe about the grand and ethical response from Lundbeck to the misuse of pentobarbital in US executions, we can read this:
“I don’t think I have ever seen a drug manufacturer do something like this in response to a country’s policies. More interestingly, Lundbeck apparently considered removing Nembutal from the market all together to prevent its use in capital punishment…”
Evidently Dr. Isis needs to back up somewhat on the story to get her facts right. Lundbeck did not oppose a country’s policy, the death lab became increasingly pressured by human rights lawyers and NGOs to actually do something and then it became very concerned about shareholders selling their Lundbeck’s poisoned shares. Lundbeck has never been worried about human executions or the death penalty in the United States, but solely focusing on its corporate image. Additionally and hopefully the next carrier pigeon will send her the spec sheet on Nembutal that shows this drug was not designed to be used as an anesthetic either, but who cares? Obviously not Lundbeck. Also Hospira took the very course of action Dr. Isis is congratulating Lundbeck for, except that the death lab went half way there, only under major pressure and it took more than 6 months to do so. To this day, Lundbeck cannot guarantee that Pentobarbital will not reach the departments of corrections in retentionist states, yeah, great! So what’s Dr. Isis’ next steps? Any plans to nominate Lundbeck for the Nobel Peace Prize?
This wonderful piece concludes with a very naïve but so delightful question:
“Will prisoners in states that have the death penalty continue to have access to Nembutal as a therapeutic option?”
Dr. Isis urgently needs to take a crash course on health care behind bars, it will probably be a shock to her and let’s hope she will actively do something about that too, instead of promoting the image of the European death lab that continues to kill, after having already permitted the killing of 23 patients between December 2010 and now!
Let’s hope Dr. Isis is more thorough in reviewing her patients’ case files than she has been in congratulating the death lab! Please check her blog “on being domestic and a laboratory Goddess”. The one thing Dr. Isis got right was to label Lundbeck, where it belongs, in the “Death Dealers” section! Enjoy the read, certainly that’s not the kind of publicity Lundbeck is hoping for.