Lundbeck’s hidden publicists

August 8, 2011 - Lundbeck's hidden publicists
August 8, 2011 – Lundbeck’s hidden publicists

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.



About The Pentobarbital Experiment

"Lundbeck is a global pharmaceutical company engaged in the research and development, production, marketing and sale of drugs for treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders." As the sole supplier of Pentobarbital to US departments of corrections, Danish company Lundbeck took an active and dedicated part in the executions of human beings. This is a clear violation of its ethical obligations as a European pharmaceutical laboratory. Its manufacturing plant for Pentobarbital is based in Kansas, USA. Here is the full story: the facts and the numbers brought to you by European activists dedicated to the universal abolition of the death penalty. Disclaimer: This blog was created to raise awareness and to encourage legitimate citizen actions to bring an end to the torturous executions in the USA. It does not, and never did advocate violence or retaliation against whoever participates in the legal lynchings of human beings. View all posts by The Pentobarbital Experiment

7 responses to “Lundbeck’s hidden publicists

  • Greg Laden

    I have a hard time believing that Isis is a shill.

  • DBP

    So….She mentions Lundbeck once (I can only assume that since you offer no other instance)….in the entire history of her blog and you therefore conclude she is a shill?

    You are clearly a shill for Dr. Isis, seeing how you mentioned her.
    I hope she’s paying you well

  • Dr. O

    A shill for Isis definitely – I wonder how much your traffic has been boosted since last night.

    Isis never claimed to be an expert on health care behind bars; in fact she mentioned at the outset of the post that this was information she received from a friend. More than anything, she was spreading information that she received in a responsible manner, providing the links and excerpts from the original press release alongside responsible commentary on a topic with which she may not be as intimately familiar as you appear to be. Even amongst those who abhorrently oppose the death penalty, not everyone can fight the same battles with the same intensity as yourself.

    • The Pentobarbital Experiment

      The issue was not about whether Dr Isis is a shill or not, you may have noticed this was a simple question in our post, and the question didn’t apply strictly to her, she just happened to be the latest in the long series of “medical” comments on Lundbeck’s move.

      Indeed she is not an expert on heath care behind bars, and maybe she should look into it as she will, undoubtedly, be shocked to discover the hidden face of medicine, certainly something worth exposing among medical professionals.

      Lundbeck’s involvement in US executions is a very serious matter that cannot be talked about lightly around a cup of tea. Writing on the subject is commendable, but it requires a little background work that obviously she didn’t do. This laboratory has used a controlled distribution system for two of its other drugs currently on the US market, still it took Lundbeck more than 6 months of regular executions with Nembutal in the US to decide to implement a system it is familiar with in the first place, to then pretend to having been opposed to the killing system. From those who have met with Lundbeck’s CEO, the message was clear as the lab’s concern was solely about its corporate image and its shareholders who were abandoning the ship, not about human lives or the betterment of health.

      In fact Dr Isis is welcome to express herself on the subject as long as she does her homework first, instead of praising a laboratory that violated pharmaceutical ethics, among other things. So truly it is not about one’s active involvement against the death penalty, it is about being thorough and accurate, that’s all!


  • Phosporelated

    I think you should be thanking Dr. Isis for making a wider audience aware of the situation. She is a great blogger and never pretends to be an expert on things she is not. She presents her opinions as such and always explains the basis for them. I think your attack on her is rude and uncalled-for.

    • The Pentobarbital Experiment

      No, as a matter of fact we don’t “have” to thank Dr. Isis for anything, whether she is a true blogger or a true doctor, she needs to get serious about the topics she writes about.

      We will not address any further comments, although we will publish them. Supposedly Dr. Isis is a big girl and can stand up for herself or at least for what she writes about.


  • Tideliar

    “In fact Dr Isis is welcome to express herself on the subject as long as she does her homework first,”

    How incredibly generous of you! Allowing a woman to have her own opinion! Why, next you’ll be letting them vote and have abortions all over the place!

    Ah, caveat – as long as she does her homework first. Of course. Her homework…Just like you did yours when you started lambasting a blogger you’d never heard of until your Google Alert popped up her post.

    Pot, this is kettle…

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