"Smoking gun" Evidence to Monsanto's Criminal Deception
MORE LOWDOWN ON BGH
Internet communication from Robert Cohen
author of the hot new book MILK: the deadly poison
When Monsanto first presented their research to the FDA for approval of the
genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rbGH), there were also three other
pharmaceutical companies with their own different versions of the genetically
Monsanto's protein formula was different. It is not an exact version of the
natural pituitary extract from a cow. The end amino acid (Amino acids are the
building blocks of proteins.) was just a little bit different from what
naturally occurs in nature. Actually, it was VERY different, but Monsanto
neglected to reveal all of their secrets until after their drug received
official FDA approval.
Monsanto received approval for rbGH on Friday, February 4, 1994.
What happened the following Monday provides "smoking gun" evidence to Monsanto's
criminal deception. On Monday, a group of Monsanto scientists photocopied,
collated and stapled together the most incriminating scientific document in
history and sent it to a peer-review journal for publication. On Thursday of
that week, the journal Protein Science officially received Monsanto's study.
In that paper, Monsanto admitted that they made significant errors
in their formula. Monsanto waited until after approval to admit their errors.
Monsanto fixed the errors. However, in making this no-win admission, Monsanto
also revealed that all of the research submitted to FDA from 1985 until 1993 was
performed with a different hormone than the one that is currently on the market.
Most of the authors of the study worked for Monsanto. Most, but not all.
A few researchers were with other firms. One researcher, located after three
phone calls, told me that he worked for Monsanto nearly two years before the
hormone was approved. Then he made a number of career moves, but still received
credit for his work as co-author. . What does this prove? Simply, that Monsanto
knew the errors were made, but held off until after approval. By leaving the
firm, the co-author placed a time stamp upon when the "crime" was actually
known, and when it was committed.
Monsanto's actual genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (trade name
- POSILAC) has never been tested on a laboratory animal. Nor have experiments
been performed on test herds. Before approval, the FDA required Monsanto to
perform hundreds of millions of dollars worth of new research. Equivalent in
1989 did not mean that a perfect match existed.
The other three pharmaceutical companies elected not to continue with their
research. Eli Lilly had created a bovine growth hormone with seven additional
amino acids. American Cyanamid created a version with three new amino acids.
Now to the theme of this column: UPJOHN's version was an exact duplicate of
what naturally occurs in nature. Exact by 1990 standards, that is. The reason
that this holds so much significance is that Monsanto and UPJOHN will soon be
merging into one company. UPJOHN's version of the bovine growth hormone was
"supposedly" identical to the hormone naturally manufactured in a cow's brain.
UPJOHN has recently applied to FDA for approval of their hormone, based upon
the theory of "substantial equivalence." I learned about UPJOHN's application on
Thursday, December 23, 1999. Their application is so secret that FDA will not
even confirm that it has been made. On that Thursday before Christmas, I
requested the file number from an employee at the Center for Veterinary Medicine
(CVM), FDA's investigative
branch. She put me on hold and spoke to the director, Stephen Sundlof. After a
minute, she came back and apologized. "We cannot reveal the file number until
the drug is approved." I was stunned by that secrecy. If and when UPJOHN's
formula is approved, it will be too late. After that phone conversation, I filed
a Freedom of Information Act request for the case file. Will I be denied truth?
UPJOHN's application and FDA's review is based upon substantial fraud, not
substantial equivalence. Genetic engineering is not a perfect
science. When cow hormones are combined with E. coli bacteria, one of the
resulting amino acids often becomes a freak. That amino acid,
LYSINE, has an acetyl group added to it. Chemists call this process "acetylization."
References in the Violand study indicate that other errors also might have
occurred in glutamic acid.
That's one small misstep for Monsanto and UPJOHN, one giant stride
backwards for mankind.
Monsanto created five freak amino acids. UPJOHN most certainly did the ame.
In 1990, FDA reviewers did not have the sophisticated tests necessary to detect
such errors. New technology provides those tests today. Rubber stamping UPJOHN's
application because of substantial equivalence cannot be allowed to occur. There
is no substantial equivalence when mistakes occur. Monsanto should repeat their
research. UPJOHN did not receive approval in 1990, and elected not to invest
hundreds of millions of dollars to gain approval. They should not be given a
free pass today.
--Robert Cohen 201-871-5871
Robert Cohen, also known as the NOTMILKMAN, has been on a juice-only
hunger strike since November 7 and vows to continue until Monsanto's BGH (Posilac)
is banned. His appointment to US Codex delegation was rescinded in response to
lobbyists' complaints just before he was to leave for Japan.
He has been testifying at hearings on genetic engineering in Washington. Read
all about it at http://www.hungerstrike.com
FDA is considering banning BGH.
You can help influence decision by writing on Docket 99P 4613 to:
Dockets Management Branch
FDA - Room 1061
5630 Fishers Lane
Rockville MD 20852
or email http://www.gov/ohrms/dockets
Be sure to mention docket number.
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