Oct. 17, 2007, 12:43AMU.S. deaths from staph surpass AIDSStudy shows majority of cases of drug-resistant infection originate in health settings
By ALEXIS GRANTCopyright 2007 Houston Chronicle
CDC estimates 94,000 invasive drug-resistant staph infections occurred inthe U.S. in 2005
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>>>>MRSA and related bloodstream infections afflict about 350,000 patients a year, and kill 90,000. Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced it would no longer pay hospitals to treat infections the agency believes were preventable.<<<<
THIS is outrageous. SO, there going to fix the Medicare problem by just letting the old people die that contract MRSA or VRSA in the hospital. no place like the USA, BIG insurance and tort laws, and now Medicare. What's happened to us? I would not be surprised if GW thought of this. He does not want to give the kids health insurance because he chooses to fund Iraq I guess. Now Medicare wants to let the old folks die if they go to the hospital and acquire MRSA or VRSA, just let them die. How much damage can one President do? Now, here is the 600+ billion dollar question, and please think about this very hard. Since it is totally impossible to sue a hospital for MRSA or VRSA acquired infections, due to the lack of science to prove it (to date), even though everyone knows it was a hospital acquired infection after surgery. SO then tell me how in the hell can Medicare refuse to pay for MRSA infections? MRSA damn near killed me in December of 2001 after another neck surgery. After 7+ weeks of vancomycin straight to the heart via pic long-line, I pulled through, with a huge hole in my hip bone, that still hurts to this day. But this really ticks me off, as you can see, and it is just not right for this Adminstration to pull this with Medicare. They better stock up on body bags, because the elderly (for the most part) don't have other insurance. But like I said, this is one way to fix the Medicare problem. I suggest the old folks stay home and don't go to the hospital. I was in one of the finest hospitals in the world too, with one of the best neurosurgeons in the world, so don't think it is just in some old run down hospital.
I will not even go into antibiotic resistance issue and the cattle industry and the antibiotics and hormones they pump those cattle up when they are so sick and diseased they cannot even make it to slaughter. but that is a fact, and it is another part of the problem i.e. overuse of antibiotics. If you don't believe me, it's a weekly event, and has been for years, just look at the FDA website, on there weekly warning letters. lets look real quick at this week;
Specifically, you treated the calf bearing tag 904 with 10 cc Duo Pen (Penicillin G Benzathine and Penicillin G Procaine Injectable Suspension) subcutaneously for a navel infection each day between September 18 and 30, 2006. The approved labeling instructions state, "Do not use in calves to be processed for veal." Your veterinarian's protocol instructed you to administer [redacted] to treat ear and navel infections with a [redacted] withdrawal period before slaughter. The sales invoices indicates the calf weighed 176 pounds at the time of sale. Nevertheless, you treated this veal calf at a higher dose and higher frequency than prescribed by your veterinarian, and you shipped this veal calf for slaughter on October 17, 2006 -- only 17 days after the last treatment. You administered this drug contrary to both the approved labeling instructions and those of your veterinarian.
In addition, you adulterated the animal feed that you fed to your veal calves within the meaning of section 501(a)(6) of the Act [21 U.S.C. 351 (a)(6)] by adding NeoMed 325 Soluable Powder (Neomycin Sulfate) and Uniprim Power for Horses (Trimethoprim and Sulfadiazine) to Strauss Veal Feed Market Blend milk replacer. The extralabel use of drugs in or on animal feed is specifically prohibited by section 512(a)(4) [21 USC 360b(a)(4)] of the Act, and 21 CFR Part 530.
The above is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of violations. As a producer of animals offered for use as food, you are responsible for ensuring that your overall operation and the food you distribute is in compliance with the law. You should be aware that your illegal extralabel use of drugs resulted in high levels of drug residues in the edible tissues of veal calves you offered for slaugthter.
On or about September 20, 2006, you sold a dairy cow with Back Tag 9135 for slaughter as food to [redacted]. On or about September 20, 2006, this animal was slaughtered at [redacted] United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA/FSLS) analysis of tissue samples collected from that animal identified the presence of flunixin in the liver at 0.852 parts per million (ppm). A tolerance of 125 parts per billion (or 0.125 ppm) has been established for residues of flunixin in the liver of cattle as codified in Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 556.286 (21 C.F.R. 556.286). The presence of this amount of this drug in the liver of this animal causes the food to be adulterated within the meaning of section 402(a)(2)(C)(ii) [21 U.S.C. 342(a)(2)(C)(ii)] of the Act.
Our investigation also found that you hold animals under conditions that are so inadequate that medicated animals bearing potentially harmful drug residues are likely to enter the food supply. You lack an adequate system to ensure that animals medicated by you have been withheld from slaughter for appropriate periods of time to permit depletion of potentially hazardous residues of drugs from edible tissues. For example, you failed to maintain adequate treatment records to assure that appropriate withdrawal times have been observed. Food from animals held under such conditions is adulterated within the meaning of section 402(a)(4) [21 U.S.C. 342(a)(4)] of the Act.
I think you can get the just from just these two from this week, but these type warning letters are there just aboutevery week, and have been for years. just go through the archives and see for yourself.
And don't even get me going on mad cow disease in the USA, and the fact we have all been _exposed_, and the fact our federal friends have been conviently covering that up. I know, my mother died from the US version of mad cow disease the Heidenhain Variant of CJD, confirmed. The USA version of mad cow i.e. BASE, is more virulent than the UK BSE. but that's another story. funny, during my surgeries, I bank my own blood when needed, and NEVER used bone grafts due to risk factors of CJD/TSE risk factors and other infectious disease, and what did they do, damn near kill me with MRSA, and then Infectious Disease Team came through the door and the first thing they tried to tell me that everybody has MRSA on there skin. but every nurse I spoke with said it was hospital acquired, and then I found out later that 7 people the week I was in that surgical arena acquired MRSA. Go figure.
SAD, part is, there is no cure for CJD, and it is spreading via the medical, surgical, and dental arena, due to the fact it is very very difficult to kill this agent. course they will not tell you this either. The USA is going to hell in a handbag, while GW destroys and builds Iraq back. Yep, I am pissed, and have been for years, and I don't care who knows anymore. ...
ABSTRACTS SPORADIC CJD AND H BASE MAD COW ALABAMA AND TEXAS SEPTEMBER 2007
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2007 21:31:55 -0500
I suggest that you all read the data out about h-BASE and sporadic CJD, GSS,blood, and some of the other abstracts from the PRION2007. ...
*** PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THIS !!! THE PRICE OFPOKER INDEED GOES UP. ...TSS
USA BASE CASE, (ATYPICAL BSE), AND OR TSE (whatever they are calling ittoday), please note that both the ALABAMA COW, AND THE TEXAS COW, both were''H-TYPE'', personal communication Detwiler et al Wednesday, August 22, 200711:52 PM. ...TSS
CREUTZFELDT JAKOB DISEASE MAD COW BASE, CWD, SCRAPIE UPDATE OCT 2007
PLEASE NOTE IN USA CJD UPDATE AS AT JUNE 2007, please note steady increasein ''TYPE UNKNOWN''. ...TSS
1 Acquired in the United Kingdom; 2 Acquired in Saudi Arabia; 3 Includes 17 inconclusive and 9 pending (1 from 2006, 8from 2007); 4 Includes 17 non-vCJD type unknown (2 from 1996, 2 from 1997, 1 from 2001, 1 from 2003, 4 from 2004, 3from 2005, 4 from 2006) and 36 type pending (2 from 2005, 8 from 2006, *** 26 from 2007)
still disgusted in Baycliff, Texas USA