On Friday, I noted an e-mail circulating around the Internet in which disgraced University of Kentucky chemist and card-carrying general in the mercury militia, Boyd Haley, announced that he was suspending sales of his industrial chelator turned “antioxidant dietary supplement” OSR#1. Now, true to form, Trine Tsouderos at the Chicago Tribune has noticed and published a story on Haley’s decision, Controversial supplement to come off shelves:
Pharmacies are halting sales of OSR#1, a compound marketed as a dietary supplement to parents of children with autism, six weeks after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration called the product an unapproved new drug.
Several pharmacists told the Tribune they received an e-mail last week from Boyd Haley, president of the company that makes the product, informing them that OSR#1 would not be available after Thursday.
One online pharmacy, Forrest Health, posted this message: “CTI Science has voluntarily agreed to remove OSR#1Â® from the market effective Thursday, 29 July 2010.”
What’s truly depressing is that pharmacists would sell this stuff or that they’d be disappointed that it’s going off the market. Truly, money matters more than health to some of them.
In the meantime, the silence over at the chief cheerleader website for OSR#1, Age of Autism, remains deafening. It’s been over four days since the e-mail from Haley started circulating and bloggers noticed and started writing about it. Yet thus far…nothing. Maybe Kim Stagliano and company are hoping the story will go away if they ignore it long enough. Or maybe there’ll finally be a post there in the morning.
I’m not holding my breath, though.
18 replies on “The Tribune notices that Haley’s yanked OSR#1 from the market”
Contrast this silence with previous coverage:
FDA may not be fast but they seem to have been effective here. Hope they’ll keep their eye on the Halester.
Oh yes, pharmacists are in it for the money. I know one who told me that he knows homeopathy does nothing, but he sells it anyway because it pays for his ski vacation.
At least homeopathic crap just makes the marks poorer, not (of itself) less healthy. OSR1 can hurt.
Of course taking the magic sugar pills may be in lieu of real medicine so none of the greed is doing patients any good but the pharmacist selling homeopathy is responding to demand, not drumming it up typically.
Perhaps Ms. Tsouderos’ article will prompt them to finally
What I don’t understand is that parents using this new drug apparently bought Haley’s non-sensical, non-chemical explanation of why OSR#1 really is a natural supplement. So, how do they rationalize him offering to withdraw it from sale? If he’s right, he’s right, and he should be able to convince the FDA.
No doubt Mr H can go find some profitable Quantum Reflex Tomato juice or something to sell.
Many of those individuals already view FDA as just a tool of Big PharmaTM, so they see this as FDA pressuring a brave maverickTM to pull his, in their opinion, very useful product, all in some bizarre attempt to line the pockets of Big PharmaTM. Their a priori assumption is probably going to be something along the lines of this: “Even if our saviour, Haley, is able to show that OSR#1 is safe and effective, just like all of us were saying all along, the FDA will still work to quash it because it threatens the medical industrial complex.”
That’s my speculation, anyway. Keep in mind that many of these people are parents who are frustrated with their lot, frustrated with the failures of science-based medicine to address their needs and who are looking for anything that will help them improve their situation…or at least make them feel like they are in control of the hand nature dealt them.
I wouldn’t have time for writing about it either if I was driving cross-country, hoarding every dose I could get my hands on in order to save a child I feel “lost” to autism… Of course, this is speculation on my part, and I don’t mean to say that any of AoA bloggers are doing this. However, and this is the sad part, I feel the need to clarify that I am speculating, as a couple of my replies here have been echoed, out of context, over there.
No AoA articles thus far — and unlikely to ever appear as “Controversial supplement to come off shelves” doesn’t make for much of an infomercial.
Nope no articles yet. But they did have a tribute to National Autism Association co-founder JoAnne Pike, who died of cancer, followed by a post about Fran Drescher, actress/oncologist/author/womman’s health advocate/webfounder (of Cancer Schmancer)and her taking an anti-vaccine line(big surprise) It seems almost deliberately ironic except I don’t think AofA does irony…deliberately.
Rene, cherry-picking and quote-mining are staples of AoA discourse, as I’m sure you are all too aware. Does it really surprise you that your own comments are subject to their particular treatment?
No, it doesn’t surprise me. Nothing from them surprises me anymore… I just hope to not be surprised by their endgame.
What’s Staggs going to sprinkle on her kids’ cereal? This is heartless.
Wake up folks, the FDA is taking your viamtins one at a time. First, DSMa, THEN OSR1, NEXT P5P.
This is a smear campaign for anybody who is truely in the know.
It all about profit and deception.
Wow, clueless. Vitamins are required nutrients; how can OSR#1 be required by the human body when it didn’t even exist until a few decades ago? And did you completely miss the part where no one including Boyd Haley has tested his industrial mining chemical to even see if it’s safe for the human body?
Did you completely miss the part where OSR#1 was tested at 5000 times the recommended rate and couldn’t kill, etc….
You all have your heads in the sand. The parents of autistic children found something that HELPED THEIR CHILDREN, but you think your opinion is more important than their quality of lives. There were plenty of physicians who believe in it too. My environmental medicine physician still has it on his web site as a recommended treatment.
Carol, did you notice that you are commenting on an almost two year old thread? If there is some new information, then please post the title, journal and dates of the PubMed indexed papers about the OSR tests.