Monthly Archives: March 2014

[爆料] 服貿爭議的背後 [EXPOSED] The Real Story behind the debate of Service Pact Agreement in Taiwan…

Posted 3/27/2014 2:10 am @ Kao-Shiung, Taiwan – I haven’t written much about the Taiwan student’s demonstrations and the debate between the people who are for/against the service pact agreement because I knew there was a bigger picture.  Well, finally some … Continue reading

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CEO level time management skills 總裁級的時間管理技巧

Posted 3/21/2014 7:41 am @ Taipei, Taiwan – Thanks to my buddy Mickey for sharing this article in Chinese.  I was able to find the English version as well so I will post them both.  Excellent tips on time management!! … Continue reading

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repost: 藥廠賺大錢後 七大藥物副作用浮現 after pharma make record profits, 7 major drug’s side effects are revealed…

Originally posted on 瞧.中外:
藥廠賺大錢後 七大藥物副作用浮現 【惟工身吟】有沒有發覺,當不少藥物離開市場或失去專利權以後,其副作用才開始引起討論? 事實是,就算不少藥物真的很危險,藥廠也不會告訴你,因為製藥企業要賺大錢。美國獨立媒體Alternet有文章指出,有七種處方藥物的副作用被低估,直至企業賺大錢後才被揭穿。 美國食品藥品管理局(FDA)及製藥企業常常說,當上百萬人一起使用處方藥物時,其危險副作用才會出現,在少數病人的臨床試驗中則沒有。但公眾往往都會成為白老鼠,因為處方藥物要在六個月內趕及推出市場以賺錢,即使我們無法肯定它非常安全。 一隻擁有專利權的新藥推出市面,將會為藥廠帶來數以十億計的收入。對藥廠來說,藥物的副作用只是「成本」,只要利益大於成本,無論有多危險它們也會去做,這就是賺到盡的利潤最大化。 當新藥推出,不少醫護人員都會建議病人等待七年以後才試用。只有等待長時間的應用,以及避免瘋狂的廣告宣傳以後,一隻藥物才會變得穩定。當然,仿製藥(generics drug)也未必安全。例如美國最高法院便說過病人無法追討仿製藥的生產者。 換句話說,大藥廠只要將藥物的副作用隱藏至失去專利權,病人想追究藥廠責任就變成十分困難了。 不要以為這與你無關,當中不少藥物在香港也能買到。以下便是幾種在推出市面後,其副作用才曝光的藥物: █ 1. 萬絡止痛藥(Vioxx) 15年前,萬絡這種「超級阿斯匹靈」藥物受默克藥廠(Merck)強烈吹捧,一度請來不少運動員為萬絡大賣廣告。默克藥廠告訴你,萬絡能針對所有奇難雜症,包括關節炎到月經來潮。它更宣稱能避免使用者因以往服用阿斯匹靈而導致的腸胃管道毛病。結果是一場災難,萬絡終導致27,785宗突發性心臟病和心臟死亡。 2004年,該藥下架。默克藥廠向公眾辯稱自己毫不知情,但《新英國醫藥期刊》在2006年指責默克藥廠隱瞞由萬絡導致的「一批不良心血管病的資料」。2007年,默克藥廠願意賠償48.5億美元(約378億港元)予病人及逝世者的家屬。不過萬絡由1999年至2004年間,每年賺了約25億美元(約195億港元),利益還是大於賠償。 █ 2.福善美(Fosamax) 萬絡不是默克藥廠唯一出問題的藥。默克藥廠的福善美(Fosamax),是第一隻雙磷酸鹽(biphosphonates)類的抗骨質疏鬆藥物。它的副作用包括心臟病、頑固痛症、顎骨壞死、骨折、食道癌等——而這一一都要在2008年待它專利期過後才被發現。法庭公開的文件顯示,早自1970年代,默克藥廠的科學家已從動物實驗中得知福善美會導致顎骨壞死。 這還不是全部真相。默克藥廠為了賣得多藥,在美國的醫務所都裝設骨質密度描述器,「恐嚇」骨瘦的女性,建議她們服用福善美來治病。 █ 3. 膽固清(Lipitor) 歷史上最暢銷的藥物是甚麼?膽固清,一隻神奇的抑制膽固醇藥物。14年半間,膽固清為輝瑞製藥( Pfizer)賺進1250億美元(約9750億港元)。 膽固清的成功有賴兩個因素:第一,它在1997年面世並且隨應了「直接面對顧客」式廣告的興起;第二,它擊中了大眾對因為膽固醇過高而患心臟病的恐懼。結果,美國有足足2,900萬人服用膽固清。 美好的故事維持到2012年,同年膽固清失去了專利權。美國食品藥品管理局忽然跑出來,告訴大家原來膽固清及其他抑制膽固醇的藥物會引致糖尿病、肝臟受損、肌肉受損及記憶衰退。 █ 4. 耐信(Nexium) 第二隻最暢銷的藥物是甚麼?耐信。耐信及其他質子泵抑制藥(Proton-Pump Inhibitors)都用於治療胃酸倒流等疾病。在質子泵抑制藥面世以前,人們治療火燒心、消化不良都只靠咀嚼中和胃酸的藥片及泰胃美(Tagamet)。耐信的市場也是驚人的,每年賺超過50億美元收入(約390億港元),所有質子泵抑制藥加起來更賺到136億美元(約1060億港元),處方超過1.19億次。 同在2012年,美國食品藥品管理局指出耐信與感染艱難梭菌(Clostridium Difficile)有關。艱難梭菌會引起具抗藥性的腸道感染,難以治癒。2013年,有醫學研究指質子泵抑制藥會導致骨折、鈣鎂缺乏症、肺炎及維他命B-12缺乏症。John P. Cooke的研究更顯示,質子泵抑制藥會導致血管收窄,增加心臟病風險。當然,2014年耐信的專利權就完結了。 █ 5. 阿得拉(Adderall)…

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Infographic: China increases defense budget for 2013 to $132 billion compare to USA $600 for 2014

Posted 3/11/2014 3:54 am @ Taipei, Taiwan – Well I just had to blog about this.  This is truly sad when you put it up on a graph…  and take a look it’s not a graphing trick the scale is … Continue reading

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repost: MMA Psychology: The Psychology of Losing in Mixed Martial Arts

Posted 3/9/2014 10:49 am @ Miao-Li, Taiwan – great article!! source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles MMA Psychology: The Psychology of Losing in Mixed Martial Arts By James MacDonald, Featured Columnist  Feb 26, 2014 “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” The above quote, often attributed to … Continue reading

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repost: 離譜!美少女叛逆離家 狀告法院向父母討生活費 Student sues parents for ‘refusing to pay’ for her college education

Posted 3/6/2014 2:59 pm @ Taipei, Taiwan – Both Chinese version and English version are posted.  I did not translate.  They are from two difference news source but is the same story. I thought I would comment on this news… … Continue reading

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repost: Duke Porn Star Reveals Her Identity – 拍A片籌學費 美女大生真面目曝光

Updated 3/7/2017 2:27 am @ San Francisco, California – Just saw this old blog entry from 2014 getting accessed!  I noticed there are some updates about Belle Knox.  She retired from the porn film industry and earned her degree in … Continue reading

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repost: What if Japan was divided up after WW2? 二次大戰終日本如果這樣被裂解?

Last updated 3/4/2014 7:08 am @ Taipei, Taiwan – Wow I didn’t know this was being considered at the time.  How interesting…  The map was the proposed division of Japan after their un-conditional surrendering after the atomic bombs were dropped. … Continue reading

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repost: arguments against Taiwan independence 反台獨的論點 – 平埔族的傳說與謠言

Last updated 3/3/2014 5:28 am @ Taipei, Taiwan – I’m against Taiwan independence.  =)  It’s point less to battle against China about it and the price is too high to pay if we go to war.  It’s a technicality only anyways … Continue reading

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repost: Only kids with out umbrella will run in the rain! 沒有傘的孩子,才會努力奔跑

Last updated 3/3/2014 5:03 am @ Taipei, Taiwan – I’ve read this article once many months ago…  I just happen to come across it again and it is worthy of a repost/sharing.  The article talks about motivation.  When it rains, … Continue reading

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