“Extreme Petitioning” for Prescription Drug Trial Data


RxISK suggests “extreme petitioning”, in celebration of Halloween and Dia de las Muertos, to stop pharmaceuticals AbbVie and Intermune from continuing to block the European Medicines Agency from releasing prescription drug clinical trial data. “In the spirit of Halloween,” RxISK suggests, “you could take a photo with a sign . . . to convey a message about transparency, medicines, Pharma or key issues for you. Or celebrate ‘Dia de las Muertos’ on November 1st by setting up ‘ofrendas’ (shrines) to those we’ve lost to drug harm.”


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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].