A study from John Morrone including 10 cases of inoperable cancer with metastases indicated clinical benefit from laetrile
(specified as 1-mandelonitrile-beta-glucuronide), using dosages of 1 g i.v., for 4-43 weeks (mean 17.5 weeks, mean 2 injections/week).
Symms (R-Idaho), citing "grass roots support" deriving from outrage over the Laetrile
situation, introduced federal legislation titled the "Medical Freedom of Choice Bill." The bill would have repealed the power that the FDA had acquired in the 1962 Drug Amendments to review the efficacy as well as the safety of new drugs prior to marketing.
Moss says that the general consensus around his office towards laetrile
was one of "mild amusement or skeptical disbelief." But that is not what a scientist working at Sloan-Kettering discovered.
To add to my concerns, laetrile
is also dangerous because it contains cyanide, a potent poison.
: THE COMISSIONER'S DECISION (1977).
544, 551 (1979), the Supreme Court ruled that terminal cancer patients had no right to use Laetrile
absent FDA approval, a victory for the agency, which had to endure a great deal of public pressure to legalize the drug--including from actor Steve McQueen.
CASE 1: Tyrone Hayes, the Herbicide Atrazine, and the Syngenta Company CASE 2: The Thalidomide Story CASE 3: Polywater and the Role of Skepticism CASE 4: Bubble Fusion CASE 5: Giving Proper Credit CASE 6: Abderhalden's Defense Enzymes CASE 7: The Darsee Case CASE 8: Woo-Suk's Stem Cell Research CASE 9: Chandra's Patented Multivitamins CASE 10: Laetrile
CASE 11: Cold Fusion CASE 12: Big trouble in the world of "Big Physics" CASE 13: Elements 116 and 118 are Discovered CASE 14: VIOXX CASE 15: The Cyril Burt Affair CASE 16: Plagiarism in Theses: The Ohio University Case CASE 17: The Plagiarism Problem CASE 18: The Bellesiles Case CASE 19: What's on Your Resume?
In a joint public memo entitled "AIDS: False Hope from Fraudulent Treatment," the Council for Better Business Bureaus and the FDA together reaffirmed that the public would be protected against "charlatans," "con artists," and "quacks." Only one AIDS drug, AZT, had been approved by the FDA at the time of the memo, yet a cornucopia of untested, spurious remedies were available to consumers, including vitamin supplements, snake venom concoctions, ice balls, urine injections, hydrogen peroxide injections, Laetrile
, garlic pills, processed algae, and booster capsules later found to contain lead and chromium.
case involving the experimental cancer drug Laetrile
, just that
Ace Chapman nearly bankrupted himself printing "novelty" greeting cards: "It Was about Time You Broke the Engagement," "Congratulations on Your Workers' Comp Claim." Later, he sank his savings into laetrile
, otter farming, bauxite mines in the Far East.
These cases range from the lower court cases denying access to laetrile
and medical marijuana, (153) to another case denying access to an experimental cancer drug.
1977) (holding that a patient has fundamental right to consent to a treatment, laetrile
, on the advice of a doctor, whether or not the treatment is approved by the state and even if the treatment is merely a "mildly toxic placebo").