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Down On The Pharms!

August 20, 2010  7:03AM

It has been a while since the last post. It has been kind of sad with Dr. Watson gone. Things are returning to normal around here but there is a lot of work to do to catch up.

I went to the oncologist this week for my first follow up appt. She said I Iooked great...tell me something I don't know  :)   My weight dropped a little but after all that happened this past month, it is to be expected. In about four weeks I have to go back in for my first follow up CT scan. I guess I will be needing a CT scan every three months for the first year.

Kevin has sent what is probably the first on many letters to the pharmaceutical companies. He has labeled his campaign against them "DOWN ON THE PHARMS!" I like it. He says it is time to fight for some changes in the labeling and warning of vaccinations. He has put together a small team so far to help in the battle. So far, there are people with Phd's in Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology and Computer Genomics who have offered their assistance. It is nice that there are people out there willing to fight for me and my fellow cats. With all the money the pharmaceutical companies make every year from animal vaccinations every year (I have heard Boehringer Ingelheim alone had nets sales of over $600 million dollars in the first half of 2010 in animal vaccinations). With that being said, it is understandable why a company would be apathetic in their attitude about disclosing risks, such as Vaccine Associated Sarcoma, to the general public in fear of it cutting into their enourmous profits. Kevin has a friend who is one of the most respected pharmacologists in  the world and some of the stories he has heard kind of makes the head spin. What is sad about VAS is that it has been acknowledged in the vet world now for nearly 20 years but still, you usually learn about it after you have been stricken with it. Profits over safety...it has been  the norm in the pharmaceutical industry for some time now. You see class action lawsuits almost daily about the side effects of drugs. I guess it is cheaper for the pharmaceutical companies to pay off a lawsuit in the end AFTER they have made their  millions of dollars.

Starting today, we have decided to dedicate a portion of this journal to special VAS cats. It will keep me focused on the journal and it will help put some faces and names to this terrible cancer. A question to the pharmaceutical companies...how many of our cats have to die before it costs more to pay off the lawsuits than it does to do something about VAS? Please give us a number so we will know when to contact you.

This is Little Girl. Her video is posted above towards the beginning of my journal. I have chosen Little Girl for several reasons. First, she lost her battle to VAS this year, on May 10, 2010. Second, she also received a Ft. Dodge vaccination (like I did) which ultimately cost her her life. I chose this picture because it really hits home how something needs to be done. RIP Little Girl...you were, and are, a beautiful cat.


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I really have trouble looking at pictures and  videos of Little Girl but they are important. It places a stark reality on the seriousness of vaccine associated sarcoma and why things need to change.





I will highlight a new cat several times a week. If you would like me to post a picture of your VAS cat, please e-mail me at stimpysjourney@yahoo.com 

I guess it is time to groom myself. I have heard there is a new cat hanging around outside. We think she could be a sister to Butters and Privet, she has the same markings. This place is turning into a regular petting zoo!

Paws out!



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