Kroger discontinues needle-free flu shot

Kroger discontinues needle-free flu shot

There are 3 comments on the Business Journal story from Oct 25, 2011, titled Kroger discontinues needle-free flu shot. In it, Business Journal reports that:

Cincinnati-based Kroger announced last month that it would offer needle-free shots made by PharmaJet of Golden, Colo.

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Since: Jul 11

Elon, NC

#1 Oct 25, 2011
"FDA-approved vaccines have information in their labeling about how they should be administered, but doctors and other health professionals can opt for "off-label" use of medications if they believe it is in the best interest of their patients" http://eng.am/vKYA5n

This is a perfect example of the FDA working in the interests of Big Pharma and not the American public. The PharmaJet Jet Injector had been cleared for general use and its makers were coerced into pulling their product due to it's use with brand-name products.

If it were dangerous at all, off-brand or on-brand it'd be outright banned. This is FDA working for profit.
richard

London, UK

#2 Nov 18, 2011
I agree..and in fact there is nothing in the flu vaccine instructions that mention needle and syringe at all.

I heard it was BD (the largest needle and syringe maker) that lobbied the FDA to make the statement. It's also interesting to note that the FDA pulled their previous 2 statements about jet injection devices used for flu vaccines.

Something definitely is going on to destroy the needle free companies.

Since: Jul 11

Norwalk, CT

#3 Nov 24, 2011
richard wrote:
I agree..and in fact there is nothing in the flu vaccine instructions that mention needle and syringe at all.
I heard it was BD (the largest needle and syringe maker) that lobbied the FDA to make the statement. It's also interesting to note that the FDA pulled their previous 2 statements about jet injection devices used for flu vaccines.
Something definitely is going on to destroy the needle free companies.
Thanks for this, I hadn't heard about BD's involvement, but I will certainly look into it. If you happen to find an article on that, please pass it on, very interesting indeed.

As for that "something," it's no secret the FDA favors big pharma. Many of the FDA's employees often try to enter pharmaceuticals and try to keep a good reputation with such companies. Look up the Vioxx debacle. The FDA said "industry is our client" not the American public. Check it out: http://eng.am/mXtMkx

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