Outraged cancer patients protest FDA's deadly action.
HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 5, 1996--Seriously-ill but outraged cancer patients of Houston Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski will gather at the Houston Federal Building on Tuesday at 10:00 AM to protest an FDA FDA
Food and Drug Administration
n.pr See Food and Drug Administration.
n.pr the abbreviation for the Food and Drug Administration. action depriving them of a treatment most say is their last hope for life.
Late Friday afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge Sim Lake Sim Lake is an American judge and attorney who has served on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas since 1988. He notably presided over the the trial of Enron Chairman Ken Lay and former Chief Executive Officer Jeff Skilling. told attorneys for Houston M.D. and Ph.D Stanislaw Burzynski that he will issue a decree this week forbidding him from treating patients who live outside of Texas. More than 90% of Dr. Burzynski's patients are not Texas residents.
The ruling sharply contrasted with a Dec. 8 hearing, at which Judge Lake said he would "not prohibit [Dr. Burzynski] from treating people when the government has had 12 years to bring this indictment."
It was not clear what was behind the judge's abrupt about-face.
The move is the latest development in a 13-year battle between the FDA and the Polish-born doctor, the inventor of what many consider the most promising cancer therapy to date. In 1991 a team of National Cancer Institute (NCI See Liberate. ) experts reviewed the records of seven patients with normally incurable brain tumors and verified five complete remissions -- disappearances of tumor. In a 1993 hearing in Austin, the NCI's Chief of Neuroradiology neuroradiology /neu·ro·ra·di·ol·o·gy/ (-ra?de-ol´ah-je) radiology of the nervous system.
1. The branch of radiology that deals with the nervous system. testified that patients would die if deprived of Dr. Burzynski's drug, antineoplastons.
Dr. Burzynski first discovered his antineoplaston treatment in Poland while working on his Ph.D thesis. He found naturally-occurring non-toxic peptides in blood that in many cases can "re-program" cancer cells cells once believed to be peculiar to cancers, but now know to be epithelial cells differing in no respect from those found elsewhere in the body, and distinguished only by peculiarity of location and grouping.
See also: Cancer to die like normal cells, without the toxic effects of conventional chemotherapy. He moved to the U.S. in 1970 to escape communist oppression and seek freedom of conscience.
In 1983 the FDA filed civil suit in federal court to stop Dr. Burzynski from treating patients. Judge Gabrielle McDonald ruled that Dr. Burzynski may not ship his drugs out of state, but may continue to manufacture and use them within the State of Texas.
Robert Spiller, the FDA's associate chief counsel for enforcement, told the judge he would ignore her decision and do whatever necessary to stop Dr. Burzynski, "such as actions for seizure and condemnation of the drugs or criminal prosecutions..."
Since then, Dr. Burzynski has been the target of four federal grand jury investigations. The first three did not return indictments. The fourth grand jury investigation caught the attention of Rep. Joe Barton Joseph Linus "Joe" Barton (born September 15, 1949) is a Republican politician, representing Texas's At-large congressional district (map) in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1985. Biography
Barton was born in Waco, Texas to Bess Wynell Buice and Larry Linus Barton. (R-TX), Chairman of a House Investigations Subcommittee.
Following hearings on FDA abuses of authority, Barton concluded that "Dr. Burzynski has been the victim of an extraordinary abuse of our legal system..." Committee member Richard Burr Richard Mauze Burr (born November 30, 1955) is a United States Senator from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A Republican, Burr represented North Carolina's 5th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives for five terms, and was elected to represent North (R-NC) commented "the FDA is an agency out of control. Its lawyers have such a weak case it's not prosecution, it's persecution."
Ironically, Dr. Burzynski is currently conducting four Phase II clinical trials approved by the FDA, and is more than halfway through the FDA's approval process. His own manufacturing facility has passed FDA inspection as well.
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