|April-May '02 | briefing | mail | don't say this | flakers' jargon | flaker creativity | articles | other places | archives | send mail | ed dewke | legal stuff | order | search | ©2001 Ed Dewke|
News on Psorigon War
I can’t believe what I’ve been reading about Psorigon [scroll
through the “Psorigon” emails in the archives for the whole ghastly
story]. I was able to get this
on prescription a few
years ago. I have recently tried again to no avail. The chemist is at the
moment still trying. I found this product fantastic, I'm a little
concerned now. I found you only needed a little amount, and it seemed to
keep P at bay. Yours Kathryn
No doubt it did, Kathryn, as, at one time, Psorigon had an
unmentioned high-potency corticosteroid ingredient known to quell P
lesions in about 80% of flakers.... The
“Psorigon” scandal on-going in the U.K. sounds awfully similar to the
Skin Cap debacle a few years ago here in the U.S.
Our correspondent on
this issue — and a principal combatant in the “Psorigon War” in
England — has been Cherry S. Here’s
Hope you are well. They
say over here that the British Justice system is designed to grind you
down, and ground is what I am.
To cut a long story
short, there are about 30 people interested in taking legal action
[against the manufacturers/importers of “Psorigon” and “PS-98”]
and I have been acting as their representative.
I have seen around 9 lawyers, who are all very very keen to take
the case on a 'No Win - No Fee' basis, but the way it works over here is
that we would have to pay our expenses/disbursements, as we went along,
which I have been told would be around £10,000 for EACH of us!
Although, win or lose, we would get the £10,000 back, none of us
have really got it spare in the first place!
There is a 3 year
limit within which we can start legal action and this is starting to run
out too. There is some hope
though. There is a group
called the Bar Pro Bono Unit, which consists of a group of lawyers willing
to take on cases in the public interest free of charge, and they have
heard about the case and contacted me.
Also, the BBC contacted me and I had to do a day’s filming with
them, as they wanted to run the story.
Unfortunately, the item was dropped at the last minute as
Pharmavita [manufacturer] threatened legal action, and apparently, there
is a legal case going on somewhere against them for supplying Psorigon, so
we are now trying to find out who is taking the action and see if we can
jump on the band wagon or help them with their case.
The UK Psoriasis
Association remain on our side, but at the end of the day, it is all down
to finances, or lack of them. There
was an All Party Parliamentary Group set up to look at exactly these sort
of problems facing people in the UK with skin problems who are getting
conned and they also looked into the Psorigon fiasco.
They stated their concern that the MCA (Medicines Control Agency
— a government unit set up to monitor this sort of thing) were not
prosecuting these companies, when the MCA has the power to do so.
If they had, I wouldn't feel the need to do it myself.
They have put several recommendations before Parliament, and we
just have to wait.
We may not have been
able to do what we set out to do, but at least the matter has been brought
to the attention of a lot of people in high places, and I guess we have
all learnt never to believe in 'miracle'
cures. Take care, -Cherry S. (England)
Cherry, if we were all gathered in an auditorium right now, I would
be leading my colleagues in a standing ovation for you.
I don’t believe
we’ve heard the last about the ”Psorigon War,” but even if it all
got swept under a rug tomorrow, you would be no less our champion.
I applaud you and I thank you for carrying the torch, for speaking
up, for showing leadership. Every
flaker in England — and everywhere else — owes you a debt of
Please, please don’t think you have to have an “update” to stay in touch with us. This house is yours. -Ed