|GM drug victims told to expect early death (31/7/2006)|
1.Elephant Man drug victims told to expect early death
More disturbing news about the catastrophic drug trial involving genetically engineered monoclonal antibodies. The victims have now been told they face contracting cancer and other fatal diseases.
As you read this article, it's worth remembering that the GM maize that's been approved for open field trials in France has been genetically engineered to produce monoclonal antbodies for clinical purposes. All such monoclonal antbodies are associated with severe side effects.
As Prof. Joe Cummins, Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Peter Saunders have warned, these GM maize trials are bound to contaminate our food supply. "Yet transgenic crops with these drugs are being tested in secret locations and unsuspecting members of the public are exposed without their knowledge or consent."
Elephant Man drug victims told to expect early death
VICTIMS of the disastrous "Elephant Man" drugs trial have been told they face contracting cancer and other fatal diseases as a result of being poisoned in the bungled tests.
One of the six victims was told last week he is already showing "definite early signs" of lymphatic cancer.
He and three others have also been warned that they are "highly likely" to develop incurable auto-immune diseases.
The men were paid £2,000 each to volunteer as human "guinea pigs" in the trial at Northwick Park hospital, northwest London, last March. They suffered heart, liver and kidney failure and were left seriously ill after being given TGN1412. The drug was made by TeGenero, a German firm.
The men had been told by doctors they would not suffer any life-threatening illnesses.
Nav Modi, 24, whose bloated face and swollen chest led to the nickname "Elephant Man", said he did not know how long he would live.
"It's a really bizarre feeling when you discover you might be dead in a couple of years or even in a couple of months," he said. "I feel like I've given away my life for £2,000."
Modi's lawyer, Martyn Day, of Leigh Day solicitors, said the four victims he was representing were considering legal action against Parexel, the firm that ran the trial. He believes they are eligible for up to £5m in damages. The company denies responsibility for the outcome of the trial.
The Sunday Times has seen the medical assessment of four of the victims, completed last week by immunologist Professor Richard Powell.
According to Powell, one man, known simply as Patient A, "has definite early signs that a lymphoid malignancy is developing".
2.Renewed ordeal of the Elephant Men
NAV MODI fears he may have only two more years to live. The 24-year-old from Forest Gate, east London, has just graduated from university and was looking forward to a career in his family's electrical business.
Now his future is uncertain. "It's a really bizarre feeling when you discover you might be dead in a couple of years or even in a couple of months," he said.
Modi is one of the "Elephant Men" who nearly died last March when he and five others took part in a drugs trial at Northwick Park hospital in northwest London.
Modi and his fellow patients were left seriously ill during the trial of the TGN1412 drug. His head swelled up like a balloon and he suffered multiple organ failure.
Ryan Wilson, 21, another guinea pig, suffered gangrene that made his toes and fingers go black. All his toes and three of his fingers will have to be amputated; he had heart failure, kidney failure, pneumonia, septicaemia and liver failure.
Mohamed Abdelhady, 29, a bar manager, suffered severe head and chest swelling. He was so bloated that his girlfriend Myfanwy Marshall said he was unrecognisable.
The patients had volunteered for the trial after being lured with the offer of £2,000 each to test the drug made by TeGenero, a newly formed German drug firm. Parexel, the American firm that administered the tests, told them there would be no serious side effects.
On March 13 this year, Modi and the other five patients were injected with TGN1412 while in the Parexel drug testing suite at Northwick Park.
At first, Modi recalled last week, he did not notice anything. But then a horrifying sequence of events began to unfold: "It started about 40 minutes later with a headache. A couple of minutes later that turned into a severe headache.
"It was like a huge, heavy foot was being pressed down on my head. I started moaning and crying, but the doctor just told me to calm down. He said it would go away. I begged him to do something. I told him the pain was killing me."
Modi then developed a back pain so severe that he was unable to lie down. "I was in such agony, I was jumping up and down on the bed and screaming." All around the other patients were going through similar agony.
Modi began retching, fainted, then stopped breathing; he was in and out of consciousness. Nurses tried to put an oxygen mask over his mouth but he kept pulling it off to be sick. The doctor gave him a paracetamol tablet. "I vomited that out in a couple of minutes." Soon afterwards staff administered pain-killing sedatives.
Modi woke up in the intensive care unit later that day. The next day he was visited by his girlfriend Divya Vegda, 22. Horrified by the sight of his swollen head, she later described him as looking like an "Elephant Man".
"My whole body was swollen up, puffed up like a huge balloon," said Modi. "It was like they had pumped gas into me."
Four months later he still suffers from occasional lapses of memory, severe headaches, back pain and diarrhoea.
He and the others had been led to believe that while their symptoms might per