HOT OFF THE PRESS! July 2014, Australian MP Steve Irons asks Australian health secretary for a response from the new Australian government on the findings of the Parliamentary round table inquiry into Myodil held in September 2012. Link
Dr. Charles V. Burton M.D. F.A.C.S., the eminent American Neurosurgeon, Director/Founder of The Institute for Low Back and Neck Care, and current President of the Association for Medical Ethics states (2011) in all cases Myodil caused a Toxic Chemical Meningitis to some degree which then progressed leading to levels of Adhesive Arachnoiditis.
Dr. Suzanne Parisian M.D., in her 2002 expert report states: "Physicians and FDA in the 1940's through the 1980's were not told that the "risks" of Pantopaque (Iophendylate/Myodil) were seen in animal testing to be equivalent to the unacceptable "risks" of other oil-based imaging agents." "It is my opinion, within a reasonable degree of medical certainty, and based on my training and experience, that such negligent actions by Lafayette Pharmacal and Alcon Laboratories prior to 1983 directly contributed to the chronic Pantopaque-related spinal injuries reported within the U.S. population."
Professor Michael Sage, Past President, Chief Counsel, and Honorary Editor, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists states (during the 2012 Australian Parliamentary Round Table Inquiry): "I believe that the most common cause of chronic arachnoiditis is Myodil, and most people have been suffering for 40 years."
Professor Marcus Stoodley, Professor of Neurosurgery at Macquarie University states (during the 2012 Australian Parliamentary Round Table Inquiry): "I have researched the literature and I have seen the animal studies that have been done and the clinical reports that has led to my view that there can be no doubt there is a connection between the use of those oil based contrast agents and the development of arachnoiditis."
Since the UK freedom of information act you have a right to access your medical records, and a right to read every medical report in your file, you also have a right to ask for copies but you might have to pay. The two Myelogram reports should be in your file and it should say what contrast medium they used (but don't be surprised if they have "mysteriously" disappeared). To access your file you will have to contact your current hospital and make an appointment to see your file, or you can write to your hospital and ask what contrast medium was used in the Myelograms, you can also ask them to send you copies of the reports but you may have to pay. You also have a right to a CD copy of the recent MRI scan, and a copy of the report, but again you might have to pay.
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