HOT OFF THE PRESS! June 2014, Australian Joern Hagemann calls for a judicial inquiry in to the wide spread use of Pantopaque (Myodil) in Australia between 1974 and 1978, to read the full story follow the 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."
Ethyl Iodophenylundecylate (Iophendylate) was originally produced by Eastman Kodak as a photographic processing chemical, and therefore was never originally intended for medical use on humans. On this website you can find the full Iophendylate story and animal tests conducted on this poisonous chemical which show it to be highly toxic and in all cases caused meningismus. It was sold under the medical marketing names Myodil, Pantopaque, and Ethiodan.
Even in those early days it must have been a highly suspect chemical mix considering the ingredients it used. It consisted of Benzene (now regarded as the number one carcinogenic in the world), Hydrochloric Acid, Sulphuric Acid, Potassium Permanganate (a substance that can kill if digested) and 30% Iodine (can cause Thyroid dysfunction and if used incorrectly it can lead to Parkinson's Disease).
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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