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You Matter

Your life is busy. You work hard to take care of your family and friends, but even in this busy world where the demands are high and the stress is higher, there is one thing we want you to know: YOU MATTER.

You have a voice, you have rights and you have the power to change what is wrong in this world. At Periscope Group, you are our priority. You have a story to tell, and we are eager to hear it. You are not one of the crowd. You are not a number or a dollar sign. You are a person with a life worth living full of hopes, dreams and memories to be made. We see you as an individual and we’re here to help you on your life’s journey towards health and wellness.

You Have Rights

Sometimes we can feel like fighting for justice is impossible. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is federally regulated, is grossly understaffed and isn’t carefully monitoring products put on the market, the pharmaceutical companies which are created to heal our bodies many times are making us sicker and the legal counsel that we hire many times has their hands tied because of the lengthy litigation game that the pharmaceutical companies force them to play.

We know the system isn’t working like it should, but big business and a faulty government cannot take your rights from you. You have a right to know what goes into your body. You have a right to choose the best medical options for your conditions. You have a right to speak out when a company puts dollars ahead of your well being. At Periscope Group, we are here to help you defend your rights. Find out more in our free eBook:

You’re Not Alone

If you or a loved one has had medical complications due to a faulty device or problematic medication, you are not alone. You are not alone in feeling scared, angry or helpless. You are not alone in feeling overwhelmed by the complicated maze of the legal system. You are not alone in your confusion in trying to figure out what medical and legal terms mean.

You may feel like no one knows the pain, suffering and stress that comes with illness, but Periscope Group understands what you are going through. For the past 25 years we have helped people just like you who didn’t know where to turn. We know that it seems impossible to go up against big pharmaceutical companies and we know that lawyers won’t always win a popularity contest, but without their help, the average person wouldn’t have access to the legal system. At Periscope Group, we strive to be different. Our number one priority is you. We’re here to help you live the fullest life possible. That may mean guiding you towards legal representation, giving tips on health and wellness or sharing stories of hope and healing. We are here to partner with you towards the goal of living a healthy life.

Your voice counts

There’s a line from a popular movie that says, “I feel like I’m standing in the middle of a crowded room, screaming at the top of my lungs, and no one even looks up."

Have you ever felt that way? There’s so much noise from the media, so many demands from our daily lives and so many issues in the world that we feel like even if we do speak out, no one will hear us.

You do have a voice, and your voice counts. You have the power to be heard and we will help equip you with the tools to make an impact. From signing petitions to writing your legislator to filing a claim against a pharmaceutical company, we will help to equip and empower you every step of the way. Our mission is to help you for one simple reason: change needs to happen. For the past 25 years we have seen lives destroyed and families broken because of debilitating medical devices and dangerous drugs. One voice alone isn’t going to rock the system, but together our voices will make a mighty roar.

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You Are Your Best Advocate

Many times we are too scared to stand up for ourselves. “What if my doctor thinks I’m rude by asking too many questions?”  “What if I don’t know the right questions to ask and I get embarrassed?” “What if the answers I get are complicated and confusing?”

The scarier question is “What could happen if I don’t ask?”. Not knowing the answers could put your health at risk.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Periscope Group is here to help you be your best advocate.

Medical Records 

Always keep a copy of  your medical records in case a problem arises. If you don’t have yours, call your doctor’s office today. Every state has a different period for which doctors are required to hold on to patient records. Some states will toss them in as little as one year. Additionally, if you change your maiden name, your pharmacy merges with another company or your information somehow gets lost by the doctor’s office, you’ll always have a backup copy to protect yourself in unforeseen circumstances.

Detailed Reports 

Ask your doctor exactly what he or she is typing into your medical file to ensure your records are specific and accurate. For example, if you are being prescribed a medication, make sure that a detailed record of your ailment is described in your medical record.

Research Medical Devices

If you are having surgery with an implant, ask your doctor what type of implant is being used and research potential complications. Periscope Group has a list of injuries caused by dangerous medications and medical devices. If you don’t see yours listed, please contact  us and we will help you investigate.

Medication Use

Read up on all medications you are taking. When a doctor prescribes a medication for you, protect your health by asking:

  • Is this a new drug on the market?
  • How long has it been on the market?
  • Is it being used for my specific condition? Is this off label use? (For example, Vioxx was FDA approved to help arthritis but was given to patients to help with menstrual cramps. Vioxx was later linked to more than 27,000 heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths.)

If something does go wrong, speak out on your behalf. You need to be informed at every level and Periscope Group is here to help you navigate the waters of the medical and legal systems.

Your Stories

I had a vaginal mesh put in and I had problem after problem. I saw TV ads and news briefs on the problems so I went to my doctor. My doctor told me it wasn’t the right mesh and not to pursue it, but there was no way to fix me because the mesh had adhered to my tissue. I found out later it WAS the defective mesh and when I went back and asked for my medical records, I was dropped as a client. I felt alone. I have been in such severe pain and the doctor and manufacturer companies are supposed to protect us, not leave us for road kill. When I finally got to talk to the lawyer I felt so much better. They explained they don’t sue doctors (and it’s in the contract) and that the manufacturers who sold this knew how bad it was and put it in us anyway. They helped me so much with what I was going through, helped me get more treatment for my injuries and are helping me to get my medical bills and treatments covered by the manufacturers in the settlement.

I have never had to get a lawyer for anything and really thought litigating wasn’t for me. But when I found out I had vaginal mesh in me that was never intended for my stress incontinence, that the manufacturers knew and had made billion selling it, I was outraged. When I found out it could never be fixed, I was devastated. No one was there to help me work through the doctors’ medical treatments and maybe future corrective surgery like my lawyer. I never thought I’d be a person to have to pursue this, but then again, I never thought I had everything taken from me: my health, job, husband, freedom and life as I knew it.

Please, as a plea from one woman to another, help yourself and help all of us. The more people demanding drug companies take responsibility, the more help and compensation we may be able to get because most of us have years and a lifetime of medical problems.

Share Your Story

Countless people every year experience life-altering injuries due to dangerous medical devices and high risk medications. Many times these people are enduring pain and suffering that they will need to manage for the rest of their lives. Or maybe they lost a loved one due to complications from an untested implant or the adverse effects from a risky drug. Even with these hardships, they are fighting for their rights. With the help of Periscope Group, they found the power to change from being victims to now being victors. Not only are they voicing their stories, but they are empowering others to challenge corrupt business and demand change concerning government regulations. They found their voice, defended their rights and made a difference.

So what’s your story? Tell us here.

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LATEST ARTICLES

70% Of News Advertising Now Belongs to Big Pharma

If you watch television for any amount of time, you’re probably going to see a drug commercial that tugs on your heart strings, promises to heal your worst medical conditions, and then a voiceover will quickly gloss over the multitude of side effects in a too-quick-to-understand string of monotone words. Prescription medications are are multi-BILLION dollar industry that’s making not only the pharmaceutical companies tons of money, but also the network television stations. How is this influencing public opinion AND health?

70% Of News Advertising Belongs to Big Pharma

As we casually watch TV, we usually don’t think twice about these drug ads, but let’s take a glimpse behind the screen. Did you know that pharmaceutical advertising has soared 62 percent since 2012 and is projected to cost $610 billion by 2021? Worse yet, nine out of the 10 largest revenue-generating pharmaceutical companies spend more on advertising than they do on research and development (it appears that they care more about selling drugs than making sure that they are safe and effective). Equally concerning is that pharmaceutical advertising is banned in just about every country except the United States and New Zealand. And consider this: the average American watches 16 hours of pharmaceutical commercials each year which is more time than they spend with their primary physician. One-third of these people ask their doctors about a drug advertisement and most request a prescription.

Clearly this type of advertising in generating a huge response from the public, but it also is having an impact that consumers rarely think about: if these companies are paying television networks billions of dollars to advertise their drugs, would their news stations risk losing big money accounts by reporting negative information about the company? Public figure and activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. once shared that, “I ate breakfast last week with the president of a network news division and he told me that during non-election years, 70% of the advertising revenues for his news division come from pharmaceutical ads. And if you go on TV any night and watch the network news, you’ll see they become just a vehicle for selling pharmaceuticals. He also told me that he would fire a host who brought onto his station a guest who lost him a pharmaceutical account.”

I had a history professor say that products were made much better in the 1940’s and 50’s. For example, you could buy a toaster once and you’d never have to buy another one because it was made so well. The problem was that these quality products actually hurt revenue since it was a one time purchase. Nowadays, you buy a toaster, it breaks a few years later, and then you go back and buy another one. This same philosophy can be said for big pharma.

“Thanks to government protections [big pharma is] able to make their products more addicting and less effective so they can create return customers and extend their profits,” explains investigative journalist John Vibes. “If a medication is effective in curing a patient then they won’t continually use and purchase that drug because they will have no need to do so. However, if the drug is mediocre and has addictive properties then it will become a regular part of the patient’s monthly budget.”

Mass advertising is clearly one way to start this cycle of addiction. Furthering this point, just this month opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma announced that they are giving a $3.4 million grant to a non-profit company to help develop low-cost naloxone nasal spray, an antidote for those who overdose on opioids. So let’s get this straight: instead of creating preventative measures to reduce opioid usage and address the true underlying problems, they’re creating a drug to try and solve a major drug epidemic. Anyone else see the flaw in this thinking?

Every drug has its benefits and risks, and it’s time that we, as consumers, educate ourselves to make the best choices for our health. We need to read up on prospective medications, really talk to our doctors, and maybe, just maybe, turn the channel when that drug commercial comes on.

 

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Sources
“Robert F Kennedy Jr. Says 70% Of News Advertising Revenue Comes From Big Pharma.” True Activist. Accessed September 7, 2018. http://www.trueactivist.com/robert-f-kennedy-jr-says-70-of-news-advertising-revenue-comes-from-big-pharma/
“Is Direct-to-Consumer Pharmaceutical Advertising Right for You?” Harvard Political Review. Accessed September 7, 2018. http://harvardpolitics.com/covers/is-direct-to-consumer-pharmaceutical-advertising-right-for-you/

Vaginal Stones vs. Vaginal Mesh: Are We Scared of the Wrong Product?

Recently celebrity and health guru Gwyneth Paltrow and her company, Goop, Inc., was hit with a $145,000 settlement due to a California complaint that her vaginal “eggs” and certain essential oils were falsely advertised on her website. What we want to know is, why was Paltrow held accountable for her misleading claims, but the medical device companies are still allowed to promote transvaginal mesh (TVM) which is much more dangerous and life-altering? These eggs may not live up to the hype, but they also don’t slice organs and tissue, cause chronic pain, and prevent a sex life like TVM does. It’s like prosecuting a jay walker and letting a murderer walk away free.

California is scolding Gwyneth Paltrow for overselling vaginal eggs but fails to hold Big Pharma accountable for TVM that irreparably destroys women’s vaginas. Shame on you, CA!

According to Patch,com, “The Napa-filed complaint was directed at ‘unsubstantiated representations regarding the effects or attributes’ of three products—the Jade Egg and Rose Quartz Egg, egg-shaped stones designed to be inserted vaginally and left in for various lengths of time, and Inner Judge Flower Essence Blend, essential oils meant be taken orally or added to bathwater — that were not supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence, said district attorneys from Napa and Santa Clara counties.”

The goop (yep, spelled with a lowercase “g”), website states that the Rose Quartz eggs are, “Made of heart-activating rose quartz—associated with positive energy and love—this yoni egg is associated with the heart chakra“ and that the Jade Egg is, “Used by women to increase sexual energy—this yoni egg is made of nephrite jade stone, meant to promote health and pleasure.” (The Inner Judge Flower Essence Blend is no longer available on the website.)

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So are these products a little weird? Yeah. Will they really improve “sexual energy”? Maybe not. Are they dangerous? No complaints have been filed. Is there scientific evidence backing up these claims? Nope.

But let’s look at TVM. Is this weird? Yeah, it’s a plastic strip of window screen that holds up your organs. Does it live up to the claims of addressing stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP)? Sometimes, but at what risk? Are they dangerous. Absolutely! Millions of women have reported complications including multiple surgeries, inability to work, not able to have children, constant pain, broken relationships, and other conditions that have left them depressed, in agony, and struggling to find the strength and hope to face each day. Were there scientific studies proving the effectiveness of this product? No. Mesh had never been tested in a vagina before it was put into millions of women. Actually, studies have proven that it puts women’s health at risk!

The questions now remains: why did California spend time and resources one an unusual product that showed no harm while TVM which causes permanent damage is legal? We don’t need the government to focus on a celebrity and her website, we need them to keep big pharma accountable for the products that are disabling and even killing innocent people.


We can’t let Big Pharma get away with this!

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Sexism at the Doctor’s Office

Dr. Gary Tigges, an internal medicine specialist in Plano, Texas is getting a lot of press these days for a comment he said in a Dallas medical journal. Dr. Tigges stated:

“Female physicians do not work as hard and do not see as many patients as male physicians. This is because they choose to, or they simply don’t don’t want to be rushed, or they don’t want to work the long hours. Most of the time, their priority is something else … family, social, whatever.”

Nothing needs to be ‘done’ about this unless female physicians actually want to work harder and put in the hours. If not, they should be paid less. That is fair.”

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Periscope Group is not owned by or operated on behalf of any attorney or law firm. We are not affiliated with any drug or medical device companies. We do not host advertisements nor do we accept advertising requests. We are here to help YOU, the consumer, become better educated and supported. You pay absolutely nothing for our help. It’s as simple as that.

Periscope Group is not owned by or operated on behalf of any attorney or law firm. We are not affiliated with any drug or medical device companies. We do not host advertisements nor do we accept advertising requests. We are here to help YOU, the consumer, become better educated and supported. You pay absolutely nothing for our help. It’s as simple as that.

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