The Rise and Fall of the PMU Industry

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In anticipation of 2012, assuming Pfizer/Wyeth has no intent to re-apply using an equally pathetic argument to extend the Premarin® patent, there will finally be some free enterprise (in theory) for other drug companies in addition to an appreciable decrease in the number of mares and foals who suffer at the hands of the PMU industry. Why use CEEs when other effective non-animal derived products are available.

The End of an Era for PMU Farming?

Just when a glimmer of hope for the mares and foals of the PMU industry emerges, disturbing news trickles in from a pro-horse slaughter source. An article from The Western Producer entitled ”Horse sense requires tough decisions” delivers an ominous message.

“At the same time, Wyeth has ramped up production of PMU facilities in China, Kazakistan and Poland, out of the scrutiny of North American values. The byproduct of meat foals has a lucrative market, while Wyeth can continue to make statements relating to supply and demand to justify price of HRT.” (http://new.producer.com/News/Article.aspx?aid=20988)

This clearly solves the deceptive ambiguity of the relationship between the reduction in Canadian PMU facilities and Wyeth’s sales projections for both Premarin® and Aprela®. Solid evidence of foul play and sadly now the “Writing is on the Stall”. Perhaps it was premature and unreasonable to imagine that Pfizer would give up such a lucrative business.

Now more than ever, as the industry slowly fades in North America, we see that it will not simply go away. And this in the face of the consensus within the scientific community that there is underlying apprehension that neither plant nor animal derived estrogen therapy is truly a safe option for the relief of menopausal symptoms. Both have potential to stimulate cell proliferation, a precursor to cancer, simply because they deliver estrogen to hormone-sensitive tissues.

Clearly, we must continue to crusade vigilantly against Pfizer/Wyeth and their despicable lack of empathy for both humans and animals alike.

5 thoughts on “The Rise and Fall of the PMU Industry”

  1. I just hope that the women who were suckered in by Wyeth don’t get sucked into their new scheme. They had doctors leading women into believing that they NEEDED the drug to maintain their lifestyles…when all along they were killing them and the foals and mares that produced the urine. I personally fought the whole mess even when I went through it (using ONLY plant based products) and came through with flying colors. I realize that menopause affects women on an individual basis but there is so much out there that the use of these horses is both dangerous and stupid. I just don’t understand it myself. Thanks for the update as I hadn’t heard much about it recently. P.S. I have a pmu mare myself and she is a real pleasure to have in my life however I often wonder about her mother and her father… whatever became of them.

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  2. Just horrific that they can get away with this. These products should be banned from shipment into the US. There are synthetic drugs that do the same thing without some of the Premarin side affects and illnesses it causes.

    Just another note: I found an huge 2 page Purple and white advertisement in of all places THE LATEST Smithsonian Magazine for Premarin (conjugated estrogens 0.625 mg/g Vaginal cream “HELP RELIEVE AND RESTORE WHAT’S YOURS” by Pfizer. I am going to write them a nasty gram and cancel my membership until they can be more eithical in thier advertisers. I have seen other prescription drugs advertised in Smithsonian, but this is just going to far. And you can pay no more than $15 for your first prescription by visiting premarinvaginalcream.com. Just unbelievable.

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  3. Great news if it does happen.
    However, a letter on page 11 of the May 20th, Western Producer reads as follows:
    “Wyeth has ramped up production of PMU facilities in China, Kazakistan and Poland, out of the scrutiny of North American values. The byproduct of meat foals has a lucrative market, while Wyeth can continue to make statements relating to supply and demand to justify price of HRT.”

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    1. Great catch, Jean, thank you for posting this information for all of us. With these N.A. PMU farm reductions, we saw that the numbers of horses “on line” did not add up with Wyeth’s sales projections, particularly for its new drug Aprela. Not surprising Wyeth want to take it out of ‘our backyard’. We had surmised it may be countries such as the ones mentioned, but now we have the ‘writing on the wall.’

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  4. For the crimes done by Wyeth Ayerst this despicable corporation should be sued out of existence and the monies collected be used to give a decent retirement to the mares and their foals.

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