In honour of Dr Burzynski’s 70th birthday, a group calling itself Skeptics for the Protection of Cancer Patients (SPCP) has delivered a $13,000 donation to St. Jude Children’s Research hospital, asking Dr Burzynski to match the donation.
And in other news, the Burzynski Clinic appear to have stopped promoting antineoplastons altogether.
According to the SPCP, St Jude’s is a well-respected, compassionate institution that does real research into childhood cancers. And as we know, the Burzynski Clinic has never produced the results of a single large scale peer-reviewed clinical trial in a reputable journal in over 30 years, despite apparently having treated thousands of patients with so-called “antineoplastons”.
In a letter sent together with Burzynski’s birthday card, the SPCP challenge Burzynski to counter some of the harm done in his name and “acknowledge the generosity of cancer survivors, their families and their communities around the globe by matching the total amount contributed to St. Jude, thereby doubling the total gift toward childhood cancer research.”
SPCP founder, Robert Blaskiewicz said:
The most compassionate thing Burzynski could do would be to close his doors for good, but we’re asking for the next best thing: to open his pocketbook and fund legitimate cancer research for once.
The SPCP press release is here and the full letter is available on request.
Is it the end for antineoplastons?
Blaskiewicz has already proved unpopular with Burzynski supporters. In December 2012, Eric Merola emailed Bob’s employers informing them of…
extra curricular activities on the internet in regards to an FDA-sanctioned and approved cancer therapy called Antineoplastons
He went on to claim that this article, written by Blaskiewicz, contains “levels of defamation and libel punishable by law”.
I don’t think so. And I’m not sure where Merola got the idea that antineoplastons are FDA approved. According to his film Burzynski The Movie – Cancer is Serious Business, the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA have spent decades suppressing antineoplastons.
Antineoplastons have never received a marketing authorisation from the FDA and are still considered to be new and investigational.
In October 2012, the Burzynski Clinic were told by the FDA:
Promotion of an investigational new drug is prohibited under FDA regulations at 21 CFR 312.7(a), which states, “A sponsor or investigator, or any person acting on behalf of a 1 sponsor or investigator, shall not represent in a promotional context that an investigational new drug is safe or effective for the purposes for which it is under investigation or otherwise promote the drug.
They went on to give several examples from the Burzynski Clinic website, including press releases, video clips and testimonials which contained claims that antineoplastons are safe and/or effective. These were swiftly removed from the site.
And now, a few months down the line, the Burzynski Clinic have quietly removed almost every reference to antineoplastons from their website. Scour the site and you will only find them mentioned by name as part of their list of publications.
After having spent more than half his life researching antineoplastons and failing to publish any evidence of benefit, has Burzynski decided to abandon them? Has he decided to turn over a new leaf? Or is this simply part of a rebranding exercise?
Time will tell.
PRESS RELEASE. BURZYNSKI CRITICS HAND CONTROVERSIAL DOCTOR A “BIRTHDAY PRESENT” The Houston Cancer Quack, 23/01/12
Burzynski Filmmaker Contacts My EMPLOYER?!?! Bob Blaskiewicz, Skeptical Humanities, 07/01/13
Stanislaw Burzynski: Slapped down by the FDA once again Orac, Respectful Insolence, 07/11/12
Burzynski blogs: My Master List Josephine Jones, 29/11/11