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Another Pharmaceutical Industry ‘Dirty Little Secret’

March 31, 2014
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Many women are shocked to learn their hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medication is made from a pregnant horse’s urine. This is the case for many popular HRT drugs from the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer such as Premarin, Duavee, Prempro, and Premphase – but their labeling isn’t telling you!

These prescriptions are labelled on the bottle simply as “conjugated estrogens,” without identifying the source. Sadly, to collect their estrogen-rich urine, mares are turned into breeding machines for most of their lives. They are confined in tiny stalls without free access to water, and attached to urine collection bags that cause painful chafing. Their newborn foals are typically sent to slaughter or wait their turn to replace their “spent” mothers.

Drugs made from the urine of pregnant horses generate more than $1 billion in sales for Pfizer every year. Please ask Pfizer CEO Ian Read to:

1.Label the ingredients on the bottle of their equine-based HRT drugs as coming from pregnant mare urine

2.End the needless production of PMU drugs and replace them with plant-based or synthetic HRTs

It’s unacceptable for women to not know what they are putting in their bodies, especially because plant-based and synthetic HRTs – with comparable benefits and risks to equine-based drugs – are readily available. It is equally unacceptable that Pfizer continues to market a completely unnecessary product that causes so much suffering and is a waste of animal lives.

Recipient: Ian Read

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i am a woman of a “certain age”
and this animal exploitation
makes me beyond enraged.
NO animals are here to
cure our ills,
soothe our pains
or be tested for
our pills.
there are natural
plant remedies
this horse abuse
should be

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


16 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    March 31, 2014 10:56 am

    i am a woman of a “certain age”
    and this animal exploitation
    makes me beyond enraged.
    NO animals are here to
    cure our ills,
    soothe our pains
    or be tested for
    our pills.
    there are natural
    plant remedies
    this horse abuse
    should be


    • March 31, 2014 10:59 am

      Perfect! I love it, thank you so much, hon!


      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        March 31, 2014 11:00 am

        you are so very welcome and thank you☺♥☻


  2. March 31, 2014 11:07 am

    Friends of mine adopted two tiny Premarin foals. When they arrived at their new homes, the babies were so young, they didn’t know how to eat, but had to be bottle fed. Thank goodness they were safe, however. I grieve for their mothers! I’d rather have hot flashes than use Premarin or its ilk!!!


    • March 31, 2014 1:09 pm

      I’m glad they are safe, too! Thanks for you comments, Judith.


  3. March 31, 2014 11:11 am

    In a kinda-related story but not really:

    Our elder cat Bubba suffers from arthritis. When discussing treatment options with the vet, Jen was told about a drug called Adequan. It’s supposed to work wonders, but it’s made using cow tracheas.

    When I wrote about the drug and the dilemma posed as to whether or not to use it, many people said to use it since the cows are being slaughtered anyway.

    But do they really think cow tracheas are gathered at the slaughterhouse and sent to the pharmaceutical company to make drugs?

    We have a long way to go to convince people that animal welfare shouldn’t be thrown out the window when it involves a drug I need or want.


    • March 31, 2014 1:24 pm

      That is a challenge, I suspect I have no good answer. My activist side says don’t use the medicine, even if the animals are being slaughtered anyway. I believe no animal should be slaughtered, so using that example I would not use it. If nobody used it, there would be no market for it. They would still be slaughtered but not for medicine, so that would be one step in the compassionate direction. Then they would not be slaughtered for leather, and eventually, for food.

      But, what about Bubba? He’s a part of your family, and you want what is best for him, and any time you disregard something he needs, it’s a smack in the face of the compassion I know you have.

      So that’s all I can offer It is a difficult position to be in. I wish I had a good answer, but I unfortunately don’t know what I’d do except look for other treatment options. I believe nobody should have the right to massacre the animals for anything, in which case the pharma people would come up with something else, but then THEY would probably use animals, too..

      Sorry that wasn’t very helpful, let me know what you decide.


      • March 31, 2014 1:28 pm

        It helps more than you know. At least you understand my dilemma. Sadly, most of my readers just said to use the medicine, cows be damned.


        • March 31, 2014 4:24 pm

          That is sad. But I think people have been basically brainwashed to accept animal cruelty. I bet most of them don’t know anything about the industry and what it does and how horrifically treated the animals are.:( I am glad that you have a conflict, it proves your compassion. (I am not GLADGLAD, but I think you know what I mean.) Let me know if I can do anything.


  4. March 31, 2014 11:14 am

    If I get to the point where I need help with hormones, I’m going with bio-identical hormones…there are essential oils we can use to help, too…

    Thanks for this blog. So glad I found it!


    • March 31, 2014 11:34 am

      Wonderful, I have never heard of that option. And thank YOU for finding Our Compass, glad to have you here!


  5. March 31, 2014 11:23 am

    That is outrageous!


  6. Amish Shah permalink
    March 31, 2014 9:44 pm

    Tis is shocking !… Im sue, this is one among many many dirty secrets of pharma industry !


  7. Amish Shah permalink
    March 31, 2014 9:55 pm

    This is shockng !… I’m sure, this is one among many many dirty secrets of pharma industry !


  8. freedomveg permalink
    April 22, 2014 5:54 am

    Reblogged this on freedomveg.


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