Secret State – 7: Is there more to fear from phenylbutazone?
Political dismissal of ‘bute’ as harmless in tiny doses rang alarm bells
A search appears to reveal that this substance accumulates to some extent in the human body. It was banned in several countries from its former treatment for human arthritis and gout – see studies including ‘Untoward effects of phenylbutazone (butazolidin)–A re-evaluation’,Irving L. Sperling, a report of cumulative experiences with the administration of phenylbutazone to 590 patients for a variety of rheumatic diseases.
When the writer spoke about bute being cumulative to Hilary, a horse-owner, she said ‘Of course it is!”
The expression ‘zero tolerance policy for residues’ rings further bells; it appears in the same article in Veterinary Medicine Today, 1.3.08, snapshot:
By chance during the search a paper was seen in the European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 1977, ‘Disposition and oxidative metabolism of phenylbutazone in man’ which appears to link bute with radioactivity . . .
The writer thought once again: there is still much more to learn about this affair.
RICHARD BRUCE COMMENTS BY EMAIL:
By the time the results of the latest testing is known the perpetrators will be long gone and the evidence eaten…