Prometa: Promising or Preposterous?

by The Discovering Alcoholic on December 7, 2007

Is Prometa a promising miracle drug for the treatment of addiction or just another scam with preposterous claims. I am looking forward to watching 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley do a feature report on the controversial drug Prometa this Sunday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. ET/PT. I just wish CBS would facilitate the embedding of their videos, I have posted a screenshot but you can go here to view it yourself.

Prometa is touted as new treatment for methamphetamine, cocaine and alcohol addiction. It is a combination of three drugs already approved by the FDA. Mendelson says none has been proven effective individually against addiction. Could there be something special about taking them in combination? “So far, the evidence would suggest no,” says Mendelson, who tests addiction treatments for the National Institute on Drug Abuse. What’s special, says Mendelsohn, is the way its marketers have sold Prometa. “Their pathway…has been to…open Prometa centers so they can…dose people in their special clinics,” he tells Pelley, “and to stay completely outside the scientific and regulatory framework.”~CBS News

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While one can always hope, I must admit that I am very skeptical. I am thrown off by the total lack of recognition by any credible organizations such as the NIDA and the fact that no independent testing has been done. Another thing that really raises the old snake oil warning flag is the slick and expensive marketing campaign that including an internet blitz that would make Ron Paul jealous. Notice many of the videos and testimonials you will find searching the web make the statement that they are not affiliated with product. I would assume that is probably so they don’t have to add the caveat that accompanies other official press releases.

Except for statements of historical fact, the matters discussed in this press release are forward looking and made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements reflect numerous assumptions and involve a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the company’s control that may cause actual results to differ materially from stated expectations. These risk factors include, among others, limited operating history and lack of statistically significant formal research studies, the risk that treatment programs might not be effective, difficulty in developing, exploiting and protecting proprietary technologies, intense competition and substantial regulation in the healthcare industry; and additional risks factors as discussed in the reports filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available on its website at http://www.sec.gov.

You know what they say, if it sounds to good to be true… it probably is. Addicts, alcoholics, and their families are one of the biggest and most vulnerable markets out there so I would not be surprised to see my worst fears validated. But as with most recovery tools and treatments, I intend to give it the benefit of the doubt until I know more. Please contact me if you have more info or an opinion you would like to share.

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